Sarees, or saris, are intended to accentuate the soft curves and elegant flow of a woman’s body. Plus-size women can wear any style saree; however, there are several styles that provide added concealment of problematic areas. The most important factor for a plus-size woman to consider is the fabric of the saree. It’s best to choose light, free-flowing fabrics to avoid adding any bulk to unwanted areas. Assistance may be needed to wrap the saree in some styles.
Tuck the plain end of the saree in at your right hip. Wrap around the waist two to three times. Make six to nine pleats in the front center of your waist, and tuck into the petticoat. Wrap the saree around your body once more, and drape over your left shoulder from back to front. Pin the edge to the left shoulder of your choli blouse, and allow the remainder of the saree to drape over your left arm, as desired.
Wrap the saree around your body from right to left, and tuck into the petticoat. Continue wrapping two to three times around your waist, ending at your right hip. Make a large fold, approximately six inches, for the first pleat. Reverse the direction you are wrapping, and draw the saree towards your left hip. Make another large fold for the second pleat. Reverse the saree back to the right hip. Hold the pleats up, and level them with the saree portion wrapped around your waist. Tuck neatly into your petticoat.
Take the pallu section of the saree and drape it over your left shoulder. Spread the decorative outer edge of the pallu out around your waist until the left corner reaches around to your mid back. Tuck the corner into the waistline at your mid back. Pull the right side of the pallu under you right arm, draping loosely and pinning just below the waist near the back side of your right hip. If more coverage is desired the right side can be adjusted to cover as much as needed.
Tuck the plain end of the saree into the petticoat at your right hip. Wrap the saree two to three times around your waist, tucking as you go. Make several medium-to-large pleats; typically, the pleats are made by wrapping around your pinky and thumb respectively, in the front. Tuck the pleats into the front of the petticoat. Wrap the remainder of the saree around from your left, and drape it over your right shoulder, from the back to the front. Pull the left corner of the pallu around to your left side, and tuck into the petticoat. Pin the remainder to your right shoulder, or allow it to drape over your right arm.
Hold the saree with approximately two-thirds of the length to your left and the remaining on your right. Wrap it around your waist, and tie the edges together near your left side. Gather the saree, and drape towards your right hip, and tuck into the tied portion. Make several pleats, and tuck into the center of your waistline. Use the remainder of the saree to make four to five folds, and pull through your legs, towards your back. Tuck the folds into the center of your waistline in the back. Wrap the saree around your right side, towards the front. Tuck in a small portion at the front side of your right hip. Gather the remainder of the saree, and drape over your left shoulder. If desired, the pallu can be pinned to the back side of your right hip for full coverage.
References and ResourcesBride Pride: How to Look Good in a Traditional Indian Sari
Indian Women Clothing: How to Drape a Saree in Different Ways
DMI India: How to Wear a Saree
Utsav: How to Wear a Saree
Heritage Wiki: Madisar