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  1. yes! ever since I saw the pictures of her earlier I was waiting for your post on this!

    I cannot even begin to explain how amazing and perfect she looks! that sari, the hair, the clutch is perfect together! and that is how you wear a sari! it’s so refreshing to see a sari like that and it being worn properly and just so beautifully makes the entire look so elegant? I LOVE IT! Dia always amazing!




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  2. LOVE IT!!! She looks so beautiful, cute, gorgeous, sexy all the same time! and very very elegant ofcourse. love the saree and the blouse. Such a sight for sore eyes :)




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  3. beautiful! this girl has taste and style – her elegance goes beyond the brands she might wear, the sari she’s wearing is a traditional one, not really a designer sari, yet its that intrinsic elegance in her that she carries it off with such panache…lovely!




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    • oh yeah…she looks so so so SOOO STUNNING !!! everything is just perfect…proper blouse, proper saree, no boob popping, no sphagetti, perfect hair-do….ufff i am JUST LOVING IT !!! mmmwwwuuaaahhhh to dia ;D




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  4. This lady always looks feminine, graceful, sophisticated, and classy. I just LOVE her sense of style.
    I’ve come to love people who have their own distinctive sense of style as opposed to the stereotypical fashionista-type who changes it up every time and follows every trend (and therefore tends to look a bit schizophrenic). These people know who they are, and that style comes from their confidence in themselves.
    I’m quite happy to say that I’ve nearly come to that point as well :)




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  5. Its quite sad that Dia is never recognized and applauded for her stylish dressing sense and fashion eye.Even Mrs Junior Bachchan has been awarded but Dia has always been left out. Cosmopolitan, Elle, DNA , please lets keep style and bollywood success meter out of the the judges heads.




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  6. So lovely to see a traditional indian saree worn by a beautiful woman.In a sea of manish malhotra blingy sarees and other such looks, she really stands out.




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  7. Um, this is sort of off topic but, question for all of you ladies who know more about sarees than I (the American born and raised Sri Lankan) do:
    Since I’m vegan and don’t consume any animal products at all, silk is not an option. Are formal and high-quality sarees made out of other materials? Like cotton and satin? All the ones I’ve liked seem to be made out of silk, other than those few (the pretty red and green ones) that Vidya wore. I think those were cotton. But were those really formal?
    I am ignorant and come in search of knowledge :)




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    • Aww. :)
      Indian sarees are generally silk, very few of them are synthetic silk(don’t ask me what they are!), not satin.
      The sarees that Vidya has been wearing are silk too, and yeah, they are formal.
      Also, if you are looking for a formal, non-silk saree, your best bet is either chiffon or georgette. Fabindia makes some absolutely beautiful sarees in cotton and georgette.
      Lastly, cotton sarees are generally starched, and look very crisp. So, yeah, they are daytime saares.Not formal. :)




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    • Yes, pdaervo, formal and high-quality sarees do come in other materials. You might want to find out about khadi silk, also known as “ahimsa” or “non-violent” silk.

      There are also hsome excellent and fine cotton weaves available, as are polyester-cotton mixes. I particularly like cotton sarees with gold borders.




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    • Isn’t there some kind of ethically produced silk available now – I’m not sure where you can purchase but I remember reading about it recently, they are able to extract the silk without killing the worms. It is hard to get formal wedding type saris in cotton, but some bengali jamdani sarees and muslins can look very grand despite being cottons. Also how about net? I’ve seen quite a few designers do them with beautiful borders and gold embroidery work, they can look unreal.




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    • @pdaervo, there are some Ahimsa silk sarees that you could try. It is still silk from worms but atleast they don’t get harmed for it. A lady in Bangalore who makes formal designer style Ahimsa silk sarees (google her). I haven’t seen them myself, but next time I am there, I plan to contact her.

      Kalakshetra in Chennai used to make Ahimsa silks long ago, I have read, I don’t know if they still do it. There is another store in Hyderabad.

      I was doing some research for an article a few years back. I don’t know if this is still valid.




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    • I smiled when I read your comment, because my mother tried to keep to her no-silk rule even with having to wear Indian clothes 24X7, and she succeeded for about 10-15 years until my wedding came around. Then the family rebelled, because “how can the mother of the bride not wear a silk saree???”. She reluctantly gave in.

      There are some kinds of georgette and chiffon that have polyester or cotton base fabrics. IMHO, they don’t really look as good as the silk-based versions :(. For formal occasions, these are usually available in heavily embroidered styles (though the zardozi itself may be of silk thread sometimes) – either the modern MM look or traditional Rajasthani or Punjabi/Sindhi looks.

      Other formal sari options (non-silk) include Maheshwari saris or Gadhwal/Gadwal saris, or Pochampalli (Andhra) or Ikat (Orissa) or cotton Badhni (Rajasthan) or cotton Kancheepuram (Tamil Nadu) – all of these are traditionally ‘festive’ saris, worn on special occasions, and available in non-silk varieties. These will of course need to be dressed up with tons more jewelry to compensate for the cotton :).




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    • Pdaervo, unfortunately no. The prettiest formal saris are usually silk, although much older women do wear cotton saris with zari borders ( venkatagiri, gadwal in south)for formal occasions. Please don’t wear satin! U could try synthetic silks but they usually don’t drape the way pure silks do- atleast it is a closer option than cottons. Hope this helps.




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      • Aww, thanks everyone!
        You reminded me about Ahimsa silk, I’d heard of that before and totally forgot about it!
        Luckily (I guess) I don’t have to wear saris too often (or at all) but I do love them so I wanted to know.
        I wish I had more heirloom saris! I’m not against buying vintage wool and silk, and leather shoes. I’ll have to steal some of my grandmothers’, my mom just doesn’t wear them anymore. I do have my wedding sari (should I have a traditional wedding) ready, lol. I’m going to wear my mom’s. She managed to get a beautiful Banarasi sari in Sri Lanka in the 80’s. Head an shoulders over what the typical fare is now -_-




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        • everyone out here is not discussing the appearance in question not to forget DIYA they are generously discussing their own personal take on fashion and yet P n P can accomadate such lengthy/indulgent discussions and does not mind wasting so much space on conversations which are off topic infact pdaervo starts of with this “Um, this is sort of off topic”. i do not know how P n P can tolerate this and yet when i make some snide remarks or sarcastic n cheeky comments with regards to the celeb/ their appearance in question P n P excercises a zero tolerance policy …. lol go figure. amen to that :)




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          • We tolerate the off topic because it is a query about fashion and how to acquire an item of clothing, and is not a discussion about someone’s personal life or what medical procedures they may or may not have done.




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          • @P&P: someone had commented about Kareena going under the knife on her last post. how come that comment escaped your censorship knife. :P




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          • @marky: There’s no more long tirade of comment from certain someone who was ready to pounce on anyone who dare say a word about her(his?) favorite.We ought to be quite happy about it.;)




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          • @ Saya: If you see such comments and it bothers you, you can always point it out to PnP and the comment vanishes the next day. Like they said they have hundreds of comments to approve at any given point of time, so its quite likely something slips their eagle eye ;)




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          • @Hira: Nah, it bothers me–if surgery comments for certain actresses are let to pass.And yes, i was merely pointing it out to P&P. I’ve been a regular for 2 years now, i know how it is played here.:)




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          • oh puhleese! medical procedures is what makes few fashionable anyways :P about off topic tolerance i have said what i have to and i still stand by it . amen to that :)




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          • Marky,
            From my understanding, P&P started this whole censorship deal because they got in legal trouble over some similarly “snide remarks or sarcastic and cheeky comments.”
            There’s no reason as to why my comment would endanger them in that area once again (like, as you’ve described them, it seems yours probably would have) and I really appreciated everyone’s advice. I’m sorry you had a problem with my comment but I don’t agree with you’re reasoning. It’s not ok to ask for friendly advice but it is to say horrible things about other people?
            And I did think it had at least a bit to do with Diya. I want to wear pretty ones like her too! :)




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  8. I…am…speechless. Oh my gosh she’s absolutely stunning!
    Dia should model a career a la Posh Beckham. Both her and Twinkle need to seriously consider fashion as a viable career option.
    Again, wow. Just WOW.




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  9. I am not sure why but I find her very very boring. I am not impressed with the sari–it is quite average–and I don’t think that the “mod” blouse is appropriate for the traditional silk that she has on. I know everyone else loves it, but for me, this outfit is a thumbs down.




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  10. How I always wished to see celebs to see in non designer ethic stuff liek the Banarsi Dia is wearing, specially for sarees. It will be great to see more saris donned by celebs with no label (read MANISH MALHOTRA).
    Wishlist : To see Sonam in a silk saree :-)




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    • I sooo agree, it’s like they find no other option but Manish Malhotra, which I don’t get because after paying so much the get montrous velvety clothes.




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  11. Finally!! finally! somebody is bringing out these amazing sarees! LOVE it…

    @pdaervo – there are cotton sarees, sometimes satin also has a silk thread! but alas none of the non silk sarees bring out the richness like silk but there are close options in the form of artificial silk sarees! you can get a cotton saree and get soem ethnic embrodery done to make it formal or accesorise them….but yeah there are many of us out there who don’t use or avoid using silk and don’t have that many options!




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  12. whats so yay about this appearance ? diya looks like a receptionist at a five star hotel or maybe a 4 star hotel :P. the color i am not sure and the whole look is so uniform like and diya’s pose in the first pic definitely makes her look more like a front desk exec at a 5 star hotel. sorry i usually like diya but this appearance and her pose so funny unintentionally offcourse :P




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    • On the contrary I would say the receptionists are always well dressed .The same for Jet sirways staff. So what , her look is such a a breather and refreshing . Atleast its out of the regulay done till 9 deaths bollywoood blingy , booby mm sari look.




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    • I stayed at the ITC Grand Maratha last year, and the front desk exec was wearing a beautiful Paithani saree, and she looked more stylish than many of the stars who visit that place. So nothing bad about looking like a 5-star receptionist. Not that I agree with the comparison.




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      • i kinda knew you guys would miss the whole point. i never said anything about front desk execs in 5 star hotels not being well dressed, did i? infact they are paid to look pleasing and presentable to their guests thats their job.i only said the whole look and pose is more uniform like . i have also mentioned i quite like diya usually you guys conveniently missed that aswell or maybe you guys are not good at spotting subtleties maybe if i had mentioned that in caps you guys wudve got it or maybe not :P. the whole point being diya is a STAR and she has spoiled us with her lovely/elegant/feminine/graceful appearances and hence she is expected to look better than front desk execs at 5 star hotels. i may be the only one here who thinks otherwise or i maybe part of the minority but i stand by what i had to say. i rest my case. amen to that :)




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        • The tone of your first comment is not positive in any way, and quite blunt. Pardon us for missing any subtleties amongst those words.
          You sure can have your opinions, and we have ours.




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  13. Though I like the saree and the blouse.
    I do not like them on her. She has too white foundation, dont like her hair style (mainly her bangs) and she looks so thin.
    I liked her in all her previous appearances but not this one.




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  14. yup me too. Love the fact that she wore a traditional saree , need to see more of them but yeah the blouse is too ” local tailor design from a blouse magazine” type. And the bun and bags is too aunty like for me. She should have worn her hair down.




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  15. The draping is perfect and the blouse is pretty and above all, not a bikini top. That just made my day:)

    The spotting of a half sleeved blouse on celebs is so rare these days.




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  16. I usually dont like garments with cut-outs…but Dia wears her blouse well. In fact i thought the whole assemble (thought lovely) lacked a little oomph…until I saw the blouse pic.




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  17. Oh, thank you for this lovely picture. I so want that saree and that blouse! She looks absolutely stunning – the color, the blouse design and fit, the hair and the confidence….all just perfect! By the way, where can i buy this saree…is it from a designer?




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    • @ Hema

      The sari won by Dia is a silk sarii with Banarasi embroidery (name derived from the city Benaras, where it is typically woven) Wud u blv it takes a weaver anything from 15 days to a month to make one full sari!

      These saris should be available at any retail outlet that stocks traditinal Indian Saris.




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  18. What a beautiful back design on blouse. It was a surprise seeing it. Looks very pretty (and well-made) on her petite frame. The BBBiggest relief comes from the blouse sleeves. How refreshing to see what was once was a normal, regular length.
    She’s adorable.




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  19. Love, love, love the sari…
    Just one question…I know the sari is Banaras silk but what is the pallu and border work made of …I want something like this for my sister’s wedding but don’t want anything with too much zari or too much golden threads…I am really confused about the border types also, so if anyone could please clarify I would be less puzzled.
    Thanks




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  20. OMG….This is amazing!! This girl has a distict style!! always chic and elegant.. I totally agree with an earlier comment… she should be nominated for some style awards… she deserves one for her unique style!! love this saree on her!! WOW!!




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