There is this idea that Indians all dress traditional all the time and only a small percentage don’t- but the reason it seems that way is because India has such a MASS population.
In Bombay and Delhi girls are wearing club dresses, clothes from As a westerner you have a fine line to straddle.
You don’t want to dress like a “backpacker” with cargo pants, or a tourist in Ali Baba pants (although let’s be real, they are awesome and I totally did a few years ago), or dress in a way that would offend.
You also may not necessarily want to “play dress up” in full on Indian clothes.
I find that because I don’t dress in tourist clothes, people assume I live in India and I am not ripped off or left dealing with negotiations.
India is conservative, but there are so many different style icons and types of fashion here just like anywhere else, and not all popular styles keep the woman covered up like you would imagine as traditional dress in India. It was bound to happen as western life became intriguing to India’s young women.
The wrap part of the sari actually shows off quite a lot. The younger educated (and sometimes more priveledged) kids here in India are the ones dressing more “westernized” but it’s not because of Bollywood, it’s because of Hollywood, Victoria’s Secret models, and Vogue India showing ads of westernized fashion.
You might see the lower half of a bunch of women’s boobs. And no, it’s not the hot woman who does it; it’s their great grandma. You’re definitely going to see some big ol’ round bellies sticking out from saris, as well as open backs due to tiny blouses under the sari.
I’ve been told it’s just normal to air out and keep cool.
They hang low on the butt and are really comfortable.
After a couple times wearing them, they feel normal instead of like a strangers’ clothes.
Go for solids like black, khaki, and green then maybe throw in one pair of crazy ones.