I won't go into Mary's shopping experience but I will share with you mine recently and you can note - I've asked around, it's pretty universal. Getting a Sari is an exciting adventure for anyone; stacks of silks, chiffons, embellished trims and uniquely embroidered choices overwhelm you. Any store is happy to see me walk in because in general, I am not sure of what sari is appropriate for what which makes selling me anything pretty easy. No need to change your clothes, the sales attendant (most often a man) will wrap you up and secure the 9 feet of fabric with a mock belt. Spin around to the nearest mirror and you are transformed. I now have two saris and one lengha (which i thought was a sari and now have been told it's really for weddings only). The blouse piece (mid-drift baring top) is usually custom made to fit you like a second skin from an extra piece of fabric attached at the end of your sari. I have recently found a shop that sells ready made blouses - which makes me happy since I went to a men's tailor the first time and ended up with a CRAZY tight blouse. I guess we know who that tailor was designing for! Where things get complicated is when you are shopping for a salwar kameez - more of a dress style top (often to the knees) with leggin' pants. Being slightly oversized for the south Indian population, I have a tough time getting the dress even over my head. If I can find a top with a zip, then I conquer the first hurdle often to find my shoulders are cricket player sized and my arms don't move. If you are not prepared for your normal size in the US to translate to an XXL+ here in India, this can be quite humiliating.
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Super Fab in Saris!!!