Here’s a good example of why the world needs my (upcoming) India Construction Kit. At left is a picture from a new expansion for The Sims 4.
What the fuck is that girl wearing?
It looks like it’s supposed to be a sari, but it looks crazy. Compare to the actual sari to the right.
- You don’t tie a sari with a big bow. In fact the cloth is about a yard wide; there’s no part of it that could be made into such a thin bow.
- The part of the sari that comes down over the chest doesn’t go into a knot; it’s draped gracefully around the body.
- The part that goes over the shoulder (the pallu) hangs down behind the back— you should be able to see it behind her.
- It looks like the girl is wearing a (one-sleeved??) qipao. You wear a sari over a bodice and pettiskirt. It doesn’t have to be as revealing as the woman at right, but you’re supposed to see some midriff.
- You can certainly have a monochrome sari, but patterns are much more popular. It’s a weird choice to have a pattern only on the undergarment.
- The most common style is to wrap the sari over the left shoulder.
It’s so bad that one may wonder if it’s supposed to be something else, like a dupatta (scarf) and skirt. A shalwar kameez can look like the yellow dress and you can wear a dupatta over it, but…
- It’s not normally that tight.
- You don’t wear a skirt over it, you wear trousers under it. (Technically, as part of it: that’s the shalwar.)
- That knot and bow: No.
- Anyway, the dupatta would normally be draped over both shoulders.
(If you’re wondering by now if the dress is even supposed to be Indian, note that she’s got a bindi.)
It’s possible that the outfit is imitating something I don’t know about. But it seems more likely that somebody attempted a sari without really knowing how one works. Admittedly, it’s hard to figure out even from pictures, which is why I provide diagrams in the book.