These are usually more dressy with plenty of embellishments such as mirrors or embroidery, and may be worn on special occasions. Women in the armed forces, when wearing a sari uniform, don a short-sleeved shirt tucked in at the waist.
Other sources say that everyday costume consisted of a dhoti or lungi combined with a breast band and a veil or wrap that could be used to cover the upper body or head. The two-piece Kerala (mundu, a dhoti or sarong, neryath, a shawl, in is a survival of ancient Indian clothing styles. The one-piece sari is a modern innovation, created by combining the two pieces of the mundum neryathu
The traditional sari made an impact in the during the 1970s. Eugene Novack who ran the store, Royal Saree House told that he had been selling it mainly to the Indian women in New York area but later many American business women and housewives became his customers who preferred their saris to resemble the full gown of the western world. He also said that men appeared intrigued by the fragility and the femininity it confers on the wearer.