In the recent years, Anarkali suits have caught the imagination of fashion icons all over the world. The graceful fall and yards of fabric lend elegance and feminine charm to the most athletic or petitie frame. Pair them with the right accessories and you are ramp-ready within minutes. Ideally, paired with churidars or close fitting pants, they can be worn comfortably at home too.
Anarkali salwar suits can vary in design in terms of flare and cut. Circular Anarkali typically comprises of a bodice attached to a circular skirt just below the bust line. Panelled Anarkali on the other hand, consists of several panels that increase in width from the shoulder to the hemline. A well-tailored panelled Anarkali will usually fit closely over the upper body flaring gently from the waist down. Half-panel Anarkali features a bodice attached to a panelled skirt. Some designs are created with horizontal panels as well.
Anarkali suits come in different fabrics and this is where you must exercise care. Cotton although comfortable and classy, can add volume to your frame. So, if you are on the heavier side you should avoid cotton or silk. Chiffons and georgettes fall gracefully around your silhouette and would be the optimal choice for any body type. Full-panelled Anarkali follows an A-line shape and can cover tummy bulges elegantly. Circular or half-panel Anarkali accentuates your waistline and are a good choice for hourglass figures and pear-shaped frames.
The price of the Anarkali can vary with the fabric – for instance, georgette, silk, chiffons are comparatively expensive. They are not suitable for regular wear as they can be difficult to maintain. Cotton Anarkali on the other hand, can be used for daily wear. Net is also a popular choice of material for Anarkalis. It gives a glamorous look to the Anarkali, but it should be reserved for occasional wear, since it is harder to maintain.
Almost all Anarkalis come with inner linings to add volume to the flared skirt. You should consider the fabric of the lining while selecting an Anarkali suit. Cheap linings may shrink or loose colour after the first wash ruining your beautiful salwar suit.
Selects colours that suit your personality. Heavy embroidery, stone embellishments, and brocade linings look best for parties. Many brides choose to wear finely tailored Anarkalis in rich fabrics for their mehndi or other bridal functions. Paired with high heels and ethnic jewellery, even a simple cotton Anarkali can transform you into a glam doll.