Functional and fabulous Anarkalis
by Mallika Singhania
I wonder why the Anarkali left the fashion scene even for a minute! It needs to have a reserved spot on the ramp- forever. Anarkalis are by far one of the most functional and fabulous outfits a fashion conscious girl-on-the-move could own.
For those of you who are not too familiar- the anarkali is a form of the salwar kameez that is fitted at the torso, just below the bust, and is flared downwards. The traditional anarkalis reach just above the ankle, have long sleeves, and are worn with a fitted churidar.
The perfect body type for an anarkali is tall, slender and sleek. It accentuates the height of the person, and gives the perfect, elegant flow to the outfit.
What if you are tall and big built? The outfit will do wonders to your silhouette if you have weight on your hips, as it is fitted at the top and skims over your lower body- literally hiding everything!
You will however encounter a speed bump if you are tall and big-chested. Try finding V-necked ones or ones that are fitted at the waist and flare downwards, instead of at the bust.
Now, let me tell you an unfortunate fact. Short women look shorter in long anarkalis. If you do belong to that category, make sure you find one that ends a few inches above the knees. It should be fitted at the waist and flare down, to give you the best effect.
Long anarkalis can replace lehengas too, as they have the same look and drape of one. They are perfect for formal occasions and weddings, and are so much cheaper than buying and being lumped with a lehenga, that you will wear maybe, twice. A big thumbs-up on the functionality front as well, especially if you have tons of running around to do during a function.
For more relaxed functions, opt for a short anarkali in bright, fun colours. For formal occasions, have your anarkali heavily embellished with embroidery, sequins and beads on the bust and around the border at the bottom. You can also opt for velvet or zari detailing.
Wear it with mojdis, stilettos, chandelier earrings, a chunky bracelet, a crystal clutch- just make sure its bling.
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