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By Sonam Poddar Hissaria

The latest vogue in town is the floor length wedding anarkalis which symbolizes opulence, grandeur and beauty. We take a look at the aesthetic war between the traditional bridal lehenga and the new fad wedding anarkali suit.

Weddings are something we Indian’s are obsessed with. We buy the heaviest and mostly the costliest dress of our life for our wedding. These days many brides are donning wedding anarkali instead of the traditional lehengas. Anarkali suits have won the hearts of almost all the women. They are a fusion of rich Indian tradition and modern designs. This ethnic attire flatters every body type if selected according to the body. This representative Indian wear is famous because of its easy to wear nature and fine designs and creativity.

The fashion Industry played a vital role in bringing a striking balance between traditional anarkali suits and contemporary fashion statement. The Bollywood beauties can be seen wearing anarkali suits at parties, red carpets, weddings and even at International pageants. This has led to modern brides opting for anarkalis as their bridal attire for the D-day.

The rich and free-flowing fabric of bridal anarkalis gives stylish appeal and makes it favourite among the women who love to wear Indian attires. The suits are rich in embroideries, attractive designs and unique artwork which make it a perfect wear for any type of occasion in the family. The suits are so long in length that it is tough to get a peek of the churidar worn under it. Anarkali suit is a traditional form of western gowns and is famous across the globe.

Designers like Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna, and Sandeep Khosla are famous for their unique floor length anarkali suits which are available in attractive and beautiful colours. The royal pieces can flatter any body type and can also hide flaws, if any. The floor length suits are considered must have clothes in your wardrobe which can be easily worn with a light piece of jewelry. A pair of beautiful earrings and bangles perfectly coordinated with anarkali suit for wedding reception outfits can complete the look easily. Do not forget to wear heels with the suit, which makes an impressing impact on others.
The anarkali looks awe-inspiring when they are snug fitting to your body. Quit envying other's look and figure out your own body type, even you can evoke envy. For wedding, pick the vibrant colour combinations like ruby, rose, gold, pomegranate, teal, aqua, etc. These suits have widely attracted women from B-town and the fashion forward woman. Picking out anarkali according to your body type will make you stand out. Roughly there are five categories of body type-apple or oval, square or rectangle, hourglass, inverted triangle and pear.

Hourglass body type: It means you have a proportionate body, and so, you can carry any type of anarkali with great panache. Go for suit tighter at the waist - as it will accentuate the beauty of your curves. It is recommended to avoid the heavy fabrics as it will give an impression of extra weight. And be wise in selecting the colour, it should complement your skin tone not devour it.
Inverted Triangle: The women with the wide shoulders and skinny legs fall under this category. Avoid boat necks, high necklines and bulky shoulder patterns as it will enhance the broad shoulders. Before purchasing any anarkali, do a proper research online to buy the ethnic wear. Or buy from the trusted sites in order to get the best quality.

Apple Shaped: If you are apple shaped, it means you are plumpy on the sides especially above your waist. It will be wise to go for A-line anarkali with the wide hemline borders. Be cautious and stay away from the stiff fabrics like the tissue and brocade as it will give a rectangular appearance.
If you are heavier on the sides then anarkali with lots of flares will work best for you, starting from the empirical line rather than the waistline. It will add height to your look and hide your extra flab.
A woman with a straight body or those who lack curves can freely go for the skin fitting, short, and frock style anarkali.

Pear Shaped Body: If you are pear shaped body defined with a wider lower body and a well defined waistline, then opt for A-line anarkalis, which are narrow from the top and have flares at the bottom. It will surely give you a slimmer look and will minimize the curvy bottom.
For petite women it will be sensible to go for anarkali which has got moderate flares. Stick to short kurtis with moderate kalidar. And if you are bulky, then stay away from the deep neck, sleeveless, and open back designs because the protruding flesh will not be flattering at all.

Floor length anarkali suits have recently started gaining popularity among the brides to be. Following are few points to keep in mind while picking the perfect anarkali for your wedding.
Choose the fabric which will be befitting to the auspicious and grand aura of the occasion. Choose from silks and velvets as they will help you to look like a royal princess. Net is also a great option and is perfect for evening parties due to its sheer elegance.
A lot of embroidery options will be available to you. So choose the heavy work like that of resham, zari, chanderi and gotta patti.

The jewellery which you wear should be in harmony with the dress you are wearing. Always remember often less is more.The Indian brides prefer traditional floor length anarkali suits instead of heavy lehengas for their wedding and other important functions like mehendi and ring ceremony. Another reason is, anarkali for wedding receptions are nifty, elegant and easy to carry off for long hours. The anarkali suit is usually made up of soft and silky fabrics which are comfortable to wear for long wedding ceremonies. These suits are the latest trendsetter and easy to maintain by women of any age.
Anarkali suits with beautiful borders are gaining popularity and are trendy nowadays. But border of the suit should be chosen wisely depending on your body type, length, and occasion. Shorter women should avoid broad borders as it creates an illusion of shorter look. Broad borders look great on floor length anarkali suit for wedding reception.
Let’s discuss some different types of anarkali to make your life simpler:
Circular Anarkali: This type of anarkali suit has a full flare umbrella cut pattern and therefore has a nice appearance. Circular anarkali has two parts, which is bodice and circular skirt. It can be worn with salwar and leggings. This is usually tight of fit bodice and has a flare skirt that can start from waist line or high waist line as per your wish.

Anarkali with Straight Panels: This type of anarkali has straight panels of full length. The number of panels may vary but that panel lines give great look to anarkali. These types of anarkali outlines are same as A line anarkali. This is usually having fit body up to waist line or low waist line from shoulder and the remaining till hemline having flare look with panels.
Half Panel Anarkali: Half panel anarkali is a mixed pattern of circular anarkali’s bodice part and panel anarkali’s skirt part. Here the bodice is with princess seam. These types of anarkali top have fit bodice and flare skirt part with panels.
Anarkali with Horizontal Panel or Tiered Skirt Part: Horizontal panel anarkali has two parts, which is bodice and tiered skirt. This type of anarkali is made with horizontal panels of associated blend colours and patterns. Usually 3 to 5 tires used to make this horizontal panel anarkali. To enhance it has lace at the tier joints.

Asymmetric Anarkali: This one is my favorite. Asymmetric anarkali’s are quite in trend and look chic too. These can be made from light cotton or heavy silk. It is generally shorter in the front and slightly longer behind; this would work on petite girls too. I know how it is difficult to find an anarkali when you are short.
Layered Anarkali: They give a jacket kind of look or 2-3 layers which are shorter and keep on increasing in length. Currently the mesh capes are quite in trend and would look good over an anarkali too. The layers can be of the same colour with hemline borders or of different but related colours. They look elegant and chic.

All said, I did come across a few brides who will not give up the traditional lehenga. Pragati, who got married last December said, “with market booming with beautiful anarkalis its very easy to get carried away but I still chose to wear a lehenga because I can wear anarkali anytime; like at my siblings wedding, so I can pick them up later but I will not be ever be able to don the bridal lehenga for any occasion but mine.” Another bride Mahika who got married this January chose a traditional red and gold lehenga for her wedding and said “ever since a child whenever I pictured myself as a bride and I saw myself wearing a red lehenga, hence I would have never barter it for anything else.”

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