The anarkali suit seems to have grown as the second skin of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The actor has been seen wearing this outfit almost at every second event — be it the music launch of Robot, the promotions of Guzaarish, World Bunt Sports Meet and the recent Apasara and Zee Cine awards.
The dress is in vogue, but we wonder why Ash is stuck on this voluminous trend, when she’s capable of wearing trendier dresses at the red carpet. Designer Neeta Lulla says, “Anarkali is not a red carpet trend and Aishwarya can try a stylishly draped sari instead.”
Ash experiments at Cannes!
The star looks elegant in anarkali suits, but experts agree unanimously that she needs to experiment more. “If Aishwarya wants to continue with this trend, she should at least experiment with the cuts and designs. I guess she only likes experimenting at Cannes,” says designer Arpan Vohra. “Anarkali suits hide the flab around the waist,” says designer Vandy Mehra. So is Ash wearing this garment frequently with a purpose, and thus playing it safe all the while?
“Aishwarya knows she looks elegant in anarkali suits, so she’s not ready to leave this hit formula,” says designer Jaya Rathore. With her figure, the diva can certainly flaunt something more glamourous.
“A tad coy by nature as she comes across to be, Aishwarya might want a more innovative attire to do the talking for her. If she’s a die-hard anarkali fan, she can experiment with the length of the kurti in a tunic style and to dress it up with loose salwars or dogris,” says designer Urvashi Kaur.
Wear it right
Indo-western: Anarkalis can be worn traditionally with long earrings or can be contemprorised, with stilettos and a gorgeous clutch. The length of the suit can vary from floor to calf length
The right look: Anarkali suits usually look good on medium or tall people. The length of anarkalis should be ideally kept 4-5 inches below the knee. Taller people can opt for a suit that ends right above the ankle. Don’t go over the top with the ghera of the suit. A dori belt or a jewelled tassel helps to define your figure.
Size-wise: Girls who are too heavy around the chest, should avoid too many panels in the ghera as this would make them look bigger. Big-built women should also go in for softer fabrics, such as georgette or chiffon, which will wrap around their figure and give them a lean look. Materials like net or raw silk do not create a flattering fall, and increase the volume of the dress. Such suits will make you look bulkier.
Keep it minimal: Avoid over-accessorising if you are wearing an anarkali dress. A nice set of earrings or jhumkas are enough to complete the look.