Ditch Anarkalis, try cleaner cuts this Diwali

  • IANS, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2014 16:54 IST

Floor-length and flared Anarkali suits have been a rage in fashion circuits for a while. This festive season, go for a change and glam up your wardrobe with more defined A-line kurtas, pants or kurtis with skirts.

The reason why anarkalis were appreciated heavily till last year was because it served great on the Indian body types, but the mindset is shifting towards more clean cuts and patterns, feel experts.

Also read: Wonder how celebs celebrate Diwali?

"Anarkalis are big no this season as no one wants to buy such cuts this season. Go for A-line and asymmetrical kurtas as they are back in trend," designer Samant Chauhan, told IANS.

But be very careful when choosing the outfits.

"While choosing the A-line silhouette, a person can look for the appropriate sized flare and ease, especially the cut. A person can easily skip dupatta with an A line-kurti, and instead opt for flared bottoms to add feminine character to their look," deigner Swapnil Shinde told IANS.


Experiment with bright hues like blue, orange and pink. You can also opt for the ever-gorgeous and apt black hue this Diwali

"Tunics with high slits also look great when paired with flared palazzos and skirts, and a sharara would add more feel to the traditional look. However, a person with a larger size, should avoid high slits and lot of flare, and should go for straight fit trousers or salwars," he added.

If one is not satisfied with the above options, then try A-line Jaipuri skirts with short kurtis instead of churidars and anarkalis.

Also read: Diwali dressing: Keep safety in mind

"Such dressing will give you a beautiful and sober look," says designer Reynu Taandon.

While the shades of white has been predicted as the favourite colour for the forthcoming season, but keeping in mind the fascination for colours amongst Indian women, one can experiment with bright hues like blue, orange and pink.

However, avoid overdoing everything!

"Overdoing your look is a gone trend. Women nowadays prefer tone on tone embroideries, lighter colour tones and palettes. Experimenting with colours like ivory, overall metallic look in gunmetal, vintage champagne, gold and silver, metallic tones of dull copper and olive, can give you a subtle yet elegant look," said designer Pam Mehta.

In terms of the fabric, go for georgette over chiffon for an A-line kurti, as it has heavier fall. Also, silk and net can be tried.

And yes, festivity doesn't only means clothes- it also means choosing the right accessories.

"Big chunky karas (broad bangles) with ghungroos, customised head pieces, haatphools, crystal belts, arm bands and chand-balis add to the look and make your outfit complete. Also, branded clutches, Indian potlis and pouches with vintage embroideries add that zing to your outfit," said Mehta.

So what are you waiting for? Try these quick tips from designers and don't forget to smile- that's the best accessory a woman can wear.

also read

Meet Rina Fukushi: At 17, she’s the world’s newest model sensation
Show comments