The ‘Anarkali suit’ is named after the legendary lover Anarkali of Mughal Prince Saleem, who later became Jahangir. Anarkali means ‘pomegranate’ indicating the tender look that is infused into the wearer of the Anarkali. The Anarkali suit is typically made of three pieces- the top, pant and dupatta. The top is fitted upto the waist and then flows out into a long frock-style top. The pant is usually tight-fitted and makes rings at the ankle, known as churidar. The Anarkali suit comes in various styles, colours, textures and embellishments and are a favourite among Indian women since they can adapt to any body shape. The long scarf or dupatta that accompanies this dress lends a very graceful look to this dress.
Ankle Length Anarkalis: These suits open up into a flair at the waist and flow till the ankle. They are accompanied by a matching or contrast pair of tight pants and a long flowy scarf. Floor Length Anarkalis: These suits are special because they go all the way to the floor covering the entire height of the wearer giving it a very elegant look. Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra have made this style very popular in recent times. Jacket Style Anarkalis: This style of Anarkali come paired with beautifully embellished jackets that can be worn over the top lending it a very regal look. Sometimes, these pieces are accompanied by the dupatta. Bridal Anarkali Suits: These Anarkali dresses are styled to be extremely attractive and are embellished with heavy embroidery, stone work, patch work, sequins work, kundan work, zari to make the bride look resplendent on her special day. Party Wear Anarkali: Anarkalis for party wear are designed to be rich and light, usually made of materials like silk, georgette, chiffon, muslin, etc. They have a variety of embellishments that make the wearer look gorgeous. Designer Anarkali suits: As the name suggests, designer Anarkali suits are influenced heavily by the styles and trends in Bollywood. They are preferred by women from high-societies and are a must have in the party wardrobe. Simple Anarkalis: These Anarkali dresses are similar to casual salwar kameez that come in cotton or light silk and are preferred by women as everyday work wear.
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