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How To Shop Anarkali Suits For Your Body Shape

The art of looking stylish and confident starts with knowing your body shape and clothes are flatter and fit the body. Often it is easier to shop for western clothes as there is a lot of information on cuts and body shapes available. However, it is not impossible to apply the same tricks to Indian wear as well. In this post I am sharing the most common Indian body shapes and which anarkali suits' style would suit them. 

Majority of Indian (south-asian) women have pear shaped body. Pear shaped women have wider thighs and hips compared to their waist and shoulders. They would look perfect in A-line Anarkalis with more kalis or flare. They can also choose floor length anarkali. Wear boat neck, v-shaped, plunging or mandarin neck pattern to highlight the upper body. Kurta with collar and/or heavy details around neck looks great on this shape. Try to wear two toned dresses: light on the upper body and dark on the lower body to create an illusion of a balanced structure.


Rectangle shaped women have the bust and hips about the same size. The waist is slightly smaller compared to the bust and hips. Women with rectangle body shape can wear short, frock style, layered, jacket style, long Anarkali suits. But, anarkali suit with lots of kalis and a huge Ghera will add volume to the look and create some curves. When it comes to neckline, go for wide, deep necklines.


Women with hourglass body shape have hip and bust of same size with a narrow waist. Women blessed with hourglass figure can opt for any kind of anarkali suit, preferably tailored to enhance the beautiful curves. Although, avoid heavy fabrics as will add extra weight.


Women with apple-shaped body have a large bust, broad shoulders with rounded abdominal area and narrow hips. An a-line anarkali suit with v-neck and wide border around the hem, would be most flattering for this shape. Another option would be to choose an anarkali suit, in which flare starts at the empire line instead of the waist. Drape dupatta over your shoulder to divert attention. Avoid boat necks, high necklines, heavy works around the neck and fabrics like brocade or tissue.

I hope you find these tip helpful for your next anarkali suit shopping. Do share what you bought on your shopping haul! 

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