We lovely ladies come in all shapes and sizes, and anarkalis are practically tailormade for the curvy Indian body type. This versatile garment can be modified to suit us just right, especially the apple body type. So, be it an occasion that warrants Indian ethnic wear or just a day when you feel like wearing something beautifully ethnic, your trusty anarkali will always be by your side. The apple-shaped body is characterised by a heavier upper body and a thinner lower body. It is imperative to understand one’s body shape as not all fashion trends are made to suit every body type. So, here is a tell-all guide to choosing anarkalis for apple-shaped women.
1. A-cut anarkali suit
An A-cut anarkali balances out the body symmetrically. Avoid excessive flare as that can make you look bulky instead of slimming your silhouette. Pair the suit with well-fitted pants or leggings to show off your slim legs. Semi sheer sleeves are a great way to draw attention to your slim arms.
2. Stay away from the heavy work
A thumb rule for curvy women is to avoid heavy embellishments and embroidery at that spot. This draws unnecessary attention to that area making you look bigger than you are! Opt for subtle, delicate work that is evenly spread out over the anarkali and not concentrated on one point.
3. Broad necklines
Give your neckline some breathing space. While collared necks are high fashion right now, they are meant for women with humbler assets. High necks can make an apple shaped woman look fuller and disproportionately large. Opt for neck designs that show off some of that beautiful décolletage, like a scoop neck, a sweetheart neck or a v-neck.
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4. Empire waistline
Anarkalis have a characteristic flare at the waist which is meant to flit and flare as you dance and twirl. Beginning the flare at the waist is not advisable for the apple shape, as it will unnecessarily elongate the upper body, drawing attention away from the toned lower body. So, a very clever way around it is to go for an empire waistline, where the fit is right below the bust. It’s elegant and flatters those curves like a dream.
5. Single tone
A single tone evens out any discrepancies that might otherwise be very visible. Picking out darker colours will further decrease the risk of looking disproportionate. Add to it the factor of elegance, beauty and class, one can never go wrong with single tones.
6. Say no to net
Keep away from poofy material such as net which adds extra volume to your frame. Pick fabrics that flatter your body shape. If you really want to add net to the outfit, stick to adding it to the sleeves. Opt for flowy materials like chiffon and georgette as they skim accentuate your curves without sticking to your body.
7. Wider hemlines
Wider hemlines on long anarkalis elongate one body, making you look thinner and taller. They also take attention away from the top half and focus it on the lower part of the body. So, opt for wider hems, embroidered or plain, have it as you like it. Also remember to carry your dupatta on the side and not across your bust.
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