The anarkali suit was first introduced during the period of the Great Mughal Empire from 1526 to 1857. As a fashion style, it got its name from a famous courtesan named Anarkali who was part of the Great Emperor Akbar’s court. Known for her beauty and pomegranate-like complexion, the term “anarkali” meaning pomegranate blossom, was given to these beautiful suits.
Recently, anarkali suits have become popular again on the Indian fashion scene. Although styles have evolved since earlier periods, anarkalis are a highly desired fashion trend for the 21st century. A popular fashion style worn primarily by women in Pakistan, Northern India, and Middle-Eastern regions, anarkali suits are made up of the anarkali, a long, frock-style top, and the salwar, slim fitting pants that resemble leggings. The suit is fitted around the bust with a long skirt, usually mid-knee to floor length, with flowing pleats around the legs.
Throughout history, anarkali suits have symbolized a sense of royalty with luxurious fabrics and intricate details. Their form fitting bodice and flowing skirt enhance a woman’s figure and create feminine appeal. The long, flowing skirts and leggings hide any flaws around the waist and hips. During the Mughal period, many younger, unmarried women worn them to charm interested men. Today, they are a traditional fashion item that can be worn on any occasion.
Anarkali suits are made from luxurious fabrics like silk, satin, cotton or net and embellished with heavy embroidery and intricate details. There are beautiful stones, glittering threads, gota patti, and heavy brocades that create a feminine and elegant look. With heavily embellished suits, you don’t really need accessories. They make a stunning fashion statement on their own. If you want to accessorize, consider a pair of long ethnic earrings like jhumkas which can be found at Craftsvilla.
To choose the best anarkali suit for your body type, follow there simple tips:
Tall Women – Choose a floor length skirt that will emphasize your height and graceful figure. Mid-knee skirts won’t be as flattering to you. You have the height to pull off a heavily embellished suit, very flared skirt, and any neckline style you want.
Short Women – Choose a floor length skirt with less flare, as it will make you look taller. You can wear mid-knee skirts, but you should add a pair of beautiful high heels to make you look taller. A V-neck anarkali suit will visually lengthen your neck.