History of Anarkali Suits

Tell me what is common between all the bollywood divas like Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit, Vidya Balan, Zareen Khan, Sushmita Sen, Diz Mirza, Karisma Kapoor? Well, when these ladies go up for public appearance in ethnic wear – most of the times what they choose to wear is Anarkali Suits.

Anarkali Suits made their comeback in late 2012 and since then, they have been rocking the fashion show ramps. Almost every bollywood diva have sported the Anarkali look. Moreover, all the marriages this season have been flooded by Anarkalis. Even Sarees have got tough competition from Anarkali Suits and that’s why, I, Manpreet found it really necessary to see what’s the story behind Anarkali Suits.

You want to know? KEEP READING!

Before that let me show you some pictures of gorgeous bollywood actresses who have worn Anarkali Suits, you know just to prove my words. Though, do I really need to prove? :O

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Soha Ali Khan in anarkali Suit

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Well, the gallery of pictures would go on, so I guess I should start with what I actually wrote this post for. So, how all of this actually started? How those frock suits came back as Anarkali Suits?

Well, let me start from what an Anarkali Suit actually is? An Anarkali Suit is a combination of a long kurta and bottoms that are usually in the form of churidaar. The length of the kurta varies according to a person’s choice. Nowadays, floor length Anarkali Suits are in trend. The kurta is fitted on the bust and have long plates just like an umbrella. I remember, my mom used to call these umbrella suits and I had one of orange color when I was in 6th standard.

Shushmita Sen anarkali suits

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Did you ever think where the name came from?

Well, Anarkali which actually means pomegranate blossom was a legendary slave girl from Lahore (Pakistan) during the empire of Akbar. She was dancer at the palace of the great Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Akbar.  It is said that the eldest son of Akbar – Salim fell in love with Anarkali and when the emperor came to know about this, he ordered to bury Anarkali alive for having a relationship with his son. But due to the lack of evidence, some people call this as a false story but this story is greatly believed by Bollywood I guess.

At the time of Mughal Emperor Akbar, a dance form called mujra was quite famous. Many famous dancers used to dance at the palace of Mughal Kings. The dresses which were worn by the mujra dancers at that time were known as mujra dresses. Later the name got converted to Anarkali Dresses or Anarkali Suits in the rememberance of the great dancer and a passionate love of Mughal time – Anarkali.

Dia Mirza in Anarkali Suit

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Latest designs of Anarkali Suits which are popular among the masses involve floor length Anarkalis with different prints, materials, embroidery, sleeves and designer and stylish necklines. Usually, Kameez in Anarkali Suits is heavily embroidered. The upper portion of kameez which could be roughly called as choli is completely embroidered with the bottom highlighted with a heavy border. The blouse/choli have latest designs and patterns on neck and on sleeves.

Sonali Bendre in Anarkali Suit

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Times of India in article called this dress – a sophisticated, elegant and calls it to work like a charm and in fact, it does. They really look gorgeous on Indian women. Don’t you think so?

Also, you can easily hide your problem areas of your body by wearing this dress and also, enhance the best features. Do remember to team it properly with nice accessories.

Keep the look simple. Let your Anarkali Suit describe your style. See this:

In the above picture, I have worn an Anarkali Suit with a heavy border and teamed it with minimum accessories – just a pair of earings, a ring and a bracelet.

If you are thinking of buying an Anarkali Suit, you must keep in mind these tips:

1. Always team the Anarkali Suit with a tight chudidaar or cotton slacks. Its a big NO NO for salwars, harems and patialas.

2. Anarkali Suit should be less fitted at the bust. Show off your bust with some other attire like Saree. Anarkalis are better for showing off a good neckline.

3. Make sure your Floor length Anarkali Suit is not longer than the floor length.

4. If you have a heavy bust, don’t go with chinese collars.

5. If you have slim to hourglass figure, go for heavy flares.

6. If the suit is heavily embroidered, go for light jewellery and vice versa.

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This is Manpreet .. signing off!

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