Fashion could be cyclical but there are a few classics that do not come with an expiration date. Holding its strong roots for decades now, the good-old anarkali is a piece you’ll find in every closet and heirloom. Customized with multiple panels that add up to a flared volume with a cinched waist or empire line, it wins the most-flattering and versatile silhouette crown unanimously. The maestros of fashion always take the opportunity to encore the O.G ensemble on the runway. It is a little wonder how the time-honoured style has settled through seasons and trends.
A well-deserved throwback:
The Anarkali ensemble traces its origin in the Mughal Era, named after an iconic courtesan of their empire. The name literally translates as a flower bud of the pomegranate fruit. While the iconic love saga of Mughal Crown Prince Salim and Anarkali is recognised for popularizing the ensemble, it was commonly adorned by the royal women of the Mughal Era for a demure and elegant appeal.
Owing to its curve-enhancing attributes and old-world elegance, anarkali remains a quintessential classic in the trend-dominated fashion scene. Couturiers and style mavens have been continually reviving and spinning the silhouette in whimsically dramatic and glamour-oozing cuts while boasting of the culture-rich virtue of the style with traditional aesthetics. An anarkali paired with jhumki danglers is the winning formula to make the onlookers swoon over your charm. As a three-piece traditional or a floor-grazing-gown-like statement-maker, the silhouette defines opulence in every version. The style blends into the revelries of weddings and festive occasions with a charismatic appeal. Anarkalis are also perfect twirly substitutes for can-canned lehengas and over-voluminous gowns. Its fluid flare lends a captivating feminine allure while the easiness and comfort will let you indulge in every revelry from sundowner wedding get-togethers to moonlight sangeet nights hassle-free. A perfect win-win!
That said, it is simply beyond the bounds of possibility to end our obsession with Anarkali.
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