Bored of free flowing anarkali-style suits? Tweak it this festive season to give it a western touch by playing with the 'kalis' and, who knows, it can even double up as a gown.
A little twist here, a little turn there can make your anarkali-style suit more trendy, say designers, telling fashionistas to play around with the hemline, use light embellishments and team it with palazzos.
"I think the anarkali needs a re-invention as we are seeing the same pattern for so long. The only thing that most designers are doing is raising or dropping the hemline. I just feel that one could be a little more futuristic in dealing with the anarkali," designer Niki Mahajan said.
"We can turn around a little bit to make it more glamorous and different. As a designer, I can make it more interesting by controlling kalis on one side and playing on the other by giving a sharper neckline and repositioning colours," she added.
"Anarkalis have always been a hot favourite for young women during festivities. It is, however, time to tweak anarkalis and make them more western. Little changes here and there can make it trendy. One can try anarkalis that have a European feel, which means they can be worn as gowns also," designer Joy Mitra said.
Some emerging trends this festive season are layering and draping with lace and lighter embroidery.
Kalidar kurtas are also hitting the shelves and people are going in for more layering and draping with a lot of lace work.
They are also asking for more styling, not just embellishments, said designer Gautam Gupta. "The unique thing that I have discovered this festive season is that people are looking for lighter work," he added.
"Yes, they want the clothes to look heavy with a little bit of bling, but at the same time they want the material used for the embroidery to be light," he added.
Apart from the regular georgette and chanderi, fabrics like kota and lightweight Japanese yukata, instead of zardozi, are being used to make anarkalis.
"It's easy to move in fabrics like kota as it brings a lot of flexibility," Gupta added.
Festivity also means a splash of bright colours. According to Ashish Parikh from brand Studio Virtues, "Coral shades, which could be experimented with embroidered belts, are making a big comeback. Fuschia, purple and red are also trending big time."
How does one accessorise anarkali suits?
Go for a simple clutch and matching footwear to add drama to your attire, said designer Rajdeep Ranawat.
He also suggested that jewels should be "classic and elegant".
"One simple mantra to focus while wearing Indian line is: choose colours that complement the skin, silhouettes that complement the body and embellishments that complement the personality. Carry the outfit with elan and a confident poise thereafter," added Ranawat.