Indian festive wardrobe …..


The festive and wedding season is here and most of the time I end up seeing people in serious stress.

Knowing your basic body shape and understanding the types of clothes that will accentuate your good features, so that you dress in a way that really suits you. Today there are so many options to choose from so you’ll always be able to find something that will complement your body shape, scale, proportions, color profile (skin tone, hair color and eye color), personality and life style.

“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress”.

-Hubert de Givenchy

Dressing for your body shape is the key to style and confidence. Before we talk styles, let’s take a look at our body shapes. This time would like the focus to be anarkallis.

apple body style

You have an apple shaped body if you have

Rounder shoulder line and flat bottom
Average to big bust
Fullness around the middle
Good legs

For those among you who are apple shaped (if you have large bust or rounder tummy!) then you need to pick dresses / kurtas/anarkalis that have a beautiful v-neck to show off your curves or A-line, wear dress designs which take attention away from the tummy. Empire line cuts also work well for those with a rounder tummy but a smaller bust.

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The sleeves – Cap (avoid these if you have big arms except in the most informal of settings), ¾ length, above the wrist, built in shoulder pads (which ensure that your clothes will hang from the shoulders), wrist length, flared or draped.

Legs are asset for people with apple shaped body – so wear chunky shoe styles, the ones with color and detailing goes very well on you. Keep the heels medium to high, wedges also works very well on you.


pear shape

You have pear shaped body if you have

Full hips or thighs, maybe saddle bags
A defined waist
Shoulders that are narrower than your hips
A small top half as well as small bust

If you’re a pear shape lady a strapless dress/tops/anarkalis/kurtas to show off your smaller top. Choose empire or wrap dresses; separates work better. Fitted shapes are a must e.g. wrap tops or empire lines; vests, waistcoats and stiff fabrics, straight yoke, breast pockets, big collars are great; whether patterned or horizontally striped; all shoulder enhancing shapes e.g. shoulder pads, big shawls, bolero, wide straps, boat neck.

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Photo courtesy – Pink villa

Great necklines are boat and bar dot (wider boat neck with a flipped collar). Details or fuss on the top that reduces towards the waist and hips works very well for pear shaped body .It can be in the form of embroidery, ruffles, and sequins or patch work ….

The sleeves can be cap, ¾ length, dropped, batman, puffed, wrist or above wrist are great for you. If you are small to medium busted, puffed and short sleeves will work as well. Dresses with back yokes and back belts in the waist area look great.

Wear shoes/slippers with a medium to chunky heel; platforms or wedges are great; opt for long simple single colored knee boots (neutral colors); a square, or pointed toe works well.

And don’t forget to accessorize to your heart content after all it is festive wear we are talking about.


Babita Jaishankar

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