Salwar Suits for Every Body Type

8 Fab Salwar Suits Styles - And How to Wear Them for Every Body Type!

Praachi Raniwala

Guest Contributor

The wedding invites are piling up, which means there are going to be too many sangeets, receptions and pheras to attend soon. Time to bring out those suits that have been hoarded for far too long - or better yet, hit a few traditional wear stores right away! But considering the vortex of options available out there, sometimes the best amongst us aren’t sure if we're buying the salwar suits that’s best suited for our bodies. With this list of the best salwar suits for every body type, you can put all those sartorial question marks (and frantic WhatsApps to your besties) to rest! 

1. The Amazing Anarkali

Salwar Suits for Every Body Type

A by-and-large flattering style, anarkalis work for most body types. With a few tweaks, of course. Those with a lean and athletic body don’t really need to observe any restrictions with this style. But if you are top-heavy, avoid heavy embellishments or embroidery on the bodice. In fact, opt for a darker colour on top and save all the embellishments for the lower half of your anarkali. Women with a pear-shaped body, whose problem area is the hip, should opt for one with more kalis or flare. The opposite is true for petite ladies for the fear that they will be drowned by the unending yards of fabric; they should also be mindful of the length as a too-long one will make them appear even shorter.

POPxo recommends: Royal Blue Anarkali Kurta Set with Asymmetric Hem on Exclusively.In. Price: Rs 8,000

2. The Unusual Angarakha

Salwar Suits for Every Body Type

Angarakhas are great for those who are looking to camouflage their mid-section or heavy hips. The tapered V-neckline and overlapped detailing pulls the focus towards itself and distracts attention from problem areas. Avoid the style if you are a well-endowed girl when it comes to your bust as it will end up adding extra layers (and the appearance of bulk) to your bust. This is a great option if you are a petite woman since the style adds volume to your frame.

POPxo recommends: Sangria Pink Suit Set on Jabong. Price: Rs 1,699

3. The Fashionable Full-Length Suit

Salwar Suits for Every Body Type

Full-length suits, be they straight cuts or anarkalis, are no-brainers with those on the higher side of 5’4”, but others must approach the style with caution. If you are a tall girl, stock up on at least a couple of these suits (preferably straight cuts) to look like a statuesque goddess! And while we don’t subscribe to the school of thought that short girls can’t wear full-length silhouettes, we would advise them to pair the suit with heels and choose a print and colour that have a lengthening effect. Those with fuller figures should opt for a monotone full-length suit in a fabric that is not too clingy to create a slimming effect.

POPxo recommends: Rohana Grey Georgette Anarkali Suit on Indian Roots. Price: Rs 3,400

4. The Stylish Sherwani Suit

Salwar Suits for Every Body Type

Sherwani suits are the ideal pick for an androgynous reprieve. But the high collar makes it a no-no for those who feel conscious about having broad shoulders or big busts, as it draws a fair bit of attention to the torse. The style looks fabulous on women with athletic bodies. Also, it's a style that works better on a tall girl rather than short one because the kurtas tend to be on the longer side. (Of course, you can throw in a pair of sky-high heels and rock the look even if you're very petite!)

POPxo recommends: Pink tunic with mirror work collar by Manish Malhotra. Price: Rs 18,000

5. The Easy-Peasy Short Flared Kurta Set

Salwar Suits for Every Body Type

This one is a safe bet for pretty much every body type. Have an hourglass figure and don’t know what to wear? This one works! Pair the kurta with leggings or straight pants - it will work either way. The style is also a good way to hide any extra tummy flab - after all, no one ends to know that you have been cheating on your crunches off late!

POPxo Recommends: Bright Painterly Flared Kurta By W on Fashionara; Price: Rs 718; and Stylenmart Trendy Churidar & Dupatta Set on Fashionara, Price: Rs 699.

6. The Sexy Sharara Set

Salwar Suits for Every Body Type

Sharara pants are a welcome (and stylish) change for those who are tired of the same ol’ churidars. But be advised that shararas, because of their straight-to-flare silhouette, have a lot going on, and so look really good on tall women. All you leggy-model-types should stock up on as many as you can. So should ladies with broad shoulders, as it will lend you a balanced look. Unfortunately for short women, the sharara can add more "width" than height to the frame - so if those basketball sessions haven’t done anything to help your height, then opt for a short tunic with your sharara; ones that graze your calves will only make you appear shorter.  Women with fuller figures should opt for one colour (preferably a dark one) from head-to-toe.

POPxo Recommends: Libas Women Black & Pink Salwar Kurta on Myntra. Price: Rs 1,919

7. The Elegant Jacket Style Suit

Salwar Suits for Every Body TypeJacket style suits lend your look a stylish appeal, adding a vintage feel to it. Wear a jacket (but make sure it’s plain) with a nipped-in waist if you have an ample bosom or throw on a smart embroidered jacket or koti over a kurta if you are petite. This style is best avoided if you have a fuller figure, though, since it can make you look a bit bulky.

POPxo Recommends: Biba Off White Viscose Solid Suit Set on Jabong. Price: Rs 10,500

8. The Simple Straight-Cut Suit

Salwar Suits for Every Body Type

An intrinsic closet staple, we bet all of you have of plenty of this style stocked in your wardrobe. Because, yes, it largely works for everyone. It allows the slim girls to flaunt their curves with figure-hugging variations, while bringing fail-safe linearity to those with problem areas to camouflage. Be mindful of the colours and fabrics you choose, and you're all set!

POPxo Recommends: Embroidered Three-Piece Ssuit by Global Desi. Price: Rs 4,499

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Published on Nov 17, 2014
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