Indian wear has some of the most varied, relaxed and comfortable silhouettes. It’s also the easiest to style if you ate that extra burger and feel a little bloated. There’s something about ethnic outfits that makes you look and feel slim. Be it a saree or a long anarkali kurta, a few simple styling tricks can easily help you look slimmer in Indian wear. Here are some simple tips on how to look slim in Indian wear.
1. Choose The Right Material
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Don’t go for fabrics like spandex, lycra or anything that is body-hugging. Such fabrics will make you look bulkier. You could opt for free-flowing fabrics such as cotton, silk and georgette. These fabrics make your ethnic wear look more well-fitted and give your body a great shape too.
2. Anarkalis For The Win!
Anarkali kurtas suit practically every body type and give you this lean, elongated look even if you’re not that tall. They can easily be called the Queen of Indian wear as far as looking slimmer is concerned.
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3. Choose Well-Tailored Outfits
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Whether you like your outfits loungy and comfy or body fitting, they still need to be well-cut. An anarkali suit that actually looks like a shift dress will never look great. Even if you like the anti-fit silhouette, the ensemble must be well-stitched. Don’t wear an anti-fit anarkali, instead choose an anti-fit tunic and pair it with palazzos.
4. Long Straight Fit Kurtas
Straight fit kurtas always help in defining body shape and form. They make you look taller and slimmer. Instead of wearing a knee-length kurta, opt for a long calf-length kurta that’s well-fitted. You could opt for going sleeveless or go with three-quarter sleeves, if you think it will look good.
5. Small Prints? Yes!
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Opt for smaller prints, they help your outfit look more put together and less cumbersome. The rule applies for everything - a printed saree, an anarkali, kurti or even a printed lehenga.
6. Kurti Bottoms
Choose your kurti bottoms carefully. If you’re wearing an A-line kurta, wear a tighter bottom. But if you’re wearing a straight, fitted kurta, you can opt for a nice pair of palazzos. Balance the separates in a practical and aesthetically pleasing way.
7. Long Sleeved Blouses Look Great
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If you love wearing sarees or lehengas but think that they make you look broader, just add some length to your sleeves. Long sleeves will make your arms look slender and sexy!
8. Layering Trick
Layering is a trick not everyone can do with ease, especially when it comes to Indian wear. But whether you’re styling Indian wedding dresses or wearing a kurti for a casual day out, layering can really amp up your style game. Try wearing a waistcoat to define your upper body and if you wish to hide your sides, then layer with a nice long jacket which will give your outfit quite a makeover. You could even do this with your regular lehengas.
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9. Silhouette Choices
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Know your body type and check which silhouette suits it the most. The anarkali style suits most Indian body types, but it is still good to try on different styles before zeroing in on your favourite. An A-line kurti looks flattering on those with a heavier bottom, an angrakha suits women with a petite frame the most, an off-shoulder blouse is great if you have enviable collar bones. Experiment and explore what suits you!
10. Clever Makeup & Hair
As important as it is to pair the right separates together, it’s crucial to do your hair and makeup correctly as well. If you’re going with a busy outfit that has a mix of patterns and prints, keep your hair in a bun or a slick ponytail. If your outfit is simple, opt for braids or even a messy bun. The same goes for makeup. These are small elements that can make you appear much sharper, and contribute to your overall look!
Published on Oct 17, 2016