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Bedazzle with ethnic ensembles that suit your body type

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With Seasons around the corner, we all want to look our traditional best. But remember, what looks stunning on your sister or friend, won’t necessarily look the same on you. That’s because each of us have a different body type and should dress accordingly for great results. We rope in experts to dish out some fashion secrets and share some of our own inputs too!

-Prajna Rao

On the healthier side

For those on the healthier side, the best option to go for is a sari.  Fashion Designer Pratima Pandey says, “A sari

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looks more beautiful for this body type. When you drape it around you, it accentuates what is supposed to be accentuated.”

The trick is in the details. Have a well-fitted blouse. Pratima advices to opt for longer sleeves, such as 3/4th ones. Puffed sleeves are a no-no.  As for the sari, it is best to go for light materials such as georgettes and cotton silk. And don’t forget the magic dark colours can do to make you appear slimmer.


 Those with an athletic built have more options to choose from. According to Pratima, an anarkali is the best bet here. She says, “You can ditch the duppata if you want. We are living in a time where we move about a lot, we have to be comfortable.”

Wear ensembles and fabrics that give you an illusion of curves. Chiffon fabric works well for this type of figure. You can also go for a lovely embellished pleated skirt and team it up with a fitted top.


“An anarkalli is the best for those who are thin as well. You can go for tie-ups, even anarkali wraps look nice as it gives you a little figure,” shares Pratima. You can flaunt your tiny waist and flat tummy in a midriff bearing chaniya choli or sharara.

Tasneem Merchant, Fashion Designer and Professor of NIFT says, “For skinny figures, the trick is to add curves and fullness where you want to. Such as pleats and ruching done on the upper empire line of the anarkali or even a heavily embellished bodice with a box pleated lower skirt can achieve this effect.” She adds, “For sleeves, batwing sleeves look best adding a Victorian look to your anarkali.”

When it comes to fabrics, Pratima suggests to choose ones that have more volume and add bulk such as chanderi, crushed silk and crushed cotton. For colours, instead of a lighter one, you can opt a mixed tone. Tasneem advices bright colours with full prints on skirts. She says, “Big bright florals are in trend and will work well.”

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If you are one of the few lucky ones to have an hourglass figure, then you can pretty much don anything! Shares Pratima, “A fitted salwar or sari with a sleeveless blouse will look really nice.” You can also go for mermaid-style lehengas. The bold ones can even opt for corset tops or halter necklines.

Fabrics of georgette, chiffon and net are a good option as they beautifully skim your body enhancing your curves.

So go ahead and flaunt your best, wishing you a happy festive season!

Fashion Editor with LSF Magazine

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