Bridal Anarkali Styles and Designs for the modern bride

Bridal Anarkali Styles

Hello peeps!

It has been a long time since something specific has been talked about the lovely Indian brides. So today’s segment is again a detailed insight into the bridal wear and is none other than about bridal anarkali. We know you are a hell excited but a bit sceptical also, but don’t worry! You’ll love it.

Yes, if you are an Indian, then you must have heard your mothers, grandmothers and aunts talking in length about this piece of elegance, sophistication and royalty all packed in one piece with a detailed discussion about the no. of “kalis” they had in the anarkali suit which they owned. And that hold true to some extent as well because anarkali has been there for years and years as it was being introduced by the Mughals.

But it became a high point of talking after it was being work by the iconic Madhubala for the song “Jab Pyar Kia Toh Darna Kya” in Mughal-e-Azam, and later on by Rekha and many more. If you haven’t watched the movie yet or haven’t watched the song (yes watch it, not just hear), then go and watch fast.

And if you are not an Indian but know someone, ask them about the same. But if you don’t know, then we are here to your rescue. Today we not only will make you aware about anarkali suits and lehengas, but will also give you multitude of options to choose from bridal anarkalis if you’re the go-to-bride and someone who just doesn’t want to don those heavily embellished lehenga or saree for any of your wedding functions; but still look regal and mesmerizing.

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And you know what, we’ll also introduce you to one or maybe more brides who have wore a bridal anarkali to their wedding day, that is, the D-day. Till now, you must be thinking that it can only be work in one style and maybe for a small event like mehndi or haldi, but no. With the changing fashion industry, unkempt designs and people’s demands; designers are coming up with some exquisite patterns, styles and designs of this age old piece of clothing which looks the same even after loads of revolution and changes.

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Over the years Anarkali suits have undergone several modernization and has elevated to the modish Indo-western look, which is why we thought it will be great to put together a list of different types of Anarkali suits that you need to try at least once. You will be surprised to know the diversity it offers, and the new fancy bridal anarkali in the Indian wedding picture, so let’s get started!


1. Floor length bridal anarkali design

Who doesn’t love floor length outfits to embrace an elegant and sheer style. And what better than a floor length anarkali. This is an ever lasting choice for everyone and anyone who wants to stay rooted to the traditional design of an anarkali but still look flamboyant. You as a would-be bride can invest in all-embroidered, handwoven, thread work, lace-laden or even embellished anarkalis with a flowy fabric to give the “kalis” some added twirl when you go round and round with your partner for photos like georgette, net, shiffon or even silk and cotton.

The material and work of the anarkali also depends on the type of function and time of the day, along with season. Like you might not want to wear a heavily embellished bridal anarkali for a day mehendi, but a heavily embellished net or georgette might work for evening event in summers or even autumn.

Also, choose the right accessory to suit your anarkali in the best way so that the attention doesn’t drift away from the overall style of your anarkali.

Like the below anarkali is a heavily embellished navy-blue anarkali with zari work and gold embroidery. Because the anarkali itself is so heavy, just a subtle pair of gold or multi-coloured earrings with dewy make-up is enough to complete the entire look as more than this can make it feel like it has been overdone. You can wear this for your evening sangeet or even an evening engagement but not for day events as it’s too heavy for a day event plus too embellished as well for the same.

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Now this very beautiful and floral work yellow anarkali, completed by a light green net dupatta is perfect for a light day event like haldi. If you plan to not have sleeves, then it can even be worn for a mehndi event, both for evening and night mehndi as the colours are light and well-suited for any time of the day.

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Truly an elegant maroon anarkali by Sabyasachi, this sequined and embellished dress if perfect for a bride for any pre or post wedding celebrations, best suited for winter or evening event with a belt to oomph up the look. Tie your hair up in a messy hairdo to bring attention to your neckline and dark eyes with attention-seeking eyebrows.

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Tip: Such floor length anarkalis work great for taller women as it accentuates height more than usual.


2. Layered anarkali design

This type of anarkali style has layers at the bottom giving the outfit a bouncy effect across the swirls. These bouncy-like layers give an overall queen-like look and feel to them. The sheer length of the fabric is what makes this typeof Anarkali suit stand out from the conventional ones. You can imagine it from its resemblance of Deepika Padukone inspired suit from the iconic “Mohe Rang Do” dancing scene from Bajirao Mastani where the stunning white layered anarkali suit had striking vibrant colors to it.

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The sensuous hot Chitrangada Singh is looking like a girl next door girl in this net and lace yellow layered anarkali with polka dots on the lower layer and motifs on the upper one. You can even go for a style like this to make a noticeable distinction between layers.

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This grey khatli hand worked double layered anarkali in net for again an evening function like your reception, sangeet or even engagement. And as the neckline is a bit low , you can go for a heavy necklace like one in the picture because the bridal anarkali itself isn’t too heavy to go light on jewelry.

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Again this bride chose a layered and floor length peach anarkali for her wedding day with net at the bottom and heavy embroidery above it to give a contrasting effect to the overall outfit.

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Now this is a style statement and piece in itself. This Indo-western beige double layered anarkali gown is perfect for a cocktail event as it’s chic, embellished and modern with those bell sleeves at the end of the arm. Go opt for this one if you want something Indian but with a western touch.

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3.Jacket style bridal anarkali

Now if you want that traditional appeal of an Indian anarkali but still want something out of the box to get some unusual attention for your wedding day or any other wedding event, then throw off some jacket over your anarkali and you are done.

Now by this, we don’t mean throwing off a blazer or some long overcoat or something over your anarkali, instead don a jacket style anarkali only. Nowadays, there are anarkalis which have either a matching jacket over them or same coloured jacket also.

Just like the below bride who opted for a pink jacket style anarkali for her wedding day with not-so-heavy jewelry and kaleras. The net jacket of same colour adds a sense of sheer to the overall outfit.

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This subtle mustard anarkali with a contrasting colour jacket with no sleeves is perfect for a mehndi event as it is light for a small event and also quite contemporary for today’s fierce bride.

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In all the below images, you can take a cue from the kind of style of anarkali these women are adorning, including the legendary Late Sridevi. The overall anarkali is simple and plain, instead the jacket over it is heavy, embroidered and embellished with heavy work on them. You can also go for a contrasting jacket like in the last image or same color as of the first image.

Colors like black and navy blue are really in trend with bridal anarkalis as they look extremely royal and take one’s look not one, instead multiple notches higher.

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Lastly, again a different and classic piece with some unusual colors of mustard and shade of grey for post wedding functions back at your in-laws’ home.

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4. Dress style bridal anarkali cum dress

Yes, this is perfect for the new age and modern brides who want to look traditional but with a twist. This style is specifically an Indo-western gown style with the dupatta usually tucked within the belt (yes, belt forms a major attraction of this specific style) and falling on either side.

This style suits perfect for reception or even a cocktail party.

This outfit by again Sabyasachi, worn by Aditi Rao Hydari is a beige number with net sleeves having heavy embellishment with the overall anarkali with again heavy golden embellishment and work, with the belt sinching the waist to give a more slimmer and overall a taller effect 9though she’s already tall ;)).

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This style again falls to the floor and you can easily wear them without any pants or churidar and grace every occasion. The beauty of this style speaks for itself and it is going to be an evergreen style as far as fashion is concerned. You can team up this with an embellished clutch with open or tightly tied hair and light or heavy make-up as per the outfit.

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5. Royal Pakistani style anarkali design

Last but surely not the least, this particular style needs a special mention because it is this heavy duty, embroidered, hevaily worked on and stone work anarkali style that makes it stand out of the entire lot.

If you’re planning to wear an anarkali on your wedding day, then this style must surely be considered once.

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Tip: Don’t fear to adorn unusual colors like pastels, greens etc. if red or maroon is not your thing.


6. Wait, two more are left

And this are front slit and cape style anarkali.

Now these are like just any other anarkali style just with an added element but we found it worth mentioning, that’s why had to interrupt in between.

Choose the one which suits your style, event and time of the day.

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Now we would like to give you some more other examples on how would-be brides incorporated bridal anarkalis in their wedding functions and turned heads round by 180 degrees as they look nothing less than a real life beauty.


  • An orange bridal Anarkali for her sangeet

Sangeet is usually a night event and thus brides opt for something with extra bling, extra shimmer and maybe something metallic to stand out in the crowd. But what if you have a day sangeet?

Maybe a dash or a hint of vibrant hue bring the wedding vibes set in for yourself and the attendees.

So this bride did the same on her sangeet. She opted for a pretty orange bridal anarkali suit for her sangeet to give the quintessential glimmering Sangeet gown a miss. The attire was inspired by Meena Kumari’s outfit in the song Thaare Rahio O Baanke Yaar with the colour changed to Orange. She styled it with floral jewelled braided hair and other gold jewels with blue baubles and a passa (a headpiece worn by mostly Muslim women for weddings at the side of their head, the one which you can see and understand clearly from the below image) that evoked a Mughal empress vibes.

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Image source: Passa, now being worn as a stylish hair accessory with mostly lehengas and suits


  • Achkan style inspired anarkali suit for Anand Karaj

This beautiful and gorgeous Sikh bride is making us swoon with her heavy red embellished lehenga with a dazzling sparkling diamond jewelry, shimmer eyes and a blush pink veil (aka dupatta).

This is a true inspiration for the new age Sikh brides to stay comfortable all day long while still being royal.

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  • Rose gold Sabyasachi bridal anarkali for this Hindu bride

One can often see Sikh brides ditching heavy duty lehengas for their Anand Karaj, but seeing a Hindu bride do the same for a bridal Anarkali suit is kind of rare. But this bride knew how to kill it with her heavily embellished rose gold anarkali by none other than Bollywood’s favorite and esteemed designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee. She took it to another level with a belt around her waist and a net dupatta, chandbali earrings and maang tika to complete her D-day look. And because her lehenga was quite heavily embellished, she opted to go for nothing on her neck and minimal bridal essentials.She also went for a minimal chooda set and lightweight kaleras, portraying a strong bridal look overall.

We are pretty amazed and shook. What about you? Comment down below!

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Hope you had a treat to your eyes with such amazing wedding captures and fun ideas to experiment with. Which look did you like the most? Comment down below and you can also tag us on your Instagram handle under @getethnic or even using our hashtag #getethnic. Maybe you could make us to our next bridal blog as a muse with your custom bridal outfit from GetEthnic.

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