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Updated: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 04:45:00 GMT | By Nivedita/IANS

Give your anarkali trendy makeover this Diwali

Bored of free flowing anarkali-style suits? Tweak it this festive season to give it a western touch by playing with the 'kalis' and, who knows, it can even double up as a gown.

Give your anarkali trendy makeover this Diwali (© Varinder Chawla)

A little twist here, a little turn there can make your anarkali-style suit more trendy, say designers, telling fashionistas to play around with the hemline, use light embellishments and team it with palazzos.

"I think the anarkali needs a re-invention as we are seeing the same pattern for so long. The only thing that most designers are doing is raising or dropping the hemline. I just feel that one could be a little more futuristic in dealing with the anarkali," designer Niki Mahajan told IANS.

"We can turn around a little bit to make it more glamorous and different. As a designer, I can make it more interesting by controlling kalis on one side and playing on the other by giving a sharper neckline and repositioning colours," she added.

"Anarkalis have always been a hot favourite for young women during festivities. It is, however, time to tweak anarkalis and make them more western. Little changes here and there can make it trendy. One can try anarkalis that have a European feel, which means they can be worn as gowns also," designer Joy Mitra told IANS.

Some emerging trends this festive season are layering and draping with lace and lighter embroidery.

Kalidar kurtas are also hitting the shelves and people are going in for more layering and draping with a lot of lace work.

They are also asking for more styling, not just embellishments, said designer Gautam Gupta. "The unique thing that I have discovered this festive season is that people are looking for lighter work," he added.

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