Anarkali dresses are the ultimate ethnic wear choice for a romantic and royal look that is easy to wear and carry. You can easily achieve an ethereal look with the intricately detailed Anarkalis. Whether you’re opting for the extreme flare or want a simple look, the dresses suit most body types with the elegant and balanced silhouette. While they look stunning on their own, you can elevate your Anarkali dresses by styling them with different accessories such as jewellery, jackets, corsets, and dupattas. Styling in different ways will help you achieve multiple looks for a variety of occasions. So, let’s ‘girl math’ our way into buying Anarkali suit sets by learning all the 10 best ways to style the dresses for a glamorous look. 

Styling Tips:

  1. Bold Dupatta: Whether you are matching a solid dupatta with colours in a printed kurta or opting for a stunning statement fabric with a solid dress, adding a dupatta to the Anarkali dresses is a timeless and classic look. From the traditional phulkari and gotta patti work to the modern scalloped edges, tassels, and hand-painted organza, take your Anarkali up a notch with bold dupattas.
  2. Layers: Ditch the dupatta for a cropped or waist-length jacket for a unique look. For cocktail parties, opt for an indo-western outfit by adding a denim or leather jacket. You can also opt for a waistcoat or asymmetrical shrug for a fusion look depending on the occasion and weather.
  3. Belted: Some Anarkali dresses have a princess cut instead of a fitted bodice. If you want to change the oversized look, add a traditional kamarbandh or western corset-style belt to cinch the waist. You can also drape a dupatta over empire-cut Anarkali dresses to switch up the style quotient.
  4. Earrings: Anarkali dresses with high necklines bring the perfect opportunity to showcase your elaborate juhmkas or chandbalis. From meenakari enamelling to kundan stones, this is your chance to flaunt your favourite earrings. You can also opt for modern golden hoops or rhinestones that match the metallic details of your dress.
  5. Necklace: Plunging, V-shaped, and scoop necklines present a blank canvas that you can adorn with statement necklaces. While gold-toned necklaces with colourful beads and stones will be perfect for special occasions, oxidised silver styles will be best suited for casual wear. You can also layer multiple necklaces of different lengths for a royal-inspired look.
  6. Rings: Festive ensembles are the perfect excuse to dress up in jewellery from head to toe. Nothing is out of bounds – statement cocktail rings, glass bangles, embellished bracelets, or intricately designed haath phool. However, if you’re wearing a full-sleeved look, stick to rings and jewellery above your wrist to allow each aspect to shine.
  7. Hairstyle: Accessorise your hairstyle with stone-encrusted headbands, statement maang tikkas, or bun pints, and floral pins. For a royal look, opt for a floral juda that will stay secure and look fresh all night long. Opt for a side braid with Anarkali dresses with high necks, a half-up-half-down with plunging and scoop necks, and side-swept hair with off-shoulder tops.
  8. Anklets And Footwear: As mentioned earlier, this is your chance to wear as much jewellery as possible and your feet should not feel let out. Anarkali dresses end dramatically at the feet and bring focus to the area. Opting for toe-rings (with open-toed footwear), payals, or anklets will help you bring the ensemble together. Further, opting for sensible heels will help with added height and posture.
  9. Experiment With Bottoms: If you have bought an Anarkali suit set, it may come with a fitted churidar or straight pants. As all the volume is on top, these bottoms are sensible as they balance proportions but tend to get lost in the mix. Whether you want the added drama or wish to add more volume at the bottom, try wearing flared palazzos, tapered pants, sharara, or skirts for a gorgeous outfit. You can also pull focus to the bottom by wearing contrast-coloured or printed bottoms with solid Anarkali dresses.
  10. Bags: Special occasions call for a lot of dancing and running around and you must have all your essentials at hand. Opt for an embellished clutch or potli bag for a cohesive and functional addition to your outfit. You can also opt for a sling bag with a metallic chain belt.


Whether you want a traditional look or a fusion outfit, the above tips show how Anarkali dresses can be styled in a variety of styles for different occasions. Putting together these glamorous outfits is all about finding the right accessories to dress it up or down. While dainty and minimal jewellery add a graceful touch, earrings and necklaces with traditional work help achieve a classy look. Bold dupattas will help you elevate the Anarkali dresses for a timeless outfit while adding jackets or belts will help you add a fusion touch.