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Salwar Kameez – the Evergreen Outfit of India

By Gangasarees Subscribe to RSS | May 17th 2012 | Views:

India is popularly known for its fabulous dresses & attire one of which is centuries-old garment that has come a long way & it’s Salwar Kameez. A traditional garment worn predominantly by women in South and Central Asia, India, the salwar kameez has gained the popularity across the globe. Salwar kameez is considered as one of the evergreen outfits an Indian woman must have in her wardrobe.

Salwar kameez (also known as shalwar kameez) is a combination of modern outfit with traditional patterns. Salwar is a short loose parallel pajama-style trouser & is voluminous in the hips and thighs, and tapered at the ankles. It is gathered at the waist with an elastic band & can also be customized to narrow salwar which is called churidar. The kameez is like a long shirt or tunic with side pleats left open to give an individual, the greater freedom of movement & comfort. Kameez are traditionally cut straight but now with the changing Indian fashion trends, their designs and cuts have changed drastically. The salwar or bottom part is also popular in varied styles namely churidar, Patiala salwar, parallel, boot cut etc. At present, stylish Anarkali suits are the most popular for special occasions and festivities. To add more beauty to salwar kameez, a dupatta also called stole is paired with it. This stole or dupatta comes in a large variety of fabrics such as bandhani, silk, cotton, georgette etc. For today’s generation, dupatta is nothing but a stylish fashion accessory that can be worn over one’s shoulder or draped around the chest & over both shoulders. Thus, we can say that a salwar kameez is a three-piece outfit consisting of kameez (tunic), salwar (bottom pajama trouser) and a dupatta (stole). Salwar kameez is also popularly known as salwar suit or Punjabi suit.

Salwar Kameez originally is the staple wear of north Indians but now has become one of the most favorite & preferred attire of women all over India. Today salwar kameez come in varied styles, designs and has emerged as a contemporary style statement. Because of the comfort feeling it gives, they are a must nowadays in all occasions & festivals. With the wide choice & variations of salwar kameez available, it has emerged as the most desirable outfit among women from all walks of life. Along with the comfort & affordable pricing, salwar kameez as an outfit creates a style statement & gives a classy & graceful look. Salwar kameez is available in different fabrics like cotton, georgette, crepe, silk, tussar but cotton salwar kameez are most comfortable amongst all.

In north India, Salwar Kameez is popularly used as a bridal outfit. For this special day, brides especially in Punjab, choose salwar kameez beautified with heavy embroidery works like Phulkari, Chikankari, Meenakari or Kundan, Resham, Zari, Zardosi, Bandhej, beaded sequins, mirror work, Leharia and block prints patterns. These embroidered bridal salwar kameez gives bride the classy eternal look that she always wanted to have on her special day.

Women can buy their salwar kameez in a variety of ways: they can have a tailor make them, they can purchase them ready-made at local malls, or they can even buy them online. Now with the advent of Internet, most of the women around the world prefer online salwar kameez shopping. The best thing about buying salwar suit online is that you can either choose from readymade collections available on online stores or you can get them stitched as per your customized requirements. Online stores give you the option of submitting your measurements and that too with latest & varied styling options. So, with just a single click, you can order your favorite salwar kameez design with customized measurements and styling & within just a few days, your customized styled salwar suit is ready to be worn by you.

The popularity of salwar kameez is indisputable: It not only flatters every body type and shape but comes in an endless array of styles and patterns. What’s more, it’s less expensive than many other types of clothing – especially Western clothing. In addition, salwar kameez can be worn at any time of the year and in any setting – whether it be at home or at a formal event.

With its ageless appeal, salwar kameez has not only stood the test of time but evolved from being a purely functional garment to one whose wide-ranging styles are sought the world over.

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