Salwar Kameez and Its Evolution Through the Ages

Indian women have always been considered as one of the most beautifully dressed across all global platforms. The richness of Indian outfits is always admired by the Western world, and women look forward to dress themselves in Indian attires depicting the heritage and culture of the Indian sub-continent.

One such commonly worn Indian outfit is Salwar Kameez or Salwar Suits. Also renowned as a Punjabi Suit, this is the outfit traditionally worn by the women of Punjab.

A salwar kameez usually consists of a pair of baggy pants or salwar and a fitted, knee-length or beyond, tunic or kurti with side slits, known as a kameez. This suit is paired with a dupatta or churni.

This ensemble was introduced in South Asia after the Muslims arrived there. A dress that spread from being the national dress of Pakistan, to being widely worn by both men and women of Afghanistan, to be the traditional dress of the Punjabi women, even today the basic Salwar kameez and its variations are very popular.

Variations of Indian Suits

Here are some of the variations of Indian suits that are trending in the fashion industry:

  1.   Anarkali Suits:

    Probably the dressiest variation of salwar suits, Anarkali travels a long way back to the time of the Mughals. This dress derives its name from the pretty courtesan of Mughal Emperor Akbar’s court.

    Anarkali Suits have long flared kurtas, tapered at the waist, that are usually worn with a pair of churidar. You may or may not choose to carry the dupatta.

    Pair a heavy earring and maang teeka and a potli and you are ready for a grand event. And don’t forget your heels.

  2.   Patiala Suits:

    This is your mantra (secret) to recreate the look of Punjab di soni kudi (pretty girl from Punjab). A style made much popular by Bollywood movies, this suit too goes back to the earlier days. This dress was originally designed for the Nawab of Patiala.

    Patiala suits look similar to salwars, but just have more pleats. They are baggy throughout, but tapered at the bottom. This is usually paired with a short kurti (maximum till the knee) and dupatta. And definitely go for some bangles on one hand, a pair of jhumkas and juttis. Give your hair some soft curls or plait it if you have long tresses for that amazing soni kudi look.

  3.   Churidar Suits:

    Another commonly worn variant besides Patiala suits, Churidar suits have a very smart look. This is popular among both and women.

    Paired with a long straight Kurti, churidars are fitted trousers that narrow down quickly, hugging the curves of your leg. You can also pair a frock cut, or angrakha-style kurta with churidars. You can accessorise this as per your choice, just don’t forget to wear that pair of heels.

  4.   Palazzo Suits:

    Palazzo suits or palazzo pants are much younger than its counterparts, but has gained popularity within a very short span. Influenced by the western wide-legged cuffed trouser, palazzo pants can be paired with literally anything and everything.

    You can keep the look completely ethnic pairing palazzos with kurtis and dupattas, or give an Indo-western twist by paring it with cropped tops or shirts. Believe me, they look super chic. Whether you wanna go casual or dressy, the choice is yours.

Apart from these majorly worn Indian suit styles, you can also try Afghani Salwar suits, Aladdin Salwar suits, Harem pants etc, widely available across websites. What’s your choice today? Let us know.

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