The Salwar Kameez is a flowing dress paired with a trouser bottom and always has three elements - the salwar (trouser), the kameez/kurta (top) and the dupatta (scarf). The styles of the Salwar Kameez also vary. Traditionally, a Salwar Kameez features a long top that hits below the knee and very baggy trousers. However, the most popular styles of Salwar Kameez, besides the traditional style, are Churidar, Anarkali, Western fusion and Patiala. Churidar suits are different than traditional suits in that the trouser is very tight from the knee down and is allowed to gather at the ankle. Anarkali suits are characterized by a long top that almost looks like a dress and reaches anywhere from below the knee to just under the calf. Traditionally, Anarkali suits feature a "babydoll" type dress and are worn with Churidar style trousers, but the latest designs are combining extra long, flowy tops with straight-leg trousers. Western style suits have become very popular in the past ten years and combine straight-leg, flared or capri-length trousers with short tops that hit about mid-thigh. Lastly, Patiala suits are actually a very traditional style that has made a comeback in recent years. A Patiala style trouser features pleated fabric along the waist and is generally worn with a top that hits about mid-thigh in order to showcase the pleating. No matter which style of Salwar Kameez you prefer, they come in all kinds of designs ranging from heavily embroidered to very plain making them a perfect (and comfortable!) outfit for every occasion!
Occasions to wear a salwar kameez:
Heavily embroidered – Wedding-related events; Holidays
Simple styles – Baby and bridal showers, Dinner parties, Community centers (temples, mosques, etc.)
Our tips for Buyers: When measuring yourself for a Salwar Kameez, it is important to remember that the fit will vary depending on the style you choose. Traditional styles are meant to be worn a little bit loosely, so make sure that you leave a few inches of room when taking your measurements. On the other hand, the newer, Western-style suits are meant to be more fitted and should fit your body in the same way a figure forming dress would fit. Another important aspect to keep in mind is that the trousers on traditional suits are very, very baggy on top and the waist often looks like two or three people could fit into the pants at the same time. If the trouser does not have an elastic waistband, you will need to insert a drawstring in the waistband in order to cinch the trousers closed (which is usually included with the pants). Most Salwar suits are sold with a matching dupatta (scarf), but in the event that you fall in love with one that doesn't have a dupatta you can always find a shawl or scarf in a complementary color or print, or just wear the suit without a scarf – anything goes these days! Also, don't be concerned if the pant length on a churidar style suit seems abnormally long – remember, this trouser style is meant to gather at the ankle, so you may have a few more inches of material than on another style pantsuit.