Evolution of Salwar Kameez and Kurtas

Indian women have been the ambassador of offbeat traditional Indian wears that makes them look beautiful along with defining their beauty and style statement that no other dresses in the world could. Salwar Kameez is one such dress style that has been there with the Indian women since the contemporary days and is still ruling the fashion world with its charm and beauty for the bearer. Fashion designers of the yesteryears and of the present understand the immortality of this traditional Indian wear and from time to time have created women designer clothes based out of Salwar Kameez.

Salwar Kameez or the Indian suit, whatever you may like to call it by, is one of the most preferred Indian ladies wear mainly because of its versatility and comfort. Initially, it was primarily worn by women in the Northern part of India, mainly Punjab and other regions around and in Pakistan, as a three-piece dress set that consisted of:

  • Kurta or Kameez: A shirt style top of the set, is generally of knee-length and cab also be referred to as a tunic to be worn over a churidar or Salwar. The 90s/ 80s fashion has used this piece of Indian wear in many stylish forms that we can still see in the movies of the decade. This piece of clothing has evolved with time and today finds a reputed place in even office fashion and office uniforms in many organizations. There has been a lot of variations experimented on the length of the Kurta from time to time, but the knee-length is still the one that is popular. The side arms are up to the wearer to have it open or close, but an open arm offers great flexibility in movement and comfort.
  • Salwar: Salwar is a baggy style pant or pyjama tied around the waist. The bottoms are usually narrow and the tops are very wide and broad. This makes a freestanding movement for the wearer for daily work and movement. You can easily find a style that suits you the most in any shop or online store selling women’s cloth and women cloth, tops, skirts and even lingerie and swimwear.
  • Dupatta: It is a stole or a long scarf that could be plain or designer or contrasting in design wearing around the neck.  In earlier times women used to place then around their head to pay respect to elders, is now a fashion accessory and a lot of importance is given while selecting a dupatta. It can be said that it adds the final touch to this amazing Indian traditional wear.

With the changing fashion trends and designers taking over the ladies wear market, this traditional Indian wear has gone through a tremendous evolution in terms of style and creativity with its basic construction.

The many ways to make a style statement with Salwar Kameez and Kurtas

The versatility of this traditional three-piece dress has been well capitalized in Fashion Designing and even by numerous dress designing companies in various ways and looks. Today online boutiques along with selling fashion accessories and jewelry online, feature a wide range of Salwar suits along with sarees, lehengas and other Indian ethnic wears.

Although this basic Indian women wear is available today in numerous designs and styles, there are the basic types with are apart from being popular as it was earlier and also the most selling ones in the present times. Let’s look at these types:

-The short Kurta types: Quite a modern assembly of the top piece, it looks trendy and chicks on slimmer women. The main difference is in the length of the Kameez which is quite shorter.

-The Churidaar Kurta Types: Very popular style, mostly with women of middle-aged groups. The style could be plain, printed or embroidered, but looks great for a true ethnic wear.

-The Indo-Western types: As the name suggests, it is a style that has been in fashion in the past few years now and is influenced out of western culture. The main change is in the Salwar that is replaced with a tight-fitting and body-hugging leggings or jeggings.

-The Anarkali types: A style influenced by the Mughal era with heavy embroideries am designs is mostly preferred for occasion and Indian weddings.