How To Pick The Right Indian Salwar Kameez

Women are very good at picking the right dress and the perfect shade of blue jeans for their wardrobe, but when it comes to ethnic wear, most women find themselves at sea. If you are looking for the perfect salwar suit to wear at your next Indian wedding or a birthday bash, here are certain tips that will help you to pick the right salwar for your body type. It’s true that the vast variety of salwar kameez in the market often puts us in a dilemma regarding what to buy and what not to buy, but picking the perfectly fitted salwar takes patience and knowledge about our own body.

The fabric: The texture and fabric of the salwar suit is the first thing that should attract you. While many women find it easier to buy dress materials and get their own suits tailored, you can, with less hassle get the same quality at a much cheaper price online. If you are on the skinny or athletic side, go for dress materials like cotton on silk and avoid flowing fabrics like georgette or chiffon.

The cut: How a salwar kameez is tailored is another important factor that you should consider while buying one. For women with an inverted spoon figure, having higher side slits might be a good option to slim down the entire silhouette. For women with an apple figure, high-necked mandarin collars might not be flattering.

The pattern: The best thing about salwar suits is the fact that they showcase some of the most unique styles of embroidery in the world. While you can have simple, cotton suits with minimalistic threadwork around the neck and hemline of the kurta, Kashmiri salwars and zardozi suits have heavy and intricate thread work on the entire body of the dress. Such patterns can do wonders for different body types. If you are petite, you can pick a kurta with a lot of detailing and embellishments around the neck to flatter your form and give the illusion of a fuller form.churidar shalwar qameez

The design: There is a wide variety of designs to choose from when it comes to Indian kurtas. The design should ideally complement the occasion. Therefore, while you can reserve your heavily embellished and embroidered salwars for grandiose events like weddings and office parties, you can wear simple Linen and chikan salwar suits for casual events. You can wear cotton kurta pajamas for everyday affairs if you are so inclined. Designer tunics are for the fashion conscious modern folks who love the Indo-western fusion.

The length: You can play with different silhouettes by experimenting with different lengths of the kurta. While long kurtas that reach to the knee and beyond, like the typical Indian salwar kameez help in proving the illusion of a slimmer and taller silhouette, short kurtas make a person look broader and hence is best for women with a ruler figure. The long kurta also looks fabulous with skinny jeans and leggings and can be worn to office and parties with equal panache.

Featured images:
  •  License: Image author owned

Vartika is a fashion designer at online shopping portal Rajrang. She loves writing about women clothing, accessories and home decor products.