Posted on 2017-04-21
India is a country of festivals. There are festivals all the year round and celebrations continue for days. And then there is the wedding season where almost everyday, you will have invitation to either a Sangeet or a wedding or simply a party.
So many invitations bring us to the age old confusion for ladies - what to wear. While lehengas look extremely pretty, we would suggest you to save them for the big days like weddings or Diwali. Wear salwars on the other days to bring in variation in your looks. While salwars look passse, they are actually back in style.
So, do you need to go shopping for salwars and don’t know what to get. In this blog we will tell you about our all time favourite six salwar styles and which looks good in what body type.
Our first and definitely one of the most favourite is the evergreen anarkali. This two piece salwar set is made up of long flowing frock style top and a slim fitted bottom. It can often be accompanied with a designer dupatta or stole. It is widely worn in India and Pakistan. Anarkalis vary in length, embroidery, style and material.
With the right cut, anarkalis can make every body type look good. Well, if your structure is lean and athletic, you need not worry about the cut at all. If you have a heavy structure, don’t go for heavy embroidery work or stiff fabric. They will make you look fuller. Go for dark shades, flowing fabrics preferably in chiffon or georgette which will make you look thinner. If you have a petite and short structure, go for anarkalis that are shorter in length because wearing floor length anarkalis will make you shorter.
Fun fact - Did you know that Anarkali suits gets its name from the fictional character Anarkali, Salim or Mughal emperor Jahangir’s love interest. They both had an illicit relationship which Jahangir’s father Akbar found out about. Akbar then buried Anarkali alive. If you haven’t watched the film Mughal-e-azam yet, you should do it now. Not only will you be able to know the story in details, you will also be able to see amazing anarkali styles.
‘Anarkali’ literally means ‘delicate bud of the pomegranate tree’. The name brings out the softness and innocence of women who wear anarkalis. This graceful attire originated in the Persian and Mughal culture. In Indian culture, various forms of anarkali can be seen. For example, the Angarakha that Kathak dancers wear is a variety of anarkali itself.
Traditional Salwar Suits
You cannot go wrong with a salwar suit. A traditional wear of the Indian subcontinent, consisting of two pieces - the salwar and the kameez. The salwar is a pajama type trouser which is wide at the top, but narrow at the ankle. Kameez on the other hand is a tunic or a long shirt which can be worn in any form - collared, non collared, sleeveless, etc.
While styling your salwar suit, keep in mind that the shape of both the salwar and the kameez contribute to making a killer salwar suit. The kameez can be sewn straight and flat or A-line or in a flowing fashion. Each has its own advantage and disadvantage and looks good in specific body type. Over the years, the traditional salwar kameez has gone through changes. Currently, you will find a lot of European influence as well.
This classic design work on all kinds of body shapes. You simply need to wear the right cut and you can make heads turn. If you have a slender figure, go for body hugging ones and show off your figure in style. If you have a fuller figure, opt for comfort fit to hide the curves. An A-line cut will make you look thinner. All you need is a good tailor to make you look beautiful. You can mix and match the style to create your own style. If the salwar suit is simple, complement it with an ornate dupatta or a gorgeous jewelry piece. Try out your creativity with the neckline. Make it ornate to attract attention. By the way, deep necklines are in.
Salwar suits can be of various types. Although commonly by salwar suits, Indians understand the Punjabi salwar, however, there are other forms of salwar as well - Peshawari salwar, Balochi salwar, Singhi Choreno, etc.
The recent fashion trend in town, Palazzo suits or the Sharara style is for those who like it with a twist. This is a stylish way of wearing the salwar suit and definitely in vogue.
Palazzo suits get its name from the Palazzo type of trousers which are European kind of loose fitting trousers with extremely wide legs. They are a popular wear for the summer season since they are loose fitting and are made up of fabric that breathe. If you are planning for an occasion in winter, avoid palazzo suits as they will make you feel colder.
Palazzo pants first came into style in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The style was derived from the pants worn by famous actors like Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich in the 1930s and 1940s.
Although both palazzos and bell bottoms are broader around the ankle, there is a difference between the two. Palazzos flare out evenly from the waist to the ankle while bell bottoms are tight all through and flare out suddenly.
Palazzo suits are in. They look sophisticated, stylish and chic. But unfortunately, they are not for everybody. If you are short in height, stay away from palazzo suits. This dress is for ladies who love to show off their height. The straight line top with the straight line palazzos look good on tall people. It brings a balance to the frame. However, if you are on the heavier side, avoid palazzos. The loose pants add volume to the structure making you look heavier.
This type of salwar looks good on almost all body types and is an evergreen dress. Patiala is a form of female trouser which originated from the Patiala City of Punjab. Patiala salwar were worn by the King of Patiala originally. It looks similar to a pathani suit in the sense that the salwar or the lower pant is loose while the knee length top or the kameez is tight. Originally, patiala suits were worn by men, but now it is a ladies garment.
Patiala suits are the chosen attire because of its comfort. The looseness of the pant helps the fabric breathe and thus gives a relief during summer. If you have a summer festival or occasion, you cannot go wrong with a patiala suit. The salwar is very loose and is stitched with pleats. It is an extremely comfortable outfit. In fact, the pleats or the folds of cloth stitched together, which meet at the bottom is the distinguished characteristic of a patiala salwar.
You need a good tailor to bring out the beauty of a patiala salwar. If the pleats are not beautifully draped, the salwar will not look nice. Patiala salwars can be worn with various kinds of tops - shirts, short kurtas and even long kurtas. All of them look nice and bring out the beauty of a lady.
So what type of body structure does it look good on? If you have a reasonable height and a good figure, you cannot go wrong with a patiala salwar. However, the style does not look good on short ladies and ladies who have a heavier body type. In case you choose a short kurta, go for a patiala salwar which has lesser flair.
If you want inspiration on how to style your patiala salwar, watch the movie Bunty aur Babli and check out Rani Mukherjee’s style or see the movie Jab We Met and follow Kareena Kapoor’s style.
Straight Cut Suits
Straight cut suits have been dominating the fashion scene from the ramp to the streets. This style, which originated in Pakistan has been inculcated in the Indian fashion scenario for its style and elegance. The long kameez with a straight flair provides a blank canvas for creativity to designers. The best part is, you can choose your type of bottom wear with a straight cut kurti depending on your body type. If you are leaner, go for a palazzo type bottom. However, if you are on the plumper side, opt for a tight fitting bottom wear.
The style looks good on all body types, you cannot go wrong with it. If you are tall, you can go for a long flowing kurta while if you are shorter, choosing a sharper cut will make you look taller.
Design-wise, there is a lot with which you can experiment. Choose your own fabric, embroidery, silhoutte and style or depend on an expert to transform your look. You can opt for resham or zari embroidery, cutwork, zardosi, threadwork, mirror work, patch work or lace work to bring in a oomph factor to your look. Straight cut suits help cover a lot of flaws in your body. It makes shorter woman look taller and voluminous women look thinner. They are affordable in various designs and cuts online at affordable prices.
Front Slit Suits
Last but definitely not the least is the smart and elegant front slit suits which are available in a range of patterns and styles. Out of all the slit suits, the front slit suit is the most stylish. It looks elegant and sophisticated. A front slit can be added to any normal kurta, however, it is the cut which makes all the difference. The cut in the front gives an elegant look. They look amazing with or without a dupatta.
Front slit suits can be styled in two different ways - the bottom slit and the high waist slit. The bottom slit is one which starts at the end of the kurta and ends right above the knee. They look gorgeous with palazzos or pants. They are commonly called kaftans. The high waist slit on the other hand looks more gorgeous. The slit is cut up to the bust line and the kurta will be a perfect fit. The long slit panels flow up to the ankle giving it an anarkali type of look.
The best fabric to use for a front slit suit is georgette. Since georgette is a lightweight fabric, often transparent, the kurta gets a flowing look accentuating the curves of the person wearing the dress. Apart from this, you can make a front slit kurta with crepe. Although cotton is not something we recommend, if you really want to wear cotton for your comfort, choose soft cotton or mixed cotton. You can choose embroidery or print and choose any colour of your choice. Front slit salwars look sophisticated worn in any form. For a designer look, you can also choose embroidery with zari or lace.
Front slit suits are ideal for women with a flat tummy. You can flaunt your figure in style. For bottom wear, most people team it with a tight fitting leggings or salwar. However, you can also wear a palazzo or a gorgeous skirt or smart pants. If the occasion is casual, you can team a front slit kurti with a jeans as well.
These are our all time favourite 6 salwar suit styles. We hope we have been able to make a positive contribution to your wardrobe and help you with the festival planning. To get ideas about other dressing options, you can browse our website and read the other blogs about the same.