Salwar Kameez

Salwar Kameez



An Indian wardrobe is incomplete without Salwar Kameez. Simply put – a versatile combination of a tunic or top – which may be of various lengths or may be in any silhouette – with a matching or contrasting bottom comprises this dress. For ease of explanation – all tops/ tunics are called as Kameez, while the bottoms are clubbed under the (now) umbrella term of Shalwar.

Given its ease of wearing and suitability for Indian weather and cultural precincts, Salwar suit with duppatta, despite not being entirely Indian in its origin, is one of the most popular Indian apparel styles. Excellent in terms of versatility and utility, it is actually the Indian equivalent of the perpetually indispensable denims and white T-shirt combo. Often viewed as regular Punjabi attire, Shalwar Kameez – in its various forms - is actually worn across cultures in the Indian Subcontinent, and by many other ethnicities.

This popular combo is also called as Shalwar Suit or simply Suit or the Indian or Punjabi dress. Women tend to combine Kameez with a variety of bottoms, and also create Indo-Western and fusion combinations by pairing these tunics – also known as Kurta – with Jeans and trousers. From work-wear to wedding-wear and travel-wear, the Kamiz or Kurta is a wardrobe staple for every Indian woman. In fact, women from other countries, who have ever tried this easy-breezy style, too have fallen to the ease and charm of this garment. From weddings, functions and parties to offices, meetings, corporate scenarios and regular day-to-day set-ups – to even red carpet events – these Indian ensembles, in their umpteen designs and avatars – are a constant and one of the most bankable companions to women of all ages.

Many variations are possible in both bottom and top in a typical ethnic-suit dress. The tunics may be long, short, mid-length, floor-length – in myriad designs and cuts like straight, A-line, flared, panelled, asymmetric, pleated or with jackets, capes, cover-ups or shrugs. They may be made in different fabrics, and maybe stitched with or without under-lining, depending upon the thickness, transparency and texture of the base fabrics. Ostentation, embellishments and a variety of add-ons may be introduced on a kurta to give it a design edge.

Similarly, the bottoms may be in many styles too. In North India, parts of Pakistan and among Punjabi/ Sindhi communities, which are said to be the source of this apparel, Kamiz has been traditionally paired with Shalwar – a pleated, loose, flared lower separate that typically tapers at the hem. But, so many different styles are popular now. From loose pants to westernized cuts to cropped pants and culottes – to lycra leggings (in stretch fabric) to the heritage chooridaars – brought directly from royal nawabs – the bottom varieties are endless.

Duppatta or the Odhani forms the third element of this combination.It is a flat length of fabric, often speckled with embroidered buttis, sequins or glitter, or styled with borders, lace, beads etc. It is casually drapes across the top/ bodice of kurta or around the neck. It can be equated to the Western wrap/ stole.

Salwar Kameez Duppatta is a huge category in Indian Ethnic Wear. Although, there are hundreds of variations available to the standard Kurta, Bottom and Wrap combo – ranging from Palazzo Sets, Lehenga dreses, Churidar Suits, Anarakalis to Regular-wear, Designer or Party Wear Suits – an umbrella term (Salwar Kameez) is used for the ease of categorization. There is a lot of Middle-Eastern, Islamic and Pakistani influence here. With growing popularity of beautiful design elements from exotic destinations like Turkey, Jordon, Morocco, Indonesia and more – these dresses come with a global edge now. Abaya-style, Floor-length and Pakistani Suits are also quite sought after.

Given the amazing and endless variety and versatility of Indian silhouettes – they are embraced by girls and women of all ages, socio economic backgrounds (SEC) and design sensibilities. Ones averse to the Indian ethnic-wear also fail to stay away from this spectacularly flexible outfit. Fusion-wear and Indo-Western are quite popular among women with penchant for western cuts – the ones who likes global design elements in this eternally classy yet chic desi fashion garment.

At Saree.com, you can access a stunning range of ethnic Salwar Suits and designer Anarkalis at very reasonable prices – in all kinds of fabrics and designs. See each designer piece displayed to perfection with price (with multiple photos) – which will help you take a perfect buying decision. Saree.com is one among the largest Online Store for all types of ethnic-wear, where you will get wedding collections, festive ranges and special bridal collections in sarees, suits, lehengas and more. You can now buy your favorite Pakistani Suits, Floor-length, palazzo, churidar and latest Indo-western and lehenga dresses Online without any hassle - and with complete trust. They are available in multiple sizes – and can be customized as per your measurements.

Salwar Suits Styles


Over the years, Indian dress styling, Kameez lengths and varieties in bottoms have evolved considerably – taking into account the changing needs, lifestyles, preferences and design sensibilities of women.

In the more contemporary segments, Duppatta may actually not be used at all. Or, it may take the form of a narrower strip of fabric, more ornate, but way lighter – just a simple stole or wrap.

There are many varieties of Shalwars – varying from the ones with narrower ankles/ ponchas to the ones with wider ends, with belts, flared ones and multiple pleated ones. Patiala Suits are also one of the most popular variant, which are often paired with shorter Kurtis.

Churidars/ Chudidars – the narrow, leg-fitting bottom that forms many round, bangle-like creases (Churis) at the ankles – have been a popular bottom style for quite some time now. This was traditionally worn by Kathak dancers, courtesans and also Nawabs and royals with regal, flowing silhouettes like anagarakhas, anarkali suits and umbrella cut kurtas. The traditional Churidars that originally evolved from the Nawabi/ Muslim tradition, however, are getting replaced by Designer Chudidars with adornments and also lycra leggings and cotton stretch leggings. You can buy all types of designer and casual wear Chudidar Suits from Saree.com

Wide pant style bottoms are also routinely used as trendy bottom-wear substitutes. Palazzos, parallels, culottes, cigarette pants, pleated pants, trousers etc. are oft-used wide ankle pants – paired with Kurtas and gherdaar Kurtis. At Saree.com, you can browse and buy every style of Kurta-Pants sets, in categories like Indo-Western and Trousers Suits. Kameez is also being paired with Lehengas and Skirts these days. This is a take from the popular Islamic dress of Sharara and Garara, where the flared bottoms are combined with fitted, straight or flared tunics.

At Saree.com, you can browse for latest, trendy and designer Shalwar Suits in a multitude of colors, fabrics and styles, suited for all ages and occasions. You can choose from Wedding, Reception, Casual wear shalwars, chic Palazzos and more. Now, we also offer some styles in Plus Sizes. Buying from Saree.com is absolutely hassle-free. All these dresses are delivered ready-to-wear – stitched or customized to your size. You can go through routinely updated Shalwar Kameez catalogues, and make your purchase with ease. We offer multiple, 100% secure payment options and delivery facilities in many locations, across the world.

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