Straight Salwar Kameez
Straight Salwar Kameez is an all-time favourite among South Asian Women. Just like the saree, the straight salwar kameez is a versatile pair of garments that can be worn together in the traditional way or mixed-and-matched with a variety of clothing for a trendy look. This item of clothing has been around since the 13th century. The styles have evolved gradually to become the straight salwar suit as we know it today. Although the origin of the salwar kameez can traced to the Afghan and Mongolian area, the straight salwar suit is typical to the Punjab-Haryana region of India today.
The salwar is a loose trouser, more like a pyjama but with a different cut. In a straight salwar suit, the salwar is cut straight. It is wide at the top but gathers closely at the ankles. The kameez is cut straight, flat too, and has waist length slits at the lower sides. The straight salwar suit is mostly paired with a long duppatta of matching or contrasted colours.
Straight salwar kameez is one of the most commonly available clothing items, especially in the female centric stores of Northern India. Fabrics as well as readymade suits are available to buy online too.
With evolving fashion and style, women pair the straight kurta with churidars, leggings and patialas too. Shorter straight kurtis can even be worn with trousers or casual pants. The straight salwars can be worn with long T-shirts and stoles or scarves for a casual and stylish look.
Cotton kurtas are ideal for daily wear. The straight salwar suits made using silk, georgette, chiffon etc. are best suited for a heavy look. Prints and embroideries, especially on the kurta work wonders to enhance the appeal of a straight salwar suit. Overall prints or prints on the sleeves are common. Embroidery on the neck, sleeve and borders of the kurta is popular too. While single colours were popular in the 90s and early part of the 21st century, contrasted colours, are in today and many women prefer such colour combinations for straight salwar suits too. The base colour of the kurta can be of a darker shade. The salwar and duppatta can be of a contrast lighter shade or vice-versa.