It’s time to say goodbye to the cold winters because the summer sun is shining bright on us. That means it is time again to welcome the good old, super comfortable salwar kameez. Do you know why a Punjabi salwar suit is the summer favorite for Indian women? It is because a Punjabi dress is one of the few Indian ethnic dresses for women that is so versatile and is equally stylish and comfortable and thus loved by women of all ages.
Walking back to the memory lane, the origins of Punjabi salwar kameez is shrouded in mystery but we know that it was the staple outfit for the women of Punjab and Pakistan. Living in modern times, we know exactly how popular Punjabi salwar kameez is, not only in other parts of the Indian subcontinent but all over the world.
There are three important elements to the traditional Indian salwar kameez consists- loose-fitting trousers called the salwar, a tunic style shirt known as kameez and a long scarf known as the dupatta.
Over the years, the traditional Indian salwar suit has undergone quite some transformation. With fashion designers adding to the beauty of this ethnic wear, salwar kameez is no longer just casual attire. The modern salwar suits with contemporary designs and embellishments to be the perfect attire for occasional wear as well.
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There is no doubt that salwar kameez enhances the beauty of every woman who wears the ensemble. However, there are a few things you need to check before you buy a salwar kameez this summer to ensure that the salwar suit fits you perfectly and offers you the best look.
So let’s get started with our checklist for purchasing salwar kameez online this season
The size and fitting of the Salwar Kameez
Undoubtedly, the size of the salwar kameez is the most important thing to check before buying a salwar kameez online. As salwar kameez is known to offer comfort, it can’t be too tight that you can’t breathe or too loose that the dress looks too drab- the perfect fit is what you are looking for. Ensure that the salwar is loose and comfortable in the middle section and tight around the ankles. Check for the drawstring at the waist to tie the salwar securely around the waist. This checklist was for a Punjabi salwar, however, if you are opting for a churidar, the aspects are a little different. With churidars, you need to ensure that it offers snug fit at the ankle along with the gorgeous folds which is what churidars are known for.
The size of the kameez will depend on the size chart which usually is provided in the product description. One thing to understand while buying a kameez is that the Kurti should fit enough to enhance your curves but not too tight either. Women opting to buy unstitched salwar kameez online do have the option of getting the dress custom stitched as per their own measurements and style.
The fabric used to create the salwar kameez
The fabric of your salwar kameez will depend solely on the occasion that you are buying the dress for. If you are buying a casual salwar kameez for everyday wear, summer-friendly fabrics like cotton salwar kameez, net salwar kameez, georgette salwar kameez are your best choices. They are not comfortable to wear throughout a hot summer day and look chic as well. On the other hand, summer also means the onset of the wedding season. If you are buying a wedding salwar kameez or party wear salwar suit, you should try rich yet cool fabrics. Your best options are Georgette salwar kameez, Silk salwar kameez or Crepe salwar kameez – these party wear salwar kameez are elegant yet summer-friendly too.
Style and Color of the Salwar Suit
Our favorite traditional Indian dress to wear at wedding functions happens to be salwar kameez. Not just because it makes you look ravishing and traditional but also the fact you are free to move about and that you don’t end up spending the evening trying to hold on to different angles of your dress. However, with the variety of salwar kameez available online can be confusing. The plethora of options ranging from Pakistani suits, Anarkalis, straight suits, sharara, abaya style dress, churidars and more. Therefore, while choosing the salwar kameez online, you must keep your height, body shape, and complexion in mind. Anarkalis and palazzo suits are good picks for tall and lean women. While short women with rounder figures look gorgeous in straight salwar kameez and shararas. Don’t forget to check the design of the neck, sleeves, and calves. Summer months demand short and cap sleeves.
Embellishments on the salwar kameez
Another important aspect to keep a tab of while buying a salwar kameez online is how heavily embellished is the dress. The amount of decorations will depend on the occasion itself and whether or not the embellishment will be suitable for the event. For example, a heavily embellished Anarkali is not the not right outfit to wear at an office party. Most designer salwar kameez are embellished with intricate embroidery, zari work, gota patti work, lacework and more that are ideal for social parties, sangeets, and more. On the other hand, heavily embellished salwar kameez adorned with stonework, sequins, beads, zardozi and more are perfect to embrace on wedding functions.
Cost and worth of the Salwar Kameez
The final checkbox on our list is the cost and worth of the salwar kameez. Regardless, if you are buying the salwar kameez online or from a brick and mortar store, you must understand buy a salwar suit that is worth the cost based on the fabric, design and overall silhouette of the salwar kameez. If the fabric, design, embellishments and all justify the price then go ahead with the purchase or else keep looking for options. It helps if you already have a set budget and criteria in mind before you start looking for the suit and only look for options in your budget.
There you go, you now know all the essentials for buying salwar kameez online this summer. Tell us in the comments, what did you think of our guide. Did we cover all the aspects or share any of your own opinions in the comments.