Salwar Kameez is without a doubt one of the most iconic traditional Indian ensembles and is considered one of the most important attires when it comes to traditional Indian clothes. Salwar Kameez gets its name from the words 'Salwar' which means trousers and 'Kameez' which means top or shirt. 'Dupatta' is a scarf that contributes as a third element to the 3-piece outfit called a Salwar Suit.
Tracing the history of the Salwar Kameez, we know that the attire was originally designed for the Royal women of the Mughal dynasty. On the other hand, we can also find evidence from the women of Punjab who used to wear salwar kameez way before the Mughals and thus it is also known as Punjabi suits.
The best thing about a salwar kameez is that it does only look great but is versatile and very practical in terms of covering the complete body of the woman. This protects them from the extreme heat of the Indian sub-continent as they are covered from the neck to the ankle. For everyday use, the majority of Indian women choose salwar kameez over any other Indian clothes, owing to their style, comfort, and practicality.
All this is great but we often get confused by the endless salwar kameez designs available in the market today. And we are very well aware, how confusing it is to choose one perfect salwar kameez design for you. Thus, we have created this list of the best salwar designs for you to rock the ethnic fashion world.
Punjabi Salwar Suit
The trademarks of a Punjabi Salwar Kameez or a Patiala suit is the short length kurta, a baggy Patiala salwar, and a dupatta. This particular pink embroidered traditional Punjabi salwar kameez is designed in a way that ensures that you shine in the crowd. With 3/4th sleeves, the kurta is fully embellished with zari buttis and stonework on rangoli silk fabric paired with a matching santoon Patiala bottom and an embellished nazmine chiffon dupatta. Add a pair of traditional jhumkas and a pair of golden heels.
- Preferred Occasion: Parties, weddings or casual wear
- Suitable Body Type: Slender and taller women
Anarkali Salwar Kameez
Anarkali Salwar Suit is an attire from the Mughal era and immediately transports you to the historical court of the Mughals where the women from the royal family would be adorned in an Anarkali dress. This green and golden zari embroidered Anarkali dress is enhanced with floral motif embroidery detail that is glossed beautifully with zari, thread, and stonework on the gorgeous satin georgette Anarkali top. It is combined with a santoon salwar, a designer net jacket, and embroidery detailed soft net dupatta. It is the perfect Anarkali suit to wear weddings, parties, sangeet nights and more. ]
Casual Salwar Suits
Run of the mill, a casual salwar kameez for women is something that can be worn for everyday wear. The utmost importance of a casual salwar suit is that it should look elegant and feel comfortable.
This grey multi embroidered pant style suit is what casual salwar kameez is all about. It is chic yet very comfortable and has all the traditional hues on the georgette top with pant style bottom and a muslin dupatta. Looks absolutely fantastic for office wear, dropping kids at the school, walking in the park and more.
Party Wear Salwar Suits
As the name suggests, partywear salwar kameez are meant for parties and are sometimes extremely extravagant. So, choose your party wear appropriately.
This beige golden designer party wear dress is all about elevating your beauty to the next level. It is enhanced with exquisite traditional zari, sequence and threadwork. The kurta is made from an embroidered straight cut net fabric and santoon lining while the gharara bottom is embellished with shiny net and shimmering lace border. With golden jewelry and heels, if this doesn't get you the spotlight you are craving for then nothing will.
Pakistani Salwar Suits
Even though Pakistani salwar kameez is the traditional dress of Pakistan, the style is celebrated by women of India, and other countries as well. The style revolves around fitted churidar-like pants called salwar and a long or a short top known as kameez and of course the classic dupatta.
This brown beige Pakistani suit is traditional, ethnic and beautiful in its own accord. The straight cut georgette top is decorated with zari, thread and sequence embroidery detail and paired with a pair of the Pakistani pants and a net dupatta. You can dress up in this lovely Pakistani dress for a wedding party, an office party or brunch with friends.
Bollywood Style Salwar Suit
There is no denying that Bollywood divas inspire our fashion choices heavily which has led to the rise of the whole genre of ethnic salwar kameez known as Bollywood dresses.
Out of the many, this Bollywood inspired light blue cutout embroidered Anarkali suit is designed so that you can show off your glamour and chic in style. The satin top with plaited hem is decorated with Kashmiri embroidered combination of zari and resham thread work and is paired with matching bottom and an eye-catching chiffon dupatta.
Palazzo Salwar Kameez
Believe it or not, Palazzo suits are next in-thing in the world of traditional Indian dresses. With their wide legs, they seem like a simpler version of the sharara but that is not the case. While sharara pants are heavily embellished, palazzos are simpler and created in the way that they look great yet are versatile.
This mint-green embroidered designer palazzo suit is made from a georgette top, a pair of georgette palazzo bottoms and a printed chiffon dupatta. It celebrates minimalistic embroidery when it comes to decorating the salwar kameez. You will look super hot when you will walk into any wedding party or social events in this palazzo salwar kameez.
Wedding Salwar Suit
The trend of wearing a traditional Indian bridal salwar kameez is picking up like hotcakes. Imagine you as a blushing bride walking down the aisle adorned in this red lehenga style Anarkali suit. You will set the stage on fire!
This lehenga style Anarkali suit gives you exactly what you expect. Glamorous design, unparalleled beauty, and comfort. It is enhanced with a special embroidery combination of zari, Resham and stonework on the Anarkali top. The bottom is made from Bengalori silk and comes with a matching satin border and butti enhanced net dupatta.
The georgette is one of the few fabrics that guarantee that the georgette salwar kameez that you craft from it will be gorgeous, comfortable and have a chic appeal.
This charming yellow and green georgette suit is the perfect pick to wear at wedding functions, festivals, pujas, office parties and more. It is light-weight and is enhanced with zari, Resham and stonework embroidery. With an embellished georgette bottom and an embroidered dupatta, this dress needs only a pair of minimalistic jhumkas and a pair of elegant heels.
A staple at every Indian household, cotton salwar kameez is best for the hot and humid temperatures of India as the cotton fabric is extremely breathable and looks quite exquisite as well. The beauty of cotton salwar kameez is that it looks great as a casual as well as festive wear.
Staying on that line, this off white cotton salwar kameez is designed to highlight your beauty and silhouette. It has a long muslin cotton kurta that is embroidered with beautiful kashmiri resham zari and thread. The bottom is a pair of simple cotton palazzos which are paired with an embellished pure chiffon dupatta. This dress is great for an evening party, wedding function and more.
There is no real limit to the number of salwar kameez designs. Some are casual must-haves while others are trendy party wear salwar suits. The idea is to keep experimenting with styles, patterns, and colors. Which one your favorite from this list? Let us know in the comments below.