Shalwar-Kameez : Traditional but Modernized

Shalwar-kameez is one of the most popular wear in India and Pakistan. In India it was a traditional wear in Punjab and in the western parts of Uttar Pradesh (UP). But the situation has changed now.With many modified, improved and contemporary versions, it is now almost worn all over the country. Due to the introduction of fashion and style concepts coupled with latest wide choice versions, it has become favorite of many of the women population. We have to admit that because of the comfort matching merrily with style, Shalwar-Kameez has taken a prominent place in the wardrobe of our women folks.

It Can Make You Look Gorgeous Instantly…
A Shalwar-Kameez can be very comfortable, practical and at the same time be very decorative. It has the magic formula to make you look gorgeous instantly also. A Shalwar-Kameez consists of a kameez and a Shalwar. A Shalwar is a loose pant and kameez is a long tunic. It is worn traditionally with a Dupatta which is a kind of a long scarf.
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Use Creativity to Create Something Stylish…

You can always use your creativity to design something stylish by using few basics from your wardrobe. You can mix and match and create styles which can stand out. Let me confess that Shalwar-Kameez is a kind of outfit which gives lot of scopes to experiment. If the outfit is looking very plain, you can try adding a little theatricals by using heavy Dupatta or you can just change the bottom of a Shalwar-Kameez dress and can make it look very contemporary.
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Key is to Accessorize Wisely

    Over-embellished Shalwar-Kameez are difficult to wear in summer season and are only suitable for party wear
    It is advisable to invest in something which can be worn on different occasions
    A point to note is that it should not make you look overdressed on any occasion
    You can team up your well fitted simple Shalwar-Kameez with a statement jewellery piece to stand out
    A pair of contemporary chunky earrings or neck piece can completely change the outlook of your outfit

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Choose the Sleeves

Choosing the sleeves according to the body shape is also important in choosing the right type of Shalwar- Kameez for yourself.

    If you have flabby arms go for full sleeves or 3/4 sleeves
    A kameez with a little long length of sleeves will make your arms look toned and slim
    If you have thin and well-toned arms you can go for short sleeves or even sleeveless

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Select Your Footwear Accordingly

you can team up your Shalwar-Kameez with a variety of footwear. Here are few options.

    Flat Chappals (Slipper) and Jutis (a kind of traditional Indian shoe) go very well with both Patiala Shalwar as well as Churidars
    Opt for Kolhapuri embroidered flat Chappals which are very suitable for regular use as well as very durable and comfortable
    High heel footwear and stilettos look good with flared pants as well as Churidars. Very suitable for formal occasions and provide the appropriate height to the wearer

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Embrace the Correct Fabric and Colour

Choose the Colour of the Shalwar-Kameez according to your complexion and your body shape.

    As a rule of thumb, dark colours will make you look slimmer
    Maroon, dark blue and black Color will make you look slim.
    Pastel colour will look good on slim people
    Try to choose a colour which complements your complexion

Choosing the correct fabric will help you in flaunting whatever you want to flaunt and hiding whatever you want to hide.

    Light fabric which has a good fall quality will make you look thin
    Stiff fabrics normally don’t accentuate the figure and will make you look bulky
    Thick silks and tissue net tend to remain stiff, rigid and creaky. It doesn’t give a proper shape to the body

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Go for the Correct Length

Choosing the correct length of the kamenon forsine qua non for getting the desired look.

    Long kameez are in trend now and looks very good with churidar or with cigarette pants or crop pants or Sharara pants but not with the shalwar
    If you are choosing the kameez with a knee length you can opt for normal or Patiala Shalwar.
    if you are a tall, long kameez will look more defined on you compared to the people with a lesser height
    Knee length kameez is a safe option for people with less height as well as for the people with the average height.

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Prefer the Right Style and Right Fit

There are a number of styles available around nowadays. You have to choose and select the style according to your body type.

    Anarkali or Flared kameez will look good on tall and thin people
    Simple conventional cuts look good on all.
    You can give the conventional outfits a modern trendy twist by teaming it up with a fashionable pant and a stylish Dupatta.
    There are a number of styles of pants available in the market like Churidars, Ciggrette pants, Flared pants, Capris pants etc.
    You can choose the bottom according to your kameez style

After selection of the style, the other important task is to see that your chosen Shalwar-Kameez fits you correctly and appropriately.

    Always buy a correct fit
    It should never be too tight or too loose on your body
    Remember that it should not cling to your body too uncomfortably
    There should always be some breathing space

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Finally..

It is wise to keep in mind that whatever is in fashion or whatever is trendy may not always look good on you. So choose, pick and select the right outfit which can accentuate and underline your positive features and very gracefully hide and dull the flaws.

Written by Hina Alam

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