It is difficult to imagine an Indian womanâ€™s wardrobe without the ubiquitous salwar suit in it. It is such an essential in ethnic wear, much like the white t-shirt and jeans in a western wardrobe. What’s great about it is its versatility! You can pair it with any bottom of your choice; a skirt, jeggings, jeans, palazzos, crop pants, the possibilities are endless. Make the right decisions and you will make a style statement for sure.
This versatile outfit has stood the trials and turbulence of the ever-changing trends in the fashion industry and is here to stay! From comfort to style, to suit all body types, it is a must-have in your wardrobe. And since it is in your closet, let’s look at the doâ€™s and don’ts of wearing a salwar suit, so that your ethnic game is always on point.
The Length of Your Kurti
If you prefer long kurtis as in Anarkali suits, remember to pick the right bottom wear for it. A popular choice today for long kurtis is the palazzo pant. Available in a variety of fabrics, designs, prints and colors this is a comfortable and stylish choice. Remember flowy fabrics are an excellent choice for palazzos. If you are not feeling brave enough, you can always pair it with the trusted churidar; one can’t go wrong with that!
Whatever you do, remember NOT to wear your long kurtis with patialas! That’s an absolute fashion no-no. Â Why? The whole charm of a patiala, are the pleats and by wearing a long kurti, you will be hiding it all. It also takes away attention from the structured look that a long Kurti gives you.
Not all suits need a dupatta. For instance, suits with elaborate necklines with heavy work done around it, don’t really need a dupatta to complete the look. However, if you feel more comfortable with one, pick a single colored, light fabric-georgette or chiffon one, so that the neck work is visible. Remember to wear it sideways on your left shoulder to show off the design on your kurti. The next thing to keep in mind if your suit has a dupatta is its length. You know it’s the right length if it reaches your knee when you wear the dupatta sideways on your shoulder. Long and flowy dupattas add to the elegance of your suit.
Pick the Right Accessory.
The golden rule of accessorizing while wearing a suit merely is â€œLess is moreâ€! Do not over accessorize. Choose the area you want to accessorize, and this will undoubtedly be dependent on the design of your suit. If your suit has a heavy neckline, avoid wearing a necklace. A perfect neckline does not require much for you to accessorize around the neck. On the other hand, if the work on your suit is around the sleeves, avoid wearing tons of bangles. Sometimes just wearing a pair of jhumkas or a simple maang tika does the trick!
Find the Right Footwear.
Picking the right footwear that goes with your suit will make or break your look. Pair a patiala suit with jhutis and wear your stilettos with a churidar suit, if itâ€™s a formal occasion or just slip into your kolhapuris if it’s your work outfit. Remember, your selection of footwear is wholly dependent on the length of your kurta! Color contrast between your footwear and outfit also does wonders for your look.
Pick the Right Fabric
Getting the perfect fit for your salwar suit depends entirely on the fabric that works best for you. The fabric and style of the suit that you pick should compliment your body type. For instance, if you have a voluptuous figure, choose lighter fabrics like georgette, crepe, linen etc. Go in for heavy fabrics like jute, thick cotton and heavy silks if you are looking to add some volume to your silhouette.
Fabrics like lycra that take the shape of your body are great for bottom wear. Large prints and horizontal stripes increase volume, whereas small prints and vertical stripes decrease volume, making you look slimmer.
A great place to start looking for the salwar suit that compliments you best is right here at Soch. They have a huge collection of salwar suits in a wide array of design, fabric, color and pattern. So go ahead and stock up your shopping cart now!