6 Expert Tips For Choosing Salwar Kameez
So you have been invited to a party and you want to be the center of attraction. That being said, you need to choose a salwar kameez that would flatter your body by accentuating its best features.
Follow the below mentioned tips for zeroing in on the perfect salwar kameez for yourself:
- Learn what the time of the event is
It is important to keep in mind the time when the party is going to be held, as it will help you choose the right color for it. For instance, if it is a daytime event then you should go for pastel shades because these colors can make you look happy and cheerful. Some of the popular pastel colors include sea green, sky blue, ivory, white, pastel yellow, and many more. Salwar Kameez in these colors looks elegant. In case, it is an evening party, you should focus on dark colors like deep red, maroon, navy blue, golden, silver, deep yellow, brown and of course, black.
- Amount of bling depends on the type of party
Bling or embellishments on salwar kameez make the attire look gorgeous. By choosing a party salwar kameez with embellishments, you can attract undivided attention of other guests. Nevertheless, the type of party you are to attend will decide the amount of bling you should have in your dress.
If it is a casual family get-together, reception or an informal party at a friend’s place then you could wear heavily embellished party salwar kameez. Modern designers make use of gota, silver/gold cords, sequins, pearls, and shiny threads to create beautiful embroidery on the kurta and salwar. For formal parties, the amount of embellishments comes down a bit. The patterns in which they are made are horizontal or vertical, which adds a touch of professionalism to the outfit.
- Know what your body type is
Salwar kameez is available in different styles. The biggest advantage of this fact is that women with any body type can look attractive in this dress. Stand in front of the mirror learn what the shape of your body is. Do you have a small waist with hips that measure same (or close) as your bust? You have an hourglass body shape. Fashion experts say that women with this body shape can wear salwar suit of any style. Since your figure is striking, you should let the fabric drape your body closely.
If your tummy area or hips are heavier than your shoulder then you possess a pear shaped body. Go for A-line or any style that is not tight around the buttocks. In case, your shoulders are sturdier but your waist looks slimmer in comparison, then you have an apple shaped figure. Salwar Kameez that provides volume to the waist like frock suits and Anarkalis would look good. You could also choose an outfit with a jacket.
- Select prints/motifs according to your body shape
There is no limit to type of prints available in salwar kameez. You could go for an entirely printed kameez. With such a kameez, mostly the salwar comes in a plain color. The look creates a nice illusion of height. Meaning, if you are short height then such a combination can make you look taller. For tall women, you do not wish to appear that tall, they should go for printed salwars. Prints/motifs could be scattered over the entire kameez or remain concentrated on select areas like the borders, sleeves, necklines or the middle.
Scattered prints create a dazzling look and are best for informal parties. Motifs in embroidery using pearls, stones, rhinestones, gota, colorful threads, make the kameez shimmering. You could even get the salwar studded with such rich motifs. On the other hand, concentrated prints/motifs help in creating an impression of slimness and height. Vertical prints can make you look both taller and slimmer. The smaller prints/motifs are the taller and slimmer you would appear. For creating an illusion of bulk, slim women should choose bigger prints/motifs placed horizontally over the kameez.
- Choose the fabric carefully
You need to select a comfortable fabric as per the season. The requirement becomes even more important if the event is going to be organized during the summer months in open air. Fabrics like cotton, poly cotton, and net offer ample breathability. If the venue of the party is a banquet hall, or someone’s residence then you need not depend so much on the fabric for comfort. You could choose chiffon, satin, silk, velvet, organza, polyester, etc. For best results, do not go for clingy fabrics if you are slim. Choose the ones that provide volume to the body like organza and velvet. Alternatively, if you are on the bulkier side, you should select fabrics like satin, silk and polyester. They drape around the body snugly showing off the curves elegantly.
- Experiment with different types of salwars
Not many women pay attention to the salwars, as it remains obscured by the kameez. However, with a salwar, you can modify you look immensely. Baggy salwars like Patiala salwars will make you look shorter. Hence, short women should not go for them. In case, you are hooked on to a Patiala Salwar Kameez because of its stunning look, then you should definitely wear heels so that you do not look stubby. If you do not wish to give any impression of being short, you should select churidaar salwar. It clings to the legs and makes you look taller by a few inches. Tall women would look best in Patiala salwars, dhoti style salwars or in conventional heavy pleated salwars. In all cases, salwar in a lighter shade than the kurta is recommended.