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The Salwar kameez or Salwar suit or Shalwar kameez is the famous traditional Indian attire for women and is most popular in the younger generation. The outfit comprises a pair of trousers (salwar) and a tunic (kameez) that is usually paired with a scarf (dupatta).
The traditional salwar kameez too has had many innovations and design changes. The new designers have come up with great variations of the Shalwar kameez. Available in innumerable range from Punjabi suit , Casual Salwar kameez to Churidar Salwar, Afghani style, Pakistani style, Custom Salwar to hot and trendy Indo western suits, designer salwar kameez for women is demanded by women of all ethnicities and age groups. The length and width of salwar kameez is also various according to the fashion trend. The length of kameez may be short length, knee length, or flow down upto ankle.
In salwar suits, variations in fabric, work, cuts, is also found. Fabric used may be of any type like cotton, silk, chiffon, georgette, etc. Along with simple salwar suits, heavy embroidery work is also found in the salwar kameez, which makes it suitable for parties and formal events. Chikankari, Zardosi, Bandhej, Phulkari, beaded sequins, mirror work and block cum handprints are all time favorites among the ladies. Decorative designs may also be embroidered around the neckline, sleeves, hems and side slits of the outfit. Various types of cuts on sleeves is also found like sleeveless, full sleeves, ¾ th sleeves, and many others. This outfit is very graceful and comfortable which can be used at formal events, work place, dinner or even parties and in different weather conditions.
Beacause of the influence of Bollywood on fashion, the kameez is sometimes not used with a salwar, instead kameez is used as a top over Western-style jeans, skirts and pants.