Why should you wear Salwar Kameez? Designer Vandanna Roy explains..
Advantage # 1:
It's comfortable Never mind that the last thing that a 16-year-old considers while spending precious pocket money is the comfort factor, the fact remains that the salwar kameez is one of the most comfortable all weather outfits we have. Salwar Kameez helps keep cool on those hot sweltering days (364 days a year in this country!) as it doesn't cling to the body. The salwar kameez spares you the mental agony you may experience while on a date that your panty line is showing - usually the case with hip-hugging low-waisters. Nor do you have to face the humiliation of a 'free show' when the wind runs away with your skirt. Let's face it, it's never what Monroe made it out to be.
Advantage # 2:
It's graceful I know, I know, whatever happened to hot (!) and hip (!) is what you're asking. But there's no denying the fact that the salwar kameez is very graceful and lends the wearer an aura of feminine charm. Don't believe me? Ask the men. Contrary to our perception of them being flesh-ogling-voyeurs, a surprisingly large number would agree.
Advantage # 3:
You can have variety Available in countless designs, materials, sizes and to suit all pockets, the salwar kameez is certainly an exciting outfit. All it needs is a little imagination and viola! You'll have one that's just right for you. Something simple to wear to college or a dressy one for a wedding or a night do. You can never go wrong with it since salwar kameez suits all occasions. Add to this the fact that salwar kameez easily available, unlike those elusive shoes you spotted in some 'firang' magazine and are praying fervently that the cousins remember to bring from some 'phoren' land. The best part is that even your friendly neighborhood darzi will do a great job of stitching a salwar kameez.
Advantage # 4:
Size no bar The salwar kameez is one outfit which will bring out the best in you no matter what your vital statistics. A loose kameez is the perfect camouflage for those extra layers and vertical prints produce a slimming effect. A small bust can be enhanced by embroidery at the neck or other embellishments such as wooden buttons, beads or bright yokes. Then again, if you consider yourself a little too 'well-endowed' then round simple necks, Chinese collars and work done at the bottom of the kameez is the best bet.
Advantage # 5:
Doubles as a safety device Lastly, in case your aircraft is about to crash the salwar can double up as a parachute!! You can tie the ends together and hold on to the 'nada' for dear life. Instead of plummeting to the ground at a 100 miles/hr, you'll find yourself gliding to safety as the wind fills up this contraption.
After putting before you the many merits of this very versatile outfit, in true democratic spirit, I declare that finally it's up to you guys to decide which article of clothing will occupy maximum space on your cupboard shelf (sincerely hoping that the 'shelf life' of you salwar kameez will reduce somewhat and it will see the light of day more than just once a year, that being the school or college farewell or the odd wedding). As for me, I sleep soundly when I'm on a flight.
~~~~~~~~~~~If you would like to check out some of the great variety of salwar kameez suits, and other similar Indian outfits, you may want to check out these fine online stores:
Salwar Kameez India
Designer Salwar Kameez
(Also see ebay and amazon)
first photo above is from the movie "Bride and Prejudice"; others from the "Trade Destin" website, linked above; the blue scarf (dupatta) photo is from a tutorial page from Pardesi Fashions, on how to wear the clothes for Western ladies; and these last two (left and right) are from the "Salwar Kameez India" website, linked above.