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Indian fashion is not just all about beautiful and colorful saris. While it may be among the most widely known garments with Indian origins, there are other significant forms of clothing and styles in Indian fashion. The Salwar Kameez is one of these. 

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A traditional outfit that hails from the Indian sub-continent, the Salwar Kameez is comprised of a tunic that’s worn with a pair of trousers. Salwar or shalwar refers to the trousers, while Kameez refers to the short or long tunic. 

The history of the Salwar Kameez can be traced back to the Mughal era. The style of dressing is believed to have been first introduced in South Asia upon the arrival of the Muslims. First worn by Muslims, the Salwar Kameez soon became widely popular and worn throughout the region. During this period, the most famous style of the Salwar Kameez that was worn was known as the Anarkali suit. The Salwar Kameez in the form of the Anarkali suit was considered to be one of the most opulent and lavish garments of that time. Today, use the Salwar Kameez is especially prevalent among Punjabi women and is, in fact, known as the Punjabi suit. 

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Salwar Kameez can be worn by both men and women alike. They are part of both men’s and women’s fashion in Eastern Europe and throughout various regions of Asia, including, of course, India

The Salwar trousers are typically designed with a wide silhouette and a loose fit, appearing quite baggy. The trousers then taper down towards the hem, which are cuffed. However, there are also some styles that feature a straight or narrow cut instead. The waist of the Salwar usually features a drawstring or an elastic waistband. The adjustable waist makes the Salwar easy and comfortable to use, while also giving the trousers a pleated design around the waist.

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The Kameez, on the other hand, can be either a long or short tunic. The tunic is designed with what is called the chaak, which are side slits or open side seams from below the waistline. This makes the Kameez easy to wear and provides the wearer with freedom of movement. In terms of its silhouette, the Kameez is typically designed with a straight and flat cut. For its collar style, it can feature either a mandarin collar, a European style collar or can even be collarless.

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The silhouettes or cuts and design features of both the Salwar and the Kameez make the garments versatile and ideal for use every day. They can also be embellished and can include other design features to dress them up or dress them down, making them appropriate for various day activities as well as formal, evening occasions.

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Over the years, the traditional Salwar Kameez has evolved into different variations that are especially worn by women today. In fact, the outfit it widely worn by Indian women for both casual occasions and formal events. While the Salwar Kameez comes in a number of different style variations, in India, there are four particular styles that are commonly worn. These include the aforementioned Anarkali Suits, Dhoti Salwars, Patiala Salwars, and Palazzo Salwars.

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The Salwar Kameez has proven to be an enduring and timeless style that transcends any passing fashion trends.

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