Traditional Indian wear, whether it be the ageless saree, salwar kameez or lehenga always provide the right recipe for elegance on ceremonial occasions. The best thing about Indian traditional wear is that they are available in a huge variety of weaves, colours and shades that can go well with a range of accessories to match every mood in keeping parties, family get-togethers, pujas, anniversaries or weddings. You can pick moderately-priced, richly embroidered or the most expensive wear from among the wide choice available, depending on the occasion you need to grace or the people you need to meet.
Here is a guide to choosing the right salwar kameez or churidaar suit for festivals and occasions.
Red is the colour of the season:
If fond of salwar kameez or churidaar suits, red is the colour that can never go wrong for a festive occasion. Red spells good fortune in India, especially for weddings and anniversaries. A red suit looks gorgeous and vibrant. Team your suit with matching high heels, a blingy clutch in red or a shade of red, and bright accessories, and you can make all heads turn.
Different styles to select from:
The rise in disposable incomes, and the increased demand for designer wear has seen many brands respond with styles and designs especially suited for special occasions. Today, there are both off-the-shelf and unstitched suits that one can tailor in keeping with one’s tastes.
Anarkali kurta suits have their origins in the Mughal harems of yore, and hark back to the era of the legendary Anarkali whom Prince Salim fell in love with. These long flared kurtas are worn with churidar leggings that bunch into rings (churis) at the ankles. Generally embroidered at the yoke, and hem, the Anarkali suits are especially meant for the rare occasion when you must look dressy. Keep your accessories to the minimum with these suits, lest you go over the top. Stiletto heels or embroidered jootis look best with these suits.
The Patiala salwar kameezes are wide salwars bunched at the bottom that are paired with knee length kurtas to enhance the beauty of these leggings. These salwars hail from Patiala in the Punjab, and are most comfortable for summer. Currently available in a range of beautiful shades, Patiala suits are especially suited to celebrations where you must remain comfortable even as you brave humid and inclement weather.
Heavily embroidered Range:
Heavily embroidered and embellished salwar kameez and churidaar suits are especially meant for weddings and parties. These are exclusive and expensive, in keeping with the kind of inputs that go into them. Pick one that suits your age and taste from the range available, and you are sure to make the right statement.
Choosing the right suit for the Pujas can be a tough job. However, the trick lies in selecting your clothes keeping in mind that you must be dressed up for different times of the day. In the mornings, when you attend to the rituals and prayer, light cottons and crepes are the best. In the evenings, when pandal-hopping and aratis rule, deeper hues in silks can bring out the diva in you. Choose bright colours, whether solid or print, and team up your attire with matching jewellery. Remember, the brighter the better-be it bracelets, rings or earrings. Match these with a nice pair of sandals in your favourite colour, and you are all set to meet the deity in style!
Family get together:
A family get together usually occurs on a birthday, anniversary or festival. This is a special occasion with a difference. It is an occasion to dress up, yet not one when you go overboard with the bling or embellishments in your attire. Hence, your choice must be eye-catching and yet classy.
Salwar kameez for the occasion:
With salwar kameez available in different styles, prints and textures in both tailored and unstitched range, the customer today is spoils for choice. You can opt for a bright print or heavily embroidered piece, in keeping with your taste. Here are some ideas that can make the occasion memorable for you.
Salwar Kameez in the moderate range:
If you must keep within your budget, you could mix and match to get that perfect match without burning a hole in your pocket. You could have a embroidered cut sleeve or fulls sleeved suit, and team it with a heavy dupatta to complete the look. Such a suit will cost you in the range of INR 3000 to 5000, and yet leave you feeling perky and pretty.