12 Different Types of Salwar Suits

The plethora of styles and designs in Salwar suits is beyond comprehension. You can wear them in a traditional style, modern, or Indo-western style. Ace Indian designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, and Anju Modi to name a few, have extracted all their creative juices over the years to create some spectacular and bespoke designer salwar kameez with fine craftsmanship and designs which have become rage in Indian fashion. Let us shed some light on some popular salwar kameez styles!

Different Types of Salwar Kameez 

Let us take a look at some of the different types of salwar kameez preferred by Indian women.


The Anarkali suit is one of the most popular styles of the ethnic salwar kameez. The kurta in the Anarkali suit is fitted till the empire waist length and then goes into a dramatic flare that's striking and stunning. The length of the Anarkali kurta is usually below the knees. Floor length is also extremely popular in Anarkali suits as it gives the outfit a regal feel. Traditionally, an Anarkali kurta is paired with a churidar pajama. However, in recent times, designers have started teaming it with palazzo salwars too, and the results are equally beautiful.


The Patiala suit is another classic type of salwar kameez originating from the state of Punjab. In this style of salwar kameez, the kurta is usually kept short, and the salwar is similar to the classic style but wider with more pleats. Usually topped with a pair of jhootis and styled with a long plait, this Punjabi suit is evergreen, as it's never going to go out of style.


A simple straight long kurta paired with a churidar salwar is another popular version of the salwar kameez, sure to be always chic. These days churidar is worn with a flared kurta, short kurta, Angrakha kurta and many other kurta styles. It radiates Indian ethnic fashion in its pure simplicity and elegance which is timeless and versatile for various occasions and places.


Add some fashionable flare to your Indian style with pants and palazzo salwars. It is so-called the “In trend” right now which looks absolutely glamorous and fashion-forward.  The pant salwars are made in various styles like parallel pant salwars, cigarette pant salwars, or straight pant salwars. Palazzo salwar is really popular with the younger generation and is worn casually as well as a formal wear with Anarkalis or straight kurtas. This type of salwar design has added a Western twist to Indian suits making it more modish.


If you want to channelize that Middle East Arabic style, wear your kurta with Harem salwar or pants. The loose, breathable baggy style is one of the most chic styles of wearing a salwar kameez. Pair it with a short kurta and put on indian bangles, earrings, and jutti to give a perfect finishing to your look!


This is another style which has added one hell of a twist to Indian salwar kameez. The salwar is layered; it is fitted, draped and stitched like a dhoti which looks like an updated version of traditional dhotis. Designers like Anamika Khanna brought glory to this traditional drape by pairing it with short embellished kurta, peplum kurta,  and kaftan kurta. A perfect style to sport an Indo-western look at weddings or parties!


Let us say it is a cousin to Dhoti salwar, but only snazzier, you got the point, right! The drape salwars have a loose silhouette unlike Dhoti salwars and are layered as well. They look great with straight kurta and look utterly chic.


For all casual wearers, who like to keep it fuss-free, straight kurta with leggings is an apt style of salwar kameez. They are popular with young girls who prefer wearing salwar kameez without dupatta. Flexible leggings give ease of movement and comfort all day long.


Kurta with jeans is a modern twist to the Indian salwar kameez. Geeks and art lovers usually prefer this style without dupatta. This is an ethnic fusion style which you can finish off with Kolhapuri chappals, silver jewelry, and a jhola bag.


Wearing salwar suits with jackets adds visual interest to the entire look. If you want to wear this style casually, pair your churidar salwar kameez with a waistcoat for a perfect fusion style. For more formal events like weddings and parties, this style is adorned with long embellished or embroidered jackets looking absolutely exquisite.


Apart from pairing your Indian salwars with flared kurtas, anarkalis and straight kurtas, there is another style which looks super stylish. Kaftan kurta with salwar pants or dhoti salwars is an urban twist on the conventional design. The easy breezy style is for an effortless Indian look.


Pakistani suits and silhouettes are the season's favorites and it's easy to understand why. Their beautiful styles and drapes exude royalty and charm. The sharara suit is favored by desi women around the world. Incredibly flattering on all body types, this one's magic lies in its salwar which opens up into a beautiful flare. The kurta in the ethnic suit can be kept long or short as per one's preference.


These are the different types of Salwar kameez preferred by Indian women all over the world. Salwar suits are known for their comfort and practicality. The loose-fitting salwar pants allow for ease of movement, while the kameez can be tailored to flatter a variety of body types. Pick your favorite Indian salwar kameez online to accentuate your ethnic verve at various occasions from Pure Elegance!

Article By : Charu Tyagi

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