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Salwar Kameez Variations and Style Types

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Indian Fashions can be confusing. Between the salwar kameez, shalwar kameez, churidars and parallel suits, it is sometimes hard to know exactly what you want. Use this guide to help you make the most informed decision you can regarding Indian Salwar Kameez and its variations.

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As times and fashions change, so do salwar kameez fashions of India. Although the traditional version is still the most popular among most women,
there are some variations that have gained in popularity. Below you will find terms that will help you identify the different styles of suits curre
ntly available: Please note, photos of the different styles are currently available on our website but becaues eBay does not like us to post links to other sites, I could not post it here.

Traditional Salwar Kameez
- Traditional suit consisting of three pieces: a loose fitting, drawstring pajama like pant, a long, tunic style shirt and a long, complimenting or matching scarf. It is generally accepted that the kameez should come below the knee to the mid-calf region. The kameez is usually fitted throughout the shoulder and bust area and loose from the hips down to the hem. Side walking vents (splits) are added to both sides. Bollywood Fashion (Bollywood is the movie industry of India) tends to depict the salwar kameez with a tight, fitted look along the shoulders and bust areas. Most everyday wearers opt for a bit more room in their suits for comfort and mobility.

Churidar Kameez Suit
- The kameez in this suit is like the traditional salwar kameez suit however, the bottoms are cut close and tight to the leg with a good deal extra length added so the material will wrinkle up around your ankle. This style of pant is called Churidar after the Hindi word for bangles Churi.

Parallel Suit
- Parallel suits are an updated version of the salwar kameez,  very popular among the younger generations of Indian women and many Non-Indian women as well. They are also known as a trouser suit or pant suit in Indian fashion clothing. They usually consist of the same three pieces found in a salwar kameez suit; however, this style of suit can be found without a dupatta as well. The difference between the parallel suit and salwar kameez suit is in the cut and style of the parallel suit. It features a trouser like fit through the hips and thighs and can either be straight down to the ankle like a trouser/pant or it can have a slightly flared leg similar to a boot cut pant. The flare can also be very wide depending on the individual suit and  suit wearer’s taste. The most popular choice at this time is the slightly flared look. The pant is often embroidered along the leg or ankle. The top is much shorter than a traditional kameez, and is usually worn above the knee or at hip level. These suits can also be sleeveless, with thin straps, or compeletly strapless depening on the design.

Pajami Style Suit
- This style suit is very similar to the churidar suit because it features the same long kameez. The difference is that the pajama (bottoms) does not have as much length in the lower leg and does not wrinkle around the ankle. It is a very slim fitting leg look.

Afghani Suit
- This style suit is basically the same as a salwar kameez suit as it consists of the same three pieces. The difference lies in the cut and style of the suit. The salwars are very loose, featuring a many pleated look. The salwar is very baggy and is often embroidered along the leg or ankle. The kameez is shorter than a traditional suit, ranging from mid-thigh to above the knee. This suit can be sleeveless.

Indo-West Fusion
- This term is often used to describe salwar kameez (shalwar kameez) suits that combine both Indian and Western styles and designs.  The parallel suit (as described above) is a good example of Indo-West Fusion and these two terms are often used interchangeably.

Kurti or Kurta Kameez
- Kurti and Kurta are words used to often describe a shorter tunic style shirt. These terms are often used to describe the Parallel Suit.

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