Salwar kameez are worn across the Indian sub-continent by women of all ages. This outfit consists of a long tunic called the kameez, a loose pair of trousers called the salwar and a flowing scarf, termed the dupatta. Salwar kameez are not only extremely comfortable and easy-to-wear, they are also very versatile. The unique appeal of this outfit for Indian women is that it’s loose and airy structure, combined with the fact that it adequately covers the whole body, makes it ideal apparel for all seasons.
One of the most popular sub-types of this quintessential Indian outfit is the floral salwar kameez. As the name suggests, this is a salwar kameez decorated with flower-based or flower inspired designs. The bright, summery vibe of these vibrant outfits makes them the ideal summer-wear garment. Many people mistakenly believe that floral designs are mainly worn by young girls. In fact, florals are frequently seen on red carpets and high fashion ramps nowadays and Indian designers have increasingly begun to incorporate them into their exclusive, designer salwar kameez outfits.
However it cannot be denied that casual-wear or daily-wear salwar kameez are the ones that are most frequently decorated with floral designs. Floral print salwar kameez are the perfect ethnic garments for office wear during the summer. Though they are very bright and beautiful, they are comfortable, easy-to-wear and light-weight. More often than not, they are made using cotton, a material which can be easily dyed into bright colors. Prints show up well on this material, which is also very soft, breezy and absorbent. Floral printed salwar kameez can also be made of other materials like silk, faux silk, chiffon, georgette and viscose (and other artificial fabrics). The finer materials like silk, chiffon and georgette are usually used to make the fancy varieties for special occasions. Designers often use more heavy materials like brocade and velvet, as well as diaphanous net and tissue, to achieve attractive visual contrasts for their unique creations.
A floral print salwar kameez can come with many different types of designs and patterns. Popular varieties include large, stylized depictions of single flowers such as roses, jasmines, lotuses, lilies, and poppies, detailed patterns consisting of the motif of a tiny flower repeating over and over again and flowering branches with exquisite blooms prettily displayed. Sometimes, just the petals of the flowers are shown while at other times flowers are intermingled with other nature inspired motifs. The types of designs can also vary; one can find exquisite and highly artistic designs as well as simple, geometric depictions. A new trending type of print is the digital print, which can be used to showcase life-like images of different kinds of flowers. These would be called flower print salwar kameez as they showcase the flower itself as opposed to an artistic floral theme print.
The floral theme can also be expressed in the form of embroidery and embellishments. From thick borders near the edges to detailed necklines and sleeves, different parts of the outfit can be used to depict such designs. Some varieties of floral design salwar kameez even have the entire outfit covered in pretty floral embroidery, which creates a very lavish, feminine effect. Different types of embroidery styles can be used to decorate salwar kameez, from resham, zari and zardosi to Chikankari, aari, dori and ek taar work.
Styles and Trends in Colorful Varieties of Floral Salwar Kameez
Floral prints are always in style in one form or another. This pretty, feminine type of design suits women of all ages and body types and would be considered suitable for a wide variety of occasions. Currently, anarkali salwar suits are the most in-demand, and they are also available with beautiful floral patterns either embroidered or printed on.
Floral printed salwar suits can be accessorized in a variety of ways. Cotton floral print salwar kameez have a youthful, summery vibe, which can be perfectly enhanced with some chunky antique silver bangles or some colorful beaded necklaces. The silk and chiffon varieties have a fancier vibe and can be paired up with gold or silver necklaces (depending on the work on the outfit) with floral themed motifs. In general, colorful beaded jewelry, tribal necklaces, wooden bangles and antique metal jewelry pairs well with floral themed designs. Just avoid clashing motifs in the jewelry and on the outfit.
To complete the ensemble, women can opt for brightly colored mojaris with similar patterns, as well as embroidered handbags or gold work potlis, depending on the occasion and the outfit in question. The dupatta itself can be styled and draped in different ways to add a unique vibe to the outfit. Women can wear the dupatta as a stole or scarf to add a western element, or they can wear it back to front to display the work near the neckline.