India is a land of different cultures and ethnicity and clothes too differ from region to region. One of the most striking features of Indian dresses for women is the colour and varied patterns. Women’s clothing in this country varies widely depending on climate, local culture, and religion, as well as location viz. urban or rural settings. In an urban location, western clothing is more prominent as well as fusion attire that combines both traditional & western clothes. For example, in a metropolitan city like Mumbai or Kolkata, you will find women teaming a pair of western jeans with an Indian kurta (kurti). In rural areas, more traditional clothing is worn; for example women always wear a saree in rural areas.
Types of Indian apparel for women
- Saree – Typically a long unstitched cloth, usually patterned, which drapes over the body, worn with a tailored blouse and usually over a petticoat. A traditional saree ranges from 4 to 9 meters in length and it is used widely across India in urban and rural areas. Sarees are excellent for every occasion, be it for a party or office, and even when at home. The beauty of a saree is ethereal and it has the required elegance to enhance your appearance manifold.
- Salwar kameez – It consists of the salwar (loose trousers that are narrow at the ankles), and the kameez (a long shirt or tunic). The bottom wear of the salwar kameez is open for experiment based on your sense of style and choice. You can team a beautifully designed kameez with an elegant palazzo. Palazzos pants are in vogue and come in spectacular patterns and colours. These are made of viscose and other light weight materials and provide considerable comfort whenever worn. Leggings too offer a good alternative. Leggings come mostly in bold colours and are made of Lycra. These too are immensely comfortable. Salwar kameez is usually paired with a dupatta, which is a scarf that is traditionally used to cover the head and the shoulders, or used drawn over the shoulders and drawn back over the bosom. But nowadays it is widely used as a fashion accessory.
- Lehenga choli – One of the quintessential Indian traditional dresses, lehenga choli is prominent among women in the northern and western parts of India. Lehenga is basically a long skirt, which is embroidered and pleated. A choli is a blouse worn also with a It is tailored to tightly fit the body with short sleeves and a low neck. Finally, a dupatta is worn to finish the look, being tucked into the skirt then wrapped at the waist and then draped over the shoulder similar to a sari.
- Kurti – A kurti is simply a long shirt or blouse that falls below the waist and sometimes below the knees. Kurtis are ideal for casual daily use or even as office-wear. Usually kurtis are accompanied by a dupatta, which acts as a fashionable accessory, and it can be worn with salwar pants, churidar pants as well as leggings, or even jeans.
The variety in Indian clothes for women is considerable and options for each of the types are huge. So you just need to decide what you want to wear and then head out to any physical store or visit an online shopping site to buy the one. Online stores offer a plethora of choices when it comes to Indian dresses like a traditional georgette saree. Shopping online also gives you the luxury of buying your favourite clothes from within the comforts of your home.
Anand Mathur is a connoisseur of Indian fashion, especially womens’ fashion. He offers expert advice on Indian designer apparels and the latest trends in the same through his blogs & articles.This author has published 8 articles so far.