SALWAR KAMEEZ (Shalwar Kameez)
should you wear Salwar Kameez? Designer Vandanna Roy explains..
It's comfortable Never mind that the last thing that
a 16-year-old considers while spending precious pocket
money is the comfort factor, the fact remains that the
salwar kameez is one of the most comfortable all weather
outfits we have. Salwar Kameez helps keep cool on those hot sweltering
days (364 days a year in this country!) as it doesn't
cling to the body. The salwar kameez spares you the mental agony you
may experience while on a date that your panty line
is showing - usually the case with hip-hugging low-waisters.
Nor do you have to face the humiliation of a 'free show'
when the wind runs away with your skirt. Let's face
it, it's never what Monroe made it out to be.
Advantage # 2:
It's graceful I know, I know, whatever happened to hot
(!) and hip (!) is what you're asking. But there's no
denying the fact that the salwar kameez is very graceful
and lends the wearer an aura of feminine charm. Don't
believe me? Ask the men. Contrary to our perception
of them being flesh-ogling-voyeurs, a surprisingly large
number would agree.
Advantage # 3:
You can have variety Available in countless designs,
materials, sizes and to suit all pockets, the salwar
kameez is certainly an exciting outfit. All it needs
is a little imagination and viola! You'll have one that's
just right for you. Something simple to wear to college
or a dressy one for a wedding or a night do. You can
never go wrong with it since salwar kameez suits all occasions.
Add to this the fact that salwar kameez easily available, unlike
those elusive shoes you spotted in some 'firang' magazine
and are praying fervently that the cousins remember
to bring from some 'phoren' land. The best part is that
even your friendly neighborhood darzi will do a great
job of stitching a salwar kameez.
Advantage # 4:
Size no bar The salwar kameez is one outfit which will
bring out the best in you no matter what your vital
statistics. A loose kameez is the perfect camouflage
for those extra layers and vertical prints produce a
slimming effect. A small bust can be enhanced by embroidery
at the neck or other embellishments such as wooden buttons,
beads or bright yokes. Then again, if you consider yourself
a little too 'well-endowed' then round simple necks,
Chinese collars and work done at the bottom of the kameez
is the best bet.
Advantage # 5:
Doubles as a safety device Lastly, in case your aircraft
is about to crash the salwar can double up as a parachute!!
You can tie the ends together and hold on to the 'nada'
for dear life. Instead of plummeting to the ground at
a 100 miles/hr, you'll find yourself gliding to safety
as the wind fills up this contraption.
After putting before you the many merits of this very
versatile outfit, in true democratic spirit, I declare
that finally it's up to you guys to decide which article
of clothing will occupy maximum space on your cupboard
shelf (sincerely hoping that the 'shelf life' of you
salwar kameez will reduce somewhat and it will see the
light of day more than just once a year, that being
the school or college farewell or the odd wedding).
As for me, I sleep soundly when I'm on a flight.
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