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The long and short of it!

by Wasifa Ahmad Hasan
In Asia,specially in the Muslim countries, Salwar Kameez is a well worn dress.

If you don’t know what kind of dress this is, here is a a description.

Salwar kameez is a traditional dress worn by both women and men in South Asia and Central AsiaShalwar or salwar are loose pajama-like trousers. The legs are wide at the top, and narrow at the ankle. The kameez is a long shirt or tunic. The side seams (known as the chaak), left open below the waist-line, give the wearer greater freedom of movement.” 

Fashion repeats itself and the latest long salwar kameez is the perfect example of it. I have seen my mother wearing longer kameez when I was very little. It looked really L-O-N-G to me. When I first started wearing kameez, I wore the long one…because it was the trend back then.
Long Kameez
After the “long period” came the “short” & “shorter” period. The length of the kameez grew shorter. So the kameezes I made previously were becoming out-of-trend. To make my closet up to date, I took some kameezes to the tailor and made him cut off the length and I purposely forgot about some. Then again I made some shorter ones to keep up with the trend.
Short Kameez

Short Kameez with trouser like Salwar
In this long and short confusion period, I finally came upon a perfect length for my kameez. Neither long nor short! It was perfect for everyday wear…not overwhelming like the long ones and not “t-shirt” like the short ones.
When I have found this comforting length for myself at last, the reign of L-O-N-G kameez came again!
I have had enough, I tell you. I cannot take my kameezes again to the tailor and……oh well! He can’t make those any longer you know!
Long Anarkali Kameez

Trendy short Kameez with Patiyala Salwar

Salwar-Kameez with Western touch
I am not against all these trends. I love variety.  Each and every trend coming out everyday is not suitable for all of us. For example; jeggings or leggings are really trendy nowadays but when someone who is bottom heavy or pear shaped wears it, it can look very tacky.
Fashion is an ever changing sector but personal style is like an identity.
So try out different styles, know your body and when you are confident that a particular style is suiting you, embrace it!
Traditional Salwar-Kameez


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Wasifa Ahmad September 5, 2012 - 6:56 pm

Thank you so much Tina! I love these fabrics…along with the vibrant colors 🙂

Gi Lee August 29, 2012 - 5:07 am

Omgosh.. how beautiful. And this post was so very helpful..Asia really does have some of the most unique fabrics in the world. Thanks for sharing, hun!

By the way, that new profile photo is just STUNNING!! xoxo – Tina



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