Guide for the Non-Indian or New Salwar Kameez Wearer
As salwar kameez and its many variations spread on the global fashion scene, we
often get emails from non-Indian women interested in wearing salwar kameez.
This section is specifically created for those women and Indian women who are
new to wearing salwar kameez. If this guide does not answer any questions or
concerns you might have please send us an email at
Info@pardesiservices.com, we will deal with your questions and concerns
kindly and promptly.
Is it ok for non-Indian women to wear salwar kameez?
This is probably the most asked question we receive by potential customers. The
answer to your questions is, yes it is ok for non-Indian women to wear salwar
kameez. Many women think salwar kameez look very elegant and feminine but worry
they will be offending Indians if they wear them. It is not offensive to wear
salwar kameez if you are non-Indian. In fact, most Indians are extremely
flattered by your choice to do so. If you would like to get first hand opinions
from Indian women about non-Indians wearing salwar kameez and Indian fashion in
general please see our
section under Indian Fashions.
I am new to wearing salwar kameez. What should I know before ordering?
Salwar Size - The second most common email we get from non-Indian women
or first time salwar kameez wearers is “My salwar (bottoms) are huge! They
don’t fit!” Western and American women are used to wearing jeans or pants which
fit close to the waist, hip, and leg. When they receive their first set of
properly fitting salwars they are amazed because the waist, hips and legs are
huge by comparison of pants or jeans. As one customer once said “You can fit
three of me in the leg!” As interesting as it might seem, this is the correct
fit of a salwar. To illustrate how large the salwar should be please see the
example of an American size Large salwar below
Drawstring Waist -
The waist of a salwar will have a drawstring that is used to cinch up the waist
and hips. Today you can also get elastic added to the waist which will
essentially pre-cinch the waist for you if you so desire but many people find
the drawstring to be the best fit.
Know the parts and terms - It is really helpful if you understand the
terms and parts of salwar kameez and the most common variations. This will help
determine the look you want as you are browsing and shopping. To see a list of
terms associated with salwar kameez and examples of variations please see our
salwar kameez types and variations page.
Ready-Made or Custom Fit - One of the most surprising ideas to our
non-Indian customers is our custom fit service. In India, most women use a
tailor to customize their suits according to their measurements. Very few
people purchase ready-made clothing and wear it as is because they are used to
a customized fit. In the west, the opposite is more common. Most western
shoppers purchase their clothing “off the rack” and do not alter it. We offer
both fits: ready made salwar kameez in American sizes XS-5XL for average height
or customized fit for junior, misses, plus and super size. This service is no
additional charge and really is a wonderful way to look your best.
Tips for first time or new salwar kameez wearers
Try wearing salwar kameez around your home first
- This is a good idea until you get completely comfortable with it. You will
want to be able to move freely and feel confident in it. Wearing salwar kameez
is very simple but when something is new, people tend to be a little
self-conscious about it. If you are not comfortable wearing it, your movements
will look stiff and self-conscious. Once you are comfortable wearing it and
moving normally you can try wearing it out of the house. People probably will
look at you when you are out. Some will just be curious about the style of the
clothes while others will find it so lovely they can not help but look. In the
case of Indian men and women looking at you, please do not take offense or
worry that you are giving offense. Most often, it is simply a case of
astonishment simply because the western world has dictated fashion trends for
so long that they are surprised to see anyone non-Indian willingly choosing to
wear salwar kameez or traditional Indian fashions. Please do not feel
What do I do with the dupatta/long scarf? - There are many ways you can
wear the duppatta. We have listed several ways showing step by step
instructions for several styles of duppatta wear. Please see our
online tutorial for further instructions on styles. We usually
recommend pinning it in place for new salwar kameez wearers.
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