Add Designer Salwar Kameez Suits to Your Closet in 2016

Add Designer Salwar Kameez Suits to Your Closet in 2016

2016 is another year to indulge in a wide range of fashion trends however even as we stock up on skinny jeans, graphic tees and other western wear garments, ethnic wear is always on our mind. There is a good reason for this, it is a known fact in India that western garments do not compare to the sheer creativity and craftsmanship employed to create high fashion ethnic wear. Amongst ethnic wear sarees and salwar kameez suits are the most commonly and frequently worn garments by women which is why it would be a good idea to create a look book for twenty sixteen with some of the best designer salwar kameez suits. Borrow and be inspired by the top 8 casual and occasional salwar kameez suits displayed below to help you create an ethnic look book for 2016.

Peach and Grey Manish Malhotra Salwar Suit

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Late last year Kajol was spotted at an event wearing this peach and grey Manish Malhotra salwar suit. This suit is typical of what is currently trending in ethnic fashion. Lace, ultra feminine floral embroidery, sheer dupatta and high sheen grey churidar pants. This suit has it all.

Casual Wear Salwar Suit by Manish Malhotra

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Many Indian women prefer the salwar suit for every day casual wear for the comfort and easy mobility it offers. This vibrant short kurti and Patiala salwar combination is a good example of great designer salwar suits for casual wear.

 

Ritu Kumar Festive Wear Salwar Kameez

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When it comes to authentic ethnic fashion, it is difficult to beat Ritu Kumar. This Varanasi weave festive salwar kameez is a good example for festive salwar kameez ensembles that should find a place in your look book for 2016. The exquisite embroidered neckline, the bright pink shades and gold embroidery truly complete this ensemble.

Ritu Kumar Casual Wear Salwar Kameez

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If you are wondering whether this Ritu Kumar casual wear designer salwar kameez is similar to the look Deepika Padukone flaunted in the movie Piku, you are quite right. This salwar kameez is great example of ethnic work and casual wear trends for twenty sixteen.

Sabyasachi Stunning Black Salwar Kameez

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If you are looking for inspiration in terms of designer salwar suits for party wear, your search ends here. This stunning black and gold Sabyasachi Mukherjee suit has all the perfect ingredients for evening wear.

Sabyasachi Casual Wear Salwar Suit

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This exquisite lace stunning red salwar kameez is a great example to add to your look book for twenty sixteen. Perfect for evening wear for casual dinners and movie dates, this ensemble is a winner.

Satya Paul Festive Wear Salwar Suits

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This is a great example of festive wear designer salwar suits by Satya Paul. This high fashion short kurti and Patiala salwar combination has a youthful appeal that is unmatched. Look out for the fine balance created by the elegant beige kurti and vibrant green salwar.

Casual Wear Satya Paul Salwar Suit

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This elegant cream salwar suit is a great example of subtle ethnic fashion sensibilities minus embroidery and embellishments that is so important for comfort oriented fashion when picking out every day work and casual wear outfits.

 

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Trendy Casual Wear Tips for Women

Casual wear is an important part of any woman’s closet. These are the clothes we wear when aren’t at work and lounging out a home or simply spending time out of the home carrying out personal chores or socializing with friends and family. We expect what we wear to be both comfortable and trendy which is why carefully investing in casual wear is so important. Read further to get to know more about some of the most favored and widely accepted casual wear trends for women in 2016.

Palazzo and Kurtis

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Cotton kurtis are bound to be an important part of any Indian woman’s casual wear collection. These tunics are trendy and comfortable and make for great summer wear. The kurti and palazzo trend is very popular amongst younger Indian women and is classy yet casual ensemble worth trying.

Kurtis and Tulle Skirts

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The Kurti and tulle skirt combination is ultra feminine, classy and yet casual and this is another reason to have kurtis in your closet. This stunning combination has a distinct Boho-chic appeal that finds a lot of acceptance amongst younger Indian women.

Lehenga and Tank Tops

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One way to rock a perfect indo-western look that incorporates the best of both western casual and desi swag is by pairing a tank top with a lehenga. One can buy a wide range of lehengas online or at an ethnic boutique however rocking this trend with a vibrant floral lehenga is your best bet.

Palazzo Suits

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If you happen to be a conservative dresser and prefer garments that are modest even for casual wear than the palazzo suit is a very trendy option to turn to. One can buy a wide range of palazzo suits online or at store near you. These suits come in a wide range of fabrics and prints.

Popular Sarees from Bengal for Diwali and Durga Puja

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Durga Puja is right around the corner and this is that time of the year when all the beautiful traditional Bengali sarees will come out of the closet. Listed below are some of the most popular sarees from Bengali that are ideal festive wear for Durga Puja. Please bear in mind that you can easily source any of these traditional sarees online if the list below inspires you enough to add a few of these sarees to your closet.

The Korial

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The Korial silk saree which is also known colloquially in Bengali as the lal paar saree is an important feature of the Durga Puja festivities. This is the preffered saree by most Bengali married women who offer offerings to the goddess Durga. This saree is similar to the Garad saree in terms of color however the colors the red border on white the white saree is more prominent in this case. One can easily source this variation of the silk saree online.

Tussar Silks

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Tussar silk that is cultivated from Mulberry Silk worms in the small town of Malda in Bengal is the essence of the Tussar silk saree that is sought after for its patta and buti designs and is a choice festive wear ensemble from Bengal.

The Garad

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If you plan to buy the Garad silk saree online, it is important that you are effectively able to differentiate this saree from the similar Korial saree. The sure way to distinguish a Garad saree is the light red border with tiny floral patterns unlike the Korial which has plain vibrant red border.

Murshidabad Silk Saris

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The Murshidabad silk saree is a prominent example of exquisite silk sarees from Bengal. These beautiful silk sarees enjoy iconic status in Bengal and one doesn’t need to go very far to get their hands on them as one can buy these sought after silk sarees online.

Dhakai Jamdani

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Woven from exquisite Egyptian cotton, the Dhakai saree originates from erstwhile East Bengal which is now known as Bangladesh. While Bangladesh can claim credit for the beauty of this exquisite sarees, Bengalis swear by this cotton weave and it is not difficult to see why. Fortunately one can easily source these traditional cotton sarees online.

Baluchari

We need to go back to Murshidabad and visit the village of Baluchari near the Bhagirathi River for the beautiful Baluchari saree. This saree is defined by the beautiful Sanskrit texts and exquisite buti work on the pallu. This saree is also another staple traditional saree during the Durga Puja festivities. The Baluchari saree is an exquisite example of freely available traditional cotton sarees online.

Taant

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If you have fair knowledge of traditional sarees than chances are you have heard of the taant saree. This crisp cotton sarees is the epitome of ethnic wear for women in Bengal. The taant saree is a staple at Durga Puja as it is often resplendent in red which is the color associated with the Goddess Durga.

Traditional Wedding Sarees From All Over India

Indian weddings are steeped in culture and tradition. These traditions are on full display at weddings which are often the best venue to get a real taste of the Indian culture. Different states have different wedding customs and this often includes what the bride or the groom chooses to wear on the day of the wedding. Most brides and grooms often stridently stick to traditional ethnic garments that differ from region to region with India for Bridal wear. For example a bride from Tamil Nadu is most likely to wear the Kanjeevaram saree which a bride from Orissa will stick to the Sambhalpuri silk saree. One can easily buy these traditional wedding sarees online  which means a bride from Tamil Nadu would probably still wear the Kanjeevaram saree on her wedding day even if she is based in Los Angeles. List below are prominent example of traditional wedding sarees from all over India that can be easily sourced online.

Kanjeevaram

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mongst Tamil brides however its fame has travelled far and wide and this saree is sought after by women all over the country. Due to the increased demand, this saree is widely available one can easily buy Kanjeevaram silk sarees online.

Net Sarees

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Net Sarees are very popular in the northern region of India and is often the favoured ensemble for bridal wear along with the lehenga choli. The net saree stands out for the beautiful embellishments that are often used to accentuate the saree. One can easily buy beautiful net sarees online.

Benarasi

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According to Wikipedia… “A Banarasi saree is a saree made in Varanasi, a city which is also called Benares or Banaras. The sarees are among the finest sarees in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The sarees are made of finely woven silk and are decorated with intricate design and, because of these engravings, the sarees are relatively heavy.

Their special characteristics are Mughal inspired designs such as intricate intertwining floral and foliate motifs, kalga and bel, a string of upright leaves called jhallar at the outer, edge of border is a characteristic of these sarees. Other features are gold work, compact weaving, figures with small details, metallic visual effects, pallus, jal (a net like pattern), and mina work. The sarees are often part of an Indian bride’s trousseau.” What, Wikipedia doesn’t make clear here is how popular this saree is in the Bengal region. Having made this point it is also imperative to state that this saree is sought after all over India and fortunately one can easily source these silk sarees online.

Sambhalpuri Saree from Orissa

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While the Bomkai and Kotki sarees from Orissa are widely popular, the Sambhalpuri silk saree wins hands down when considering the popularity of this traditional weave for bridal wear. The Bomkai saree is by far the most sought after saree amongst brides in the state of Orissa and its appeal lies in exquisite work done on the anchal. From natives of Orissa getting wedded outside the state, it is a boon that one can easily source the Sambhalpuri silk saree online.

Assam Silk

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The Assam silk saree which is also known as the Muga silk saree is one of the most popular sarees amongst Assamese brides. This saree is typically the customary saree for Assamese brides and is easily distinguished by the red border on a white base.

Resham Silk

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Apart from the Kanjeevaram saree, the resham saree is also widely popular all over South India. The appeal factor of this saree is the many variations available in different designs and patterns.

Zardozi Saree

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According to Wikipedia… “Zardozi work is a type of embroidery in Iran, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey, Central Asia, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Zardozi embroidery is beautiful metal embroidery, which once used to embellish the attire of the Kings and the royals in India. It was also used to adorn walls of the royal tents, scabbards, wall hangings and the paraphernalia of regal elephants and horses. Zardozi embroidery work involves making elaborate designs, using gold and silver threads. Further adding to the magnificence of the work are the studded pearls and precious stones. Initially, the embroidery was done with pure silver wires and real gold leaves. However, today, craftsmen make use of a combination of copper wire, with a golden or silver polish, and a silk thread.” This zardosi embroidery is used to accentuate a wide range of ethnic wear and amongst these ethnic garments is the Zardozi saree which is popular all over India.

Paithani Saree

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Aurangabad, Maharashtra is the point of origin of the Paithani saree which is now worn by brides all over Maharashtra. One can easily buy these beautiful gold embroidered silk sarees online.

Bandhini Saree

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The Bandhini or Bandhej saree is most popular amongst Rajasthani and Gujrati brides. These sarees that are died by a special tie and die method are known for the polka dot designs all over the saree. While this saree is a customary bridal saree in Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is widely worn all over India.

Pattu Saree

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The beautiful white and gold silk sarees known as Pattu sarees are the choice ensemble for Christian brides in Kerala. This saree is so popular that Keralite brides from outside the state often stick to the custom of wearing the Pattu saree. Fortunately one can easily source Pattu silk sarees online.

Brocade Silk

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According to Wikipedia… “Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in colored silks and with or without gold and silver threads. The name, related to the same root as the word “broccoli”, comes from Italian broccato meaning “embossed cloth”, originally past participle of the verb broccare “to stud, set with nails”, from brocco, “small nail”, from Latin broccus, “projecting, pointed”. Brocade is typically woven on a draw loom. It is a supplementary weft technique; that is, the ornamental brocading is produced by a supplementary, non-structural, weft in addition to the standard weft that holds the warp threads together. The purpose of this is to give the appearance that the weave was actually embroidered on.”  Brocade fabrics are often used to make beautiful ethnic garments and the brocade silk saree is popular traditional wedding saree.

 

 

 

 

3 Popular Lehenga Trends

The wedding season is right around the corner and most brides will be desperately looking out for the newest bridal wear trends. The wedding is one of the most important milestones of any woman’s life and every woman and her family knows this which is why so much trouble goes in to making sure the bride looks like a million bucks on her wedding day. One ethnic garment that never fails the Indian bride is the lehenga choli ensemble.

The lehenga is one of the most widely worn festive and wedding garments in India. The lehenga is by definition a long peasant skirt that is embellished and embroidered for accentuated appeal. This garment is so popular that almost all major Indian designers have experimented and used their creative skills on this garment. The lehenga is generally worn with a choli or blouse that cuts off at the midriff however it is also worn with kurtis and kameez. Recent trends have also made it popular to wear the lehenga with crops tops and tees. This is evidently fusion fashion that is prevalent in India. At some point of time in any girl’s life she will need a lehenga which is why it is important to discuss a few pro tips on buying designer lehengas online. Read further to know more about some of India’s most well known designers who excel in the creation of exquisite lehengas and sell their labels online.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee Lehenga

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Sabyasachi lehengas are in a class of their own. Each piece is exquisite designed, embroidered and embellished and the color palette ranges from crimson red to elegant creams insuring that there is a Sabyasachi lehenga for every woman. Lehengas by Sabyasachi range from exquisite bridal wear to festive and party wear lehengas. Each piece is sought after for the traditional ethnic silhouette, indigenous embroidery like zari, resham and zardosi and embellishments in the form of semi precious stones, sequins, lace, patchwork and embedded pearls. One can easily source a wide range of Sabyasachi designers online from select accredited e-commerce sources.

Manish Malhotra Lehengas

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Manish Malhotra ensembles are mostly characterized by bright vibrant colors and lots of bling and a lehenga by Manish Malhotra doesn’t fail to meet the norms in this department. Manish Malhotra has made a name for himself by catering to a fashion forward generation inspired by Bollywood couture. Vibrant pinks, pista greens, crimson red, elegant creams are the highlights of the Manish Malhotra color palette and gold and silver threadwork and crystal embellishment effectively tell his design story. One can easily source a Manish Malhotra designer lehenga online from an accredited designer wear e-commerce retailer.

Ritu Kumar Lehengas

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Ritu Kumar has been the known face of the Indian fashion industry since its teething phase and her work speaks for experience. A Ritu Kumar lehenga is the epitome of ethnic ingenuity and design and authenticity. Ritu Kumar is just as dedicated to Indian handloom and textile industries as she is to her creative self hence with a Ritu Kumar lehenga one is insured to look ones best in an ensemble beautified with indigenous fabrics, embroidery and embellishment methods.

Buying Designer Lehengas Online

While buying designer lehenga online through e-commerce retailers one must insure that they are purchasing an authentic designer label from an accredited e-commerce source. One should also make a well informed decision as to which garment to buy as designer lehengas are priced quite steeply however one can always make use of a return back policy.

Indian Ethnic Fashion Trends that are Popular Amongst Foreign Celebs

Western celebrities and especially the glitterati of Hollywood are well tuned in to fashion trends from around the world and elements of Indian ethnic fashion hasn’t escaped their attention which is why it is quite common to see western celebs looking fab in Indian ensembles and readily adopting Indian trends. Read further to know more about western celebs and personalities readily adopting Indian ensembles and trends and scroll down to look at some stunning pictures of western celebs flaunting desi swag.

The Bindi

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The Bindi has been readily adopted by Hollywood celebs and those from the American music industry. Selena Gomez is just one prominent example of an actor and singer who has often sported the Bindi. Other stars who are known for flaunting the Bindi are Madonna, Gwen Stephani, Nicole Scherzinger and Kendall Jenner.

The Nose Ring or Nose Pin

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Many western celebs have readily adopted the nose ring or nose pin and have made red carpet appearances wearing this Indian ethnic accessory. Amongst the celebs who have made red carpet moments wearing the nose ring or nose pin are Christina Aguilera, Rumer Willis, Ke$ha and Demi Lovato.

Kurta

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Celebrities and influential personalities have many important Indian friends and that calls for attending Indian weddings and experimenting with Indian fashion. In recent times both Ashton Kutcher and Mark Zuckerberg have been photographed wearing the kurta pyjama.

Saree

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The Saree is popular the world over and it is no surprise that many Hollywood celebs have adopted the saree and worn this beautiful ensemble on the red carpet or on ramp walks. Naomi Campbell stunned the fashion world in a black and gold saree by Sabyasachi, Lady Gaga did a fashion shoot in a Tarun Tahiliani saree and many others have worn this popular ethnic ensemble.

5 Indo-Western Casual Styling Tips for Women

Casual wear should be fun and informal. It is your chance to experiment with different trends and explore different silhouettes. While ethnic wear is by nature dressy and more suitable for festive and occasional wear, one can easily apply a few tips to adapt ethnic wear garments for everyday casual dressing. This allows you to dabble in bright vibrant colors, exquisite embroidery and beautiful ethnic motifs which are all the hallmarks of beautiful ethnic wear. Read further to go through our 5 styling tips for indo-western casual wear.

Pair your Jeans with Mojris

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If you are tired of the same old jeans and sneakers routine in spite of the fact that this combination is casual comfort at its best, you can flaunt your desi swag by pairing your jeans with mojris. This cool combination has just the right amount of desi swag and while you can continue to opt for your tees and western style tops, you can also further desify your look with vibrant and colorful kurtis.

Opt for Palazzos to Wear with Kurtis instead of The Usual Churidar Trousers

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Palazzos trousers are trending in a big way right now and for all the right reasons. Not only are these trousers very comfortable but also very trendy which is a good reason to pair your kurtis with palazzo trousers.

Kurtis with Tulle Skirts

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Give your kurtis a new lease of life by pairing them with peasant skirts and tulle skirts. This ultra feminine trend is finding many takers.

Tees and Tank Tops with Lehenga

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Don’t limit the use of your beautiful lehengas just to weddings and festivals and instead pair your lehengas with tees and tank tops for a chic fusion look.

Lehenga and Jacket

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There is so much you can do with the lehenga in terms of casual wear and the lehenga jacket combination is well worth a try.