Indian Fashion Part 1-Different Variations of the Indian Salwar Kameez

Indian Fashions can be confusing. Between the salwar kameez, shalwar kameez, churidars and parallel suits, it is sometimes hard to know exactly what you want.

Traditional Salwar Kameez
Traditional suit consisting of three pieces: a loose fitting, drawstring pajama like pant, a long, tunic style shirt and a long, complimenting or matching scarf. It is generally accepted that the kameez should come below the knee to the mid-calf region. The kameez is usually fitted throughout the shoulder and bust area and loose from the hips down to the hem. Side walking vents (splits) are added to both sides. Bollywood Fashion (Bollywood is the movie industry of India) tends to depict the salwar kameez with a tight, fitted look along the shoulders and bust areas. Most everyday wearers opt for a bit more room in their suits for comfort and mobility.

Churidar Kameez Suit
The kameez in this suit is like the traditional salwar kameez suit however, the bottoms are cut close and tight to the leg with a good deal extra length added so the material will wrinkle up around your ankle. This style of pant is called Churidar after the Hindi word for bangles Churi.
Parallel Suit
Parallel suits are an updated version of the salwar kameez,  very popular among the younger generations of Indian women and many Non-Indian women as well. They are also known as a trouser suit or pant suit in Indian fashion clothing. They usually consist of the same three pieces found in a salwar kameez suit; however, this style of suit can be found without a dupatta as well. The difference between the parallel suit and salwar kameez suit is in the cut and style of the parallel suit. It features a trouser like fit through the hips and thighs and can either be straight down to the ankle like a trouser/pant or it can have a slightly flared leg similar to a boot cut pant. The flare can also be very wide depending on the individual suit and  suit wearer’s taste. The most popular choice at this time is the slightly flared look. The pant is often embroidered along the leg or ankle. The top is much shorter than a traditional kameez, and is usually worn above the knee or at hip level. These suits can also be sleeveless, with thin straps, or compeletly strapless depening on the design.

Pajami Style Suit
This style suit is very similar to the churidar suit because it features the same long kameez. The difference is that the pajama (bottoms) does not have as much length in the lower leg and does not wrinkle around the ankle. It is a very slim fitting leg look.

Afghani Suit
This style suit is basically the same as a salwar kameez suit as it consists of the same three pieces. The difference lies in the cut and style of the suit. The salwars are very loose, featuring a many pleated look. The salwar is very baggy and is often embroidered along the leg or ankle. The kameez is shorter than a traditional suit, ranging from mid-thigh to above the knee. This suit can be sleeveless.

Indo-West Fusion
This term is often used to describe salwar kameez (shalwar kameez) suits that combine both Indian and Western styles and designs.  The parallel suit (as described above) is a good example of Indo-West Fusion and these two terms are often used interchangeably.

Kurti or Kurta Kameez
Kurti and Kurta are words used to often describe a shorter tunic style shirt. These terms are often used to describe the Parallel Suit. This is very popular and is worn with leggings.

Patiala Suits or Punjabi Suits

This style suit is famous in the state of Punjab is a type of female trousers which has its roots in Patiala City in the Northern region of Punjab state in India. The King of Patiala in earlier times had its Royal dress as Patiala Salwar. It  has a close resemblance to the pathani Suit which has similar loose lowers as salwars and long knee length top known as kameez. Over the decade the dress now is not worn by men but has classically transformed itself with new cuts and styling into women's Patiala salwar.
The reason why the patiala dress is preferred by most of the women of Punjab and other regions of Northern India is its comfortability and durability in summers. Since the patiala salwar is very loose and stitched with pleats its a very comfortable outfit to wear. Its distinguishing characteristic is folds of cloth stitched together that meet at the bottom. Patiala salwars require double the length of material to get stitched. The fall of the pleats of the Patiala salwar is such that it gives a beautiful draping effect.

Anarkali Suit

It is a combination of a long kurta and bottoms that are usually in the form of a churidar. The kurta is fitted on the bust and normally features large pleats flowing around the legs like an umbrella.
Anarkali dresses owe their name to Anarkali, a famous courtesan in the court of the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar. The story of Anarkali is famous because of her affair with the Emperor's Son Salim, that ended in tragedy when Anarkali was buried alive behind a wall. This style is immortalised by her.
The styling of the dress has evolved over time, with trends ranging from floor lengths to normal length ones that end below the knees. Some newer Anarkali Salwar suits are short to suit the modern generation.

 Each Salwaar Kameez is a Rich Fashion and Historical Tradition of its Own !

AUTHOR: Mary Anthony

The Purple Lipstick

Today I'm going to talk about one of the more controversial shades when it comes to makeup -- The Purple Lipstick.
This seems to be one of those things that people either love or hate, so today I want all of your opinions regarding this trend.

I've seen a lot of models and celebrities rocking purple lips and I personally have always thought it looked cool. Purple lipstick looks quirky, daring, and a little avant garde. 

But is purple lipstick better suited for the runways and high fashion magazines? To be honest, my immediate answer to this question was going to be "yes". However, I remembered that I started my fashion blog to show and prove to people that there are no rules when it comes to fashion, and that you can make anything work if you try. So what better way to put my idea to the test than by buying myself a purple lipstick (or two) and trying it out for myself? I ended up buying these lip tints from EXCEL Paris, two of which are purple (one dark and one light).

Here are some photos of me wearing the lighter shade (second one from the left in the above photo).

What do you think? Personally, I feel like I can make it work. I think one of the most common "problems" that people face when it comes to purple lipstick is that oftentimes it can make you look like you're dying from hypothermia lol.

Because of this, I came up with some simple solutions to avoid suffering from this dilemma.

1) Add color to your face using a little bit of bronzer. The goal here is to look a bit tan and avoid looking pale as much as possible to avoid having that "Corpse Bride" look.

2) Sweep a small amount of blush onto your cheeks just to give yourself that "flushed" aura and a livelier vibe.

3) Choose the right shade of purple. If you have a tan complexion like I do, choose a brighter and lighter shade, whereas if you have a paler skin tone, go for a darker purple. Doing this creates contrast and prevent you from having that dull look.

So now, ask me that question again. Is purple lipstick strictly for magazines and fashion shows? My answer is "NO".

Like I said, you can wear anything you want (be it clothes, accessories, makeup, etc.) and make it work as long as you tailor it to suit your style and your personal look. Of course, confidence is a must! I know that's a very typical thing to say, but it really is true. When you're confident, you can make anything look fierce.

How about you? What do you think of purple lipstick? Yay or nay? Do you think it looks okay on me?

*Fashion tip: Purple lipstick will look especially nice when combined with edgier outfits.

FROM: The Stylish Bipolar (

Futuristic Jewellery with a Social Cause

Stunning and beautiful ALBEDONITE Stones are the jewellery of the future, featuring as one of the finalists in The Wowcracy Endless Fashion Week these are designed by a very talented designer Elena Corchero.

Elena Corchero

Elena Corchero is a 'Technology Artisan' a term coined by her specialising in smart materials, electronics for wearables and new prototyping technologies. Her work has earned many international awards, exhibitions and publications. She studied Fine Arts in Spain, specialised in Interactive design in Germany, and is an alumni of MA Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins in London and a former MIT Media Lab Europe researcher.
In 2008 Elena founded her studio Lost Values in London to focus her work and research on the use of new technologies to challenge the role of an artisan, sustainability responsibilities and the multidisciplinary integration between science and art.
Many of her projects have evolved into innovative brands such as LFLECT, reflective wool products locally sourced and produced, ZIPPYKIT, designing smart materials educational toys, and ECOLORIUM an environmental brand that contributes to Skin Cancer Research.


The ECOLORIUM House is a British brand of luxury lifestyle products, recently awarded at Enjoia't Contemporary Jewellery Competition, and it is the third smart-materials brand developed by STUDIO LOST VALUES - The smart twist of sustainable design - Founded by Technology Artisan Elena Corchero.An Eco-Friendly lover will definitely love to wear the beautiful ALBEDONITE a cultivated stone with shades of white crystals and a subtle appearance of Rose Quartz. These stones have a very peculiar behaviour they reveal their colourful nature a bright buzzing fuchsia when exposed to UV rays. This change can bring to our attention the dramatic and dangerous invisible changes of Global Warming.
There is a very special cause attached to this wonderful project:
For every piece purchased online you contribute with donations to Melanoma Skin Cancer Research. Hence join in changing the future with this innovative Jewellery!

You can pre order the project here:-

AUTHOR: Mary Anthony

FROM: Beautilicious Freaks