A churidar salwar is a type of Indian trouser worn by both men and women. It has a distinctive design that sets it apart from other pants like salwars or pajamas. It is usually fastened using an adjustable drawstring and is loose and baggy at the top before tapering down into a tight-fit at the bottom.
The length of the churidar is usually longer than the leg and this combined with the tight fit below the knee results in the unique bunched up folds which resemble Indian bangles or ‘chooris’, hence the name, churidar.
The churidar pajama is usually worn with a long kameez or kurta and a matching dupatta. This outfit has its origins in the north of India, though nowadays churidars are haute fashion items worn all around the world by women of all ages.
Why it’s so popular?
Churidar salwar kameez have a beautiful fit and drape the figure of a woman perfectly, emphasizing the curves in a modest, appealing manner.
They are highly fashionable right now; they are everywhere, from red carpets and ramps to television shows, movies and fashion magazines. This huge surge in attention is due to the popularity of the anarkali outfit which has to be worn with churidars to look appropriate.
These regal looking Mughal inspired outfits are well-suited to all body types thanks to the flattering cut and silhouette and are very comfortable as well.
Churidar design is particularly well-suited to slim and trim figures, though the long accompanying kameez is great for curvier body types as well. They have the added advantage of being comfortable as well as being easy to move around and sit down in.
Today you will find all types of churidar materials in various colors to match different types of kurtas though traditionally they were made of fine muslin or cotton cloths and were usually white in color. There are many types of Indian churidar available today.
Casual & Formal Times
The anarkali churidar is probably the most well-known and well-loved at the moment. The anarkali style kurta or kameez cannot be worn with any other type of pant so the churidar is crucial to the outfit. All types of materials can be used to make these outfits, from silk and velvet to cotton, georgette and chiffon.
They come with beautiful designs and patterns done by hand or printed on to the fabric. Zari and Resham embroidery may be the most common, but there are plenty of other stunning styles include Booti, Kundan, Mirror, Beads, Dubka, Kasab and Chanderi. Churidar suits with all types of printed patterns are also available.
Those with glittering gold or silver prints are often made of silk, satin, net and other luxurious materials and look beautiful for parties. In casual wear, too, there are plenty of options, from pretty cotton outfits with bold block prints to simple khadi varieties.
These usually come in more sober colors and are best suited for office wear. Casual varieties come with regional prints like Batik, Madhubani or Bandhej.
Festivals & Weddings
Churidars for festivals and ceremonies usually come with traditional designs and colors while party wear churidars are often more experimental, utilizing newer silhouettes and fabrics as well modern designs. Variations from the traditional straight cut and stylish anarkali style churidars are also gaining popularity.
Latest churidar designs include the floor length churidar suits which closely resemble evening gowns but incorporate amazing Indian embroidery and embellishments. Another hot fashion trend is experimentation with bold churidar neck patterns. Low cut v-neck kurtas or kameez look great when paired with the tapering churidars, while backless or cut back kameez tied with doris add a sensual yet ethnic vibe to the churidar.
Gold prints with elaborate Indian motifs on neon colored fabrics are frequently seen in latest churidar designs and look great for parties as well as weddings. Casual cotton churidars with ethnic prints paired with colorful, crushed crepe dupattas are perfect for daily wear; they look fun and relaxed but have a unique Indian vibe.
How to Style it?
Whether it is an on-trend anarkali churidar or a classic straight cut, clever accessories can go a long way in personalizing and beautifying an outfit. Long churidars look best when paired with heel slippers, preferably with sparkling Indian embellishments.
Similarly, Indian handbags with gorgeous embroidery and ethnic motifs will suit the party wear outfits. For weddings, accessorize with silk clutches and traditional jewelry like Thewa, Meenakari or Kundan sets.
A trendy look is to wear anarkali churidars with large dangling earrings and leave the neck bare. Choose polki earrings, American diamonds earrings or beaded earrings for maximum effect. Glittering bracelets and bangles with Indian designs will pair beautifully with traditional churidars.