Salwar kameez are one of the most popular outfits for women in India. These traditional garments were first brought to India by the Mughals but since then have become the classic daily wear choice for women of all communities, across India. A salwar suit consists of three pieces of clothing: the salwar, or the loose pants, the kameez, or the tunic/shirt worn on top of it, and the dupatta or long scarf that is draped across the torso. This garment is today available in a lot of different colors, designs and patterns and has in fact become an extremely fashionable choice. One of the most stylish avatars is the short suit, an Indo western style of salwar kameez which should not be confused with the shorts suit, a men’s wear outfit that consists of a suit paired with shorts.
Short suits are distinguished by two things. Firstly, they consist of short tops or kurtas which don’t extend beyond the hips or, at the most, the upper thighs. Secondly, rather than the standard salwar, short suits for ladies come with straight cut trouser pants. Thus this outfit has a very smart and formal look that really brings out the sophisticated side of the wearer. Short suits for women are essentially Indo western garments since they incorporate the western style cut and look within the traditional salwar kameez silhouette. While the inclusion of the short top in itself is not necessarily western (they are also featured in Punjabi suits), the use of trousers rather than salwars is definitely a western addition.
Of course there are many variations of women’s short suits to choose from, including styles that are more modern and styles that are more Indian. There are many smart and formal looking short pants suit options for women who want an office appropriate look that also reflects their Indian heritage. These shorts suits are often made of comfortable but crisp materials like cotton, linen, crepe or cotton wool and come decorated with smart prints like waves, polka dots, geometric shapes and flower patterns. They may also have the more ethnic hand block prints of Batik, Madhubani, Warli and Kalamkari work.
The short tops for ladies that are part of these suits are often inspired by the kameez featured in Punjabi suits. These are made of thin, floaty materials such as georgette, chiffon and silk, and come with vibrant printed floral designs and patterns. Preferred by young girls, these are mostly worn as casual wear though some of the more elaborately embroidered kurtis with Phulkari work can also be worn for parties. The party-wear shorts and tops also come with more glittering designs done with zari, zardosi, resham, ek taar or booti work to create a more glamorous look.
Most women prefer to purchase these smart short tops online where they find a lot of fabulous colors, styles and designs arranged in an easy to browse catalogue. Moreover, online portals are the best place to find the latest designs in fusion clothes like short suits, which are not commonly available in local shops.
Styling Short Top Suits
Short suits have become extremely trendy thanks to their appearance in various Bollywood movies. They have also been seen in various designer collections, which again make them a highly coveted piece of clothing. They can be worn for various occasions and the styling will depend entirely on the garment and the occasion for which it is intended. With Indo western garments like the short suit set, women can mix and match accessories with ease. The garment itself is very versatile and can be styled in a number of different ways so as to make it match the look the wearer desires. For instance, younger women today love going for bold fusion styles like the suits with shorts look in which the top part of the suit, the hip-length kameez, is paired with funky Indian printed shorts. With a salwar suit, short sleeved designs are quite popular and pair well with wrist accessories such as a large set of bangles or elaborate bracelets. A short sleeve top can also be accessorized in a funkier manner by adding a modern bajubandh (arm bracelet) shaped like a twisting snake or flowering vine.
The short suits intended for office wear can be accessorized with more subtle, elegant jewelry like pearl necklaces, beaded bracelets and simple gold earrings. To further enhance the chic and smart vibe of these outfits, women can opt for high heel sandals and leather handbags. The dupatta or scarf need not always be worn with these outfits, as they look quite sophisticated with just the short kameez and the trousers; however, if included, the dupatta can be styled like a stole in order to add a trendy vibe to the outfit.