Indian Saris date back to the Indus Valley Civilization. They are one of the oldest dresses still worn after thousands of years. Some historians report them to be as old as 2800 BC.
The beauty of this dress is that despite of so many years, it still holds the elegance and grace. Over time, a number of variations have been added to Indian dresses especially Indian saris to cater for the modern day needs and fashion, but the overall concept is the same, to drape a four to nine yard length of cloth around the body.
Indian dresses are not just limited to Indian saris. For both men and women, Indian dresses range, based on geography, ethnic groups, climate, culture and old traditions. Some of the most popular Indian dresses include:
Indian Dresses for Women
- Shalwar Kameez: Everyone looks good in Shalwar Kameez. Widely worn in Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as in India, this dress is very famous and most commonly worn in India. The shirt is worn with either a choori dar pajama or a shalwar and is accompanied by a dupatta. Shalwar Kameez is a north Indian dress.
- Churidar Pajamas suit best if you have skinny legs. If you are heavy built, you might wish to wear a shalwar instead. Similarly, heavy weight women should avoid belts and frills on their kameez. They can also wear kurtas instead of kameez. As for fabric, heavy women should avoid wearing big floral prints, polka dots and horizontal lines. Instead, they should wear small dots and small prints with vertical lines that make them look
- Gagra Choli or Lehnga Choli is the dress from Gujrat and Rajasthan. Mostly worn during wedding ceremonies, this Indian dress is heavily embroidered and is very fancy to wear. The blouse of ghagra choli should fit you perfectly. A fishnet ghagra is worn by slim and smart girls with a great mermaid figure. Girls can also wear a blouse with a simple knot behind to expose their beautiful back.
While buying Indian Saris, the main thing to keep in mind is your physique, body type and body color. Every overweight women want to look slim, glamorous and beautiful. Indian saris can make you look all that and more if you follow these handy tips before buying them.
- If you are thin built, try going for tissue and tussar saris or cotton and organza. Similarly, if you have toned arms, wear a sleeveless blouse. If you have a flat stomach, wear a bikini blouse to enhance your figure. If you have sexy legs, you can wear a knee length skirt under your sari instead of wearing a full length skirt. This will enable you to show those nice legs.
- For heavy built women, saris of fabric georgette, chiffon or chignon will suit better and will make you look a bit slim. Heavy Mysore Silk saris also make you look slimmer. If you have a bulky waist line but a beautiful neck, draw the attention to your neck by wearing an eye catching necklace.
- If you are short, do not go for saris with borders. If you really like them buy ones with very small borders.
- Taller women, on the other hand, will look very elegant and graceful in border saris.
- Avoid buying big floral prints in printed saris. These prints make you look over age and fat.