What is a Punjabi Suit & How Do You Style One?

What is a Punjabi Suit & How Do You Style One?

While you may be tempted to opt for dreamy lehengas for the better half of the festive and wedding season, it may not always be in tandem with the ethnic wear dress code. What about the times when you need something to dash from the airport and straight to a pre-wedding lunch? Sometimes, occasions like a Diwali party calls for an outfit that’s glitzy without being OTT. Kurta and salwar sets like the Punjabi Suit may just be what you need for such occasions. 

So, what is a Punjabi Suit?

A Punjabi suit, also known as a Salwar Kameez, is a traditional outfit worn by women in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. Easy to dress up or down depending on the invitation in your mailbox, a Punjabi suit is the very epitome of versatility combined with a hint of traditional style. This style usually comes in vibrant colors and intricate embroidery, contributing to the overall elegance of the ensemble. They are commonly worn for various occasions, such as weddings, festivals, and formal events, and are a significant part of the Punjabi and North Indian culture.

The Significance of the Punjabi Suit

As the traditional attire of Punjab, the Punjabi suit is a symbol of cultural identity and pride for people of Punjabi descent. Taking from this rich heritage of the region, this religious attire has become a fashion statement that is versatile to style. It can be designed with different fabrics in a host of colors, embroideries, and patterns, allowing individuals to showcase their personal tastes while still adhering to the traditional Indian silhouettes.

Punjabi Suit Elements and Features

Primarily consisting of a kameez (long top), salwar (trouser style) and dupatta, this three piece set is distinct in style and appeal. While the kameez is a tunic or the top part of the Punjabi suit, every kameez can vary in length, from short to long, and is typically loose-fitting. Usually paired with a salwar – a loose-fitting pant that is typically pleated at the waist and tapered towards the ankles, makes for a comfortable trouser style. The dupatta adds an additional layer of style and elegance to the Punjabi suit.

Different Types of Punjabi Suits

The Punjabi Suit has many variations – from Patiala Suit, known for its characteristic pleated Salwar, to Anarkali Suit that features a long, flowing Kameez that flares out from the waist down. We break it down into the many styles of Punjabi Suits that Lashkaraa has to offer.

Our Palazzo Suits like the Cream and Light Green Embroidered Palazzoor the Dusty Lilac Embroidered Palazzo Suit are fit for modern royalty and are reminiscent of a bygone era. Typically featuring a wide-legged pant instead of the traditional Salwar, palazzos are loose and comfortable, giving a relaxed and contemporary touch to the outfit. Another style of the Punjabi Suit is the Patiala Suit. Lashkaraa’s stunning, one-of-a-kind styles like Dark Green Dhoti Style Punjabi Suit and Light Green Peplum Style Punjabi Suitcan easily pass on as charming ethnic wear ensembles for any wardrobe. Featuring the signature Patiala salwar that come in numerous pleats creating a voluminous and flared look, this style is often paired with a short or medium-length Kameez.

The Anarkali Suit is another variation of the Punjabi suit style that consists of a long, flowing Kameez that flares out from the waist down. It has a fitted bodice and is often adorned with intricate embroidery, sequins, or embellishments. Lashkaraa’s Anarkali picks include Light Mint Embroidered Anarkali Style Lehenga, Coral and Mint Embroidered Anarkali Style Palazzo and Dusty Periwinkle White Floral Printed Anarkali presenting a regal and princess-like appearance. Anarkalis are a widely popular choice for weddings and formal events. Most Anarkali suits come with churidar pants that complete the look of a classic style. Lashkaraa’sOrange and Purple Embroidered Anarkali is a vibrant ensemble, perfect for events like a puja or a wedding function.

Among the different types of Punjabi suits available, the Churidar Suit and Straight Suit are ideal for the festivities as well. From Lashkaraa’s Suroor collection that invokes a sense of timelessness, the Wine and Green Embroidered Straight SuitandDusty Peach Embroidered Straight Suit are absolute luxurious silhouettes exuding a richness of ethnic dressing. 

Accessorizing Your Punjabi Suit

Accessorizing your Punjabi suit can enhance its overall look and add a personal touch to your outfit. From using the dupatta as a creative accessory to be styled in multiple ways to opting for statement pieces or delicate jewelry to beautifully accentuate the outfit, accessorizing can elevate any outfit. Remember, the key to accessorizing is to strike a balance. Choose accessories that complement your style without overpowering it. One can experiment with different combinations to find the right balance and express their personal style while honoring the cultural essence of the outfit.

The fabric style chosen contributes to the look of the ensemble. Fabrics like silk, chiffon and georgette are often chosen to be worn at festivities, weddings and for special occasions. Most embroidered and heavily embellished suits use these fabrics. Net is a common fabric type used in ethnic wear, especially in dupattas. Velvet is preferred in the colder months, while cotton is the favored choice for everyday wear and summer months.

It's important to remember that the choice of color and fabric depends on the occasion, personal preference, and the desired look. Consider factors like weather, comfort, and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve when selecting the colors and fabrics for your Punjabi suit.


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