7 Things Not To Do When Wearing A Shalwar Kameez In Pakistan

By Khurram Zulfiqar
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Shalwar kameez is the national dress of Pakistan and is commonly worn by the Pakistani women. But it’s not that easy to pull off a shalwar kameez appropriately. Although the look and stitching of the shalwar kameez may seem easy, there are several things you need to keep in mind when wearing a shalwar kameez in Pakistan.

For all those girls who want to rock their desi style, here are 7 things they should avoid when wearing a shalwar kameez.

1. Don’t worry whether it is matching or not

Majority of the women feel like everything they wear should match. For instance, if you’re wearing a blue kameez, then dupatta, jhumkas, bangles and everything else should be matched accordingly.

But, this is not the case anymore. You can now go for contrasting options such as if you’re wearing a black kameez, then you can go for an orange or a pink dupatta.

2. Watch out the length

The length of the kameez must be appropriate. Long length does look good, but not with typical afghani or normal shalwar. Aur haan baat jab Patiala ki ho toh make sure that the kurta length should be above the knees.

3. Not carrying a dupatta

Whether to take dupatta or not is entirely dependent on the style of your shalwar kameez. Kurtas which have a revealing cleavage will look absurd if you don’t wear a dupatta with it. 

4. Do not over accessorize

Accessories do look good, and we know you want to complete your entire desi look, but over accessorizing isn’t a great idea. Always choose your accessories based on how heavy or light your dress is.

If you are wearing a heavy Shalwar Kameez, then avoid wearing too many accessories. Similarly, a kurta with a large neckline compliments a big pair of earrings more than a necklace.

5. Never compromise on the fitting

Room for comfort should always be present when wearing a shalwar kameez. Avoid choosing a kurta which is too tight. Pakistani shalwar kameez is all about the perfect fit that is why make sure you get it stitched from a tailor you trust.

6. Avoid heavy fabrics

Heavy fabrics like linen and cotton usually make you look bulky. These fabrics don’t do anything to suit your curves but it adds extra volume to your figure. Choose fabrics such as chiffon or crepe which are not only light but will also make you move easier.

7. Wrong Footwear

Footwear plays a significant role in keeping a continuous flow in your desi outfit. When deciding the footwear, keep the length of your shalwar in mind. If you’re wearing an ankle length shalwar, wear juttis instead of heels as that will go better with a long shalwar.


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