Salwar kameez (also spelt shalwar kameez or shalwar qameez) is a unisex dress similar in manner to shirt and pants worn by both women and men in the west. The Shalwar or salwar (as pronounced in India) are loose pyjama-like trousers. The legs are wide at the top and narrow at the ankle. A Salwar is usually gathered at the hip either with a drawstring or elastic. The kameez is a long shirt or tunic with side seams left open below the waist-line to give the wearer greater freedom of movement. Therefore a Salwar Kameez refers to the three-piece outfit consisting of kameez (tunic), salwar (bottom pant) and a dupatta (wide stole).
For most college going girls in India today, a salwar kameez is the obvious garment choice irrespective of class, background, social stature or region. Even the modern saree-loving women love salwar kameez as casual wear and keep sari for special occasions. With the vast choice and variations of salwar kameez available today, it has acquired a very high desirability quotient among women from all walks of life. As an outfit, a salwar kameez not only rates high in terms of comfort and affordability but flatters a woman form with grace and elegance.