'Dress over pants': Rest of the world finally catches on to Shalwar kameez trend

Inspiration or imitation?

Ibriz Sheikh May 27, 2015

A new trend has emerged in the fashion world. Or so they say. Fashion bloggers, stylists, and prominent members of the fashion industry are all talking about the 'dress over pants' trend, which Pakistanis have been sporting for as long as we can remember.

Although many would think it odd to wear a dress over pants, one of this season's biggest trends is quirky, comfortable and easy to master in the right fabric and cut.


Many western designers have drawn inspiration from the traditional Pakistani outfit and used it in their designs, which have graced runways for spring/summer fashion trends.


Many celebrities have taken a liking to the outfit, which can be worn as matching separates, in monochrome or with bright, bold patterns.

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Kendall Jenner -- known for wearing outfits revealing her toned body and legs -- in a recent public appearance wore the 'dress over pants', revealing just her arms and managing to look effortlessly chic.

Emma Watson too opted for the trend for the Golden Globe Awards earlier this year as she donned a floor length Christian Dior dress paired with a pair of black pants.


A brief history of the Shalwar Kameez

The Shalwar Kameez dates back to the time of the Mughal empire and can be defined as a long tunic worn over the shalwar.

The traditional attire makes for a popular ensemble for day to day wear as well as for more formal events and even weddings.

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Various fabrics can be used to make the two piece including cotton, georgette, chiffon, silk and more recently, a fusion of different fabrics.

The shalwar kameez has evolved over the years to pave way for new styles and variations.


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Owais | 5 years ago | Reply You are pretty much off by a year on the timeline on Emma Watson's outfit. It was from Golden Globes 2014... not earlier this year
mehr | 5 years ago | Reply @HS: Ao Dai has a different, peculiar style and length. These dresses exhibit much variety, more like Shalwar kameez
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