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

Published: May 27, 2015
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • kashif
    May 27, 2015 - 3:00PM

    Interesting. Recommend

  • HS
    May 27, 2015 - 3:30PM

    Looks more like the Vietnames Ao Dai.Recommend

  • Commentator
    May 27, 2015 - 8:03PM

    Wow great newsRecommend

  • May 27, 2015 - 9:50PM

    I think the dress cited above are inspired by, “Ao Dai” the Feminine National Dress of VietnamRecommend

  • Sehr
    May 28, 2015 - 1:30AM

    ‘Many western designers have drawn inspiration from the traditional Pakistani outfit..’ This long shirt is donned not only done by Pakistanis but many women in Arab countries too. This patronizing superiority of most Pakistani writers and bloggers regarding almost every issue is very irritating.Recommend

  • seher
    May 28, 2015 - 1:33AM

    ‘Many western designers have drawn inspiration from the traditional Pakistani outfit..’ This long shirt is donned not only done by Pakistanis but many women in Arab countries too. This patronizing superiority of most Pakistani writers and bloggers regarding almost every issue is very irritating.Recommend

  • May 28, 2015 - 4:19AM

    With some minor variations, ladies dress is almost in the same shapeRecommend

  • fiz
    May 28, 2015 - 7:48AM

    wow cultural appropriation pisses me off so muchRecommend

  • Falcon
    May 28, 2015 - 9:21AM

    ‘Dress over Pants’ looks inspired by Vietnamese dress worn by Viet ladies, rather than Shalwar Qamees.Recommend

  • May 28, 2015 - 9:46AM

    Let’s not get ecstatic. India also claims a common dress code and heritage. Watching women wear a dress over pants is definitely far, far better than a FLESH PARADE. Salams Recommend

  • Meg
    May 28, 2015 - 10:48AM

    we’ve copied them actually … and its not shalwar kameez, its pants and a long top!!Recommend

  • A
    May 29, 2015 - 3:13AM

    Why being annoying most of you if it has been called Shalwar Kameez? I’m sure if it was written by one of those from other countries then they have given their clothes name. If a Pakistani wrote this article and showing their clothes then what’s the big deal.
    Any ways well done and they look awesome. Keep it up!Recommend

  • mehr
    Jun 23, 2015 - 4:58PM

    @HS:
    Ao Dai has a different, peculiar style and length. These dresses exhibit much variety, more like Shalwar kameezRecommend

  • Jun 24, 2015 - 1:03AM

    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 yearRecommend

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