Floral patialas for summers!
There are certain outfits that originate in a particular place and remain confined to it alone. And then there are those that transcend the barriers of the territories where they had their roots, spreading to wide expanses. Patiala pants sure belong to the second category. Though its history traces back to the Patiala city in the Northern region of Punjab (India), it has now become immensely popular in several states of India. In olden times, it was actually royal attire which the king of Patiala used to wear.
Even today, Patiala salwars with many pleats are referred to as Patiala “Shahi” salwaar since it was worn by the Shahi (royal) people of the city.
Let’s talk about the present. Take a walk around your city and you’re more than likely to come across several women wearing these Patialas, even though you (and of course they,) are thousands of miles away from Punjab.
The recent trends in fashion divulge that monochrome Patialas have taken a backseat to make way for floral Patialas, and these are the latest rage that has spread across women, young and old alike! Patialas have all along held such a mass appeal owing to the comfort they provide during summers, with their light, airy fabrics! These are a welcome respite from the jeans and other such body-hugging outfits that often become a little uncomfortable to keep on for long hours in the sultry days. However, fashion in comfort coupled with style and change. It is never static or stagnant, hence with time, the Patialas have evolved from single-coloured, plain ones to those in vibrant, psychedelic prints!
Loose and stitched with pleats, it is a very durable alternative to leggings, churidars or plain salwar pants. The distinguishing feature of these salwars is that the folds of the cloth are stitched together which meet at the bottom, which give it a flaring look and comfortable style. The fall of the pleats are such that it gives a pretty draping effect. They require double the length of cloth to get stitched. These can be worn on a daily basis as well as on special occasions- festivals and family functions for example; for it reflects our ethnicity, culture and vestiges of the royal past.
The voluminous look of these salwars actually add to the elegance and style factor of a woman- a break from the regular and monotonous body-hugging denims! The floral prints are extremely summery, thus making it the most feasible option as a summer wear! The kameez worn along with the patialas should best be short, falling a couple of inches above the knee. Due to its bulky nature, it is best for tall and lean women, which is why plump women should avoid wearing these salwars. You could even wear a teeshirt over them a la Kareena Kapoor in ‘Jab We Met’.
So the next time you’re in the mood to look ethnic without compromising even a bit on your vivacious style statement, pick out a floral Patiala set and it shall be your safest bet!