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New style in kameez

It's that time of the year again!
The roads are slowly getting more and more packed, the markets are getting livelier, energetic; shopkeepers are getting arrogant knowing well that sales are imminent and the tailors are cheerful and up to their necks in orders for new dresses. It's pre-Ramadan!

Many of us, especially the ones who want to avoid the pre-Eid tailor horror have already sent in their orders and this is good news for those of us who cannot find the time to get it all done till the last minute, that is, till chaand raat.

It seems that the craze now is for what we like to call 'Creative Kameez'. That is to say, nothing is outrageous and the norm is to be different. But one rule guides this burst of creativity -- experimentation only in terms of the kameez cuts.

Gown kameez
This cut brings the Western and Eastern attire together in harmony. Since kameezes have now grown in terms of their length, improvising them as gowns have become more feasible. This cut requires the kameez to be ankle-length, minus a side slit and goes best with 'maggie' or thin sleeves. You can further enhance the kameez by making it in two sections -- an upper fitting bodice, which tapers to your waist and a lower straight, formal-skirt cut segment, which falls to your ankles.

Kimono kameez
This is conceptually at the other end of the gown kameez in terms of fit and form. This style requires a free form cut, which almost hangs from the shoulders and extends to the ankles. A high neckline, preferably a back collar, enhances the style as does three-quarter sleeves. At the waist of the kameez, a belt (of the same or different material) is added, which can be tied at the back or in the front into a bow. This belt provides the shape for the dress and can be adjusted to suit your body type.

This cut does not do much to flatter your curves but provides a certain grace to the garment. In applying this cut you need to be careful about the print and material of the fabric. It goes well with floral prints and silk clothing materials.

Puffed at the waist kameez
As the name suggests, this cut's only differentiating factor is an exaggerated 'puff' which begins just below the waistline. The upper portion of the kameez is traditional in term of the cut but there is a distinct bulge at the waist, which tapers down fast till the end of the kameez's length, which can be anywhere between the knee to the ankle. You might think that this sort of a cut would de-flatter your curves but quite to the contrary, it enhances the waist line and, if tailored properly, adds a degree of sophistication to the garment. As the cut is bold and solid it also adds confidence to the garment and post-Eid you can use this kameez as formalwear for an interview or office parties.

Patches, pleats and flares
These features are being used in abundance in the Eid 2012 collections. Patches, pleats and flares can be used in combination or individually to give your Eid kameez that extra glamour. The pleats can be placed from your mid-rib section or from your waistline and the flares can be laced at the hemline.

These were some of the latest additions to the growing portfolio of kameez cuts. Over the years people seem to be finally moving away from decorating their Eid wear with sparkles and sequins and investing more thought and money into the cuts instead.

In making your choice of a cut it is however essential to remember that what cut will go best with your Eid kameez depends both on the type and the fabric of the kameez. Choose with caution!

By Raisaa Tashnova
Photo courtesy: Unstitched
Products of 'Unstitched' are available from designer Monidipa Dasgupta. For details: contact 0119 945 8685, 02-9146451.



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