From salwar kameez to bell-bottoms to high-street fashion, Indian fashion has undergone significant transformation through the decades.
India's transformation in women’s clothing and fashion over the years has not been as drastic as compared to its western counterparts, owing to various traditional beliefs and values still held by most Indian women. Nevertheless, with changing times, even the most traditional apparels have been modified to hold an urban look without compromising on tradition. This Women’s Day, let us explore how the changing fashion wear in India reflected Indian women’s sense of individuality.
The Indian fashion industry has grown leaps and bounds over the years with rising western influence, and changing tastes and preferences of consumers. Saree, the versatile women’s clothing has been India’s trademark fashion style over the ages. Salwar Kameez and various other traditional ethnic clothes like the lehenga, sherwani, lugda, lungi etc. and khadi clothes like the Nehru Jacket etc. started out as our wardrobe staples. However, with the influx of the western world and the British rule, Indians were exposed to western form of clothing like skirts, dresses, gowns, blazers, tuxedos, trousers and pants. As a result, the mix of these fashion elements resulted in a very unique style that is now the fashion image India projects to the World.
Irrespective of how Indian women choose to dress, one thing is quite clear – they are smart, confident, and independent individuals who believe they can achieve anything in life, and what they wear definitely reflects that.