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Shalwar 101

We break it down for you


By Maheen Bajwa

Thunder thigh sisters, your days of painful lunges have finally come to an end. Cigarette and straight pants are slowly going out of style, so congratulations! Buy yourself a shalwar and two pints of ice cream!

Unlike the traditional shalwar that has been around for decades, the new trend is all about insanely tough cuts, which of course your tailor will mess up even if his life depended on it! We recommend that you shouldn’t even bother going down that route for someone may lose an eye in the process.

We give you the low down on each type of shalwar, and intel on who makes it best!

Cowl Shalwar


The cowl shalwar is similar to the Patiala shalwar in terms of pleats but unlike the Patiala, the cowl pleats are mainly on the side and are referred to as cowl pleats, hence the name. The fabric is cut in a triangular shape. It’s an easy to wear shalwar and looks great with both short and long shirts.

Who does it best: Gulabo (casual and formal)

Dhoti Shalwar


The dhoti shalwar is by far the most difficult in terms of its pattern. The dhoti shalwar cut requires twice the length of the pant plus another twenty-five cementers. This one is a draped shalwar with the pleats in the front. It is definitely a must-have for the upcoming Eid season!

Who does it best: Menahel and Mehreen (formal) Nida Azwer (luxury pret) Gulabo (casual)

Tulip Shalwar


The tulip shalwar is a basic wrap shalwar shaped exactly like a paan. The tulip shalwar has the widest helm out of all the shalwars making it a fun piece during this killer summer.  The tulip shalwar has turned out to be the top favorite out of the three shalwars.

Who does it best: Rema Luxe (casual) Ayesha Somaya (formal) Misha Lakhani