Since salwar kameez is essentially north India attire, most regions have their own peculiar styles. Before partition one found different styles in Sindh, Quetta, Karachi, Rawalpindi along with Punjabi and Kashmiri ones. Now it is called Pakistani salwar kameez. It has a distinct style and is equally an epitome of grace and feminine qualities like its Indian avatar. Like Indian women, even the Pakistani counterparts have developed their own fashions, albeit within a limited range conforming to Islamic traditions. Nevertheless they look very pretty and pack a punch even in social functions. They are sold in Indian stores aboard. They are also popular amongst Indian women.
For most Pakistani women, wearing a salwar kameez is important for everyday use and also special functions like weddings or parties. It is the national dress for men and for women. They are far more traditional and conservative. But fashion trends do emerge from this part of the world also. The men tend to have more loose salwars in comparison to women. The salwars that women wear have pretty embroidery to make them look different. Not much western influence can be seen except the use of western fabrics and some styles like empire lines. Often necklines are closed and buttoned and kameez have full sleeves. The traditional dresses tend to heavy with zardosi and zari work done on it. Women also wear scarves or carry shawls with their outfit along with the duppatta. But they have intricate patterns that can attract attention in parties.