If one were to define various salwar designs the best would be to do it with the kind of fabric and techniques used. Times have changed and so have the salwar designs. In the olden days, plain salwars were made more interesting with hand embroidery or by stitching some borders. The same cloth was used for sleeves and sometimes neck as well. Crochet patterns were also attached to them. As trends changed and women wanted more variety the laces made an entry. Laces-big and small white and colored ones with matching motifs were introduced. As the outfit started entering the globa markets one saw more creative patterns emerging from the minds of the fashion designers. Special salwar kameez designers have kept an open eye on making more interesting salwars. The cuts, the gathers, mirror work, zari and zardosi have been applied with great ingenuity.
With western influences, one can seen salwar trousers have appeared with kameez and duppatta still in tact! With the advent of this style, designs have become more titled towards appealing the western women. Many music and cinema icons like Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman have popularised new salwar designs. They have been keenly adopted by their Indian fans. This trend is very different form the loose Pakistani and Afghani style. The Patiala style still has its charm as one which keeps getting repeated every 3-4 years. The salwar designs get enhanced with the new fabrics and technologies being developed and designers bringing it to the ramps.