Velvet: Winter’s Most Sumptuous Trend

Given that this year’s weddings will be missing the usual bustle and opportunity to mingle with friends and family, a dip in excitement was expected. But much to our relief, one can now feel a nip in the air, making 2021 bearable by a smidge. With that, comes the opportunity to experiment with atypical fabrics and styles when shopping. We suggest looking at the cold weather as your excuse to embrace kurtas in thicker fabrics, like velvet and velour blends. From classic red, purple and black tones to sequins and threadwork, you’re sure to find your celebratory evening look in this edit.

Velvet outfits top our list as this fabric continues to capture hearts with its supple feel and luxurious appearance. It emanates élan like no other fabric. It speaks of elegance, fineness and brings with it a dash of nostalgia from the nineties. It is a shiny and soft second skin that can be artfully wrapped around one’s body and its comeback every winter season is no surprise. The fabric creates a warm and rich feel making it perfect for a winter evening. A velvet dress is an absolute wardrobe must-have this season.

Pakistani traditional wear and the velvet fabric is a flawless combination of regality and flair. High end designers have scorched the ramp with their ethnic designs with a touch of velvet. This fabric gives an aura of elegance to even the simplest of attires. So, step into the next event looking all dressy and glamorous in a velvet dress and you are sure to grab the envious attention of many onlookers.

If you’re wary of trying a head to toe velvet outfit in your occasion wear, there are plenty of options with which you can ease into the trend. Consider straight kurtas that are just decorated along the necklines and at the sleeves. Also, you can only add velvet to the bodice of the dress or the sleeves and use the fabric as an accent.

And if there’s a colour that’s going to stand out in the velvet trend, it would be purple, as it is something different from the classic black and red velvet shades. But since there’s no denying the old-world charm that comes with a velvet ensemble, so channel nostalgia in your festive look with a classic red kurta paired with a matching embellished velvet shawl, which would make your outfit look super luxurious. Or you can also opt for a black velvet kurta and pair it with jamawar bottoms and mesh dupatta. Velvet being a heavy fabric goes well in combination with lighter fabrics and so you will be spoilt for choice when you go dress hunting in velvet. You can experiment with bold colours as velvet pieces always give an impactful look.

• Hair & Makeup: Angie’s Salon
• Designer: Reena Sultan
• Coordination: Umer Mushtaq
• Photography & Styling: Yellow Jacket by Zeeshan Ahmed
• Featuring: Areej Mohyudin