Back to the roots

These cult classics are upping the fashion game with their unique offerings

There are some ensembles that truly never go out of style, and from our ethnic wear wardrobes, those special pieces would be shalwar suits. But that’s not to say that everyone's favourite staples can't benefit from a contemporary and versatile upgrade. With the lines between work, formal and lounge wear blurring in your closet, it’s time to shop in a direction that will work in your favour for years to come. Be it floral prints, pretty laces or luxe embroideries, there are several iterations of these classics.

That said, prints are synonymous with warm weather – blossoming wildflowers for a garden picnic, swirling paisley on a holiday, a mélange of painterly shapes for life alfresco. No matter where you wear them, playful patterns feel quintessential this time of the year. So grab one of the striking prints that have been flittering through the fashion spheres this season and stand out in a crowd.

Apart from your print paradise, lacework is also one trend that has been upgraded for 2022. Lacework is making an impact on the runways of the world in fun and surprising ways. From high-fashion houses to small-time street stores, everyone is jumping on to the lace-loving bandwagon. Lacework has always been associated with luxury and this delicate work with bejewelled pieces has shown surprising strength lately in creating and sustaining interest.

Last but most definitely not the least, one of the oldest and the most classic methods of decorating a basic piece of fabric with sequins, beads, or any other fabric – embroidery – is now ruling the world of fashion! This year, top fashion houses brought back embroidery as a trend – completely revamped and never seen before. Designers have incorporated embroidery with blooming colours, floral patches, sequins, beads and even mirror work. An embroidered detail, no matter how small, adds that extra little twist to an otherwise simple outfit. And the best part? This trend perfectly pairs with summer’s breezy, colourful feel.

Coordination: Umer Mushtaq
Hair and makeup: Nabila Salon
Designer: Ansab Jahangir
Photography and styling: Yasser Sadiq
Model: Rakeeba Khan