By Hala Syed
Twice a week I discover I have absolutely nothing to wear. All my dozens of block printed shirts and lawn kurtas seem to bleed into each other in a gauzy, floral, pastel haze. I decide to be a little crazy. An ancient over-sized tee thrown on with a tulip shalwar creates a surprising new kameez option.
Who knew? Suddenly, the world is full of possibilities.
The kameez has been reborn and is being sold at international retail giants like Zara and H&M.
This season, instead of mini skirts and tube tops, these sites boast a multitude of easy to wear tunics and shirt dresses that look more Gul Ahmed then Gucci. When global trends overlap with local sensibilities, the options for our halal closets are limitless.
Ever since Kendall Jenner threw on her famous white on white two piece last year, tunics have been popping up in all lengths, styles and materials. Here are just a few ways to incorporate these no-brainer mainstays into your fall wardrobe.
- LONG & SLEEK
Channel your inner super model with this simple but luxurious ASOS top. Emphasize its ethereal elegance with matching leggings or throw on a pair of black skinny jeans for edgy contrast.
2. ULTIMATE COMFORT
Super easy to throw on and flattering on everyone, an oversized tee can go from day to night with minimum effort. You can even fall asleep in it.
3. SHEER CLASS
Solid black can never go wrong. If you are overseas and in need of a kameez, H&M’s airy tunic will look perfect with leggings. This long-sleeve top manages to be both modest and effortlessly chic.
4. WARM & COZY
As local retailers play with shorter lengths and high-low hems, a basic roll-neck tunic with comfortable side splits is a relaxed alternative to typical designer ware. Layer it with a button down shirt underneath; a tunic sweater can be sophisticated and utilitarian.
5. SOFT AND FEMININE
Brighten up your East meets West closet with a pop of color. Slight tailoring at the waist can create a flattering silhouette while retaining a natural, relaxed vibe.
6. PLAID PERFECTION
If you want a printed kameez but are tired of peacocks, birdcages, paisleys, teacups and litany of florals – simplify. A playful asymmetrical hem and strategic draping transform this boyfriend tunic from simple and relaxed to modern and cool.
7. DRESSED IN DENIM
We’ve been spotting denim on all our favorite celebs. Versatile and timeless, denim works in every season without losing relevance. A slight update in silhouette keeps this perennial style current.
8. GOING WITH THE FLOW
The classy matching two piece is trending locally and internationally. A playful asymmetrical hem and strategic draping transform this tunic from simple and relaxed to modern and cool.