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I bought my Kameez at H&M and so can you

This top looks more Gul Ahmed than Gucci

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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.layer-2

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.


  1. 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.

Vero Moda Side Split Longline Tunic
Vero Moda Side Split Longline Tunic

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.

Top Shop Boyfriend Tee Tunic
Top Shop Boyfriend Tee Tunic

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.

H&M Long-sleeved Tunic
H&M Long-sleeved Tunic

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.

Asos Native Youth High Neck Tunic Top Co-Ord
Asos Native Youth High Neck Tunic Top Co-Ord

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.

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Mixed Media Crewneck Tunic

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.

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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.

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ZARA Denim Tunic

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.

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DVF ELSI TUNIC TOP