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Budget-Friendly Formals

6 Designer outfits that are a steal!


By Maha Asif Rizwan

One of the biggest problems we all seem to be facing this wedding season is the significant drop of our bank balance. After all, we need to wear something that looks lush plus works well with our those bling earrings – and yes, we know that our fashion-forward looks can cost us way more than our monthly salaries. Started fretting yet? If the answer is ‘yes’, then stop right away, because we’ve got amazing news for you– Women’s Own went on an exploring spree and found formal designer outfits that are just under 40 K. Yes, you heard us and no, you are not just imagining that figure. So,  get ready to shop ladies because your wish for budget formals has been granted.

Chambeli – Zara Shahjahan


Exuding classic sophistication and finesse, Zara Shahjahan’s luxury pret collection always manages to hit that soft corner. Top on our list is the three-piece-suit Chambeli, made in raw silk and angarkha style with gorgeous embellishments and tassels. The raw silk tulip shalwar and printed silk dupatta makes this outfit look uber chic and elegant.

Price: PKR 38,786

Dania – Misha Lakhani


A stylish mix of trendy and traditional, Misha Lakhani’s Dania ensemble is effortlessly glamourous. The off-shoulder tunic is made of velvet with embellishments on the front and back. Combined with a tulip shalwar and a delicate belt for a cinched look, the outfit is the best of both worlds and will definitely cost you less than a fortune.

Price: PKR 39,761

Blue Tilla Roses- Tena Durrani


Known for her expertise in smart formals, Tena Durrani has a range of ensembles that are the ideal fit for the wedding season. Our pick is the Blue Tilla outfit made in a peplum style cut. Embroidered with gold tilla florals and beads, the outfit comes with a net dupatta and fused embroidered organza pants.

Price: PKR 40,000

Nadia Farooqui

nadia-farooquiThis Nadia Farooqui creation in a peach and gold cape should be a priority on your ‘to buy’ list this month . Whether it’s the tilla embroidery, the neat hand-work on the neckline or the pearl sprinkle that wins over your heart, this whole ensemble promises you more than just a few looks of admiration.

Price: PKR 32,500

Mint Pearl – Suffuse by Sana Yasir


Suffuse by Sana Yasir is one of our favourites. This wedding season we advise you to invest wisely and go for their Mint Pearl ensemble: a beautifully embroidered organza jacket with pearls and crystals in mint green and lilac, combined with embellished raw silk pants, this outfit won’t make you look anything short of a vision.

Price: PKR 38,191

Zainab Chottani


If you just can’t get enough of the long reigning tulip shalwars, this traditional piece by Zainab Chottani has got something for you. Created in the trendy colour combination of gold and teal, this embellished ensemble has a delicate neckline made from the work of kora dabka, pearls and sequins. The finishing touches include a net dupatta and embellished tulip pants.

Price: PKR 36,500