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I Don’t Want to Be Your Chammak Challo

For those who would rather keep things simple this wedding season

By Sherazade Khan

A desi bride is the epitome of ‘decked up’ and the guests are often not far behind! Sometimes we wish we’d brought our latest Chanel shades along to shield our eyes from all the shimmering diamantes on top of the multicoloured disco lights that are the guests.

So you see… it’s no wonder we are loving these minimalist bridal wear outfits by Zara Shahjahan and Misha Lakhani. I’m almost planning my second wedding (to the same guy of course) just to find an excuse to splurge!

Yes, we know, Mahira Khan looks good in everything, but this ethereal mint-blue ensemble by Zara Shahjahan with simple block print makes her look even more radiant.

Gorgeous rose-gold in a shimmery yet light fabric with delicate embellishments strikes the perfect balance between traditional kaam and simplicity. You can be a desi bride, without looking too over the top.

Read: Stunning Wedding Outfits In Every Shade Of Red

Zara’s Gota Kinari collection stole our hearts. This outfit is timeless, effortless, and graceful. And the splash of ferozi amidst the white really completes the look.

With “Gota-Kinari”, we at Zara Shahjahan bring back a time-honoured craft that has taken a backseat in fashion of late. This vibrant collection revels in the festive and joyous spirit of traditional gota, an embellishment imbued with nostalgia for the preferred bridals of older generations- at the same time, the cuts and colour pallet have been chosen keeping in mind the modern bride. Follow our campaign as it unfolds over the next few days, for a first look at this game-changing collection. We’re bringing this and other collections to our Karachi store, from October 20-22! Don’t miss the chance to make your appointment now @zarashahjahanbride Model @rubbab_ali HMU @qasimliaqat Jewellery @khazana.jewels #zarashahjahan #zsj #bridal #luxury #heritage #editorial #comingsoon #karachi #lahore #pakistan #october20 #exhibition

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A classy piece in light net with gotay ka kaam makes this lehenga perfect for a mehndi or a mayoun. You can’t get more traditional with the ubtan yellow colour and the traditional embellishment.

Feel light as a feather in this beautiful sari designed to make you feel like a princess on your big day. White is the colour of the season for brides who want to step away from the typical red!

Looking for something lighter still? This baby pink outfit is subtle and understated so you’ll be looking pretty and feeling chic without being weighed down. We guarantee you’ll still be turning heads!

#baghebahar #modernmughal #mishalakhani

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Here is Misha Lakhani’s modern take on something classic for today’s women. She incorporates the tulip shalwar into this elusive and simple ensemble, and the traditional kaam adds the much needed razzmatazz.

Always looking to the past and taking inspiration #mishalakhani #modernmughal #baghebahar #miaasa #alijaverijewelers

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We love the absolute simplicity of this gorgeous silhouette which will have you looking sensual and feeling like a million bucks without any added fuss.

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Classic and timeless, this stunning piece is sexy yet elegant for the woman that wants to find a middle ground between modern and traditional, simple, and embellished.

Handwoven by artisans in Banaras town, Karachi. #mishalakhani Shop via link in bio.

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Minimal and so so traditional… these handwoven pieces are unpretentious and exude a sense of femininity and gracefulness that your OTT lehnga choli can only dream about.


You don’t need to plan your own wedding to get your hands on one of these, they’re simple enough to wear to your best friend’s cousin’s wedding this winter!