By Mahvish Ahmed
A quick Google search reveals that florals have been ruling the fashion scene since the time when internet was just a dream and clothes a bare necessity and not a fashion statement. Everything has evolved and fashion has become an industry, but what hasn’t changed, is our love for florals. Be it big bold ones or minuscule ones in chintz prints, floral patterns are the best way to celebrate your femininity. Unfortunately, it can get overwhelming as soon as spring arrives (and with it a gazillion lawn collections), convincing some of us to vehemently stay away from the floral prints. After all, this is not Communist Russia and we don’t want to be draped in boring, uniform patterns like everyone around us.
However, floral does not always mean a three piece lawn jora with embroidered neckline or a run of the mill kurta dotted with roses and plastered with predictable embroideries. You can go for edgy cuts, trendy silhouettes, and bolder, more dramatic floral patterns. And these seven Pakistani designers inspire us to do just that!
Saira Rizwan’s Summer of Love collection uses embroidered floral patterns – predominantly on white – in unique ways to break away from the clutter. One way to incorporate florals into your wardrobe is to wear an organza koti festooned with floral patterns and super long fringes. You can wear it over a long dress or a jumpsuit!
You can also keep things simple yet flirtatious by opting for a super short shirt with a flared hem and cold shoulder sleeves. For the love of god, don’t pair it with tapered white pants or tights, instead opt for a tulip shalwaar. The floral motifs are placed aesthetically on the top half of the shirt and the blue organza bow makes the outfit whimsical. We’re totally digging this look!
The flowers don’t always need to be around your neckline threatening to throttle you with the monotony. Look at this white kurti with ruffled sleeves and get inspired! If you increase the length a bit then you can wear it over flared pants, shalwar, and your jeans.
The queen of florals, Farida Hasan, has used the laser cut technology to create floral patterns on tops and pants tis year. Thankfully, we don’t spot any OTT laces and embroidered galas on her collection. Her fuss-free chic outfits in pastel shades are ideal for the summer!
Our favorite label, Generation, is a pro at bringing creativity to the table. So if you’re looking for earthy palettes and traditional prints with contemporary cuts, you know where to go. The brand does floral patterns in a myriad of ways. How about sporting a gharara jumpsuit with ginormous flowers?
Maybe, you’d prefer a tiered long dress with roses, polka dots, and ethnic prints? We suggest you try both and throw in some silver chunky jewelry to nail a super fun fusion look!
And then, of course, there is the love of our life: Generation’s statement casual ghararas. Choose a floral one and pair it with either a plain chikan kameez or a matching printed one depending on the look you want to sport the given day.
If there’s one brand that understands the beauty of subtlety, it is Zara Shahjahan and this all-white ensemble bears testimony to that. Soft pink flowers on a white kurti paired with a voluminous gharara is old world charm at its best!
Sania Maskatiya uses typical floral patterns on a pastel base, but her flowing silhouettes deserve a shout out. The cool breezy cuts can even make an anti-floral person believe in the power and beauty of nature.
Umaima Mustafa, known for her edgy cuts and minimalistic designs, tells us how to not go OTT with the trend. This ankle length dress with fringe and a floral print is classic chic at its best.
How could we forget Ali Xeeshan – the king of eccentric fashion? After seeing his collection boasting big, bright yellow florals, we are inspired to do the same. Here are some luxury prêt options for the edgiest of you, who isn’t afraid to experiment with loud hues and juxtaposed fashion.
But if you are still a sucker for pretty pastels and traditionally constructed outfits, then sport a white chikan top with a single floral motif. You can pair it with cropped denims for a day out or a colourful, heavily embellished gharara for the next mehndi.