By Mahvish Ahmed
What? Is it that time of the year again when Iftar parties become the fashion equivalent of the Lux Style Awards? Yes, it is. Ramazan is just round the corner, which entails that in addition to hoarding dates and Roohafza, you need lots of trendy outfits to help you sail smoothly through the socially demanding evenings. After all, you will need fancy ensembles to go with your lavishly laid out iftar feasts.
Listen to us and stock up on kurtas for Iftar parties now, because you certainly wouldn’t want to hop from store to store in the sweltering heat while fasting. From silks to cottons, here are our top 10 prêt/luxury prêt picks to make sure you are prepared to play the hunger games in style.
Misha Lakhani’s hand woven glory
This soothing green outfit is perfect for summer Iftar parties. Long silhouettes ain’t going anywhere and we love the super wide chaaks (slits) too. The tulip shalwaar in a darker green hue complements the kurta and we suggest that’s exactly how you should style it. Do not play it safe and wear white culottes. Go for nude make up and don’t forget to add some blingy foot candy!
Shamsha Hashwani’s understated elegance
In a barrage of pastels and white, a pop of cobalt blue can really catch anyone’s eye and it did…catch our eye. This one’s for those who prefer elegance over the busy, OTT digital prints. The hi-low kurta, constructed with cotton net fabric, is lightly embellished at the sleeves and neckline which makes it perfect for those formal dinners. Step out with red lips and sapphire studs for a perfect evening look.
One can never go wrong with an all-white chikan top in the summer, especially one that comes with additional cute features like ruffles and a hint of candy pink on the sleeves. Slide into pink slip-ons to add a pop of colour to your #ootd. And yes, don’t forget a fun pair of sunnies!
Ayesha Somaya’s soothing blue prettiness
The cool blue hue of this Ayesha Somaya halter kurta is soaring up our body temperature just by looking at it! It’s that hot!
The lavishly embroidered daaman (hemline) makes it an ideal choice for evening excursions. You can pair this with cropped white pants which are slightly embellished at the hemline. Also, wear your hair in soft waves and sport a bright pink lip colour to complete your look.
Polka-watts by Ayesha Khurram
Pastel yellow, polka dots, and floral cutwork are an ideal concoction to make your summer evenings a whole lot of fun. Pair this super cute kurta with a pair of crisp white boot legged pants and yellow slip-ons.
Beauty Tip: Some perky orange lip colour is sure to make you the queen of iftar parties.
Farah Talib Aziz’s summer perfection
It’s no surprise that this silk tunic raced to our heart at top speed! Oversized tops, cinched at the waist are big this season and FTA nails the trend with this beauty in cool sea green hues. Wear some chunky arm candy and gold bling on the ears to take summer head-on.
The tropical silk tunic by Ansab JahangirImage: instagram.com/ansabjahangirstudio/
This fresh, belted silk tunic by Ansab Jahangir Studio is for days when all you can do is dream of a tropical getaway. We love the cute butterfly embellishments at one corner of the hem and the easy, relaxed feel of this creation. Accessorise with pearls and wear a pinkish nude lip colour to embrace warm summer evenings wholeheartedly.
Ethnic glam by Blocked Textiles
“I have too many block printed kurtas,” said no one ever! The bright colour palette of this ethnic kameez is lovely enough to lift your mood on a dull day. Pair this beauty with a tulip shalwaar, a pair of khussas, and some silver ethnic jewelry pieces FTW.
P.S. Don’t miss the beautiful kingri detailing on the sleeves!
Black and White grace by Suffuse
For those late night post-iftar dinners, this ensemble by Suffuse would be an ideal choice. Go for a glossy red pout and pearl accessories to complete your look perfectly. If your fashion sense is slightly bolder than the rest, take cues from the model and go for some bejeweled Allure by MHT fringe earrings.
Mint by Misha and Anum’s hand painted beauty
Blue hues and ruffles are big this summer, so we say investing in this pretty hand painted kurta will be (fashion) smart. The floral motifs on the otherwise plain shirt will allow you to brave the soaring temperature without overdoing it. Pair it with white cotton mermaid pants to raise the fun factor of your look and don’t forget some blush!