By Mahvish Ahmed
As much as we love our summer dresses, gharara pants, and frayed denims; there comes a time when we ditch them all and go back to our trusty (and comfy) old friend: the shalwar. For the past few years, the shalwar has reinvented itself – just like our phone and PC’s OS – so you can’t be caught dead wearing the early 2000s’ slim-fit shalwar. You must wear a Tulip shalwar – any version of it! As much as we love to hate this trend (which refuses to abandon us) we can’t help but sport it from time to time. It instantly uplifts a casual kurta and consequently your entire look. We can’t deny that.
Since it’s such a dear companion of the modern Pakistani woman, let’s dig deep and witness various ways in which you can re-introduce this style into your lives!
You can pair tasseled tulip shalwars with short kurtas.
Or plain ones with longer and slightly boxy silhouettes.
They look equally stylish when worn with casual, everyday kameezes…
…As well as with more lavish organza wraps. It might come as a good news for a lot of your out there that adorning them with intricate embroidery and dabka is still trending.
You can go for a pair accentuated with gold piping (or lace) and style it with a relatively simple white kurta and peep toe khussas for a complete traditional look.
You can also invest in embroidered ones for fancy lunches and tea parties. But you need to be on top of your style game to be able to carry these embellished beauties because they can certainly make you look OTT.
And if you like, you can add another trending feature to your tulip shalwar – some cute ruffles! Yup, those ain’t just for babies.
Rema and Shehrbano styled their muse, Amna Babar, in tulip shalwars paired with kurtas in various colours and cuts while exhibiting their latest collection on Eid, and we loved the result. The trick is to keep the length short, the silhouette loose, and experiment with the sleeves all you want!
Take a leaf out of Zehra Saleem’ style book and team your pretty colour blocked numbers with plain tulip shalwars!
Khuban Omar, The Creative Head at Farida Hasan, was seen wearing one with a feminine kaaftan-cum-kurta on Eid.
The label, Farida Hasan, designed a lovely ensemble for their Eid collection pairing an elaborate tulip shalwar over a turtle neck top.
Last but not the least, Sharmila Farouqi, who knows exactly where to spend when updating her wardrobe, was seen wearing a beautiful all-white Sania Maskatiya outfit championing a simple silk tulip shalwar.
*All the images are courtesy of respective brands’ Instagram accounts.