In today’s era, Pakistani fashion trends have blurred the lines between East and West. However, certain women’s dresses still beautifully reflect the cultural influences of both worlds. Traditional attire like shalwar kameez, saree, and kurta pajama represent the East, while frocks, maxis, and skirts are iconic in the West. Clothing serves as a reflection of culture.
Interestingly, the younger generation now embraces a fusion of Eastern and Western fashion. Some effortlessly combine jeans with a kurta, while others prefer the elegance of a maxi or a gown. During the Mughal era, princesses adorned themselves in exquisite garments, whereas Pakistani Maxi dresses and frocks gained popularity in Western countries like India. Our country’s leading designers are creating various dresses, including maxis and frocks, in vibrant colors that align with current trends and seasons. These dresses have become the top choice for women when it comes to weddings and other special events.
The old era has ended, making way for the new era with its unique demands. The attire our grandparents once donned differed significantly. Fashion experts emphasize that every girl and woman should understand the importance of confidence in achieving an attractive and stylish appearance. Trusting your clothing choices is key. When it comes to dressing up, do so with unwavering confidence. Those with doubts about their attire need clarification, from shopping to wearing. This predicament is all too common among women. Without a genuine connection to your garments, how can you radiate beauty? How can you stand out from the crowd? Experts caution against sacrificing comfort for the sake of fashion based on the opinions of others.
The Pakistani clothes you wear should not bring you discomfort or unhappiness. Prioritizing your comfort and inner well-being over blindly following fashion trends is essential. Attending events or parties should be about feeling proud of your outfit rather than seeking validation from others. Fashion is not solely about conforming to trends but about expressing individuality. Throughout history, women have interpreted fashion in their unique ways, and today, with the influence of media, these trends are more prevalent than ever. Remember, true fashion is about embracing your style and feeling confident in whatever you wear.
Regarding fashion today, the Mughal period style has gained immense popularity. Women’s traditional attire during that era, such as long frock suits, peshwas, gharara, and Maharani gowns, are now often seen at wedding functions. These outfits are adorned with exquisite accessories like Nao Rattan, necklaces with seven colorful beads, choker patti, globand, big jhumkas, bangles, and vintage tikkas.
Among women, Maharani Frocks, Rajasthani Frocks, Anarkali Frocks, Noor Jahan Frocks, and Peshavas are highly sought after. Bowed shalwars, bell bottoms, ghararas / sharara suits, and intricately embroidered shalwars are also in vogue. Straight trousers and cigarette pants have also become trendy, as they lend a slim and elegant look to women of all sizes. Younger girls, on the other hand, prefer to pair open trousers with both long and short shirts.
Regarding fabrics, women prefer Pakistani jamawar, Pakistani kumkhawab, shuttle net, and jali. In this year’s weddings, the brides adorned themselves in Maharani frocks, ghagras, short blouses, and ghararas. Both long and short dupattas were paired with these outfits.
Gota, mirror, and thread work, traditional techniques of kora and dabka, continue to be favorites among women. While lehengas used to be single-colored, there have been experiments with colors in bridal wear over the years. This year, the trend continued with different colors for the bra, dupatta, and lehenga.
It is safe to say that bold and attractive colors have been prominent this year. Brides preferred various types of silk, brocade, jamawar, tanchoi, and kamkhuab. Pakistani wedding clothes can be adorned with gota, zardozi, Mukesh, tilla, kora, hand embroidery, nakshi, dabka, silk, pearls, and different types of jewels. Traditional techniques like Mukesh, gota, mirror, kora and dabka thread work remain popular among women.