Resolutions are meant to be broken and so I shouldn’t be judged or condemned for giving in to the lawn hungama and indulging in a bit of retail therapy. The reason I swore off lawn wasn’t because I am averse to the fabric – after all what else can one wear in the steaming climate around the corner – but a) the exhibitions were becoming a brain drain and b) because lawn had evolved into something larger than light, pun intended. The simple, humble fabric – very much like Cinderella – had transformed into an opulent, bedazzling, taffeta clad and tiara wearing belle of the ball. I preferred it in its simplicity and I needed it to be simple through the day, not after midnight!
I allude too much. What I’m trying to say is that for the past three years I was buying these gorgeous productions that I got absolutely no wear out of. I think I wore them once each to a some adequately ceremonious occasion, after which they just hung in my wardrobe, catching dust. And so I decided to resist, save money and the effort of buying and tailoring and just be stress free.
Life, of course isn’t meant to be that simple. Or rather, I got lucky and found lawn that
could actually be worn as daywear. Visiting the Sania Maskatiya studio on Saturday, I came across the freshly arrived lawn stock and since I had the luxury of time and space to peruse at leisure, I selected and paid for 3 suits and left as happy as a successful shopper. The simplest thing made me happiest: they came with staple white and cream shalwars and the one coffee brown shalwar, that came with the parrot print, was generously exchanged for me. I got another white instead.
I’d like to think ‘that’s it’ for me but we all know that I’ll need more clothes for summer. Who wouldn’t? So I’m looking at Khaadi, Kayseria and Mausummery as options. Of course, I won’t be able to resist one or two Sana Safinaz prints for the occasional summer celebration (an engagement party, Eid etc). And if any other designer is offering simple, cool lawn (with the staple plain shalwar) then I’m open to exploring the option too!