The â€˜winter to spring/summer transitionâ€™ has begun and as someone who absolutely loves clothes, I have begun my annual wardrobe clearance and have made space for those new and soul-pleasing clothes that make getting out of bed a little easier every morning.
Sapphire lawn: yellow and blue
I spent: nothing, also a freebie (yes, I love my job)
I think by now people who have been sending me free joras over the years know my taste because I am lucky to get prints that I actually like! This blue and yellow print from Sapphire, again, came with white shalwar fabricÂ and was limited to three colours, which made it visually appealing.
Sapphire ready to wear: green zipper tunic
Price: 1800+ something
Â This I bought because I had gone searching for offerings in the new Sapphire collection; I saw Manal wearing two really cool tunics and I couldnâ€™t resist! The offerings at Sapphire were abundant but unfortunately not all tunics I liked were available at the outlet adjacent to Aghaâ€™s in my size. I wear a L/XL and either they were sold out or unavailable. I did love this one tunic though, for itâ€™s zipper neckline. A little quirk can take a tunic a long way.
Nishat: 2 tunics â€“ b/w and black multicolour fabric
Price: Approximately 1000 per shirt
I stepped out of Sapphire and into Nishat, because what I love about Nishat is the choice to buy by yard. I know we usually donâ€™t have time to make tailor visits but Iâ€™m a bit privileged and donâ€™t need to and so the idea of having a smartly tailored tunic (courtesy my â€˜angelâ€™ stylists) isnâ€™t so bad. And I really liked these two prints. The b/w was just classic; I had the b/w panel from my Sana Safinaz jora incorporated here and the multi was just so vibrant. The quality of fabric is lovely and itâ€™s affordable. Made me happy!
Sana Safinaz lawn
I spent: nothing, as it was a gift that came with the launch
As luck would have it, this actually was one of my favourite prints from this yearâ€™s Sana Safinaz Lawn ’17. Iâ€™m a sucker for white shalwar/pants and the self-printed white lower was ideal for the very fresh and floral embroidered shirt. I did not get the floral panel appliqued on the trousers and I also did not use the black and white border included in the parcel. My jora turned out to be simple and summery!
Sonya Battla block print tunic
This was my big splurge of the week. Sonya Battlaâ€™s block prints are one of a kind and while I bought a total of five, four were for cousins in Lahore and one for myself. This black and beigeÂ block (which I wore to Zaheer Abbas’ boutiqueÂ opening) caught my fancy (and I always end up having a lot of monochrome in my wardrobe) especially because it reminded me of Sonyaâ€™s recent Murid collection. Also, block prints do provide some visual relief when prints get too much.
I have to say that the 3 solid tunics I am carrying on from Sania Maskatiya â€™16 are also my go-to tunics these days. Fresh, minimalist and versatile, theyâ€™re perfect for days when one needs to know theyâ€™ll look good without having to think how!
- Watch this space for Part 2 of My Summer Wardrobeâ€¦