24th November 2017

Go Sorbet, Grab Pastels

Trend Alert 101: Pastels are revisiting us after year 2000!

In my early to mid-teens I recall how awestruck by Yash Chopra’s romance sagas I was (well, who isn’t to date) and also, as a hopeless digger for minimalistic style since forever, I fondly wore the traditional churidaar, anarkali kameez and khara dupatta in solid pastel colors, head-to-toe, of the finest cotton fabric. From apple mint to sorbet yellow and faded lavender to mute gray and baby blue, I wore ’em all 🙂

On a parallel note – a prayer for the Late filmmaker who unraveled cinematic desi love stories like no other ever have or will, please! *amen*

A stunning still - Madhuri Dixit in Yash Chopra's 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai'
A stunning still – Madhuri Dixit wrapped (rather unwrapped) in lavender for Yash Chopra’s ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’

 

From ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’ to Now – Veterans SRK & Madhuri (in a pastel ensemble after long)

 

Karishma Kapoor wearing pastel colored trendy casuals in 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai'
Karishma Kapoor wearing pastel colored flirty casuals in Yash Chopra’s ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’

By default too as a Karachiite, we tend to pick more mute and cooler undertones unlike our innately vibrant and always dressed for any and every occasion (or the lack of it) Lahori humwatan!

So after years of raging reds, bright yellows, warm greens, hot pinks and royal blues, when 2016 brought us back the breezy, dewy fresh feel n look of our sweetheart pastels, among quite a few, I was the happiest soul!

The pastels are back after a decade and a half and since most of us don’t hold memories of the trend, all this flush of peach, bieges, soft pinks, lavenders and lilacs seem ‘virgin’ pure.

It’s not just women and the classy ones at that who’re embracing the light hues this year, men have too rocked the trend across the globe.

GO PASTEL BOYS This summer, the summery vibe is found in all kinds of cool pastels. So pick your cotton shirt, cargo pants or shorts, even blazer, semi-causal trousers and tie in colors of the season like mint, lime, powder pink, lilac blue and dull mustard...
GO PASTEL BOYS
This summer, the summery vibe is found in all kinds of cool pastels. So pick your cotton shirt, cargo pants or shorts, even blazer, semi-causal trousers and tie in colors of the season like mint, lime, powder pink, lilac blue and dull mustard.

 

Sorbet Trend Alert 2016!
Sorbet Trend Alert 2016 straight from the ramp(s)!

Just when you might think there is only that much you can do with your set of pastel picks, think again! You’d be surprised to see how versatile these hues are and can make any attire outshine. Trust me when I say Moghul era inspired vintage eastern wear like ghararas and peshwas looks its best and grandest when in pastels.

Like a feel-good dream!
Like a feel-good dream!

The all-time classic semi-formal favorite of the subcontinent – saaris in pastels too can add oodles of romance & freshness to a girl’s eve. It sure did so for me, lately! So if you’re in the mood to personify that ‘damsel in (no) distress’ of an aura, wrap yourself in some feather-weight, georgettes or chiffons dipped in hues of prettylicious, feminine pastels.

Soft pink saari teamed with a dust colored cold-shoulder blouse was sure fun!
Tea pink saari worn with a dust colored, cold-shoulder blouse sure made for a pleasant eve!

And the same combination of undertones were sported by Bolly actress Parineeti Chopra all too sleekly at the recently held Vogue India Beauty Awards. Hence proven how versatile pastels are! 🙂

Nude heels do sheer justice! Each time.
Nude heels do sheer justice! Each time.

My personal favorite is Lilac blue since the beginning of times. And lately, an always impeccably dressed star kid Athiya Shetty,  has blown me, having graciously adorned a head-to-toe satiny jumpsuit, perfect on her super lean & tall silhouette at the IIFA Awards.

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Shetty Jr. leading the jumpsuit brigade… Lilac blue all the way. That li’l clutch can take any girl’s heart away!

 

When I wore a cropped jersey top on an aimless night-out with friends and semi-formally at a dear girlfriend's mehndi...
When I wore a cropped lilac blue jersey top on an aimless night-out with friends and a semi-formal maxi dress in that same pastel hue in contrast to black at a dear girlfriend’s mehndi…

 

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Our silver-screen dream girl – Maya Ali making this baby-blue tunic look all the more breezy, teamed with white clutch and footwear.

On a casual note, I’d be caught more-often-than-not, carrying soft pastel shaded handbags and wearing “walking shoes” to go with it, as my best girl – Shaheen calls ’em (she and her better-half, the only two souls knowing as to why so) as well as culottes with cropped tops and the usual denims – pastels, pastels, pastels, them all!

Mint apple nails of Yours Truly
Mint apple nails of Yours Truly! And that’s our Snapchat superstar Abby’s snap, one not-so-fine of a night out. Gggrr…

 

Yes I’m doing over-doing soft pinks, but look at ’em!!

 

These mint apple vans, can make even the hardest day look n feel so darn easy!

I’m sure we all follow Diva Magazine as its quite the style bible of Pakistan. The following are some well-known local faces and artists having too much fun with lots of grace & poise, adorning pastels, recently being featured by Diva on their official Instagram…

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Life is too short to not have lived your PASTEL MOMENTS just yet! Which is why may I repeat – Go sorbet, grab pastels now. And smile. Brighter! Thank you 🙂

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