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*
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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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!
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…
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 🙂