Pakistani Kurtas Are All Over The Place And That's Exactly How They Should Be

By Arslan Athar | 9 May, 2019

Every season brings with new trends and a collective decision of what needs to be ‘in’ and what is officially ‘out’. One of the hottest discussions in Pakistani fashion has to do with the length of ‘shirts’. Are long shirts ‘in’ or not and how short are ‘short’ shirts going to be?

The late 2000s saw the emergence and domination of long shirts. This gave way to short shirts to come in and they’ve been all over the fashion scene ever since.

For the past few months, the ‘in’ length was just been a blur, but like we don’t mind it.¬†

Long and shirt¬†kurtas¬†seem to both be in. Collections now feature both lengths and stores carry both of them, so it seems like no one is deciding what is in and what isn’t.

Source: @pakistanstreetstyle / Instagram

 

And you know what, that’s quite alright!¬†

Internationally, there has been a lot of discussion about¬†people wearing what they’re comfortable in and whatever suits them and their bodies better.

Source: @pakistanstreetstyle / Instagram

 

This doesn’t spell the end for trends, rather it helps make fashion more available for more people.¬†

Previously, there were some trends that would restrict certain people, however, having some leeway helps open up fashion to more people, and whoever has been opposed to such an idea.

Source: @pakistanstreetstyle / Instagram

 

Inclusivity is a big buzz word internationally and it seems like it has finally made its mark on Pakistan. 

It’s hard to tell if this was a conscious effort by local brands or if this was a change brought on by customer demands.

Source: @khaadi / Instagram

 

Some brands’ collections feature both lengths.¬†

Source: @khaadi / Instagram

 

Each length has its redeeming features! 

Shorter shirts allow you to pair your outfit with a large¬†dupatta.¬†If that isn’t your vibe, you can wear these¬†kurtas¬†with wide legged pants too. These can also help craft a more ‘East meets West’ looking outfit.

Source: @rabia.wahab / Instagram

 

Long shirts have a more elegant flair to them and can also be GREAT for the summer season too. 

Source: @sanasafinaz and @rabia.wahab / Instagram

 

Fashion is evolving every day and so is the idea of trends and what’s ‘in’ or ‘out’. The lengths of¬†kurtas¬†are just one example of how the Pakistani Fashion world is changing.

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 Cover Photo Courtesy: @khaadi and @rabia.wahab / Instagram

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