To wear or not to wear lawn is a major dilemma of the summer season. The designer lawn fad reached a new level with this year’s collections. I very excitedly put on my new outfit from one of the latest collection and arrived at a launch in good spirits, only to realise that I had signed up for disaster.
As I walked in, a friend whispered words of caution in my ears: “Be careful and guard your duppatta because it will most definitely get snatched”. Her words of advice made it sound as if I were just about to enter a battlefield. No sooner than I had entered the venue, I could feel eyes roving in my direction. Within a few minutes, an aunty grabbed my duppatta from behind, practically strangling me! “Oh my love, I just wanted to see the new print, it looks so nice!” Horrified, I jerked free and moved away from her. Other ‘prissy’ aunties, who will usually never be seen without their blow-dried hair and perfectly ironed clothes were all sitting there, sweaty and tired, their hair tied up in buns, waiting for their outfits. Needless to say, these women meant business. So desperate they were that I saw some black market sales happening. “Beta, I got the wrong outfit but if you want it you can have it for Rs8,000!” It was no surprise that the collection was sold out before the end of the day.
While designer lawns are all the rage, there is one drawback: women refuse to use their imagination while getting their dresses stitched and eventually you get an army of women roaming around the city streets wearing the exact same outfit. There is no doubt that the prints are beautiful but there is so much you can do with your fabric. Try mixing and matching different prints. If you do not want to wear the entire outfit as it is, you can always get more than one shirt made from the prints. Also, ladies, the time for churidars and tights is over! That particular style came for a few years, and while it was cute, it is now old as the hills. Go for simple cropped pants or straight trousers. Long, floor-skimming maxi dress-cum-shirts are also done with so take this season to reinvent your summer look. And remember, lawn is just a fabric, let’s not kill each other over it. We have plenty of other threats in this country to deal with.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2014.
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