In the early 60s, saris were a wardrobe must-have for fashion conscious ladies.
Style icons like Madam Noor Jehan, Nusrat Bhutto, Shamim Ara, Rehana Omar and Nasim Aurangzeb were trendsetters when it came to this silhouette. Decades later, we see the sari making a comeback, but it’s gotten a makeover. Whether it’s a sari pant or a blazer worn over it, there is no reason you can’t have fun with this silhouette – all the cool kids are doing it, why aren’t you?
Mahira Khan has donned numerous saris but this one remains a personal favourite. It’s the perfect blend of East and West. The white button down makes for the perfect blouse and we love the vibrant colours in the sari itself. Plus, it’s all about how you carry it off, and all we see here is grace and poise.
There is no doubt Syra Shahroz is always at the top of her game when it comes to being fashionable. She looks simple yet elegant in a solid blush pink sari with intricate embroidery. P.S. we love the statement neckpiece!
A modern reinvention of saris is the current rage. Ayesha Omar looks uber chic on the streets of New York in a trendy Shehla Chatoor number. We love the one-shoulder choli and the subtle blue hues.
Sanam has shown us that her acting skills are just as understated as her fashion choices. We like how effortlessly she’s donning a multi-coloured chunri sari, a traditional print, reworked for a modern look.
Being a supermodel has its perks: the perfect chiselled jaw-line, the perfect eyebrows – we could go on. But Sadaf Kanwal garnered some extra attention in this black chiffon off-shoulder sari designed by Zaheer Abbas. The sleek bun adds to the low-key yet classic look.
Hania Aamir shows us that when it comes to a sari, the simpler the better. Her striped sari designed by SFK Bridals is somehow the perfect ensemble for both a formal affair and even a casual wedding event.
Sonia Hussayn dresses to impress in a dramatic lilac and grey sari by Nida Azwer. Embellished with feathers and gold embroidery, this sari is not for the faint hearted, but it definitely is the perfect choice for those looking to be experimental.
Old School Icons
The late veteran actress Shamim Ara was a trendsetter in the 60s. One of our most favourite looks of hers was a tangerine brocade sari with the pallu gracefully draped over her shoulder. Traditional, and we love it!
Who better to get inspiration from than the Mother of our Nation. She wore countless saris, mostly on the simplistic side. However, classic never goes out of style and hence she remains the perfect style icon for Pakistani girls world over – even today.
Nasim Aurangzeb, Ayub Khan’s daughter, was another yesteryear style icon we love. Her wardrobe consisted of various saris she wore while touring with her father. What stands out to us is the way she styled her saris and made them her own – case in point: this fabulous fur scarf.
This sari got the world’s attention when Blake Lively was spotted wearing it. A design from Alexander McQueen’s collection, we have to say she looks like the true style icon she is in this number.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Bollywood celebrities are always seen in saris. However, Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Bloni Atelier number caught our attention for the fabulous way it was styled by Rhea Kapoor. We love the blazer – so old school yet so chic.