Lifestyle

Contributed By: Zainab Khan Durrani

Come the cold gusts of November and we’re all hankering for a wardrobe update to keep up with whatever may be in vogue in that particular calendar year.

Not only can the endeavor be tiresome, the sheer volume of options is enough to make your brain sweat.

So here we have compiled a list of 5 items that were deemed as solid buys and are guaranteed to last you longer than just our fickle winters whilst not requiring the sale of any major organs!

  1. Shawls by Cashmere Shawls

New on the block and already taking the winter wear market by storm, this brand is all about making the understated elegance of pashmina shine. With hues of crimsons, plums and nudes they have the perfect fall/winter palette that is accentuated by the use of jamawar, pearls, beautiful gold tassels and ornate embroidery.

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The biggest pull however may be the affordability of the product. Starting from 5000-7000 (for stoles) and ranging between 8000-10,000 (for shawls), these make for a good investment especially considering the onslaught of weddings we all have come to anticipate this time of the year.

Price Range: Rs. 5000-10,000

  1. Hang Up by MAC

All shades of plum are back this fall, bigger and better than ever and it’s hard to escape their pull.

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A few minutes spent perfecting your winged eyeliner and applying multiple coats of your favourite voluminous mascara plus this beaut is all you need for the quintessential autumnal look.

Price Range: Rs.3000-3500

  1. Cap-toe shoes by Mochari

Not only does it fill us with pride to be able to recommend locally made products, it also serves to encourage our entrepreneurs to continue and be better than ever.

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What also doesn’t hurt is how delectable these shoes are and how perfectly they can compliment most of our outfits, Eastern or Western. Two thumbs up!

Price Range: Rs. 4750

  1. Sana Aziz Jewellery

Returning to Pakistan after attaining a degree in Jewellery Designing from the University of Dundee, Sana has only gone from strength to strength with her incredible craft.

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Gold-plated pieces with awe-inspiring intricacy are her signature product and are sure to draw all eyes to you whether it’s a necklace, earrings or statement hair pieces you choose to adorn.

Price Range: Given upon request

  1. Dhurrie Project

Beautiful artisanal bags that combine our traditional aesthetic with the pace of today and result in these chic pieces that again, can be paired as easily with a skirt and T-shirt combo as it can with a quirky kurta and plain pants.

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In their own words :

‘These bags are made by hand weaved ‘dhurrie’ (flat weaved rug) and crafted with original leather details.All of this is done by local Pakistani craftsmen.’

Price Range: Under Rs.10,000

Barring the lip color, all the picks have been centered around the theme of ‘Be Pakistani, Buy Pakistani’, a mindset we firmly advocate and practice ourselves!