Eastern Fashion

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Welcome back to our Fashion Friday of this week! Today we have Reza Fatima, a student in bachelor of design program at Humber who loves eastern clothing. She’s influenced by Marilyn Monroe and loves experimenting with blends of traditional and trendy styles from cozy to elegant.

Living in Canada it’s impossible not being exposed to different cultures. It’s interesting to know about various cultures, their traditions, customs and life ethics. Also, the kind of knowledge an individual receives is amazing.

Reza’s Eid look is vibrant enough to catch someone’s attention. She paired hot pink kurta (traditional long tunic) with turquoise brocade straight fit pants. Brocade is self-embellished fabric which tends to be a little shiny and is perfect for festive looks.

‘Eid‘ in Arabic means feast or a festive holiday. It is a worldwide celebration for Muslims. Eid’s celebrated twice a year. One of them is Eid-ul fitr which means ‘festival to break the fast’. It’s at the end of the month of Ramadan, which is a holy month when Muslims fast.

Coming back to Reza’s beautiful suit (name for the attire), the work done on the dupatta which is the cloth draped around her head in one the images, is pretty fascinating. The best part about the look are the colours chosen. Usually, it’s not easy to pull off a look with contrasting colour combinations but this one looks appropriate for the occasion.

Reza wore gold colored footwear called “juttis” with embellishments to sum it up. It’s easy to find this look in countries like India or Pakistan.

Style it the western way

While looking at a few references or let’s say alternatives for her look, something very interesting caught my eye. Here are brocade pants by J. Crew for $20. Well, it’s unusual to see this but let’s say in the era of globalization companies are experimenting with all kinds of styles and fabrics.

These pants are a little different of course but still can be styled either ways. It’s great to have a few pieces like these in your closet to broaden outfit options.

Needle dust is an Indian shoe company. They sell mules and juttis. Reza’s footwear can be found on their website. Here’s a screenshot of their website.

These are perfect with ethnic outfits but also can be styled with western looks.

Hoping you all enjoyed today’s post, make sure you come back next week for mid-week trend alert posts.

By: Priyanka Vohra

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