I like wearing Shalwar Kurta, the reason being they are really comfortable, in summers the cotton ones keeps you cool and the biggest of them is that they can hide the fact that you have been skipping gym for the last six months This last fact comes with a fine print, that is if your waist line is between 30-35 inches, then itâ€™s cool, however if it is over 35 then itâ€™s dangerous as that can potentially book you a trip to the cardiac ward of your local hospital.
Anyway, since Iâ€™ve been buying readymade shalwar kurtas for quite some time now, I thought Iâ€™d rate my top three favourite brands here.
Number 1 spot goes to Thredz. They have a great collection of Kurtas whether you want simple striped ones or the ones that are heavily embroidered and anything in between. The range of fabric plus a collection that is updated regularly makes this my top pick when it comes to buying ready made kurtas. However, they have some points that go against them, but they are more than made up because of the huge collection and the friendly staff that they employee.
First of all, they are the most expensive of all the brands listed here, the plain stripped kurtas without the embroidery are in the range of Rs 1,800 to Rs 2,200 depending on the fabric. Secondly, their size patterns are different from the rest. This means that if this is your first time, make sure that you try before you buy because the large that you buy elsewhere might be a medium here.
Cotton & Silk:
Located at Zamzama, they only have one outlet in Karachi. They are the place to go if you are looking for elegant Shalwar Kurtas instead of the flashy, colorful ones. They donâ€™t get new designs that often, so you canâ€™t make this the only place you buy shalwar kurtas from if you wear them regularly but the ones they do can be used on formal occasions. The only thing they lack is the embroidered ones but then for the elegant not so flashy it is always good that the embroidery is missing in action.
Third place is a tie between Junaid Jamshed and Khaadi:
Khaadi used to be my number one spot for Kurtas. This was when they were focused on only menswear. Now that they have diversified into everything from womenâ€™s wear to home textiles, it looks like no one pays attention to the thing that got them famous, i.e., menswear. Now they are mostly rehashing the designs from the past and the quality of their fabric has gone down drastically. Itâ€™s a hit and miss as far as their fabric quality is concerned. Some of them will last while the others bleed to death in no time.
Junaid Jamshedâ€™s designs are my least favorite ones, but to their credit they always have enough designs that I can find something to my liking. However the thing that I like about JJ is they are very price competitive, add to that their 10% discount membership card (15% if you have the gold card) and itâ€™s hard to ignore them. Their kurtas start from Rs 1,300 â€“ 1,400 and minus 10% from that and you really canâ€™t beat that.
I donâ€™t know how you go about getting the membership card, I was lucky to get one for free as they gave it away when they launched it at one of their lawn exhibition 2-3 years ago and my wife was there shopping (hmmmm in that case I beg to differ as it wasnâ€™t free), it doesnâ€™t expire so I am still using it.
I didnâ€™t put Amir Adnan and Deepak Perwani in this list, because they are very expensive for what they offer, especially Deepak Perwani. While Amir Adnan has some really cool designs, but I still donâ€™t want to pay that much no matter how nice the designs are,. My only experience at Deepak Perwani was so bad that I never went back. I was at Park Towers about two years ago and thought it wouldnâ€™t hurt to see what they have to offer. As I was looking thru their kurta collection, I came across a Rs 2,500 kurta, made out of the same fabric that I had bought for Rs 75/meter from Tariq Road a week earlier. I immediately got out from there and never went back.