This season’s hero piece, the dhoti shalwar and where to buy it!

This season’s hero piece has got to be the dhoti shalwar. All over the ramp at the end of last year, dhoti shalwars have made that essential cross into the mainstream – with multiple designers coming up with their own versions.


Spotted at GTs and parties around town, dhoti shalwars work as both daywear and evening wear and can be paired with a host of silhouettes. It’s best to keep hemlines on the higher side for maximum impact but you can wear dhoti shalwars with either flats or heels, eastern or fusion.

Zohra Alam in a dhoti shalwar from her own label and Tanya wearing a Misha Lakhani dhoti shalwar
Zohra Alam in a dhoti shalwar from her own label and Tanya wearing a Misha Lakhani dhoti shalwar


Where to buy dhoti shalwars in Karachi

Dhoti shalwars are probably beyond your average darzi at present so buying a pret version is your best bet. We’ve had a scout around and there are a whole host of high-end silk ones available – but they sell out so fast that most of these designers can barely keep them on the shelves. Be prepared to either make more than one trip or put your name down on a waitlist!

Menahel and Mehreen

Impeccably stitched, these have a lovely fall layered fall. The ones shown are a ghair-walli, voluminous style but Menahel Mehreen have 4-5 styles of dhoti/ghair-walli lowers. They switch up the fabrics and colours regularly so there’s different stock pretty much every week.

Price: Rs8,500

Material: Silk

Colours: Off-white


Misha Lakhani

Misha Lakhani’s known for the best fitting pants in town and her dhoti shalwars are uber popular. Her staff are very good about letting you know when they are back in stock

Price: Rs8,500

Material: Silk, Velvet, Banarsi and others

Colour: Black, Off-white and Beige


Shamsha Hashwani

Shamsha Hashwani’s dhoti shalwars have a pretty pearl-beaded edge for that more formal look.

Shamsha Hashwani's pearl beaded dhoti shalwar
Shamsha Hashwani’s pearl beaded dhoti shalwar

Price: Rs9,900

Material: Crepe Silk

Colour: Black and Off-white


Nida Azwer

Price: Rs8,500

Material: Crepe Silk and georgette

Colour: Black and Off-white


Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerasta is chief editor of and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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