What’s Hot & What’s Not for 2014

As 2014 springs into action, it’s time for the traditional new year’s trends prediction – what’s hot and what’s not for the coming year.

Instagram is in, Facebook is out

After an interim period of fashion confusion where “anything goes” was the motto, Pakistani fashion has finally worked out what direction it’s going. All the best designers have their own vision but the major trends are clear.


In: Cigarette Pants, Palazzos, Net/Sheer Fabrics, Mix & Match, Handloom, Jackets, boxy cuts and short shirts.

Out: Sweeping hemlines (except for bridal gowns), matchy-matchy outfits, panels, volume, Tights, Chooridars, Brooches.

That’s fashion sorted but what about other lifestyle trends? 2013 saw us sporting inked thumbs after voting, queuing for the Iphone 5S, watching Urdu-dubbed Turkish dramas and cruising Dolmen Mall. There was an outbreak of fro-yo places, a whole line of restaurants opened off 26th Street in Karachi and new cinema multiplexes popped up all over the country. So what’s hot and what’s not for 2014? Here’s an eclectic and slightly tongue in cheek selection.

What's hot and what's not for 2014 in Pakistan
A very Karachi trend – bullet-proof cars are in, politics is out

Yeah, we may have queued to vote in 2013 but we’re now thoroughly disillusioned with political posturing. The terrible halaat or security situation led to many people adopting personal guards and/or bulletproof cars. For some the guard is a status symbol but for others extreme security measures are a scary necessity. Meanwhile, rampant inflation has us all digging through our closets for vintage items that can be reworked into fresh ensembles. Leisure-wise, it’s great that we have new multiplexes to enjoy movies but security issues have made the beach a total no-no for many.

What's hot and what's not for 2014 in Pakistan

Living in Pakistan, particularly Karachi, isn’t for the faint-hearted but after a while you do become relatively impervious to the constant threat of violence. Meanwhile never let it be said that we Pakistanis aren’t in touch with international trends. The best salons can give you an Ombre hair colour makeover. You’ll see nails of every shade on fashionistas – from gold to bright blue.  We’re au fait with trends such as messy up-dos & stacked bracelets. In 2013 we were gushing over Breaking Bad and tweeting about Paul Walker. In 2014 we’re looking forward to the second season of House of Cards and Sholay in 3D. Hopefully we’ll have some great new Pakistani TV dramas and movies too.

What's hot and what's not for 2014 in Pakistan

Some may say trends are frivolous but there’s nothing wrong with celebrating the lighter side of life.  So enjoy those killer heels and that high-intensity interval training Tabata class. Dress up and make the most of life – and don’t forget to Instagram a selfie. Happy New Year!

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Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerastahttps://karachista.com
Salima Feerasta is chief editor of Karachista.com and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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