Khaadi Stone and Red Kurti with Black Embroidery with Hijab
Khaadi is a Pakistani brand that I was introduced to over a year ago by some friends who are proper Pakistanis unlike me. I am Pakistani by birth, I speak the language and I love my shalwar kameez (traditional Pakistani dress), but I'm a bit of an oddball in that I never really had the proper Pakistan experience like they did. I grew up in Europe, so I had a very different upbringing.
I have visited Pakistan a handful of times, but let's just say the last experience I had with Pakistan left a lot to be desired. That's why I'm so keen to support Pakistani brands who make it over here. From Popinjay whose handbags I love, to Khaadi who are turning into an international phenomenon.
I picked up 4 kurtis / tops from the sale in Khaadi over Christmas. I'll be showcasing these as the weather gets warmer and I can rope Mr. T (my husband), into taking pictures of me. I mean, I do have my tripod boyfriend, a staple for any blogger, but I couldn't cheat on Mr. T even with an inanimate object! (Anyone who's ever watched Fashion Bloggers will get that joke).
Back to Khaadi. The company has 5 locations in the UK - Birmingham, Bradford, Leicester and 2 locations in London. The one I mainly frequent is the one in Westfield White City, near Shepherd's Bush.
This particular kurti / tunic top is one of Mr. T's favourites. I paired it with black ski pants, flats and a neutral coloured hijab / scarf.
We were going to a children's birthday party, so I wanted to wear something comfortable, casual but also slightly dressy. The kurti was perfect as it's cotton so kept me cool in the warmth of their flat.
The stitching is handcrafted in Pakistan, which is why the price of their kurtis and suits is pretty high. If you buy in the sales, it's not only much cheaper but if there's a slight fault, you can ask for a little more discount.
This piece had some broken embroidery, which is why I managed to get a couple of quid knocked off in the sale (OK, Mr. T did, he's much better at haggling than me!). Unfortunately, a week later, they had a 70% off sale after the initial 30% sale, which I got my pieces in, but the pieces I bought weren't in that sale at all so I felt better after seeing that!
Scarf - Cherry Blossom Hijabs
Kurti - Khaadi
Ski Pants - Yours Clothing
Shoes - Asda