As Pakistan takes to the field for its first Cricket World Cup match today, we still have the Sarfaraz Ahmed shalwar kameez controversy on our minds.
Why were some people sooo offended by his choice to wear the Pakistani national dress at his Buckingham Palace meeting with Queen Elizabeth II?
The Pakistan cricket captain has addressed the hullabulloo, saying that he is proud of his decision: “The shalwar kameez is our national dress and I got instructions from the board to do all these things so I tried to promote our national dress. I felt very proud that the other captains were wearing suits but I was wearing national dress.”
But really, he shouldn’t have to explain himself.
After all, the shalwar kameez has been spotted at international events many times before…
PM Imran Khan rocks desi clothes on all his state visits
PM Imran Khan’s wardrobe for all official business is shalwar kameez — whether he’s in China, Malaysia or Turkey!
Malala’s made shalwar kameez her signature look
Malala’s no different. Her signature look for all major appearances — the UN, the Nobel prize ceremony or even just late night TV — is her shalwar kameez-dupatta combo.
Maleeha Lodhi loves her shalwar kameezes
Pakistan’s Ambassador at the UN has also long made shalwar kameez her outfit of choice. Even NYT notes that she is “unfailingly attired” in our national dress.
Benazir Bhutto was also a fan
Even while she lived in exile in London, BB was frequently spotted in shalwar kameez.
Mahira Khan showed off her sari game at Cannes
Mahira wore a Mehreen & Menahel sari to Cannes last year, which was considered as one of her best looks at the film fest!
Sharmeen Obaid puts a fusion twist to shalwar kameez at the Oscars
Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has more often than not graced red carpets abroad in contemporary but traditional desi attire; we’re talking Bunto Kazmi, Sana Safinaz, Sania Maskatiya —the works. Even her mother who was her date to the Academy Awards wore a long embroidered gown instead of a boring dress.
Mawra Hocane made chooridar pajamas cool again at Pakistan Film Festival New York
Mawra wore a simple yet striking crimson Muse Luxe outfit: a short peplum kameez with chooridar pyjama.