Frocks are a very versatile item of clothing in Pakistan. They can be worn casually or as party wear.
Over the years, in the Pakistani fashion industry, frock trends have been dominated with intricate embroidered patterns, floral or geometric prints, and embellishments such as kundan zari work, diamontes, pearls, and gota kaam for a more formal look.
Even though the concept of “frock design” or “dress design” is technically the same as Western dresses, in Pakistan frocks are designed in a way that imbue Eastern values and portray our history and culture. Frocks first made an appearance in the Indian Subcontinent during the Mughal era in the form of Pishwas and Angrakha. Frocks designs have evolved and you can find different variations, styles and new designs of frocks now.
Frocks are usually worn with straight pants, capris, tights, or when it comes to party wear, frocks are adorned with lehengas and churidar pajamas.
Every year, the creative designers at Sapphire curate classic, trendy, elegant and fashionable frock designs for women. In addition to frock styles for women, Sapphire Kids features a wide range of frock designs for little girls.
This blog will go into details about various kinds of frock designs, for women as well as for baby girls, so you can make an informed choice about which style works best for you. If you’re shopping for a baby girl, you’ve come to the right place because Sapphire Kids offers the best baby frock styles.
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What is a frock design?
Historically speaking, a frock is a loose, long garment with wide, full sleeves, such as the habit of a monk or priest, which is also belted.
In the modern and contemporary context, a frock is designated as a woman’s or a girl’s article of clothing, often long and flowy.
In the subcontinent, long frock designs are known by various names including pishwas, kalidars, anarkali suits, maxi dresses or A-line gowns.
The Pishwas was introduced as a leading garment for women in India under the reign of the first Mughal Emperor Babar. Emperor Akbar’s reign’s noted record Ain-i-Akbari references to the Pishwas as a royal article of clothing. Pishwas, which was once a royal garment, is now widely worn in the Subcontinent.
Frocks are typically flowy, breezy garments that can be floor-length or ankle-length termed as long frocks, some frock designs are shorter in length, almost knee length or hinting above the knees
Frock designs come in various styles and fitting and can be found in a wide variety of fabrics including lawn, cotton, net, chiffon, georgette, tissue, raw silk and cambric. Cotton frocks are a huge hit during summertime in Pakistan.
Unlike kurtas and kurtis, frock designs are usually very specific. They have a fitted bodice and a flowy or flared garment running below the waist.
For the wedding season, when it comes to frock styles and designs, there are plenty of options to choose from.
You can choose a fabric from Sapphire’s festive unstitched collection and get it tailored as a classic pishwas or anarkali with churidar pajama, lehenga or a simple shalwar or a trouser. You can drape the dupatta traditionally on one side or you can take it on your shoulders to channel your inner wonder woman! The options are endless.
What are some of the most popular frock designs in 2023?
Frocks come in various varieties, fabrics and styles. The long frock designs take the form of anarkalis or pishwas and short frock designs look more like peplum tops in kurti style.
There are plenty of new frock designs as well that include asymmetric lengths, tail frocks, various kinds of sleeve designs, and different kinds of pleats on the bodice that enhance the flair.
While the traditional and trendy pishwas, and the classic kalidar will always remain in fashion, here are some of the most popular frock designs of 2023.
The name Anarkali is borrowed from the Mughal era courtesan as well as the 200 year old bazar in old Lahore by the same name. Anarkali is also a frock style.
Like all typical frocks, it has a fitted bodice and a flowy bottom. Anarkali is tailored best in flowy fabrics such as chiffon, georgette and silk. The embellishments on the dress can be in any form as you can see in the photo above, there is beautiful, high-quality delicate embroidery on the fabric that is giving the outfit an extravagant look.
The embellishments on the dress can be in any form as you can see in the photo above, there is beautiful, high-quality delicate embroidery on the fabric that is giving the outfit an extravagant look.
An embroidered or embellished coti can be worn on the bodice as well. As you can see in the burnt orange and maroon Anarkali frock design, the beautiful coti is bringing out opulence and splendor to the overall look with the gorgeous gold and emerald green embroidery while brightening the color palette at the same time
You can always rely on Sapphire’s festive collections for amazing Anarkali dress inspiration
A-line style Dress
A-line style is simple, underrated and undeniably elegant. Much like the alphabet A, an “A-line” dress has a wider hem, a somewhat narrower waistline with a large flare at or below the hips.
Sapphire offers different styles of A-line dresses. This black A-line frock featuring hand embellished neckline and sleeves is tasteful and stylish. You can wear this casually or pair it with heavy earrings for a more formal look.
You can wear this casually or pair it with heavy earrings for a more formal look.
Trendy Summer Frocks
Long and flowy summer dresses are a great option for Pakistani summers. They are breezy, have a loose bodice and can be worn with trousers or tights.
This trendy blue striped paneled frock features a round neckline, loose bodice and flowy bottom in cotton denim. It makes for an excellent choice for a summer dress this year.
Baby girl’s frock designs from Sapphire
Sapphire Kids offers amazing styles and designs for frocks for baby girls, toddlers, and all the way up for little girls aged twelve.
Sapphire Girls East has an amazing selection of three piece suits for little girls and baby girls. You can find a spectacular variety of Eastern kids frock designs for girls at very reasonable prices. Baby girl dresses are usually the cutest.How adorable is this pink and blue chunri frock in chiffon and raw silk? Sapphire Girls West has a fantastic collection of girl’s frocks for all seasons. You find a wide variety of designs in beautiful, vibrant colors and the cutest styles for your little fashionistas. Sapphire Girls West has a fantastic collection of girl’s frocks for all seasons. You find a wide variety of designs in beautiful, vibrant colors and the cutest styles for your little fashionistas. Sapphire Girls West has a fantastic collection of girl’s frocks for all seasons. You find a wide variety of designs in beautiful, vibrant colors and the cutest styles for your little fashionistas.
How adorable is this pink and blue chunri in chiffon and raw silk?
Sapphire Girls West has a fantastic collection of girl’s frocks for all seasons. You find a wide variety of designs in beautiful, vibrant colors and the cutest styles for your little fashionistas.
This cute floral frock design features full bell sleeves and in a button down style with a band collar making it the perfect frock to wear on a spring or summer playdate.
It is always a lot of fun dressing up baby girls in cute frocks. This pink woven frock, with a smocked bodice and puffy sleeves, with an adorable floral print is reflective of feminine style and grace.
Little girls look so adorable in Eastern traditional clothes on special occasions. This charming angrkha design for little girls in khaddar is a must have for any formal occasion. The purple dori, tassels and gota buttons make it look even more delightful.
The little purple chiffon dupatta takes the cake for being a cute little addition to this adorable frock design.
Historically speaking, as you may have learnt in this blog, frocks have existed since a long time. In the Subcontinent, they first seem to have made an appearance during the Mughal era. There are many variations of fancy frocks that we see in the market today.
Frocks are a very versatile article of clothing in your wardrobe. They can be worn as a part of Eastern attire as well as a Western ensemble.
The best thing about frocks is that they can be worn at any occasion. Be it at a wedding party, on Eid, a beach holiday or if you’re just going to work, there is a frock design waiting for you at Sapphire!
Sapphire’s kids collection has incredibly adorable, cutest frock styles for little girls and babies. If you are going shopping for yourself and have a little one or know someone who has a little girl, these frocks make for excellent gifts as well.
You can find a great variety of Western frocks for little girls for casual wear as well as traditional frocks for party wear and formal occasions at amazing prices. There are many baby frock designs available in various bright and colorful shades.
You can find some inspiration for new designs in high quality fabric by visiting Sapphire stores or by going online on our website.