Influencer and socialite Alina Shahid takes us inside her closet
How would you describe your personal style?
I would define my personal style as minimal, feminine and sophisticated.
Your favourite fashion designer?
Internationally there are many but to name a few, Max Mara, Self Portrait and Carolina Herrera. Locally, I adore Sania Maskatiya’s elegant & whimsical aesthetic.
Do you believe in sustainable fashion? Have you changed your wardrobe to make it more sustainable in the recent years?
I’ve certainly made very conscious purchases in the recent years and not only because of the inflationary pressure. As a mother, I feel it’s important to instill ethical fashion values in our children as their choices will have a huge impact on the environment in future as adults. Basic lessons like, choosing quality over quantity, encourage them to rewear, restyle and recycle outfits and pass down clothes to a family member when they don’t fit you – is a great approach to sustainability.
Where is Pakistan do you love to shop?
For western and particularly for my daughter, I like to shop at Outfitters and Ethnic. For eastern, my go-to brand is Suffuse.
What is the oldest item in your closet?
Shawls, which btw, are still in mint condition.
What, in your opinion, are must have items that are essential to a great closet?
A crisp white button-up shirt, a classic pair of denim, a versatile black blazer, sleek black trousers, beige/nude color heels and black stilettos. Also, I think one should invest in a good every-day accessory like a pair of gold/diamond stud earrings or a watch.
Your most prized possession?
Heirloom jewellery that has been passed down from my (maternal) grandmother.
Your favourite accessory?
One of my favourite fragrances depending on my mood and the occasion.
What item in your closet makes you cringe?
I don’t buy anything that I would regret later but I do have certain unused PR giveaways that I want to toss away.