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AN EX­CLU­SIVE ES­SAY ON WHAT GEN­DER-NEU­TRAL CLOTH­ING RE­ALLY MEANS... By Shahid Kapoor

Hindustan Times - Brunch - - NEWS - Pho­tos shot ex­clu­sively for HTBrunch by Ro­han Shrestha Styling by Anisha Jain (As told to Anil Sadarangani)

F ash­ion is very per­sonal for most peo­ple, es­pe­cially men, whether you are rigid or fluid in your sar­to­rial choices. This is not nec­es­sar­ily about our coun­try or any other coun­try or cul­ture. Nei­ther does this have any­thing to do with an in­di­vid­ual’s sex­u­al­ity.

How­ever, ev­ery­one should wear what they feel com­fort­able in. I don’t think any­one should try to im­pose any kind of ‘style sense or sen­si­bil­ity’ on any­one. It is great that we are liv­ing in times when we have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press our­selves in dif­fer­ent ways.

It is also about not be­ing close­minded. You need to be aware of your sur­round­ings. But if you get af­fected by and are vul­ner­a­ble to what ev­ery­one around you says, then you are not self-as­sured. The first sign of be­ing self-as­sured is con­fi­dence.

Even­tu­ally, that’s what fash­ion is all about – style has to be an ex­ten­sion of your per­son­al­ity. It is the way you ex­press your­self. In our coun­try to­day, this thought is be­com­ing more and more preva­lent.

To­day, fash­ion has reached a point where there are no bound­aries. Clothes don’t al­ways need to fall into the cat­e­gory of male or fe­male. Even with my brand Skult I make clothes that I like to wear. Func­tion­al­ity and move­ment are rel­e­vant to men and women. So if there is some­thing that can be worn by both men and women, that’s fine.

Per­son­ally, I am com­fort­able wear­ing what­ever I feel ex­presses my mood, feel­ings or my sense of style. That could be gen­der-neu­tral clothes, or leisure wear, or for­mal wear. It de­pends on what I want to ex­press on that par­tic­u­lar day.

In terms of my look, I will con­tinue to evolve. Part of my job as an ac­tor is to change my sil­hou­ette. Chang­ing my per­son­al­ity and re­dis­cov­er­ing my­self is also a huge part of that. Per­haps that is why I am an ac­tor. The same thing, that is, re­dis­cov­er­ing my­self, ex­tends to my per­sonal life as well.

For each gen­er­a­tion, the sit­u­a­tions and cir­cum­stances are dif­fer­ent. Of course, it is im­por­tant to adapt and change. You have to find your own rights and wrongs. You have to find your own ways to make things work, whether in fash­ion or any­thing in life.

Yes, it is al­ways im­por­tant to be open to change but even­tu­ally you must know who you are and what your strengths and weak­nesses are. What are the things that rep­re­sent your per­son­al­ity? There are new things to be dis­cov­ered, fresh ideas com­ing along all the time. Go ahead and ex­press your­self. If you are not open to change, you’ll never know what else you might like.

“YOU HAVE TO FIND YOUR OWN RIGHTS AND WRONGS: IN FASH­ION AND IN LIFE!”

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