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Fash­ion with So­cial Free­dom

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It’s a ‘brave new world’! As­sum­ing Aldous Leonard Hux­ley** wouldn’t sue me for steal­ing the ti­tle, I hereon con­tinue how it’s noth­ing short of a rev­o­lu­tion, each day, when a large num­ber of us scan through our wardrobe to pick up any­thing other than mesh of clothes. The fear­less­ness with which we choose pants, skirts or, all hell lose, short dresses over cur­tain drapes to hide our less than per­fect, any­thing but model fig­ures is com­mend­able. Aren’t we the gen­er­a­tion that’s ex­tra sen­si­tive about body sham­ing, pro­pa­gan­dists for #Lovethy­body, and yet the very same clus­ter of peo­ple that ad­dresses plus size women ‘brave’ for don­ning a bikini on the beach. This over abused term also high­lights judg­ing peo­ple on the way they choose to ex­press sex­u­al­ity, through cloth­ing or move­ment or deny­ing cer­tain peo­ple the right to ex­press it based on their body type. Who says pear means a con­ser­va­tive swim­suit and only S shape de­serves the bodice? Who asked you to slow clap when a plus size woman picked that short dress for her date tonight?

Pic­ture this, every time you got dressed to step out, peo­ple per­ceived it as some kind of so­cio-po­lit­i­cal stance, or an ob­sta­cle you’ve over­come. Have you ever seen some­one walk up to the cashier at food marts, take their hand earnestly and tear­fully tell them, “You’re so brave for wear­ing that red polo shirt?” Ob­vi­ously not!

By the same logic (as new a term as this maybe) call­ing a woman brave for wear­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate at­tire for an ac­tiv­ity like re­lax­ing by the beach makes no sense. I have never, in my life, looked at a woman rider with hel­met on, and thought to my­self, “How coura­geous of her mess­ing up her hair, just to pro­tect her skull” or at a woman with rented bowl­ing shoes and thought, “How no­ble, how coura­geous is she who bears the curse of rented shoes with pride!”

Am I dis­miss­ing this ‘anti-fit’ rage of fash­ion? No, not at all. I am only against this need to push this fash­ion for women who wouldn’t look ‘de­cent’ in well-fit­ted jumpers? Let’s not pa­tron­ize women sub­tly to dis­play our in­tol­er­ance to­wards body shap­ing as a con­cept. How very hyp­o­crit­i­cal!

I did not start Anome for only size 4-6 as a lot of peo­ple have pointed out. And I solemnly be­lieve there will be a lot of other de­sign­ers like me. ‘Made to mea­sure’ spec­i­fies the same, sadly I had to write an ar­ti­cle to shout it out. I have styled a lot of women who do not fit the per­fect fig­ure bill and they have loved how the pat­terns flat­ter their curves. Don’t you think a lot of this ‘I do not wish to step out of my com­fort zone’ or ‘It’s not flat­ter­ing’ is in­stilled in us cour­tesy these plus size body judge­ments? What a shame! A woman is un­able to have a wardrobe of her choice (most ba­sic right) be­cause some­one some­where shat­tered her con­fi­dence as she walked around in that short pick. My own mother has picked sep­a­rate wardrobe styles for me and my sis­ter, be­cause I was the ‘blessed’ one ap­par­ently.

The cor­rec­tion started at home!

Anome has made me meet bril­liant women who need to go through fil­ters to wear an out­fit of their choice, yeah, no kid­ding! The hus­band or mother-in-law, moral polic­ing or dis­cour­ag­ing the lady cour­tesy her baby weight gen­er­ally. Let the woman be, let her de­cide her com­fort and dis­com­forts. She does not need an award for val­our or ad­mi­ra­tion for her heroic act of skimpy fash­ion. She needs space to grow and choose. Can you do that please?

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