Fashion and Women

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Freshen Up

Somethings are meant to be

What do you think about fashion?  Is this a topic with great importance to you?  Or are you just in the dark when it comes to what's hot and what's not?

When you hear the word Fashion, I'm sure  for most of us, the first thing that comes in our mind is the ramp, where you can find the tall and slender super models walk around in thousand dollar name brand pieces of fabric.  Or you could think of movies like Confessions of a Shopaholic, Fashion, Aisha or The Devil Wears Prada.  But what you most likely don't think of is an art, a career, a passion, or a lifestyle.  People look at fashion as a way to express yourself.  You may not know this but fashion also involves much more than just imitating others.  It is a form of non-verbal communication that provides a way for people to express their identities and values.

The word fashion instantaneously brings to mind a flash of colour with a dash of glamour.  It can promote creativity, that is very important in culture, society, and religion, and it can make you look and feel more professional.  Every person nurtures an immense desire of looking good and feel ‘accepted’ in the socio-economic circle.

Fashion trends keep changing and most fashion divas and models are the ones to make them.  The youth are the major followers.  Fashion trends also get influenced from Bollywood as well as Hollywood.  Metros like Mumbai and Delhi witness the quick changes in fashion especially in college going crowd.  Moreover, be it festivals, parties, profession, or just a matter of reflecting attitude…  Fashion is simply ‘in’.

Now coming to the point on why fashion is closer to women.  As you all know, though men are interested in fashion equally as women, they haven't changed the way they dress in about 100 years.  Or probably they never had as many choices as women.  May be I might sound a bit like a feminist, but never the less, it is the fact.

Women are taking to fashion in a big way, and are experimenting with different looks, styles, and textures.  There are several reasons to validate it.  As I said earlier, they have larger choice of clothes and accessories.  Secondly, women are more conscious about how they look and present themselves.  Thirdly, some sociologists have a theory that women care about fashion more because they are trying to attract the opposite sex.

Women have a lot more leeway in fashion than men do. They are permitted a wider range of colours, fabrics, surfaces, jewellery, hairstyles, makeup. Entire categories of clothing are available to women that are socially off-limits to men.

You want to know why womenswear gets more attention than menswear.  Because womenswear can be fabulous, gorgeous, weird, ridiculous, breath-taking, game-changing, enviable, exciting, desirable and wonderful. Menswear, on the other hand, can only be three things: smart, weird or boring.  And there’s only so much mileage you get from those three qualities.

While I do agree with most of the theories I mentioned earlier, I don’t agree completely with the statement, since the world’s most famous and most notable women’s fashion designers are male.  Today, fashion does not necessarily mean glamour, or the urge to follow the current trends.  It is more a way of life, a reflection of inner beauty, where the intellect shines through, complete with comfort quotient.  So guys and gals, so much for now, do look out for more colourful glimpses on the fashion world.

 


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Suchitra




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