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Taste matters Fashion can mean different things to different people
Taste matters Fashion can mean different things to different people

One need not emulate the glitterati to make a style statement

The glitterati wear clothes that models don and sashay down the ramp. A vast population remains outside the realms of fashion propounded by the high-end social fashionistas and yet the enthusiast lot manages to make a fashion statement with a personal touch. It is primarily about sporting an effortless look that spells comfort and the latest trend, without compromising on the personal feel.

Fashion today is not restricted to only women. If you thought men cared little about what they wear, time you emerged from your shell and connect to the surroundings.

“The clothes that are flaunted on the ramp are usually built around a theme and go to an extreme. It is sheer extravagance and nobody in his right frame of mind would wear it on the street” sniggers Ruchika, a homemaker. For Anjani, a socialite, fashion has nothing to do with what the haute couture designers present, or the glamorous stars promote. It’s all about creating a personal style statement even while sticking to the comfort factor. I wear anything that I feel at ease in - from a designer wear I picked up from the Lakme fashion week to the custom-made dress, put together by my gully tailor.”

Fashion lasts only for a season and frequent changes are not what appeals to all. The young and the restless generate their own interpretation of trends to make a mark on their peers. Some fashions, if you can call them one, emanate from college campuses where students are engaged in an invariable battle seeking attention.

Anusree, a BBA student, is a movie buff. “I make no bones about emulating my favorite stars. I don’t see anything wrong in it if what they wear looks good on me. The long skirts Charmie wore in Anukokunda oka roju or Trisha’s dresses are my favourites,” she gushes.

For boys, the choice is limited. Pinstripes, slim or baggy pants, dark palettes and stylish caps are what they have to choose from. Harish, a fashion conscious youngster enthuses: “I am glad that unlike in the past, pinks and purples are no more a taboo. I like to experiment with all colours. The wilder it gets, the better!”

Since designers can’t create exotic new fangled attire every season, what was fashion a few years ago comes back sooner or later. The hemlines of a skirt may go up from ankle to the knee or to even mini size. Salwar could be from ultra loose like the Patiala style to medium to a churidaar. Trousers have transformed from boot cut to flares and even to cigarette slim and cargos. Fashion is a continuous evolution.

“It is not essential to visit a designer store or one of the best malls around to be fashionable. Even a dress bought off the street from the flea market can be made to look gorgeous depending on your personality and the confidence with which you carry it off,” shrugs, Ankita, a precocious teenager.

The term ‘fashion’ is frequently used in a positive sense, as a synonym for glamour, beauty and style. In this sense, fashions are a sort of communal art through which a culture examines its notions of beauty and goodness. Youngsters enjoy the diversity that changing fashion provides, as they see the constant change as a way to satisfy their desire to experience new and interesting things.





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