When the dictates of fashion describe usFashion dictates us. Yes, all of us. Even the unfashionable, who we think do not follow fashion, are actually driven by it. How could that be possible, you ask?
Your grandfather in his white kurta pyjama, not fashionable you think – well think again.
Your grandmother in a 9-yard sari, unfashionable you say, well perhaps not.
Your dad, dressed in a half-sleeved shirt, terry-cotton pants and sandals – boring, well, not quite.
Your mum, with a bindi adorning her forehead, bangles on her wrist, the sari pallav tucked into her waist, ordinary you might feel - not really so.
They're fashionable, in their own unique way. Each one follows a trend and makes it a style statement. Fashion, after all, is a trend. While you and I follow trends, these men and women make their own fashion statements. Now that is what real fashion is.
Your father's probably most comfortable in what he wears. He must look in the mirror and see a dashing reflection. He perhaps doesn't doubt his looks or style. And he won't trade his clothes for a tee-shirt and a pair of jeans – would he? He is fashionable, as he is.
Your mother's an image of perfection. Her 'bindi' centred perfectly on her forehead. Her smoothened hair tied into a neat bun. She makes a style statement with a trend passed down the ages. The nose pin, the bangles, the toe rings symbolise traditions, but they are fashionable adornments too.
The same goes for your grandparents – the 'kurta pyjama and the nine-yard sari, is their trendy and chic, style statement.
Think about it. Would any of the people listed above be caught wearing anything other than what they wear! They follow a trend, a fashion. The same way you follow fashion. The only difference being, they let their heart lead, while you follow others.
My entry for the Thread of the Week – Fashion