Why are perceptions about fashion so different in India?Though I basically hail from Tamil Nadu, I have lived in different parts of India.
At Ahmedabad, where I was employed, at the very famous IIM, as a member of the Research Team. I had a number of women colleagues and each of them would wear the sleeveless blouses with saris, almost every day. No one would even bat eyelid, and it was seen as a very normal dress. In my earlier stint at New Delhi, in another organization, I did notice most ladies wearing the same blouse. My own cousins based in North India, would wear that dress almost every day.
However, when I went to a marriage some four years later, to Kochi, I saw a very young girl, along with her husband, wearing the same dress. Unfortunately, she was the center of all attention and, many ladies were openly seen making some comments about her. This happened with both women from Kerala and Karnataka.
Why should this happen? I have lived in Mumbai, where there are Western fashions, and no one does not make any comment, even if they the girls in the most modern outfits. But obviously, such fashions are not that common in certain other parts of India.
Fashions are hugely driven by individual desires. If a girl or a woman wants to dress in a particular way, she should be able to wear that come what may. Others have no business to comment on that.
I personally feel that through some education about fashions in different places, a lot more understanding about fashions should emerge, in this age of globalization.