Dress For Success?

Jilbab.jpgI go out in the streets, and I see the same choice of clothing by the Islooites all around, to be precise the “Shalwar Kameez”. Men and women when it comes to it, the pattern is redundant; the cuts are same, the only difference being different colors or occasional variety in the types of flowers on the suits.

Not that I am against shalwar kameez, it’s the national dress here, but one question that comes to mind is why people hesitate to experiment with different styled clothing? Why aren’t people willing to experiment with quality, new designs, and cuts?

Islamabad is slightly luckier than many of the other parts of Pakistan, where you see an occasional hipster, or an occasional pair of jeans, perhaps a blouse and a maxi especially in the Turkish and Iranian segments of the expatriate population. However it seems that the indigenous Isoolite males and females are reluctant to try out new things and fashion styles. The situation is more dire when it comes to women though, as men still try to mix things up a bit. When it comes to females, those who dare to try out trousers or jeans, one common aspect is the big brown embroidered cloth wrapped all around their torso. Even that seems to be a redundant choice in so called elite segment of the population. For example, pair of jeans that are torn from the heals due to abuse, opened toed sandals, and yes the ever faithful cloth on the top is the choice any day. Sometimes it’s red, some times it is pink, for the more conventional types, embroidery is the way to go.

Perhaps, it’s the paranoia of the stares that they might get walking on the road, or perhaps it’s the cultural aspect, but one thing is for sure, things do look profoundly hackneyed. I believe it’s always better that clothing abides by the rules of decency in public, and should also adhere to the cultural, and in this case, religious norms, but one can’t argue on the need for fresh ideas, better designs keeping all aspects of modesty in mind and variety that is definitely missing here.

If you don’t agree with me, next time just try to observe things from this perspective. You would be pleasantly surprised for sure.

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