It is said that lord created men and women as equals, but in reality it is not so. The statement may appear outrageous but a few facts support this, at least when it comes to fashion! Ask any man who is generally better attired between the two sexes and the unanimous answer would be women.
I remember the times when most of the members of opposite sex that I came across, right from the childhood stole the march in terms of dressing. The boys would wear simple shirts and shorts with ordinary shoes most of the times , regardless of the occasion. Only the hues varied depending on whether one was going to school or attending a party. Girls wore frocks, skirts , nice tops, even lovely looking clips on hair, depending on their hair style. Even the frocks varied from straight to pleated ones to rather fancy frilled ones. Their moms would ensure that eyes were lined withy kohl and even shining trinkets added to the sparkle. I knew it was a race where I never stood a chance to win.
Come the teen years and only change that happened was a switchover to full pants instead of shorts. One could take pride in wearing bell bottoms or the blue jeans that were the sign of changing times. The world changed all together when it came to women. The coming off age was celebrated with salwar suits, churidars, lehngas, fancy blouses, skirts with laces , and petite looking sarees, mini skirts et al. It was a time when I realized how lopsided the equation was. Also, while learning about Pareto, I started to understand, the significance of 80-20 rule. Eighty percent of the fashion, perfume, clothing and apparel industry catered for the needs of women. It is only in the recent years that the whitening creams , hair revival and toning gels, colognes and perfumes for the men have arrived to their rescue .
The list is huge if one delves into other arena like sports, fitness, shoes,bags,magazines, undergarments and perfumes. Go to a sporting event or visit a beach. The men would be running around in the trendy shoes with branded tees and shorts while women would be scampering around in all styles of bikinis, trendy skirts, shorts, tights, stilettos , and the works displaying their well toned figures.
A successful man is one who can earn more money than what his wife can possibly spend, where as a successful woman is one who can find that man according to Lana Turner. A women who is shabbily dressed is remembered for the dress : dress impeccably and they remember the woman. The style icon, Coco Channel has brilliantly summed it as
‘“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
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