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Bikini To Burkini – The Choice Is Yours!

Posted on 03 February 2010 by .

Who would have thought modest swimwear would start quite a stir in the Muslim world as well as non-Muslim.  Burkini as it is called; is a garb suited for the very modest Muslim women who wants to swim without exposing her body parts.

The head to toe swim suit designed by a Lebonese-Australian woman named Ahdea Zanetti-was struggling to find an outfit suitable for her active lifestyle which included passion for sports. Her struggle to find appropriate outfit to swim resulted in a modest swimsuit.  Due to religious and cultural restrictions she had an innovative idea of developing a Burkini, which is a cross between Burqa and Bikini, hence the name, however the label is called Ahiida.

For those who are unfamiliar with the term Burqa -  it is a modest form of clothing which covers a woman’s entire body from head to toe.  Bikini on the other hand covers minimal body parts.  The two being quite opposite dress codes for women can be a challenge for the ones who want to dress in between.

The Burkini is made from high performance fabrication, which includes polyester, nylon and lycra to allow maximum and flexible movement in the water.  The designer was cognoscente of the fact that the fabric should not stick to the body when a woman exits the pool, which would defeat the purpose and the notion of modest dress code required in Islam.  All these important features were considered in designing a Burkini along with style and colors it offers.

Little did Mrs. Zanetti know that her innovation would create high demand from Muslim women around the globe.  Unlike in the past Muslim women now can participate in various sports, swimming and go about day-to-day activities with confidence in a Burkini.

Majority of Muslim woman find Burkini practical and wearable; however, negative criticism has drawn attention to Burkini from all around the globe.  Common rhetorical remarks are ‘it resembles a Teletubby’- a character from a children’s television show, an alien suit, or it’s way too ugly.  It’s unfortunate that the swimsuit is being judged solely by its appearance and overlooked in its practicality and the purpose it serves for the people who embrace it wholeheartedly due to religious and cultural circumstances.

Let’s not forget that there’s a definite resemble between surfer’s wet suit and Burkini.  Whether Mrs. Zanetti was influenced by the wet suit or developed Burkini solely from her imagination is unknown, but if the wet suit is accepted by everyone and it serves the purpose for a surfer then why is Burkini mocked and critized.  The Burkini serves the purpose and functionality in a similar way as any other sports gear would.  Stating that Burkini is simply ugly or resembles Teletubby doesn’t justify all the valid reasons it works for the consumer who appreciates it.

The Burkini is not limited to Muslim women only; it is accepted by women of light skin who do not want to damage her skin in the sun when hitting the beach or poolside.  Burkini is a smart dress code for the beach side since it provides protection from the sun and all the UV rays which are harmful to our skin.

The Burkini made its debut in the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games when Ruqaya Al Ghasara stepped into the open fields wearing one.  This was an especially designed athletic wear for the Bahrain’s Olympic short distance race candidate.  Mrs. Al Ghasara is ranked number seven in the world and embraced the Burkini eagerly and said it improved her performance.  She further said, “It’s great to finally have a high performance outfit that allows me to combine my need for modesty with a design made from breathable, moisture controlled fabric that allows freedom of movement and flexibility. It’s definitely helped me to improve my times being able to wear something so comfortable and I’m sure it will help me to give my best performance at Beijing. I hope that by wearing the Hijood Sports Top will inspire other women to see that modesty or religious beliefs don’t have to be a barrier to participating in competitive sport.”

`A Muslim women’s study conducted by Yuka Nakamura, who is a doctoral candidate in physical education and health at the University of Toronto in Canada stated that there’s a great need for a modest athletic wear beyond Muslim communities.  She further said, an increasing number of non-Muslim women desire and embrace modest clothing when sporting.  These non-Muslim women who are Christian and Jewish feel they too, don’t need to display body parts in participation of sports.  These women are striving to be modest as well.

A greater number of Muslim women are participating in athletic activities and have concerns when it comes to attire.  Burkini has definitely taken an immense challenge onto them by continuously providing better, more innovative, fresher, and latest styles for its consumer, which is growing by the numbers.

I am glad Mrs. Zanetti took the challenge and the first step by introducing a garment, which was missing from a Muslim women’s wardrobe.  She filled a great void in a niche market allowing Muslim women to expand their goals, hobbies and activities with confidence.  Below is an excerpt from Ahiida’s website – shedding light on Burkini:

All eyes are on the appearance of Muslim women in sports. Their appearance should be modest and at the same time it should reflect a professional sporty appearance with pride. By providing the appropriate clothing for the Muslim woman, who complies with religious, cultural and sports obligation, we are helping to bring out the best in Muslim woman, to prove that a Muslim woman is a role model to other women in the world, not an oppressed, no name, and no face being. With Ahiida® sportswear, we can now compete with confidence.

Author: Aysha Ibtasam

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In Defense of the Fashion Industry…

Posted on 27 January 2010 by .

Scene one: Overture

Young girl opens magazine. Does she react to the airbrushed cheeks or the accentuated cleavage? Does the model’s wardrobe or her tiny wrists make her feel inadequate? You would certainly think about it If you’ve been bombarded with Feminist theories in opposition to the media’s portrayal of a woman. But I think the bigger question is WHY do women see themselves inferior, why is it that people see a model and perfection synonymously?

Is the model to blame for this? Shall we gather our torch and pitchforks and burn her at the stake? Are the photographers and the makeup artists the ones who at blame? The true witches and warlocks of the fashion industry must be tried and subject to cruel and unusual treatment for the objectification of women everywhere.

Before we do anything drastic, let’s be civil and employ some logic to this situation. But don’t take my word for it. I asked these very questions to people new to and experienced in the industry, and as you read forward, you shall read their side of the story.

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Scene two: ESA Model Search:

Toronto Casting Call November 22, 2009

Red Rose Convention Centre

Approximately 3 pm

Hot off the press release, their statement reads:
“What sets us apart is our professional ethics, fresh approach and our commitment to the success of our models. While striving to become one of North America’s finest and leading modelling agencies, our mission is to have South Asian talent prevail and be brought to the mainstream across North America.”

Such high expectations for an up-and-coming model agency, after attending the event myself as spectator and guest, I hope they stay true to this. It is a fresh sight to see South Asia (or that which represents South Asia) rising up to potentially lead the mainstream.

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Scene 3: Kabir

I looked at the man who had sat next to me. He was probably five-nine (or taller) with broad shoulders, a trimmed beard and side burns and a well-defined jawbone. A male model? Perfect–But inaccurate.

Kabir is a twenty five-year old Real Estate agent who has been sponsoring this event in collaboration with all the artists who have pulled together to make this day happen. Kabir has a love for the industry of modelling and fashion. It was he that I was in corespondence with proir to the event and although admitting that his role was tedious, maintains that love for what he does on the side.

A busy man, he needed to pick up a call on his Black Berry Bold and I moved on.

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Scene 4: Serena

Serena walked in with her parents and headed straight for the runway coach before I could get her. In six-inch stillettos and a fitting black dress held together with a black leather belt.  As she walked I could hear the Cutty Ranks music playing in my head (Murder she wrote…  ) According to her glowing mother, Serena had been free lancing since she was 13 years of age. She had performed in events like Dilwale Mela (Fiesta) 2008. and Dreams Wedding Show. She clearly had a shot for the casting call with ESA.  Serena eventually came to speak to me herself. Serena is a young one. Only in her last year of high school, she has already been accepted into Psycholinguistics at the University of Toronto. A Dancer as well, Serena loves the rush of the performance and being on stage. But throughout our conversation that star potential gleams in her eyes and manifests itself in a love for what she does as expressive art.

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Scene 5: Aanchal

Aanchal spoke proudly as an artist. Makeup is not fakeness, it is art. And for her, being a makeup artist, an expensive hobby and profession, has it’s rewards in the sharing of others’ joy. Makeup artists need to know the chemistry of colour combinations, which are not so much rules as they are possibilities. And Aanchal believes that Makeup, like art, has no guidelines. What distinguishes South Asian artistry from others?  That is a matter of influence. Aanchal herself is quite abstract with her art, avoiding basic colours and playing with neons for the South Asian face.

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Scene 6: Sharjeel and Hussain

A considerable amount of onus is on the photographer to get the picture right and they are usually the ones blamed for airbrushing. But Photographers like Sharjeel and Hussain, as photographers and artists synonymously, are offended by feminist theorists who accuse them of objectifying women. They do not deny that there are those photographers that would place female and male models in compromising positions, and those that are exclusive to one kind of model. These kind of photographers may be conniving villains bent out on keeping women in the bedroom and kitchen, but they may also just be trying to make a living. Hussian, a photographer who was considering applying as a model, says that a good model needs to have the right attitude. This may vary depending on the angle of the shot and the concept that needs to be conveyed.

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Conclusion

It’s a big performance not just for the model, who is a part of the art, not as object, but as subject. Those of you who are familiar with the concept of performance art, will recognize the parallel. It  is a big performance for the Makeup Artist and the Photographers who need to capture the moment. The whole teamwork process is tedious,  but the saisfaction comes more from the result of the shot rather than the payment. Again, the theme of love and passion, surfaces. From the mouths of people in the industry themselves, the many facets of Fashion has much to do with Art and Love: Colour, Performance, and the art of encapsulating that single moment you may never see again.

Sharjeel emphasizes the element of perception. Why is it that when we see a model on the front cover we say “fake” and think “inadequacy”? Because the our first impulse on viewing an image is to put ourselves in there and if we don’t “Fit” that image, the assumption is that there is something wrong with ourselves.

But THIS is the problem. We only see ourselves and nothing else. We are entirely blind to all the hard work and dedication that goes into this “Industry”, founded so deeply in passion and unbridled love. We don’t see the Model who is more than we are willing to see nor do we see the liberation in performance. We don’t see the liberal make up artist who plays with colours and lines the way great artists like Monet and Warhol always have. We don’t see the Photographers who have spent tireless nights working on a concept, setting up the studio, working with the model only to have a 50% chance of selling it to the “big guy”.

We know this is not how it is across the board in the Fashion Industry. But the only reason why certain images of “female oppression” haven’t died is because they still sell. There ARE people that still believe that “thinner is better” no matter how attainable absolute thinness is. We need to change how we see ourselves and how we see others, before the fashion industry (and the subsequent advertising industry) as a whole even considers changing how they portray women.

The fashion industry has made several attempts to change how they sell things. Perceptions have been changing in the fashion industry. The Dove Campaign on “Real Beauty” is one avenue (but if you go too far down it you might as well burn your bra) another symptom of change are stores like Laura plus and Voluptuous that are gaining popularity. ESA Models is another example of that change happening. There’s no height requirement, you can be up to a size 10 and still make it. The only requirement is personality.

If only personality was our requirement for acceptance.

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Extreme Necklaces

Posted on 13 January 2010 by .

Saying goes…. less is more, I say more is super stylish!

        Pile it on or the bigger the chicer seems to be the buzzword on the runways, among socialites, celebs and trendsetters when it comes to accessories especially necklaces.  Designers are creating extensively elaborate pieces by incorporating different materials.  Necklaces are becoming statement pieces.  

        Designers are putting on their creative caps and using unconventional materials such as glass, leather, dyed shells, polymer clay, wood, fabric, lace, rare stones, plastic, leather, cameos, buttons, rope, zippers, fabric, pom poms etc to create hodgepodge pieces of jewelry.

 

        It seems designers are taking a cue from South Asian women where necklaces are grandeur as opposed to the western women who prefer simpler and delicate pieces.  The different materials used to create such lucrative pieces of jewelry are truly a piece of art and shows the audacity of designers who combine various materials to achieve a certain look.

 

        Necklaces play an important role in woman’s dressing.  It accentuates the neck and enhances an outfit.  Depending on an attire, a necklace can be carefully chosen to compliment the outfit and not conflict; unless you are a complicated woman!

        Certain styles of neck accessories have resemblance to the necklaces once worn by the pharaohs called the faience.  The wide collar like shape necklace compose of various materials can flatter a simple outfit.  

 

        Designers carefully executed pieces with glass pearls, quartz, amazonite, hand-cut glass stones, crystals, metal bugle beads, mood stones, topaz, jade, shimmery disks, sequins, rosettes whereas closures were made out of ribbon, clasps and mesh fabric ties.

         This season you will encounter large necklaces.  My suggestion is if you wear one of these beautifully crafted piece of jewelry keep the earrings and other accessories simple.  Refrain from overdoing the ensemble and go for a clean fresh look.

   

 

Author: Aysha Ibtasam

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EVERYWHERE LEG WEAR

Posted on 24 December 2009 by .

If you need one thing this winter season to look chic – it should be a pair of cool leggings, tights, or leg warmers- or all THREE.  I can’t get enough of leg wear accessories since they are offered in all kinds of beautiful prints, various materials and interesting colors. These accessories are getting trendier and chicer and are very popular with women of all ages, especially younger ones like moi (hehe!). Not only is leg wear versatile, it is an absolutely practical accessory that can be incorporated into anyone’s wardrobe.

Fashion terminology: Leggings have feet whereas tights do not and end at the ankle.  Leg warmers are sectioned from knee to ankle. Leggings, tights or leg warmers can be worn with skirts of all lengths, shorts, dresses, tunics and shirtdresses (however, I would refrain from wearing leg warmers with full length skirts, unless you are shooting for a Russian grandmother look called A la Babushka).

I recommend including brightly colored leg accessories to brighten the dark days of winter.  You will be surprised how fresh and appealing it can be.  Neon leggings and tights in acid yellow, electric blue, hot pink and apple green are also awesome.  Don’t forget metallic leg wear in gold, rust and silver for the nights when the moon and stars forget to shine. Accent leggings with studs, rhinestones, rivets, grommets, zippers and sequins are another emerging style.  Classic leg wear is made interesting with unusual trims and embellishments

The rise of artists like Lady Gaga and Rihanna has made battered leg wear a recyclable fashion trend. Liquid and cut out leggings are among top trends for this and upcoming seasons.

Liquid leggings or shiny black leggings can be tricky to pull off.  You either love or hate them, and there is absolutely no in-between. This leg wear is not the most flattering choice for every woman and is recommended for women with longer slimmer legs and most certainly not for day wear. If you are not into the rocker look and don’t have the fierce footwear to pair it with then definitely pass it up!

To elaborate a little more on cutout leg wear, this style comes in various looks from fishnet to lace to shredded and can be worn in a variety of ways. The most practical are shredded leggings, which expose some skin.  Cutout leggings tend to be daring and expose a bit more.  It’s the whole bad-girl look!

Faux denim tights are great in place of skinny jeans.  Denim leggings are an equally hot trend these days and come in different washes from super black to faded as well as acid wash.  Some leggings even have buttons and pockets to emulate the real thing! My recommendation for wearing this trend would be to pair it with an oversized white button down cotton shirt, cinch it in at the waist with a brown or red belt and wear it with a pair of ankle boots.

If you have a run or holes in your stockings, tights, or leggings, don’t discard them! Rips as well as runs, holes, burns, cutouts and unraveling leg wear is evolving into an interesting trend for this season and coming spring.  There seems to be a fetish for battered leg wear among some fashionista’s who drop big bucks for a pair of distressed leggings.  Battered leggings or tights are just enough to punk any plain t-shirt into a chic combo.

The leg wear industry is so huge now that even Miss Linday Lohan has tapped into the market by introducing her own leg wear collection called 6126.  No, it’s not Lohan’s lucky lotto numbers – 6126 is the birth date of the late beauty icon Marilyn Monroe.  The Marilyn Monroe inspired leg wear is rather pricy and offers its clients a unique style. Despite the hefty price tag attached to the leggings, they are selling like hot cakes according to some retailers who carry the line.  The top selling style is the ‘Mr. President’ legging, which comes with the top price tag as well.  This particular legging is black with grey quilted knee patches. Why knee patches? I can’t comment any further on this style of leg wear as it speaks volumes on its own…

Author: Aysha Ibtasam

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A Banker and a Dancer – Surbhi Wadhwa

Posted on 21 October 2009 by .

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Surbhi Wadhwa is an Accounts Manager with Royal Bank of Canada; however her passion rests with dancing. She considers classical dances like Kathak and Bharatnatyum “the most beautiful and entertaining expressions of the body.”  She has been a choreographer with a modeling agency and loves dancing more than acting or modeling, “which,” she says “comes with the package.”

Surbhi has been fortunate enough to be employed by RBC at a time when recession had just about hit the global economy. For her, there has been no better time to make a comparison with. No wonder, her manager tells Surbhi that “you’ve joined us at a very interesting time” of credit crunch, a lot of pressure to deliver and to accomplish goals.

She laughed when I asked her when the recession will be over. Her reply was “Won’t we all be very rich if we knew that?” On a serious note, however, like many she recounted that we have hit the bottom of the bottom; there is nothing lower than what we have dipped into in the global markets. She predicts, though, that “the things would be a lot brighter next year” in June – July.

Given the fact that Surbhi has lived in Canada for about five years only, she has achieved quite a lot. She came from Muscat to Montreal to study Finance and Entrepreneurship at McGill University. Frosch made her transition from Muscat to Montreal comfortable.

Fluent in both English and Hindi, Surbhi feels that South Asians in Canada celebrate festivals like Diwali much more lavishly than Indians do in India. She feels that there is a conflict between parents who have immigrated to Canada and their children who have been born and raised here. Parents wish to preserve the same values that they brought to North America a decade or two ago, however the kids wish to conform to Canadian value system to certain extent. The conflict, then, is “who they [youths] are and what they [youths] want to be.” In addition to this, parents’ value system has already become archaic even in South Asia.  

For herself, Surbhi is not sure what it would be for her: love or arranged marriage. Somewhat sarcastically, she told me that “I will let you know that once I start planning for my marriage.” The intention; however was not to invade into her privacy.  

Being a dancer, I had to ask her what fashion is for her. It did not need a lot of thinking from Surbhi to come with the response that “fashion is your own style.” She describes her style as “simple but chic.” A style “that goes with my body type..and in which I look decent and elegant,” she adds.

In this time and age, when fashion for men has become equally important, Surbhi believes that with media exposure “men have equal pressure to present themselves in a certain manner if not more. With media exposure, men face similar kinds of pressures as women do.”

Many South Asian elders have an impression that accomplished women such as Surbhi Wadhwa are not good with household chores such as cooking. This is usually not the case with talented young women like Surbhi. She cooks and cleans, reads and has more all-time favourite Bollywood movies than Hollywood movies; dil wale dulhaniya le jaein ge being her favourite. 

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Smart, Sexy and Versatile Hashim Javed & Pawane Dhaliwal

Posted on 14 October 2009 by .

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Style, Attitude, Intellect-Moni Ferdoush

Posted on 07 October 2009 by .

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‘Beauty from Bengal’ is a phrase I had been hearing ever since I was a child, but I am inclined to say that the lens of a camera is not as just as one would expect it to be.
With big eyes, and long dark hair, Moni Ferdoush, is really a head-turning beauty.
Arriving to Canada10 years ago, Moni tells Generation Next that she has spent her childhood in Philippines and Japan. Having spent most of her life in Japan she fluently speaks Japanese, but Bengali runs in her blood. She says, “Even though I have not spent a lot of my time in Bangladesh, but I still appreciate my language and culture and everywhere I go, I am still a Bangladeshi.”
Moni is a Neuroscience and Studio Art student at University of Toronto. Not only her choice of subjects is very diverse but her vision on modeling is unique as well. She says, “I have been curious about Fashion ever since I can remember.”
Moni thinks that modeling is not only about standing in front of a camera and being photographed but it’s all about creativity. She thinks that using your body language to convey a message is one of the most challenging things. She believes in this silent language that a ‘picture is worth a thousand words.
She says, “Modeling is not about simply looking pretty and wearing revealing clothes. If that was the case then anyone could be a model. Modeling is about conveying your thoughts and I believe I think differently. And modeling is a form of art, where it speaks a voice. A voice of style, a voice of attitude and a voice of intellect. The inner voice of what a person wants to convey through their body language.”

 

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Spectacles go chic

Posted on 30 September 2009 by .

There are some old sayings that are just that – old. Take, for instance, Dorothy Parker’s famous 1937 saying, “Men don’t make passes at girls in glasses.” That is all history as the coolest ones are proudly sporting the four-eyed look. Yes wearing specs is not geeky anymore, for the much-despised “plain glass” spectacles have now become a “must have” fashion accessory. Think of the divinely delicious Johnny Depp trotting the red carpet and you know for sure the nerd has just turned into a fashion icon.

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Also, the new groups of wearers are being dubbed “suspecs”. A study by YouGov for Vision Express found that almost one in ten 18-24 year-olds had admitted buying them. The celebs responsible for the revolution are Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johanssen, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal of Harry Potter, the bespectacled boy wizard.

Go-Buy-Now-Round-SunglassesIn fact guys are more open to accessorizing these days be it watches, shoes, jewelry or belts. “Eyewear is an easy way to accessorize and it really changes your look. The most faddish look in young (and not so young) professionals eyewear right now is retro ’60s style: bold, heavy-rimmed and plastic,” says accessory designer and sales manager, Deepika Verma, working at an optometrist store in Dundas.  

82306544VA126_Carolina_Herr“It is encouraging to see that the introduction of style has had a huge and positive impact on people’s perceptions. There is a real sense that eyewear can boost your confidence and your desirability today – both to potential partners and to potential employers. The world has turned on its head in the last ten years and the message is that rather than being a hindrance, glasses are in fact a clear advantage,” she added. A study showed that 53 per cent of glasses-wearing women aged 18 to 44 had received amorous approaches from men.

Here’s how to match frames with different face shapes:

robert-pattinson-sunglasses-and-tuxOval: The oval face is considered the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions and because it’s the standard of beauty. Therefore it is perhaps the easiest to choose frames for. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for spectacle frames / glasses that are as wide as the broadest part of the face or walnut-shaped spectacle frames that are not too deep or too narrow. Almost any style is suitable; round, oval or angular.

Round: A round face has curvilinear lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make the face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow spectacle frames / glasses to lengthen the face. Choose spectacle frames / glasses that are distinctive, square with designs that accentuate the upper part of face. Look for frames with high temples.

VictoriaSquare: A square face has a strong jawline and a broad forehead. The width and length are in the same proportions. To make the square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow, soft round or large ovals spectacle frames / glasses styles, spectacle frames / glasses that have more width than depth and narrow ovals.

Long face: A long face is characterised by high cheek-bones, a deep forehead and a strongly defined sharp chin line. This shape can benefit from enhancing the width of the face so try wide, large framed glasses in oval or round styles.

So be it big, dark, oval, hexagonal or rimless, glasses are here to stay. And with funky designs hitting the market, pick up a pair and sport them in style.

 

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Author: Ramya Bajaj Maheshwary

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ARE CHURIDAR TIGHTS?

Posted on 25 September 2009 by .

What do tights and churidar have in common? Everything! They are fitted, versatile and fashionable.  Even though tights were extremely popular in the 80’s and early 90’s but they have made a come back- this time bigger and better than before in style, colors and patterns.

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In the 80’s, the tights were mainly considered work-out attire or dancing ensemble.  But Peggy Bundy from the sartorial sitcom ‘Married with Children’ was famously known for her tights with tunic and high heel pumps, not to mention her two story nest hairdo, but let’s keep that aside for now and focus on the tights.

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Churidar on the other hand, were merely worn by Mughal dynasties and Nawabs of the time prior to becoming main stream.  A definition of a Churidar is: the pants are cut longer than person’s height so the extra fabric creates folds or bangle like affect at the ankle, hence the name Churi (bangle) dar (like).  Contrary to western tights, Churidar are unisex.  Churidar can be paired with a Kurta, Kameez, Anarkali, Frock, Tent or A-line tops.

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Personally, Churidar or Tang Pajama (another name) is one of my favorite traditional outfits.  It gives elegance and height to the wearer.  Churidar were strictly cut in cotton, silk or other expensive fabrics back in the days but this has changed recently and now are offered in knits or jersey fabric utilizing the full characteristics of the fabric.  One advantage of knit Churidar is that it gives stretch when in motion around and fits snugly to the person’s body.

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Same rules apply to tights.  It is a very versatile piece of clothing and can be paired with mini-skirts, tunics, long sweaters and T-shirts, dresses, boyfriend blazer and even shorts.  The trend for the past summer season were to pair shorts and mini-skirts with tights for less skin exposure and never having to give up micro-minis at all.

Tights have taken many forms but the most rampant ones are the mid calf length in opaque and black, delicate lace accents the cuff and peaking out from underneath a short skirt is the most seen.  Nonetheless, the tights have become focal point of an outfit.

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As one of the website source points out that, ‘Tights or leggings, unlike some other hot fads, offer lots of aesthetic bonuses to those that wear them in addition to trendiness.  They have a slimming effect on even the stoutest leg.  The longer leggings accentuate the ankle, and when worn with high heeled pumps, they make the wearer’s leg appear longer and more tapered.  They also give the wearer the ability to be more daring with the length of the outer layers of their outfits.  Everyone feels freer to show a little more leg by wearing shorts or mini skirts if there are leggings under it’.

By Aysha Ibtasam

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