I have been thinking for a long time, and today I finally sat down to pen down my running thoughts about a huge part of our lives. This isn’t the usual The Curly Route blog post where I talk about my usual outfits, but something more. Sometimes I feel we women have a lot to deal with in our lives. From family to health, career to home; sometimes I am surprised at our multitasking skills! Amongst juggling all these responsibilities, there is an added pressure to….wait for it…..marry soon!!
Yes, we all have been there and struggled with that. Just as we blow the candles on our 25th birthday, all the inside jokes and taunts start coming in. Parents, relatives, neighbors: You name it, they have it! God knows how many times we have heard the same rant from different people. From “You won’t get a suitable boy if you don’t settle down now” to “What will the society say?” I am pretty sure all of us have a similar list of complaints heard from family and strangers alike.
But come on, relax! The times have changed. Now we have an ambition to fulfill, a career to succeed in. We don’t have to rely on a man to take care of us; we are strong and independent women. Marriage, having kids and taking care of our in-laws aren’t the priorities anymore. We love ourselves, our imperfections and our aging body; we don’t need to rush into a man’s world to validate ourselves.
And certainly, if a woman doesn’t wish to marry, doesn’t mean she devalues her traditions or I have become too ‘modern’ or ‘influenced’ by Western culture. I can still flaunt my traditional roots without compromising on my modern lifestyle’s comfort. I mean, who said dupattas can only be worn with kurtas or lehengas and not with jogger shorts? Or maang tikas & bangles can only be worn when wearing traditional outfits? In clothing, I love to blend some traditional pieces with my casual outfits to jazz up my style.
A statement maang-tika goes a long way to add a trendy traditional touch to your outfit. And when I talk about Indian ornaments, how can I forget bangles? Glass, colored or studded bangles spruce up your OOTD and add glamour to an otherwise basic outfit.
If accessories are not up your alley, you have the beloved dupatta at your rescue!
Here, I have paired my dupatta with a monochromatic outfit, throwing in basic black pair of shorts, an off-shoulder white crop top and added a traditional dupatta to it to create an effortless fusion look.
Septum rings and bindis are other hot trends this season. Don’t shy away from sporting a false septum ring and intricate bindis. Or you can do it my way by sporting colorful rhinestone bindis around your cheeks giving an illusion of freckles.
Be it jootis, long skirts with traditional prints or naths, fusion outfits have come a long way from the prominent fashion runways to the streets of the metropolitan. So put your thinking hats on and get experimental with various traditional-modern fusion outfits. You have the freedom to be anything you want, wear anything you can. So turn a deaf ear to the pressure of this society and do what you aspire. Love yourself and let the world know how beautiful and strong you are.
Rest will follow!