Aren't there days when you don't want to squeeze your foot into those skyscraper heels and just take it easy in a pair of flats. Imagine entering a party with out-of-bed frizzy hair and schmoozing nonchalantly with everyone sporting poker-straight hair. We all love fashion but there are time when we all find ourselves caught in its booby traps. Why wear high heels when your ankles beg for comfy flats? Why not go au naturel if sitting for hours in a salon drives you up the wall? Do you really need to shop every spring and fall even though closet space can accommodate only so much? We may hate to accept it but once in a while we all have felt a pressure to look a certain way. On the occasion of Independence Day, we spoke to some of our style arbiters if they wish freedom from fashion...
Roohi Jaikishan, Businesswoman
I agree with you wholeheartedly. Fashion does not mean that we are in its shackles. Heavens! If I didn't look like a mess and always looked put together, I would be a very dull person and not human. Do bring it on ..
Haseena Jethmalani, Activist
I honestly think it's okay to look the way one is comfortable with themselves.There are days I might get dressed to the nines or just be in jeans and a t-shirt so long as the choice is mine. I feel no compulsion to look a certain way. Unless of course there is a dress code I would dress accordingly or not go at all. The choice still remains mine and that is freedom.
Masaba Gupta, Designer
We don't owe anyone beauty or perfection or a well turned out look all the time. It's great to take care of yourself and not look disheveled but to look like you said out of a magazine is to me just a perception. You could be in track pants and a loose t-shirt with undone hair but to some people that is high fashion.
Ami Patel, Stylist
For me there can never be a holiday from fashion. Even if I am on a break, say in a village, I'd end up appreciating a woman's floral sari. A t-shirt paired with track pants can be fashionable too. Coco Chanel has said, "Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury." You could be sporting a denim on denim look and yet look fashionable.
Pranav Mishra, Designer
Fashion in itself is an escape, it's not just limited to the editorials. It's not something that we need to be running away from. Fashion is freedom - freedom from bad taste, freedom from ill fits, freedom from ignorance. What comes out in editorials is just the language of fashion, but how you wear and what you wear makes the literature of it.