The Devil wears Prada

Women, clothes, shopping and fashion. It’s a match made in, well, everywhere to be honest. Go anywhere you want, from the most glamourous city to a tiny village, you’ll find that all women share the same intimate relationship with their clothes and accessories. You could call it a part of us but really its an extension of our being. It’s something we come packaged in and separating the two would make it hard for you to see us for all we are.

Men call it superficial, materialistic and shallow even. But darling, if we stopped caring so would you. As much as you’d like to believe you are above and beyond fashion, you’re not. If you truly were, you’d take that mirror that you look into before going out everyday and smash it to bits. Let’s face it, we all care about what we wear and how we look. It’s just that women are less insecure about admitting it. We don’t have any qualms about being associated with a scarf or bag or  shoes. In fact, it’s an honour for us.

You see, the reason people gripe and whine about these things is because they don’t understand it. Since they don’t they paint us as shallow, superficial beings who care more about appearance than what lies underneath it. The thing is, that’s not the case. We do value what’s underneath it all but who doesn’t like it all nicely wrapped up in some nice wrapping paper? Let me help you understand this a little so that you can live the same joy that the rest of us “women” do when we put on something new or look for a top of that exact shade of mauve. Or at least have the “patience to put up with us” while we do that.

You have to understand that we’re all bound by our lives and the roles that we play in them. We’re students or employees and at the same time we’re also parents, sibling, spouses and friends. Living in the world we do, we tend to get defined by our jobs, our families and our social standing. These things not only dictate how we behave and what we do but also how we look and dress. And that’s where the problem lies. These rules or boundaries suffocate and limit us in so many ways. A lot of times there’s nothing we can do about it because the situation has our hands bound.

Shopping, fashion, clothes, these are the things that rescue us then. Inside the store, or in the closet, we can be whoever we want and whatever we want. We’re no longer defined by our social standing, job or even how much money is there in our savings bank account. We can be glamourous, sexy, casual or mysterious. The options are unlimited and the freedom limitless! It’s like having the world in your fist and everything under your control.

We can’t control everything that happens in our lives. You can work hard at it but whether it’s getting a promotion or coming first in class, there are also other factors that come into play over which you have no influence or power. But what you wear and how you look, that is something you can control. And knowing that there’s something that you can control, even something as common as your clothes, shoes or how you look, is still at least one thing working the way you want it to and there’s no feeling greater than that.

So before you trash someone else about what their appearance or about how concerned they are about their looks, try it yourself. Before long you’ll be longing for the heady concoction that is fashion. One sip and you’ll know just what power really feels like. And once you have, it won’t come as such as surprise to you that someone as powerful as the Devil wear Prada.


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Manasa Manjunath

Automotive engineering master student from India who has a LITTLE TOO MANY interests in life. I'm not the most knowledgeable person out there but I do have an opinion about things. They need not be right but at least I'm my own person. My areas of interest range from fashion to food and literature to automobiles. I enjoy reading as much I enjoy trekking, traveling and working with cars. I love music but can't sing to save my life. I enjoy theater and have a keen interest in architecture, art, history and how they all come together. Always interested in trying new things and meeting new people. Most important part of my person you ask? Potterhead, Bangalorean and proud!

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