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Are MEN shedding labels and traditional stereotypes? Gender-neutral fashion Plus, Bradley Cooper’s sexy leg-poser

The “nouveau sexist” (not, feminist) might be having a field day labeling a new breed of men as either dandy, effeminate or passing them as too inessential to even talk about; but seems like men in the modern world are no longer bothered about shedding traditional stereotypes! Men are taking giant strides in dropping labels(metrosexual etc.) – This turning point is already in existence and full force now and in the process creating a whole new identity! Perhaps the best explanation of this transition is adapted from Martina Navratilova’s quote: Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people. Men are giving importance to appearance more than ever and some would like to believe that men are evolving fast to recession-proof themselves. Image and appearance have suddenly become the benchmarks for survival in the wake of post-economic downturn. It started years back – I call the “years of reckoning” phenomenon – when men made fashion statement of sorts accepting a very modernist take on classic (slim fit suits for example); gleefully accepting flamboyance of colors, fabrics -velvet/silk (as opposed to wearing traditional fabrics), seams to stitches, sleeves to collars and silhouettes showing a multifaceted dynamism. Almost […]

Workplace romance – Yea or Nay? Plus, The American Apparel decree

American Apparel’s recent ban on workplace romance might make a compelling argument whether the ban actually makes sense, lacks logicality or is simply despotic! Workplace romances are not uncommon and I am a testament to this fact since I have many friends and ex-colleagues who met their soulmates at work. There is no specific study and research that proves actual statistics of workplace romances as most of them get noticed but not reported. However, there is factual evidence available that workplace romance does flourish in most cases as people work in close proximity to each other, have plenty of time to know a co-worker better (both laterally and at a subordinate level), develop a genuine attraction and find a future mate/spouse. It’s all hunky dory when two consensual single adults at workplace find succor in each other’s arms and find love – true, long-term or temporary. The end result could be a sure shot positive dose of dealing with work related stress and in turn greater productivity and harmony all around. However, all hell breaks loose when a budding work romance turns out to be just a quick fling (“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” – applies to […]

My Body = My Canvas

 I am a firm believer of symbolism much like the ancient cultures had their own myths and totems and spiritual symbols had different connotations for them. I procrastinated of sorts on getting inked for many years and finally took the plunge last year! Not getting one or two, but ten in total within a span of two months! It’ll be difficult to say “I will stop at ten”! But, what really made me get them in the first place wasn’t because getting tattooed is a fad of sorts but because I strongly believe tattoos are a way of expressing one’s individuality and not about “just being fashionable”. Although, part of me (which is overtly flamboyant at times) figured that a tattoo (or a bunch of tattoos) will only have its perks as it creates a curiosity about the person. It infuriates me on how people with #tats are perceived and it’s a real bummer! I’m much over opinionated people and false first impressions! Some of the most intelligent people I know with possibly the highest emotional and intelligence quotient combined are #Inked !! I won’t deny that the needles to scare me! But, there is something addictive about the buzz […]

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