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  1. sana at | | Reply

    nice thought Ms Chopra, from someone who does follow ‘fashion’, its good observation.

    Strangely fashion is no more an adjective its is a common noun. Thank all them ‘designers’.

  2. Varsha Sapru at | | Reply

    awesome write up by Tisca Chopra!!! So so agree with it!

  3. Sreya samanta at | | Reply

    Well said!!

  4. Working Womanista at | | Reply

    Hear hear.. Loved it. Awesome. Could not never said it better.

  5. Priyadarshinee Raksit at | | Reply

    Tiny pockets in jeans! Why have the jean pockets become inversely proportional to the size of phones? And what is the point of fake pockets anyway? I agree five hundred percent with the grouse against transparent clothes. Its not even restricted to whites. More and more clothes have become painfully transparent, even prints, making shopping less and less fun.

  6. URK at | | Reply

    WOW! Best thing I have read for the year I guess. Thank you Tisca for absolutely nailing it! Some of the issues, I thought only I had. Also, Payal & Priyanka. Thank you for using your much popular space to share this marvelous article!

  7. fromchi-town at | | Reply

    So true – all of the grouses. Really liked this article.

  8. Sagar at | | Reply

    A fantastic read & kudos for penning such an apt article … this article oozed more sexiness in attitude than the plethora of actresses and celebrities in milking fame … and love this wise foreword “We may have, inadvertently, led manufacturers/designers into believing that we are ok with just about anything, so long as we see a person half our width and double our height look amazing in it.”

  9. Sylviana at | | Reply

    Awesome write-up Tisca !! You have written most of our thoughts and concerns but for women like me grouse number 4(regarding boobs) will be the first one .

  10. AD at | | Reply

    Couldn’t agree more!!!

  11. Prerna at | | Reply

    I guess I’m the only person who gave up half way through the first grouse..

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      1. Sue at | | Reply

        +1 :/

        1. Nuone at | | Reply

          +1 :/ Trying too hard to be funny *cringe*

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    4. Smita at | | Reply

      I only agree with the wash care labels. Rest was cringe worthy reading. Your commonplace blogs trying to be so funny

  12. jadine at | | Reply

    Witty and well-written!

  13. Dits at | | Reply

    Well said !

  14. KJ at | | Reply

    Beware of one more grouse below!
    I beg to differ. For people who actually care for comfort and are ready to spend money for it, there are plenty of designers (aka darzis) and shoe stores that sell comfort. It is actually these “victim” women who in fact choose to spend their money on these “fashion” and “designer” wears that actually enable and keep these businesses going. If you don’t like what they’re selling, just don’t buy it. Who’s twisting your arm to do it? You want to “look” and be considered fashion forward / fashionista, yet complain that you don’t like wearing high heels or tiny / skinny shirts. First decide what is your priority. Is it comfort or the look? Once you decide that, you can make your decisions accordingly. You don’t NEED to wear 5-in heels if they aren’t comfortable; but if you do choose to wear 5-in heel, then don’t complain saying it sucks. This is one of the reasons I like people like Vidya Balan who don’t give rat’s a** about what rest of the world thinks and people like Ekta Kapoor / Anushka Sharma / Juhi Chawla / Raveena Tandon who often choose to wear only certain types of shoes (for whatever their reasons might be) instead of sky-high heels. If I were Ms. Chopra, I’d actually share this type of feedback to the designers I meet and interact with (and I really hope she’s already done that). Any business that looks to grow or sustain their business would have a marketing team that seeks constructive criticism and valuable customer feedback. This is what she has here. She should share this to the audience that actually cares about these things. It is the people designing and manufacturing these garments/items who could actually take a suggestion or two from all of this. And until the so-called fashion victims stop buying these things, they will never change. The change needs to be brought from the customers. Boycott stuff you don’t like and encourage others do to the same. But I seriously doubt that will happen. When people don’t wear 5-in heels, they get bad-mouthed so bad, I can only imagine what it must be like to be a celebrity who doesn’t follow these “fashion” trends. Maybe Narendra Modi of fashion world comes forward and changes things for better, some day!
    *grouse over*

    1. whatever at | | Reply

      So, if I like wearing a nice floral dress by a specific designer, but the only problem is that it is not available in Petite size, I should not voice my opinion about how I preferred that they had a Petite size available. Instead, I should ask my Darzi to copy the design or forgo my desire and pick something that works my size! hmm..

      I love Vidya for being confident in her picks.. I also love listening to someone when they are venting about a problem that is so common.

      1. KJ at | | Reply

        You missed the whole point. I’m not suggesting to go to a darzi, rather you’d directly contact the designer and request them to make your size. Why rant about it to public by writing an article on how that specific designer doesn’t carry that size?

        1. sana at | | Reply

          this is not possible: directly contact the designer and request them to make your size

          not so easily as you say. We have to settle for whats available in markets and thats where this article finds respect and common relevance. Good part is even this stars have to face it.

    2. Sneha at | | Reply

      By the same yardstick, if you don’t like the rant by Ms Chopra, move on. Why waste time commenting?

  15. Charmi Dedhia at | | Reply

    Very well and real said Ms Chopra!! Especially about the wash/care labels and pockets, every word/concern is so damn true..

  16. Neha Chauhan at | | Reply

    Well, written thoughts Tisca. I like the point that Fashion Designers and wearers never had any interaction of reality check on the possible improvement their clothes might need.

    Even for non-Designer stuff but Branded ones Like Zara, Mango etc. I am not able to guess why does it cost so much or if it costs that much then where is the quality. Especially Shirts and their never ending gaps in between.

    At least the letter is worth creating a thought in Designer’s mind.

  17. AM at | | Reply

    Discomfort is always an indication of status. So if you wear stilettos, flimsy silk shirts, possess a status bag priced at the GDP of a small country, have a punishing gym schedule etc they tell the world that you are a woman of means and leisure who doesn’t have to worry about comfort or the daily grind. That sets a template for lesser mortals, copying milady’s ridiculous skirts is an old old thing. Its why HHC features celebs for eyeballs. OMG the things we women do for fashion and manufacturers and media is responsible is imo a tired take on fashion.

    “We fight every single day with armpit cleavage, the FUPA, backfat and bye bye arms. And as always gravity.”

    Here’s the thing. None of these matter very much. Pick a better fight.

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    2. jadine at | | Reply

      Well yes, I agree with the substance of your pithy comment, but I do like to cheat a little bit with ‘uncomfortable’ looking/high maintenance items. Cole Haan makes lovely heels with Nike Air technology, for example. Some things are harder to achieve, like pockets, because they often spoil the look of a tightly fitted garment.

      However, this was a refreshing read, the article and some of the comments. I don’t think Tisca Chopra has made accessible fashion her holy grail. The term ‘accessible fashion’ is an oxymoron, as you pointed out.

      Style, though, is intrinsic and can be had at any price point.

      1. AM at | | Reply

        “Style, though, is intrinsic and can be had at any price point.”

        Absolutely agree.

        The visual matters – as you say pockets can ruin a certain kind of dress. In a way it is an effort by a team to produce a certain kind of look or silhouette for presentation to the viewer. And of course as you say with Nike Air you try and incorporate stuff so its not entirely impossible to wear.

        The article was certainly different and generated thoughts. Just thought there is little point in complaining about “we are gymming, starving, waxing and devouring” etc.. The high end look has always required high maintenance. And a small army of helpers:)

  18. Jaya at | | Reply

    Not useful at all

  19. Abeera at | | Reply

    Genuinely funny. And what eccentric thinking this woman has. I loved reading the piece. GO TC!

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