The weather is getting nippy and people are bundling up, making it even more difficult to breathe in this packed bus. Every two minutes there is a lady who finds the need to shout how uncomfortable she is and the dude next to me is constantly apologizing because he keeps stepping on my new boots. Basically, we’re all aggravated so early in the morning.
To avoid getting in the way of others, I stand in one spot and stare out the window minding my own business. I always try to not listen into people’s conversations because it can be rude but if I turned my volume any louder, I was going to be adding on to the commotion that already was.
I casually look below me to follow where I hear voices and notice two girls. One was a hijabi while the other had her hair in a cute French braid. (Both seemed to be of South Asian descent) I’m hearing them talk about a girl and her outfit. Puzzled because I barely understood what they were saying, I just so happened to turn left and saw another hijabi in shalwar kameez. I started to wonder if the girl they were talking about was the same one I just saw and it was.
Just mind your damn business I thought. Keep starring outside and focus so you do not miss your stop. Of course though, I was not able to. In a bus full of people and a million sounds, I felt like all I kept hearing was “I could never wear shalwar kameez to school”, “I only like those really fancy ones”, or “my brother’s wedding…” over and over again.
These girls and their comments were really annoying me. Perhaps it was the tight environment I was in, I do not know. Regardless, two high-school girls are sitting on a bus, talking about another girl who is two feet away because of her dress. I was just not feelin’ it. What’s bizarre is, I’m almost certain they too have worn a similar outfit around family if not in public. What was the difference if this girl decided to rock it to school? Let her be.
My blog’s headline is “fashion filled fun” which clearly means that the purpose of this blog is to share with you my interest in fashion. Of course I have political views that may be different than yours and there are other issues I would love to discuss but that is not what this blog is for.
I mentioned in my first post that I was going to write about some do’s/don’ts. For clarification, those are based on opinion and for you to have an idea of the type of trends I like or can relate to. Yes, I often say “what the hell is that?” when I see a shirt that seems unflattering but I would never question why anyone is wearing what they’re wearing or make a mockery when it comes to a person’s cultural attire. That’s just plain rude.
I come from a Pakistani/Kashmiri family and I love shalwar kameez. I love wearing it and I love looking at it. My love for clothes itself first came to be because of the traditional outfits my mother sewed for me.I’m not going to knock the girl who wears it outside her home (I sometimes do too) nor should have the two girls on the bus this morning because it was her personal preference. She’s embracing her culture and showing others more than a simple henna design on the hand that most of us do.
There is a fine line between having an opinion and being insulting, try not to cross it. Most importantly, that is not what I intend to do when I share with you my thoughts in this blog so keep that in mind as you continue to read my posts.
*Peep my Kashmir-like shoes with the colored pom poms. I love these and cannot wait for summer to come so I can wear them every day.