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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 15 October 2018

Fashion notes: Dress to impress only yourself

What’s your intention when you decide your outfit in the morning? Are you looking for comfort, or is your objective more cunning? Who are you trying to impress? And finally, what is the point?
A woman flaunts a tiered skirt and denim jacket, which are undeniably inspired by – or knock-offs – of Gucci. Mauricio Santana / Getty Images
A woman flaunts a tiered skirt and denim jacket, which are undeniably inspired by – or knock-offs – of Gucci. Mauricio Santana / Getty Images

Overdressing – it’s getting a bit out of hand. Now, it’s not always a bad thing – we’ve all heard Oscar Wilde’s famous quote, “You can never be overdressed or educated” – but sometimes you can stand out for reasons that are far from wholesome.

In South Asian societies, this is a big trend at weddings, with guests showing up in couture often just as dazzling, if not more, than the bride’s outfit.

Thankfully, this isn’t so apparent at most western and Arab weddings, where a bride already stands out thanks to her conventionally white gown, and guests usually opt for simple silhouettes that may feature lace and embellishments, but lack the overall drama factor of a bridal gown.

It’s a constant occurrence at international fashion weeks, where bloggers and socialites get decked out in the most flamboyant fashion from their wardrobes – or from brand showrooms, where they’ve borrowed the garments from. But for what? A couple of photographs that may land some new Instagram followers? Don’t get me wrong – I’m all about celebrating personal style, quirky finds, wacky statements, but there comes a point where we all need to start questioning our motivations.

What’s your intention when you decide your outfit in the morning? Are you looking for comfort, or is your objective more cunning? Who are you trying to impress? And finally, what is the point?

Consider the above image, for instance, taken outside Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Brazil. The guest flaunts a tiered skirt and denim jacket, which are undeniably inspired by – or knock-offs – of Gucci. What was she trying to achieve with this clearly eye-catching look?

Take style risks, try out new trends, buy into crazes and get inspired by runways and “style icons”. Just make sure you’re dressing to please yourself, and your intentions aren’t completely superficial.

hlodi@thenational.ae