The bold move

The bold move

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Be Bold for Change’. Today, on March 8, women all over the world will proudly celebrate this occasion to promote social, economic, political and cultural equality.

One way to celebrate it is by wearing your heart on your sleeve, quite literally. The fashion fraternity is showing its solidarity by wearing the boldest of trends that celebrate femininity to the core.

Slogan T-shirts

Recently, a T-shirt created by radical feminists in the 70s, went viral on Instagram. It said ‘The Future Is Female’ . Street protesters, fashion designers and high- street labels have fallen in step with their slogans.

Designers like Prabal Gurung, Dior and Jonathan Simkhai are creating merchandise that champions women’s rights and benefits women’s organisations. Sometimes being a feminist isn’t enough, so you need to let the world know you’re one.

These slogan T-shirts have strong messages and wide appeal while most of them are unisex, because  feminists are not just female. Men and women have been wearing their fourth-wave feminist credentials on their T-shirts.

When we see models at Paris Fashion Week walking down the runway in feminist T-shirts, we know it’s about time we stock our wardrobes with them. Take your pick from fun T-shirts that say ‘Pizza Rolls not Gender Roles’,  ‘Ovaries Before Brovaries’, ‘Girls Bite Back’ or more power-packed ones like ‘Smashing Patriarchy Is My Cardio’, ‘This Is What A Feminist Looks Like’, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-damental Human Rights’ or simply ‘We Should All Be Feminists’.

There are many brilliant options and slogans that help bring down patriarchy one T-shirt at a time.

The colour pink

A colour that can play equal parts sweet and sexy has been associated with female empowerment.

It is sensuous yet unapologetically bold, right from Elle Woods, the Gulaab gang, the movie Pink or the universal struggle for women’s rights, it never fails to make a statement.

The runway saw this hue splattered across clothes, shoes, accessories and make-up. Indulge yourself in a feminine piece this Women’s day. It could range from a pastel sorbet hued mini-skirt to a traffic-stopping fuschia
blazer.

Add elements like a structured jacket, romantic ruffles and ballet flats for the ultimate appeal. Another fresh trend spotted off the runway was pink monotone dressing. Layer yourself in different complimenting shades and textures of pink from head-to-toe and break it down with neutral colours. For the men, subtle details like pink shoe laces or a pink tie shows that you embrace the zeitgeist.

 Being a feminist means equality of the sexes above anything else. Make a strong statement by wearing a tailored pant-suit set to work — something that is not just restricted to men. Keep it interesting by adding fun colours, patterns like stripes and polka dots and details like brooches and flared-cut trousers.

Power dressing thus ensures not just comfort but also oozes confidence. Make sure to team tough with tender. Pearl or diamond jewellery breathes romance into the fierce androgynous suit. Keep it sleek and polished. After all, it’s the age of the #girlboss.
(Contributed by Farah Magi)

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