Criticizing appearances:


In my opinion there are two types of people when it comes to dressing up; the ones who are confident and donโ€™t give a thought to what threads they wear and then the ones who fret over everything they wear and arenโ€™t very confident in the way they carry themselves.

Then come along people who feel they are an authority on what people should wear and how they ought to wear it, the brigade that calls themselves the fashion police. I often wonder who died and left such people in charge of deciding how others should look, what they should wear and how they should wear it.

I trawl (not troll!) entertainment websites every now and then and love to see what the stars are wearing. Recently at the IIFA awards, I got to see quite a bit of fashion on display as Bollywood actresses chose to wear gowns and dresses by designers from abroad instead of just India. Some outfits were breathtakingly beautiful and others were ok in my opinion. Half these fashions are not my style as Iโ€™m not into haute couture but that doesnโ€™t mean Iโ€™m going to gasp loudly and ask โ€˜Oh Emm Gee! What IS she wearing?!โ€™ Fashion faux pas does exist and in the glamorous world, everyone feels they have the right to opine on what celebrities are wearing.


Then come the people you bump into at malls, parties, work, or any social scene and they take in what youโ€™re wearing and start whispering behind your back. Some are bold enough to tell you on the face and convey how theyโ€™re not really feeling your outfit. Sometimes, partners do this as well. The ex husband always had a habit of criticizing what I wore. If I wore an Indian outfit that was embroidered or a bit heavy, heโ€™d call me a Christmas tree. And if I wore a plain simple outfit, heโ€™d ask me if someone had died. I wore skirts and my legs werenโ€™t right, I wore dresses and I looked terrible in them. If I donned jeans or trousers Iโ€™d be told how they didnโ€™t suit me and for many years this was a constant thing that was drummed in me that it became difficult to see myself in a good light when Iโ€™d dress up. I still suffer from self-doubt to date when I wear something fancy. I will change many times and get very conscious at social gatherings, my minding working overtime, me wondering if I look okay, if I fit into the crowd, are people whispering behind my back and so on.

So you see, criticism is very harmful to a personโ€™s esteem. People think itโ€™s ok to put someone down, criticize and move on, not realizing the damage their nasty, thoughtless words can do. A member from the ex family always makes it a point to put othersโ€™ attires down but sheโ€™s no fashionista herself. Luckily most people know sheโ€™s just an awful, insecure person who thrives on putting others down so sheโ€™s largely ignored but how awful can you get by saying mean things to others!

Be kind to people. Just because theyโ€™re not wearing the latest fashions, it doesnโ€™t mean theyโ€™re any less than you. If you feel so strongly about what someone is wearing then your opinion can be given gently instead of constantly putting people down. Be kind. Everyone is fighting some kind of a battle. Even the ones who come across as mean and nasty have battles no doubt, but that isnโ€™t a license to vent on others.

Go clear your closet or something. I believe itโ€™s very therapeutic to do so.

Mean people

2 thoughts on “Criticizing appearances:

  1. Hi Kamal. This is a very wonderful should i say article? Or post. I totally agree with you on everything you put across. Who are people to comment on what i wear? I as well feel its wrong for others to critisize. This used to oftenly happen at my previous work place. Anytime i would put on stockings with of course a knee length or stightly above knee, there are certain ladies especially indian (and we are of the same community), they would gossip like they have never seen anyone wear those. Untill at some point i stopped wearing them thinking may be they didnt look good on me or something of the sort. A friend once told me i should never give a damn about other people who make me think that way. I mean dont they have anything else to do in life apart from commenting on what others wear or how they look? First look at yourself then talk about others! (not you Kamal lol)

    And by the way i always love everything you write about. You make life to be so simple. Love your shows and everything about you ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank You.


    1. Hi kamal.I loved the article.Goli maro aise logo ko .
      Those Who want to criticize.let them.
      Beauty lies in the eye’s of beholder.
      Lots of ๐Ÿ’“


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