Category Archives: Fashion

Come on out, all ye hat-wearing men

By Keith Pereña

Recently, I came across an article in Esquire Middle East magazine tracing the decline of hats, and the men who wore them. It said, hat wearing was at its peak from the late 19th century until the end of 1920. The story attributed the decline of head gear to the rise of cars with roofs, and to ex-servicemen who associated the hat with their time in the front.

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Thanks, Gareth Southgate! For bringing back the waistcoat

By Maán Jalal

Unlike many of my friends, my interest in football has always been fleeting. However, I do have an interest in all things sartorial. So, it was interesting to stand at the intersection of fashion and sport during the World Cup. The discussion didn’t only revolve around goals, fouls, patriotism, alliance and moral justice, but also one of my favourite pieces of men’s attire: the waistcoat.

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Come now, who got blingy clothes tailored for Eid?

By Kelly Clarke

Walking through the doors of a popular tailors in Meena Bazaar earlier this week, the initial sense of calm struck me. Being one of the busiest shopping districts in Dubai, just days ahead of Eid al Fitr, I was expecting chockfull shop fronts, queues of demanding customers, and a sense of panic among overworked tailors. Instead, at one place, I got two friendly receptionists and a waiting area consisting of three empty chairs.

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Why should curvy women have to pay a fat tax?

By Sujata Assomull

Last week, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph accused UK-based high street retailer New Look of charging a ‘fat tax’. This was after a customer found a pair of trousers from their ‘plus size’ range cost 15 per cent more than ‘normal size’ trousers. The story had such an impact that New Look had to issue a statement: ‘To ensure pricing differences like these don’t happen in future, we are in the process of reviewing the pricing structure of our plus-size collection in a way which works best for our customers and our business.’

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The good sense in wearing the same five outfits all the time

By Kelly Clarke

About a year ago, I began to intentionally wear the same sequence of outfits at work.

There’s the white and black polka dot top; the grey and black over sized tee, and the black vest top with an olive green over-shirt. I have that one woman’s wardrobe essential too; a bucket full of black leggings. Continue reading The good sense in wearing the same five outfits all the time

The verdict on style maven Sonam Kapoor’s many wedding outfits

By Sujata Assomull

Ever since Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja announced their wedding, I have wondered what they would wear. Sonam is known for her fashion sense, whether it’s the sari (that blush pink Anamika Khanna Cape dhoti drape — concept sari — she wore at The Cannes Film Festival in 2014), or the evening gown (the structured ball gown by Jean Paul Gaultier Couture in 2011), or just a pair trousers (in Delpozo in Dubai to celebrate IWC’s anniversary just a few weeks ago), she has been a style sensation. Continue reading The verdict on style maven Sonam Kapoor’s many wedding outfits