Indian fashion designer Falguni Pathak recently landed in a major controversy when she remarked that plus-size brides should not opt for deep-necks in an interview with Good Times.
“I won’t blatantly tell a plus-size bride to lose weight, but you have enough time and you can work on yourself. It is pretty easy to lose a couple of inches if you want to,”
said the designer to an interviewer.
Upon being questioned further on what advice she would give to those brides who find it difficult to lose weight, Falguni stated, “Long blouses, more flared lehengas and not fitted because fitted won’t really work when you’re a little big. No deep necks for them. Maybe more higher.”
It attracted severe backlash online and offline with many finding her statement to be in bad taste.
Diet Sabya posted a picture on Instagram from Sabyasachi’s latest Charbagh Winter 2019 bridal collection which featured a dusky plus-size model donning a deep-neck blouse and condemned Falguni’s stance by citing the Sabyasachi model as an example.
With body positivity righteously taking centre stage in every discourse connecting to social reform, people are gradually inclining towards a change in perspective.
But aren’t we being a tad too hasty in labelling every other opinion as inflammatory?
Aside from the designer’s right to freedom of speech, here are more reasons why it’s not the best idea to read offense into this particular situation.
The Body Types and Optical Illusions
From the perspective of a fashion stylist, the purpose of clothing extends beyond just providing coverage, comfort and external protection.
Oftentimes, optical illusions are employed through certain styles of clothing to enhance or alter one’s figure.
What might work for your body type might not work for others. The key is to balance out the proportions of the lower and upper body.
The possibility of the designer speaking from a technical standpoint cannot be ruled out.
While I’m all for people having their own say in their choice of clothing, it is important to consider that other plus-size brides may not be able to pull off a deep-neck as effortlessly as the Sabyasachi model.
Different Strokes for Different Folks
All of us have at some juncture looked at celebrity events and judged their outfits, wishing they had worn something a little more suited to their figure.
Our fashion sensibilities need not overlap with others’ – much like people, opinions come in all shapes and sizes.
In my opinion, let’s just agree to disagree.
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