365 Writing Prompts: The clothes that(make) (wo) man

How important are clothes for you? Describe your style, if you have one, and tell us how appearance impacts how you feel about yourself.

Clothes are I am sure important to everyone, and to me as well. I have my own style, whether it is acceptable or not I am happy with it.

I wear different outfits as the circumstances demand. I wear my native clothes when I visit people who are from my original home, I wear a sari, so I won’t look strange in their company.

When I go for grocery shopping I wear trousers and top to avoid being stared at. Now a days it’s not too bad with travels in various places people are used to seeing different types of attire worn by travelers, so they do not find it as shocking as before.

When I applied for a teaching position,one of the questions I was asked was whether I’d wear a sari to work,when I gave him a surprised look he immediately said: “Do not misunderstand me your dress is gorgeous I was thinking about the students what will be their reaction.”

I did not want someone to criticize me  about my clothes indirectly, I went to the principal the next day and told him I did not want the job.

Six months after that incident the superintendent of a school board interviewed me and offered me a position to teach grade four kids, I accepted the job, I wore my sari to school the first day and all the years I taught, the kids were fascinated with my dress, they were not narrow minded like the adult.

I also wear Shalwar Kamiz when I go to a party hosted by Pakistanis.

I do not have a particular style, I dress differently depending on where I’m going.

: https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/365-writing-pr…hatmake-wo-man




12 thoughts on “365 Writing Prompts: The clothes that(make) (wo) man

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this post about style. I suppose we all have a style we call our own. I think saris are quite beautiful.

    All good wishes,


    • It wasn’t the principal it was the man who works for the federal government who helps the new immigrants to get jobs.
      I of course went to the principal and told him I wasn’t interested, he asked me twice ,’are you sure?’
      I said yes and I left the building.
      I think his name was, Charlie Pope, it’s strange after so long I did not forget his name.

  2. Children are wonderful aren’t they? No matter what part of the world they accept people readily. I think the Sari is beautiful and so colorful with rich materials. Who wouldn’t want to wear such beauty?

    • Thank you Leslie, my school kids loved my sari, they once asked me how many of them do I have, when I asked why , one of them said and it was a boy, “because you wear a new one every day.”

  3. Awhh I love discussing clothes haha and that’s because I love wearing asian wear. I wear two types of styles, one is business/formal wear (western) and second is pakistani suits/dresses. I prefer the second, since it’s super comfortable and graceful! I also love sarees, it looks really beautiful, though I have never worn one. Maybe one day Insha’Allah 🙂 unfortunately not everyone in western countries is comfortable with Asian wear. However, it doesn’t stop me from wearing it. I wish they would allow individuals to wear it at corporate offices though. That would have been amazing!

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