What does the word “overdressed” mean to you?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: While pondering over this question, I realised that the word ‘overdressed’ can actually mean different things to different people. I am a person who always tries to dress according to the occasion. So, to me, being overdressed would mean wearing loud or garish dresses and makeup to places where you’re…

How much material is used in traditional Indian attire for men?

I know that Sari’s are usually comprised of yards of material. Do men wear lots of layers under their outer garments too? Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Unlike the standard 9 yard saree, the length of cloth required for men’s attire differs from region to region. Some cultures have their men sporting a standard tunic…

Can men be “beautiful”?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I think men can indeed be beautiful. When anybody mentions the word beauty, you have two schools of thought – those that talk of outer beauty and those that talk of inner beauty. When it comes to inner beauty, there is no differentiation between the sexes. A person can be…

What did Indian women wear in the 7th to 8th century?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. As there are little or no written documentation on this, the best reference would be to look at the sculptures and paintings made during this period. India in the 7th and 8th centuries were ruled by several mighty regional dynasties, most of whom were pioneers…

When and why did Indians stop wearing turbans?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Not all Indians wore turbans. Many did wear them as a part of their attire. Some wore it specifically for important occasions. Turbans were more popular in the northern parts of India. In the more humid and sultry southern regions, people seldom wore turbans or any kind of head gear…

Can fashion be hazardous?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. Yes, fashion can be hazardous if one gives more importance to looking ‘fashionable’ than being comfortable. I am only 5′4″ tall. And my height has been a bone of contention between me and my peers. Many think that my height is okay for an average…

What, in life, is not as good as it used to be?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: The Idea of Attractiveness While I was growing up, people viewed other people as being physically attractive by an entirely different yardstick than what they do now. Manliness had a totally different meaning back then. It was considered ultra masculine to have a slick moustache and/or a facial stubble, to…