For as long as I can remember, I have been a shy kid. I knew I could fight if need be, but I would avoid it as much as I could. As a result, I was bullied and didn’t do much to raise my voice against the same. And it’s not me alone, a lot of us have been through this. We try our best to avoid conflicts and in the process suffer burns that we weren’t supposed to. The society does suppress our voice but more than others, we ourselves choose to do it to ourselves.
After about 20 years of living, I came to a realization of how important it was to speak my mind. The realization might have come late but I am glad it did. I started making my own choices, and mostly through fashion, shut people down. It is very crucial to say no, to say that you’re uncomfortable, to say that you do NOT like something, to say whatever is on your mind. I know it is easier said than done, and it is coming from someone who still finds it hard to say most things out loud, but I’m trying. And I want you to try too.
People opt for different ways to do so. Some choose to write, some chose music, and some (like me) choose fashion as their outlet. My clothes speak for me. And for the same reason, no matter how lame, I love slogan tees. They are cool, fun and sometimes also manage to send across a strong message. It’s unbelievable how much power a small piece of clothing can own. Lately, clothes with feminist slogans have been raging and it makes me so much happier on the inside. Slogans like “The future is Female” and “Female is revolution” are filling up celebrity wardrobes and for the first time ever, they are making sense.
I recently came across Shinobi, the artist and designer behind Wintermade. His work too revolves around creations that put across some really strong messages and I am here for that. He sent me a T-shirt called The Cold Club (actually my pick), from his collection and oh how I love it. All the tees are freaking affordable, the collection is small and amazing, and if you read my blog you know I don’t do this often but I would love for you to check out his work once! On that note, here are some pictures of me in the tee.
Photography: Arko Chakraborti