Men versus women: Who knows what looks best?

Published: November 24, 2012
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How does the verdict of fashion experts tally up against the opinion of regular guys?

It’s a common myth that men generally don’t agree with women’s fashion choices. We wanted to put the myth to test and see how the verdict of a female fashion expert tallies up against the opinion of regular guys.

So, meet the boys;

Essa Malik

28, is a graphic designer and photographer who likes all things beautiful. He is currently single

Shaheryar Popalzai

28, is a journalist by day and pseudo-punk by night. He is engaged.

Jahanzaib Haque

30, is a news-obsessed social media junkie who has spent an inordinate amount of his life checking out women, mostly on Facebook. He is currently married.

The Guru, Amna Iqbal

Amna Iqbal – has been in and out of fashion therapy. A recent near death overdose of Louboutins combined with Sunday market chic, she was sent to ‘FCFMPD’ (Fashion Correctional Facility for the Mentally ill and Potentially Dangerous patients). She, however, escaped and is currently a fashion fugitive. If you find her, please don’t write to us, just save yourself.

About Alizeh Waqar:

Essa: I really like the coat like feel of the dress. The combination of the clean cut and the modern aesthetic make it very easy on the eyes. The colour of the shoes blend in with the stockings/tights, a different choice of colour would have added some contrast.

Shaheryar: This looks like a soldier’s uniform. Well, okay not a soldier but definitely a marching band uniform.

Jahanzaib: Dig the hair, love the makeup, am a fan of those large hoop earrings and quite like the shoes. I even like the shiny gold fabric, but unfortunately, something is not working here when it comes to the kameez (or is it a dress, or a sherwani?). Due to the kaam or the fall of the cloth in the front, it looks like Alizeh has on a bullet-proof vest under that admittedly rich suit of armour. It doesn’t sit well on her slender figure in my opinion and the collar is just odd. Verdict: with a tinge of regret, pass.

The Guru: Alizeh gives my nerves some peace. Black and gold is infallible and she adds just the right amount of red to pull the looks together. If only the tailor hadn’t bailed on her at the last minute, the jacket would have been cropped and fitted as it is meant to be and would not have looked like her brother’s sherwani.

About Maheen Kardar:

Essa: I like this look. It strikes the perfect balance between simple shirt and  heavy embroidery. The hair and makeup also compliment the look.

Shaheryar: That looks like a dude’s kameez. The bottoms are just okay. And those accessories… why?

Jahanzaib: Ouch. So much time wasted on such awful pants! They look like a classic case of ‘not sure where I’m going with this so I’ll keep adding stuff till it makes sense’. I’m going to plead the fifth on the rest of this outfit. Verdict: definite pass.

The Guru: Now I get it! Maheen is probably the yin yang of the fashion universe. The balance is restored, literally with Ms. Kardar wearing ethnic chic exactly the way it’s meant to be worn – the perfect blend of heavy and light. The basic purple of her kameez balances everything else. The hair and makeup is casual enough to put the chic in ethnic, which is not easy since most people trying ethnic chic end up looking like they just milked a cow. This one doesn’t. In fact, the pants are so gorgeous, I would sell my cattle fleet if I had one for them.

About Faryal Aftab:

Essa: If the muse for your look is a child’s toy then you are bound to look like one. Raggedy Ann doll anyone? Polka dot overdose is all I can say. A bigger plain belt might have saved the look but right now it’s a complete fashion faux pas.

Shaheryar: No. Just, no. Who said this looked good? That jumpsuit looks like it was picked up from the local circus clown’s rack. Horrible.

Jahanzaib: Jumpsuits. No man worth his salt will ever like a woman in a jumpsuit. Please don’t make this the trend of the season! Please!!! I love the curly hair though. Verdict: pass.

The Guru: Ok kids don’t look. Yes I know she’s scary. There must’ve been a mix up on the organisers part. I’m calling them. It’s not Halloween. Wait. Maybe she stole Bobo the happy clown’s clothes! That would explain the shape of her ..umm.. sack? Gift wrapper? Jumpsuit? Ah. Jumpsuit.

Well I hate to admit it, Ms. Faryal-bobo-the-scary-clown-Aftab, but the belt clinching at your waist does not absolve you of scaring the kids. And we know that the polka dots combined with your hair colour, is a deliberate attempt at causing migraines.

Amna Iqbal

Amna Iqbal

Publications designer at The Express Tribune, she tweets @amna_iqb (twitter.com/amna_iqb)

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