Old-fashioned fashion reporter

Published: July 26, 2010

Reporting on fashion trends does not mean you have to follow them

They say I should dress to kill. After all, I am a fashion reporter. But they don’t understand that I am an old-fashioned reporter. The spirit that prowls in me can only identify with old-fashioned people. To say the least, I admire their taste of dressing and adore their hair styles.

Well, to say the least, I hear all kinds of remarks from family and friends, but the fact is that today’s fashion does not make sense and looks bohemian to me. Yes, yes, your very own 2010 ‘in’ style appears very bohemian to me. I too probably, though, look out of place to others. But what can I say.

I still call a frock, a frock. “Archaic,” you’d say. “It’s a dress,” you would point your finger at me. Is it leggings or stockings? I would argue with you on that, too.

Though two of my younger siblings are into the dominant trends that seem to eclipse their lives, I dress plainly with a hair bun to go with my clothes. The simple look suits me.

Out of place sometimes, but not most of the times, and most definitely different from all those following trends that are here today and gone tomorrow. I follow one simple principle and that certainly does not confuse me at all: that people should have a taste that is consistent and not constantly changing.

Coco Chanel said, “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” True, luxury should make you feel at ease, not otherwise. If heels don’t suit you, if you can’t walk in them properly, don’t wear them. That is better then you falling or tripping over someone.

To quote from Coco Chanel once more, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2010.


Saadia Qamar

A reporter on the Life and Style desk of The Express Tribune

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Ayesha Ahmed

    Sadia I love the way you write!Recommend

  • http://www.beenishqureshi.com Beenish Qureshi

    love the post! finally someone to relate to. Honestly i think your not alone with old fashioned there. I call 2010 fashion ‘maternity frocks’ so yeah im still into normal length straight simple shalwar kameez. What pains most is the fact that Pakistan’s culture is being forgotten in efforts of modernization :S. Recommend

  • Maryam

    @Beenish Quershi…..i call them maternity gowns too…
    but i really really like them…..the looser the dress is the better it looks….
    i am all for the cuts and flares and long dresses this summer…
    i lovee theemmmmmRecommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    :)) Some wierd fashion trends dont make much sense today…specially where I see models wearing artificial fruits on their hats lolsRecommend

  • Asim Qureshi

    Cool!..be yourself always Sadia!Recommend

  • Ghausia

    You’re a FASHION reporter, not fasion. Honestly, why do our professional writers not know of that magical little thing called spell-check? Secondly, frock and dress is the same thing, the British say frock, Americans say dress, just like the British say biscuit/jam and the Americans say cookie/jelly. Recommend

  • Sarah Haider

    Nice post Saadia!Recommend

  • Lovita

    Saadia we love the way you are. So just be yourself.Recommend