Painful fashion and how to deal with it
The world of fashion brings with it, much joy and color, but can also cause a world of pain and health problems. The pressure to look perfect has become an obsession for many women who, in their bid to acquire slimness, shape and freedom from bulges, end up torturing themselves and their bodies with contraptions and fashion, which can quite literally, kill. Here are some common examples of painful fashion, the risks they pose to ones health, and most importantly, means by which one can be fashionable, albeit in a less painful manner.
Flab, bulges, “bat wings”, indeed these words serve as a nightmare to any fashionable woman on the voluptuous side of the scale. The latter term, incidentally, refers to large upper arms, a constant problem with the generously-proportioned, who feel that even a humble Indian saree-blouse would fail to hide the shame of the flab. A solution to this problem comes in the form of control underwear or bodysuits which constrict movement by tightly holding it together in the same way regular under wear does. If one could imagine attaining a flab-free body shape, the only disadvantage being a feeling of being strangled by a large snake, this is the exact impact that control underwear will have. A serious risk of wearing this “figure-correcting” underwear comes in the form of restricted circulation and stretched veins. The solution to avoiding this pain is to walk around briskly for up to 5 minutes after removing the inner wear. This will allow free circulation of blood, and will provide comfort.
A similar problem occurs with wearing body-hugging or extremely tight jeans, which are not only uncomfortable, but can cause a number of embarrassing hygiene-related problems for women, due to lack of air circulation. When paired with high heels, as it the current fashion, one is not only restricting free body movement, but also laying the base for painful foot conditions. The solution for this is to select fabrics which give the body-hugging effect with less painful results, and to also choose footwear wisely; many have stated that platform heel shoes provide greater body balance and less pain, as compared with pencil or stiletto heels.
Corsets have been in and out of fashion for decades, and have recently made their presence felt in the Indian fashion industry, noticeably in the bridal market, where they are given Indian embellishments, and are paired with saris, cholis, and Patiala pants for a fashion-forward fusion effect. Classic corsets are made from metal and whalebone, and serve to cinch the waist line as much as possible, thereby reducing inches and giving the impression of a much-coveted hourglass figure. Modern corsets are made from lighter material, but have similar consequences, in that they do not allow free breathing, and can interfere with bodily and digestive functions. The best solution to avoid this is to simply loosen the corset as much as is aesthetically permitted, and to massage the torso after removing it to encourage blood circulation. Too tight is never a good idea for fashion.
Among fashion accessories which are fashion favorites but are also high on the pain scale, are giant tote bags and high heels, which while highly coveted fashion items, are guilty of causing minor to major health difficulties. High heels cause foot calluses and large heavy bags cause shoulder and back pain.
Fashion can be both fun as well as painful, and to keep it on the fun side, all one needs to do is decide how to balance their looks to ensure maximum comfort. A resolution can always be reached by maintaining damage-control regimes post-wearing of a painful outfit or garment, and little additions such as pads and heel aids for shoes, or the habit of switching shoulders while carrying a heavy bag, will all contribute to a happier, less pained you!