When I’m doing my rounds on social media, I obviously come across a variety of tweets, news stories, and Facebook posts that can either make me jump with glee or cringe with frustration. And on a scale from ‘like’-worthy to making me want to rip my hijab off, seeing a VERY familiar outfit on Kendall Jenner first made me smile, then made me pretty damn frustrated.
Apparently, Kendall Jenner putting on a dress over pants was dubbed by blogs as “excruciatingly cool” and a “bold trend.” Now, don’t get me wrong, Kendall Jenner can wear whatever the hell she wants — I’m not going to act like I don’t think she can pull off anything and everything. We know she can. However, the problem here isn’t Jenner’s fashion choice: it’s the way society is reacting to it.
Stop acting like you’ve never seen the combo of pants and a dress before. And if you’re still in denial, let me refresh your memory with two words: shalwar kameez. You know, the traditional ensemble of a dress over pants worn by South Asian women. When these women walk out of their house, no one is rushing to blast the Internet with how amazingly well they rock, and have always rocked, that combo. Instead, women wearing shalwar kameez are sometimes met with ridicule for dawning their traditional clothing in public.
Not to mention, the dress over pants look is a go-to outfit for Muslim women who wear headscarves because it’s modest, easy to layer, and quite frankly necessary for us with the way some dresses are cut. Some of us have been rocking this look since forever. So basically… *yawn.*
A celebrity decides to try out a cultural go-to outfit and suddenly blogs make it sound like she’s the first one to ever wear it. Maybe if we regarded other cultures in the same light, they would have made this fashionable discovery years ago. For now, this one’s a little late, and, frankly, definitely not as “cool.”
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