That it is the festive season, it is an open secret. Everyone is expected to know that and many are in the mood already and, who can blame them. What with the lights, Christmas Carols, shoppers and the buzz of the excitement. Who can really ignore this time?
Along with this season, there is also another season of the elements and in our country, it is the rainy season. It is the time we are expected to get busy in our fields. Of course, some are busy with other things, such as catching the seasonal delicacies to either sell or supplement their diets.
However, I have an observation about what the rains bring on the fashion scene. Often, women mostly are seen wearing heavy boots, overcoat, scarves, woolen hats and sometimes gloves at any shower or heavy rainfall. They proudly parade the streets clad in clothing fit for other colder climates only to be met with the scorching sun hours later. Some will not bother to even shade their ‘kilos’ at the first sunset either because the undergarments are equally for winters or feel comfortable to be seen wearing ‘appropriate’ gear for the season.
I wonder what convinces women that the rains translate to winter. The weather may turn slightly cooler, but not to necessitate blanket-like clothing that leaves these women slaves of their own making hours after the skies have cleared. They look miserable because these clothes are not fit for the rains at all.
I think that the excitement of having to wear clothes that have hung in the wardrobe for too long provokes the urge to overdress just to show to those that care to look that they own them or to do justice to the money they spent in buying these clothes.
The lesson here is to be careful what one purchases to avoid buying clothes one doesn’t or rarely needs. That way, we can prevent the circus of overdressing; lest we give people something to talk about. Aside from the wagging tongues, we can also avoid overloading our bodies by simply wearing clothing to protect ourselves from the rains rather.
On that note, let us be careful about what we wear during this festive season. There are parties happening almost everywhere and at different times of the day. Let us choose clothing carefully in accordance to the weather and season.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. n