People from the rest of the would be made to be, there is no fashion in Kathmandu, but to the contrary, it is totally the opposite. The youths, specially the females want to let the world know that we are not far behind your predilections, if not better.
Gone are the days as if it has gone with the wind, that the social fabric consists of traditional clothing. Yet the same is still there with some add ups and used on cultural occasions. We do not want to leave out tradition behind nor do we want to be left out of the lime light.
The female likes to show off her covers, which is the natural way off attracting the opposite sex, just as the peacock does when the peahen is around. Tight pants like clinging pants and jeans are the norm of the day not only with the very young girls but surprisingly with the middle aged women who does not mind flaunting the bit of extra weight in them.
Tight T-shirts and blouses to match with the bottom is seen on most to compliment the bottom to accentuate the figure further. The cosmetic trade is a booming industry along with the many parlours that dot the streets in every nook and corner, tells the story further of the craze for a proper hair do and a complexion to match. The fairer the better with kajol for the eyelashes to make the face take a contour to match sharpness of features.
Short pants portraying a lovely pair of legs or short skirts would also be seen in the summer months among those who would dare the stares of not only the young but also the elderly. These were not the norm back in their good old days. Only that it is better now.
Most of what is sold in the market and what is worn is now imported from other countries as the brand you wear also tells the story of who your are in your social circle. Along with the clothing worn a matching purse for the females and a bike for the males is now become a part and parcel of fashion in Kathmandu. Not forgetting the footwear. 99% of what is worn is some of the most expensive and it was shame their western counterparts to shame.
Where you buy your clothing stuff is also another haunt. You want to be known also that your shopping is done in a mall and not the footpath. You get good stuff there never the less, but that caters mainly to the lowest order of society. Sadly you would not be able to tell one apart from the other.
Cosmetic stuff like face wash, fairness creams and different perfumes have a good market, as she does not only want to look fashionable but also smell and feel good. It gives have a sense of esteem and good smells might also be your lucky day – who is to know!
Fashion does not go to the clothing on top but also the clothing worn under who is to know when that has also to be seen. Be prepared! That is the thought you might have to change when you go for a swim in front of your friends in summer and no same person would want to be jeered upon for looking good above but shabby under.
Fashion in Kathmandu is not only the norm in the capital, it has hit even the rural areas. There might be a slight difference but the girls want to look good and fashionable there too. Who is to know when you would have to take out a selfie.
So if you happening to believe that fashion is not there then you are absolutely wrong. Fashion in Kathmandu might put you to shame. So please come prepared to expect the opposite.