When I packed my clothing for India, I put a lot of thought into what I would bring. There were many items that I knew would have to stay home and wait for next summer as they might not be ideal to wear here.
I left home things like dresses with extreme v-necks, short dresses, short skirts, shorts (except for running ones), tight clothing, you get the idea. I also packed more pashminas than usual and several kikoi (think African version of a pashmina made of very light cotton) figuring that I may need some extra coverage here and there and that it might be good to have these items to toss in my purse.
Knowing how much thought I put into the items that I packed, I would like to play a little game here called “Pick the India Appropriate Outfit”.
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Please excuse the goofy pictures. In order to get through this exercise in a reasonable amount of time, I promised myself that I would not take more than five pictures of any one dress.
So what are your guesses?
If you guessed “None of the above.” you would be correct. Any of the above dresses will have you stared at inappropriately. Not a “Whoa, that girl has blonde hair.” kind of stare. More like a “Do you think she’s a hooker?” kind of stare. Not good.
Now, I would guess that in a more touristy locale some or all of these dresses would be better received, but Chennai is not really known for tourism and these dresses are all a bit too much. Even Chris told me that I might want to buy some new clothes.
Chris has never suggested that I buy clothing of any kind before. This must be serious.
That whole showing any chest or shoulders thing… My current stance on it is “don’t”. Well, not while in India anyway.
I’ll stay in hibernation for now. Maybe I’ll have a chance to buy some new clothes later this week and we can take a peek at an India Appropriate Fashion Show.