Actions speak louder than words, but NOT always. Sometimes, your choices give a better insight to your personality than anything else.
Here are some recent examples of the times fashion spoke more than words:
FLOTUS Melania Trump drew a storm of controversy a few weeks ago, when she made an unannounced visit to a children’s shelter at the US-Mexico border.
While her intentions were fair, her goodwill trip was more-than-a-little marred by her controversial choice of clothing.
The "I Really Don't Care" Zara jacket that she chose to wear for this visit (and is now being sold for $895 on eBay, btw!) spoke wayyy more than her actions.
When the whole of the White House, and her spokesperson, were busy explaining why it’s just a jacket, this whole episode was just a gentle reminder of how your personal style says volumes about your personality.
“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message,” said the first lady's spokeswoman, but the Internet was already flooded with her rather insensitive fashion pick. This act not only triggered instant rage among the people, worldwide, it also made them question how the most important woman on the planet could be this callous about the message she was putting out there. And as expected, the web was filled with artworks (like the one below), to spread positivity and make up to the hearts that were broken.
Not so long ago, in November’16, Hillary Clinton took the stage in New York to give her concession speech in a slate grey and vibrant purple suit by Ralph Lauren. Well, it wasn’t just a purple suit. Meaningful jewellery and clothing has always played an essential role in explaining how people feel about a certain situation.
After the former FLOTUS lost the election, her choice of clothing was later explained in her memoir, What Happened. “The morning after the election, Bill and I both wore purple. It was a nod to bipartisanship (blue plus red equals purple).”
So how does wearing that controversial jacket qualify for being “just a jacket” when 2,500-odd children are stranded in detention centres, torn apart from their families?
Sure, you can wear what you like, but in the age of #TimesUp, where most of Hollywood stands in solidarity with sexual harassment victims and raise awareness around it, it’s hardly original for the US First Lady to even try to justify that it was just a piece of clothing.
Another (better) example of making a powerful statement through fashion would be Lena Waithe. As if being the first black woman to win an Emmy award for comedy wasn't enough, she broke another norm by being the first person to wear a pride-flag cape to the Met Gala’18, supporting for L.G.B.T.Q. rights draped around her shoulders. Now, that is one badass lady we'd like to get behind.
Celebrities may seem like they have the pick of the orchard, with every fashion designer at their beck-and-call, but their choices have consequences that are manifold. It's their responsibility, just like it's ours with our wardrobes, to think about the kind of statements their fashion choices make.