Friday, 18 July 2014 15:05

Mandela Day Fashion nunSense

Written by Ryan Swano
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I've always wondered why nuns' clothing are called habits. Besides that they wear the same kind of clothing each and every day, and we recognise them by this, nuns also seem to be really comfortable with what they are wearing.

Of course, me not being Roman Catholic, that observation just about sums up my entire knowledge of nuns.
I do however know quite a bit about fashion, having worked in the fashion industry for over two decades and I do know quite a lot about habits. I have more than a few bad ones.

Our habits, I mean our good habits, those things we do consistently, might not all be easy, they might not be fashionable, but like that old pair of slippers, or that old pair of jeans you wear on laundry day, they do over time become easier to wear.
Doing good deeds for those less furtunate than you should sit like a habit and not feel like a sudden discomfort.

For people celebrating Mandela Day, it shouldn't be like guys wearing painfully unflattering skinny jeans or girls wearing  bras two sizes too small to accentuate cleavages they don't have.
If you are only ever going to be doing charitable & voluntary work on 18 July, it must probably feel like you're wearing very uncomfortable clothing for the mere sake that it's fashionable.
If you are not used to wearing high heels, you are only going to wear them till the event is over then put them back on a year from now.
Of course you think you look absolutely fetching but we in our old sneakers can see your discomfort.
We are happy that you are here and everyone will know that you were here but we only wish you weren't so uncomfortable.
Maybe if you came here more often you would start wearing our same goodie-two-shoes-sneakers as a habit instead of tripping up yourself and everybody else once a year.

Please don't get me wrong. I'm not saying don't be charitable, or don't give 67 minutes of your time to a worthy cause but if it's not a habit you are already into, then who are you trying to fool?
The company's marketing team got you in on it because it makes the company look good?
Your friends are doing it so you don't want to be the odd one out?

You are wearing clothes that painfully don't fit. Why not find a cause you can support with your time, effort and skills the whole year round?
You should in fact be doing good all the time and not just for the sake of Madiba's legacy.
That way you won't look so fashionably uncomfortable on Mandela Day.
Who knows, maybe you will be entitled to take a 67 minute break .

Oh by the way, if you are in any way offended by this, if you feel that I am devaluing your Mandela Day efforts and this article didn't make you smile, then...
If that shoe doesn't fit, why on earth are you wearing it?