Thursday, December 29, 2011

social experiment

First of all, sorry for the non-stop art exhibitions posts lately and the lack of fashion-related discussions. So, I'll try to balance it out by talking about fashion in my next few posts. Therefore, here it is...

Ever since I stayed in the newly-stylish Singapore, I realized that I have an opportunity to make daring fashion choices. Although I still can't believe that I still get those undesirable looks from strangers as I walk with my creepers down the streets of such modern city. Well, I guess that means you can't assume everyone have an open mind and it is our own responsibility to develop a tough skin.

With that on my mind, I wonder about my own hometown. Has Jakarta matured enough to be ready to accept edgy fashion choices?

To find out, I conducted a bit of an experiment since I got here. I wore some of my crazy outfits that I usually only dare to wear in Singapore. I still can't believe that I wore my tartan kilt pants to plaza Indonesia, or my winged shoes to 3 art galleries. While on other occasions, I do kept it a bit simpler like the photo below. Although, I still kept my knuckles fully equipped with rings as always ;)

And I was beyond surprised with the people's reaction. The overall response was manageable. No uncomfortable stare whatsoever.

I firstly had doubts, but oh boy was I wrong or what. I'm so relieved that Jakarta had become more socially accepting towards new ideas. This is great news, because that means we as the younger generation have more opportunity to be more creative. So my advice, the next time you're going out, don't be afraid to wear your craziest outfit and have fun with it. There's no better feeling than to just let loose and feel free :)


  1. Oh my boyfriend and i get awful stares too. Not forgetting loud whispers. Maybe because people generally don't expect anything loud from a girl with a hijab. boo.

    1. People should really stop making unreasonable expectations. We should be aloud to wear anything we want