Actress Sonam Kapoor Feels That the Clothes Must Be Gender Neutral

Also featuring actors Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, RajKummar Rao, "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga" is scheduled to release on February 1

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Sonam Kapoor (Wikimedia Commons)

Actress Sonam Kapoor says that clothes should be gender neutral.

During the launch of designer Kunal Rawal’s flagship store here on Friday, Sonam Kapoor, who was present along with father-actor Anil Kapoor, talked about the importance of gender neutrality in fashion.

She said: “I believe a lot in gender fluidity. I think clothes should be gender neutral, in general. For me, it is very exciting to wear clothes people perceive as menswear and when I see men wear clothes, which people perceive as womenswear, I think it is very cool. It is edgy and not in your face and for me, it is more rebellious than louder”

The 33-year-old actress, who is considered as one of the popular fashion icons, also spoke about her love for menswear.

She said: “I think comination of menswear and womenswear look amazing and I cannot wait for Kunal to start a womenswear line. I like menswear; I have worn Kunal’s menswear two-three times for promotions, shoots, and shows.”

Sonam Kapoor also praised her friend Kunal for designing “subtle and cool” clothes.

Anil Kapoor along with daughter Sonam Kapoor
Anil Kapoor along with daughter Sonam Kapoor (Wikimedia Commons)

“Kunal is one of my best friends, one of my oldest friend, I like his clothes, they are really cool. In this era of over-embellishment, when you are subtle, it screams louder than when you’re overdressed or over-done. So I love the class and his clothes.”

On the work front, Sonam is all set for the release of her forthcoming film “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga”.

As the movie revolves around the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community, Sonam “hopes” that people understand the film.

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“I am really excited. I am eagerly waiting for my film to be received well by the audience. And I hope people understand and love the film and embrace it,” added Sonam Kapoor.

Also featuring actors Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, RajKummar Rao, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” is scheduled to release on February 1. (IANS)

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Follow These Tips to Sanitize Your Clothes

Tips to disinfect your clothes

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Everyone should take necessary precautions by implementing safe practices and an integral part of that is disinfection of clothes. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

Germs are everywhere – on the surfaces, in the air and around us. Every time people cough, sneeze, shake hands, touch or spit, the likelihood of germ spread is high.

Your outfits can be one of the biggest carriers of germs. Therefore, everyone should take necessary precautions by implementing safe practices and an integral part of that is disinfection. Whirlpool of India gives simple tips on how to keep your clothes germ and allergen free:

Wash clothes with hot water

Hot water helps remove germs from the apparels. Washing in hot water at 55-60 degrees not only cleans clothes better but also helps them get rid of being potential hosts for bacteria. Washing machines with in-built heaters are beneficial and are equipped to give customized care for them with the help of various multiple hot water modes like warm, hot, allergen free, etc.

Wash apparels with chemical disinfectants

If the material is not resistant to high temperatures, chemical disinfectants can be applied. Soak and disinfect the your clothing with chlorine containing bleach. Turn them inside out to reduce the chances of abrasion.

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Note: Use laundry detergent and bleach with the help of a dispenser. Chlorine bleach should never be poured directly onto clothes in a sink or washer because it can remove colour completely and dissolve the fibres. Either add the bleach to an automatic dispenser or into the washer water before adding the load of laundry.

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Washing clothes in hot water at 55-60 degrees not only cleans clothes better but also helps them get rid of being potential hosts for bacteria. Pixabay

Always clean your washers

It is important to clean your washers occasionally as germs, bacteria and dirt gets accumulated at the bottom of the machine leading to foul odour. In case you are using the latest washing machines, they are pre-programmed to automatically clean off all the impurities left on the inner walls of the tub, at the time of spin, during every wash cycle. If not, always run your washing machine with a washing machine cleaner to remove any contaminants after every few washes

Dry clothes in the washing machine dryer

Washer dryers are designed to remove moisture from wet cloth as damp clothes can become a breeding ground for germs. Therefore, ensure you run a dry cycle in the washing machine to aid efficient cleaning. New washing machines have multiple levels of drying options to take care of different fabric type.

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Steam clean clothes

Steam cleaning can also help remove bacteria from your clothes. It provides a gentle finish to the clothes and acts as a trusted sanitiser. Realising the benefits of steam cleaning, it is the latest in washing machines with SteamCare technology that helps remove up to 99 percent bacteria and allergens, ensuring clean and fresh clothevery time. (IANS)

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Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing Printed Scrubs

Here are the tips to help you maximize your printed uniform

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Nurse scrubs are part of the multi-billion-dollar medical textile industry.

Wearing printed scrubs is not for everybody. For instance, even today, most people believe that the loud patterns are reserved for the pediatric ward or children’s clinics. However, you might be surprised to know that in recent years, more and more nurses are bringing their personalities into their work. 

Nurse scrubs are part of the multi-billion-dollar medical textile industry. The market is expected to reach over $23 billion by 2025, due to the rising demand for elderly care and the regulatory protocols involving the safety of healthcare workers. 

With the size of the industry, you can expect variety as manufacturers want to make sure they cover all the supply spectrum. However, while printed or floral nurse scrubs will help you stand out, it is also quite risky as you might commit a fashion faux pas. 

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Wearing printed scrubs is not for everybody. Flickr

Here are the tips to help you maximize your printed uniform:

  1. Do not match prints — Unless you work in pediatrics, you do not combine printed tops and pants. The idea is to break the monotony in the uniform and introduce a splash of color in the scrubs. The cardinal sin you can commit is if you also wear printed crocs or shoes. 
  2. Do avoid too many accessories — Let the nurse scrubs speak for themselves. Wearing accessories will be too much to handle. You do not want to be looking like a giant Christmas tree. If you feel the need, stick to a watch, your wedding ring, and pin earrings. Those who are assigned in critical care are not allowed accessories anyway.
  3. Do find colors that complement your skin tone — While patterns are great to show off your personality, you also have to make sure that they highlight your assets. In other words, if you have a warm skin tone, you can’t opt for a scrub with a dominant coral, violet-red, or honey shade. If you have a cooler skin tone, you must choose patterns with dominant rose, purple, lavender, or blue colors. Red will also work well with neutral skin tones, just like dusty pink or light blue.
  4. Do not forget to act with dignity — You can wear loud colors and still appear professional. People think that patterns may look out of place in a hospital setting. However, a survey involving more than 200 medical professionals showed that more than 72% think that prints do not affect their perception. Only about 27% think that wearing patterns seem unprofessional if you are not into pediatrics. 
  5. Do check the label for clothing care — Make sure you follow the instructions on how to care for the material. One of the drawbacks of buying printed nurse scrubs is that it is more noticeable when the bright colors fade. As a result, you would look disheveled and out of place. The last thing you need is to stand out for all the wrong reasons. In the same vein, even if the stain looks invisible in the printed fabric, it does not mean that you just leave the dirty spot there.
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However, while printed or floral nurse scrubs will help you stand out, it is also quite risky as you might commit a fashion faux pas. Flickr

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Of course, you should probably steer clear of cartoon characters when choosing prints. There are plenty of elegant-looking prints that will help enhance your personality without appearing to be unprofessional in your work. Remember, you are the one wearing the colorful nursing scrub. Never let the patterns choose you.

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7 Ways to Teach Kids How To Choose What They Wear

Getting ready to head out the house gives children and parents the opportunity to practice independence on both ends of the spectrum

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Three to four-year-olds are testing their independence, and they are very likely to grasp control of whatever they can, starting with what they wear. Pixabay

Do you find yourself always at battle with your 3-year-old son or daughter when it comes to what to wear? You want them to wear casual and durable, weather-appropriate clothing, but they are only interested in all things sparkly, loud and colorful.

The minute you tell them, ‘Wear this and not that’ you’d end up with a full-blown tantrum that may last the entire day. They might just end not wearing anything at all, laying on the floor and not moving. 

 A lot of parents have gone through the battle of getting their kids to wear certain things, and if you find yourself with a child who is now more vocal about their wardrobe, don’t fret! This is a great sign that they are growing up, and as much as its a daily battle, be happy that they are taking charge of these simple decisions in their life as they are becoming independent and exploring their limits.  

 Getting ready to head out the house gives children and parents the opportunity to practice independence on both ends of the spectrum. That said, there are a few things that you can do to make everyone’s mornings more bearable.  

  • Give them choices 

Three to four-year-olds are testing their independence, and they are very likely to grasp control of whatever they can, starting with what they wear. As a parent, you can let them have it, whenever possible. Allow your child to make little choices on things that do not matter to you. Do you want to wear a blue skirt or red pants? Do you want your hair up or down? Do you want to have your eggs scrambled or fried? Allowing them to have a say at these little things lessens the probability of them throwing a fit to have their way. 

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A lot of parents have gone through the battle of getting their kids to wear certain things, and if you find yourself with a child who is now more vocal about their wardrobe, don’t fret. Pixabay
  • Allow them to have different tastes

Just like you, kids also have their own likes and dislikes. You may find them cute in a paisley print shirt, but your child may not be okay with it. Within reason, be flexible with them about their preferences. They probably hate the way certain fabric feels on their skin, just like us. They may also have a preference for a certain color. Your daughter may want to wear dresses all the time, or your son may just want to run around in short pants. You can give them options to dress up and also talk to them about the importance of wearing certain items of clothing, so they don’t get cold.  

  • Shop with them 

The next time you are planning to get clothes for your child, here’s another way to include them in the decision making process and give them options. If you are shopping online, this is a great way to sit with your child and show them the options available, as well as talk to them about what is age and weather appropriate. Ask them what they like and don’t like, tell them about what would work well for cold and hot weather, allow them to decide on adding things into the shopping cart when you shop online for toddler clothing.  

  • Take the time to practice. 

By the time your child is three-years-old, they can handle the basics of getting dressed from putting on their underwear, brushing their hair, putting on a sweatshirt. Tying their shoelaces, buttoning up their shirt, and even threading the zipper may be a little harder. When it is time to get dressed, allow them to do this on their own and only help them when they need it. Allowing your child to dress for themselves inspires confidence and competence. Keep in mind that a child dressing themselves will take a longer time, but as much as possible, let them get dressed on their own, especially during the weekends when there is no need to rush. Giving them more power to get dressed also leads to fewer struggles and tantrums on school days.  

  • Make it a game 

Time is of the essence; any parent can tell you that, especially in the mornings. Unfortunately, our preschoolers do not feel the same sense of urgency to get dressed and ready to go on time during the weekdays. To combat this, you can make it a competition to turn dressing into a game. Make it a competition by saying, let’s see who can put on their clothes the fastest’. Set a timer and reward your child with a sticker or a high-five if they can get dressed before the buzzer sets off. You’d be surprised how fast they would progress by adding the element of fun into the chore of getting up and getting dressed.  

  • Setting a step-by-step guide

Make this another activity with your child. Create a step-by-step guide for them from images of themselves getting dressed. Take a photo of them waking up, brushing their teeth, putting on a shirt or dress, eating breakfast. Paste this in their room so they can follow it every day.  

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Just like you, kids also have their own likes and dislikes. You may find them cute in a paisley print shirt, but your child may not be okay with it. Pixabay
  • Making it a habit to set out their clothes the night before 

Getting ready for tomorrow is as important as getting ready for bed. Setting out the clothes that they can wear for the next morning can reduce a morning meltdown and also creates anticipation of waking up the next morning. Allow your child to pick and choose what they’d like to wear (this also gives you the opportunity to help them decide what works best for the weather and reduce time in finding their favorite clothing item that they must absolutely wear) and lay it out on the table or chair before they go to sleep. This is a great way to cultivate independence as well as discipline.  

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Final Thoughts 

Allowing your child to make choices on what to wear instills a sense of independence in them. While it is not a guarantee that all your weekday mornings are going to be a breeze, you can be sure that implementing these easy practices can make the day a little less of a battlefield. It is also a great way of teaching children the importance of sticking to the time, the importance of dressing according to the weather as well as dressing up according to the events of the day. 

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