“Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There's no how-to road map to style. It's about self expression and, above all, attitude.” —Iris Apfel
Siddhiwear was born out of the need to feel comfortable in a yoga class, avoid wearing trendy, overpriced polyester and stay true to personal style and expression. The standard asana uniform also didn’t appeal to us…..boring polyester tank top….big brand leggings with matching yoga mat, towel and water bottle too. No thank you!! Our approach to our personal practice is consistent with our ‘off the mat’ values too. Comfortable, Sustainable, Flexible and Unique with a dash of Breathability and Mindfulness to boot.
In addition to our amazing toques, headbands, and arm sleeves, our popular Harem pants are an all season Siddhiwear customer favourite. Technically not really a harem pant after all, but more of a drop crotch stretchy pant, somewhere between a pair of leggings and your coziest joggers. With a wide comfy waistband that can be worn high on the belly or lower on the hips and a tapered ankle so your pants stay put during inverted poses, at the barre in dance class or away from your bike chain!
Our harem pants can also be elevated to comfortable workwear at the office. Our solid Bhakti black harem pants, paired with a crisp button down and blazer….boom….professional and comfortable!
Rushing to a lunch hour yin yoga class with little time to change? Our harem pants transition effortlessly from the street to the studio so you can spend less time
scrambling and more time resting in Savasana. In fact, the Siddhiwear Harem pant is a smart, everyday essential that can be dressed up or down.
Here’s something interesting to ponder-
“Did you know on average a person makes 35,000 decisions per day? And you may not realize deciding what to wear is one of the most important daily decisions you make that helps you to express your self-identity.
Through our clothing, we are able to non-verbally communicate a part of our personality. Whether that be expressing your sensitive side by wearing floral print or indicating you’re an extrovert with an eye-catching statement piece. Clothing is not only a great way to express yourself, but researchers suggest the types of clothing we wear can affect our behaviours as well as our confidence. By wearing clothes we love, we feel confident in ourselves and this is particularly important to wellbeing of the elderly.” (brighterkind.com)
Clothing and how we style what we wear, is truly a way to share part of who we are with the outside world. And when you’ve got good basics, not only are the choices easier to make when getting dressed every day, but you can build a versatile, interesting wardrobe from there. Of course, it all depends on what you’re looking to convey to the world!
Here’s some more cool insight about fashion and self expression:
“The clothes that we wear have a practical purpose. They keep us warm and comfortable at the very least.
Our clothes also become a part of our identity. Whether we like it or not, what we wear gives off signals that help people to form an impression of us. There are many ways of seeing fashion. But is it a way to reduce the gap between your inner state and your outer appearance, an expression of your personality?
Is it a visual representation of your culture or social group? Or is your dress sense little more than an adherence to cultural norms? The truth is it might be a combination of all three! Physical appearance is a kind of language, a subtle communication.
Clothing can’t tell people who you are deep down, but it is part of the slim profile of information that a person has about you on first meeting. You are putting something out there, whether you are aware of it or not.
The question to ask yourself is whether you dressing for yourself or for others?
Most people want to think that their decision of what to wear is a personal choice, but is it free from outside influence, or are you putting out signals for the sake of other people, too? Probably both.
As a form of self-expression, fashion can make us feel empowered and more in touch with our inner self
We can feel more confident if the clothes we are wearing and the way we present ourselves matches up with our personality, identify and mood.
These signals about the “self” are also sent to others, but there are elements of this expression that are more about belonging to a specific group or conforming to expectations within our culture and society…..There are norms for business and work, based on beliefs about how much skin should be covered or showing, as well as for events, including dress codes to follow in given situations.
Even when the constraints are blurry or less strict, social pressures still, to a greater or lesser extent, define the boundaries of what we feel comfortable wearing — for better or worse.
We could, as eager pioneers of self-expression, aim to break these boundaries down. We could be that brave soul that walks into work wearing our real colours…..We express ourselves within the confines of the context, and we make decisions that are influenced by our culture, on practicality, on what group we belong to (or don’t belong to) and on how we want to be perceived by others…..Ultimately, fashion and the way in which you dress plays an important role when it comes to self-identity and confidence, as well as in how other people perceive you. In one respect, it is an empowering form of self-expression.
But what we choose to wear may not entirely come down to an act of individual free will — it can be influenced by external factors and social norms.
It is fair to say that fashion is an expression within a constraint and a context and recognizing this allows us to understand more about the role that it plays.
It’s not all about individuality and the “self,” it also represents history, culture and a snapshot of a society in a specific time and place. The flair that we give it within its context is our self-expression.” lifestylebyps.com
It’s interesting to think that as much as we aim to express ourselves to share who we are with the world, or to feel a certain way about ourselves, most of us are still confined in lots of ways. It might even feel like a bold move to wear drop crotch or harem pant if you come from a family of legging lovers!! To that we say, try them….you’ll love them!
And on that note, we’ll wrap up with this brilliant commentary from our friends at psychology.com
Fashion is in the clothes. Style is in the wearer. The distinction between fashion and style could not, therefore, be more important.
Fashion stuns. Style delights
Fashion costs. Style is priceless.
Fashion is mindless. Style is intelligent.
Fashion is fascistic. Style is individualistic.
Fashion changes. Style evolves.
Fashion is matter. Style is spirit.
Fashion comes from outside. Style comes from within.
Fashion is self-conscious. Style is self-assured.
Fashion glares. Style glows.
Fashion is slavery. Style is mastery.
Fashion is literal. Style is original.
Fashion declares. Style insinuates.
Fashion is serious. Style is ironic.
Fashion is reproducible. Style is inimitable.
Fashion is safety. Style is courage.
Fashion is clothes. Style is character.
Fashion is this minute. Style is forever.
Fashion restricts. Style liberates.
Fashion is rigid. Style is spontaneous.
Fashion is surface. Style is substance.
With every day essentials, and silk screen options for one of a kind, truly unique pieces, check us out at siddhiwear.com and see where your own self expression and style takes you!