Carelessness in dressing is moral suicide. ~Honoré de Balzac
Off we went to Mamzar Park (with a lovely beach) last Saturday for BBQ with some friends. It was the second day of Eid, and since the weather has cooled down, the people of Dubai deserted the malls and headed to the park. The ladies – that would be us – sat on the concrete pavement near the gate, shaded by huge trees, while the men went in to look for a place where we they could grill.
After we (the ladies who sat on the pavement because the benches were all occupied, and those that weren’t didn’t have shade, and we so didn’t want the sun’s rays to penetrate the layer of Fair and Lovely over our skin) ran out of gossips, we directed our attention to what the people wore to the park that day.
With thousands of people of all ages, from every corner of the world, this wasn’t an easy task. But here’s a list of what I saw people wear at the park (with the lovely beach) to do BBQ:
1. killer high-heeled footwear (used for walking on the grass and beach)
2. cotton shorts with neon floral patterns (and no shirt on)
3. denim skirts (short ones) with fishnet stockings
4. track pants and sneakers
6. business suit, complete with tie
7. flowing abayas with heavy embroidery (with an open front that flaps with the wind, so the clothes inside can be seen)
8. saris (the kind I would wear on my sister’s wedding)
10. silk sherwanis that sparkled under the sun.