Life doesnâ€™t really give us a lot of choices. From the parents we get to the place we live in, the most important things in life are already chosen for us. However, that does not mean we must abandon our true passions. The story of Sapeurs or Society of the Elegant Persons of Congo teaches us exactly that. These daily workers from Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, one of the most volatile regions in the world today, may be living in a place of intense strife but their dedication to fashion and dressing stylishly is testimony to the fact that your passion can really take you far. We are marking this discovery as our first favourite of 2014.
The Sapeurs are daily wage workers who make ends meet yes, but they are also better than others like them through their sense of style . Too often, we are caught up in stereotypes about fashion. That it belongs to the elite and those who have enough time in their hands. No it does not! Men, take a cue from these incredible guys who embrace fashion it its purest form while staying true to who they are.
Being different can bring smiles to others
Everyone wants to be stylish and fashionable, especially when you are at the aspirational level of society. When someone from this community takes the initiative to do something bold, people instantly appreciate his efforts and applaud his courage to step out of pre-defined fashion boundaries. Donâ€™t believe us? Next time, go out and try that OTT jacket and accessorise it with cufflinks and a watch to match. Do anything that breaks you out of your mould and see the love flow.
Style always scores
As the guy called Hassan in the video says, Sapeurs feel like movie stars because they mix and match their resources to the best of their abilities. Too many times Indian men are scared of how they will be perceived if they changed how they looked. But inherent style can seldom make anyone look tardy. If that were the case, Saif Ali Khan would never have been able to Carry off blonde hair in Go Goa Gone and the Sapeurs would have been a laughing stock in Congo.
Fashion is for everybody
We might be rehashing this point but really the point of this entire article is so that you know for yourself that the tall towers of fashion can be reached by anyone with a decent sense of dressing. A humble policeman can put on a kilt and dress as Prince Charles. As long as you avoid making cardinal fashion errors and are willing to go the distance to make yourself look stylish and fashionable, nothing can stop you from being the cynosure of everybodyâ€™s eyes.