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Pants on fire

Well fitted pair of trousers is a wardrobe essential. You are always looking for the right fit; no you must be obsessed with the perfect fit. Pants are clearly one of the most important piece of garment. It has utility, comfort, easily wearable, and it can be styled to create a striking fashion item. Here, draw string pajamas are widely used in both rural and urban areas. However over time and with the wider availability of reject export garments and new imports, pants have taken on a new status in Bangladesh. You can have your pick off the wrack or get yours custom done which ever works better. In Bangladesh today, more women are switching to trousers as an alternative to salwers or churidars.

Pants provide a much greater variation of comfort, fit, and styling for you. It is quite fashionable to wear ankle length trousers with kameez, long kurti, and tunic or shift blouses. These styles can carry off a scarf or doppatta with equal ease. The term fushion is a widely used fashion vocabulary; a product in a western style has inclusion in our traditional South Asian ensemble. The use of pants is such an example. Younger upwardly mobile fashionistas of Dhaka are shifting towards a more western sensibility in fashion. Thus pant suits are now an essential garment in our fashion scenario. There are countless styles in pants: drain pipe, bell, straight, cargo, knickers, capri, overturned, oversized wide lengths, harem, and bloomers to name a few. It is important to note that body types and shapes should be given serious consideration when you pick your style.

Your shape will require styles that will accentuate your good parts and hide the rest, unless of course you are in perfect shape, in that case no need to worry, you will be able to carry offalmost any style. If you are on the heavier side, let's face it this means, wider hips, sagging abs, stomach and thighs, you need to be careful with your styles. It is assuring though to know that with the right cut you can look way slimmer and taller, giving the viewer the impression that you have shed a good few pounds. Here are a few tips on styles which could be tried for different body types.

Wide hips medium to long legs: This type of body should avoid high waist styles. Instead try slightly shorter highs on pants with straight wide legs. This will take attention away from the hips. Small hips but protruding stomach heavier thighs: Stay away from fitted styles instead go with gathered or pleated waist details with flared pairs. It will definitely hide your shortcomings. Also wear blouses just below hip line.

Short legs small hips and waistline: You could try a fitted striped drain pipe style in lycra cotton mix. Figure hugging, this will make you look way longer at the same time provide a good fit. Try solid matching tops it will elongate you further.

Long legs, medium hips and thighs: Try the bloomer, balloon, or harem pants. Fresh and new these pants are the latest thing. It will suit your body shape. Flowing and draped it will give you character. Ruched or frilled the blouse will be feminine.

Medium legs small hips heavier thighs: Straight boot legged over turned full lengths or you could also try cargo style linen pants. Loads of pockets, zipped, envelope, gusset, patched and so on it will add interest to the trouser and take away attention from your thighs.

Small waist line, hips, thin legs and inadequate back touché: With this you will need to pick pants that are pleated in circular rushed or pleats, balloon pants are a good alternative. These are extremely popular trendy style.

Pants are going to be a very important fashion product here in Bangladesh. You will look for new ways to enhance your suit. The new look will be going with the pairs, lap it up before it loses its freshness. It will be innovative in providing original concepts to your suits. Especially in our Bengali culture covered legs is an acceptable fashion decision, therefore new styling in pants will be engaged very well. This season experiment with a complete new approach in looking at your chinos, slacks or khakis whatever name you give it.


Dental Wise

Hello Dr.Khan
I never can chew properly specially hard food with my artificial denture. Thinking to make bridge but before that I want know, Is there another way I can have a tooth replaced other than a bridge? Can I make a very good quality artificial dental? Do you have any new added technology to make the denture more comfortable?
Akram Hossain

Dear Mr. Akram
Yes another best option will be dental Implant. Unfortunately we yet to start dental implant in Bangladesh. You will be happy to know that we are going to start dental implant in the department of Dentistry, BIRDEM hospital by end of this year. But for performing dental implant, pre assessment study is very important for overall success rate. So I strongly recommend you for pre assessment rather you wait for dental implant.

Yes you can make a good quality denture also. I think you should go to your dentist for checking your denture whether any laboratory error exits. Metallic denture (Cast ) will be another option for more comfortable.

Dear Dr. Mahfuj,
I am 58 years old diabetic patient. My dentist extracted most of my teeth. Actually those teeth were moving and had history of frequent pain and swelling. Now I have total 9 teeth(It seems they are healthy). I am using denture and I don't want to loose any more.

Doctor, I was very reluctant about my dental health. But now I can feel what I have lost. Please help me how can I keep those teeth healthy. Please tell me how diabetes can destroy our valuable teeth.
Salam Talukdar

How can diabetes hurt your teeth and gums?
Tooth and gum problems can happen to anyone. A sticky film full of germs (also called plaque) builds up on your teeth. High blood glucose helps germs (bacteria) grow. Then you can get red, sore, and swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth. People with diabetes can have tooth and gum problems more often if their blood glucose stays high. High blood glucose can make tooth and gum problems worse. You can even lose your teeth

How do I know if I have damage to my teeth and gums?
If you have one or more of these problems, you may have tooth and gum damage from diabetes:
Red, sore, swollen gums
Bleeding gums
Gums pulling away from your teeth so your teeth look long
Loose or sensitive teeth
Bad breath

How can I keep my teeth and gums healthy?
Keep your blood glucose as close to normal as possible
Use dental floss at least once a day. Flossing helps prevent the buildup of plaque on your teeth
If you wear false teeth, keep them clean

Ask the your dentist to show you the best way to brush and floss your teeth and gums. And ask about the best toothbrush and toothpaste to use

Visit your dentist if you have red, sore, or bleeding gums; gums that are pulling away from your teeth; a sore tooth that could be infected; or soreness from your dentures

Get your teeth and gums cleaned and checked by your dentist twice a year

If your dentist tells you about a problem, take care of it right away

Be sure your dentist knows that you have diabetesIf you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit smoking.

For more information visit Dr Khan’s website www.aikodental.com


By the way

Making moog daal halwa becomes very easy if you add one teaspoon of wheat flour to the heated ghee before adding the 'dal' paste. It will not stick to the frying pan at all.

Oops!

Last week, a part of one of our centerfold stories didn't get printed. We're reprinting the whole story this week.
The grass is always greener…

All was a-buzz inside the Salon. Scissors snipped dutifully at locks of hair of all textures and colours, eyebrows were plucked, nails clipped and polished, and faces liberally slathered with all manner of herbal gunk. Conversation was carried out over the sounds of the beautification process.

“Did you just see the sari Mrs Omuk wore at the party last week?”
“Must have cost a fortune.”
“I would never be so ostentatious. Seriously, all that money wasted on someone with such appalling taste.”

Titters all around. The principal complainer arched a freshly plucked eyebrow at her own reflection in the mirror, surveyed her overworked coiffure, and turned to the stylists and said “More spray on the top, I think, so that it holds. See if you can add another flower on the right; it looks too bare.”

The doors swung open, and, preceded by a cloud of perfume, a new customer walks in. All eyes turn to take stock of her slim figure, her smooth skin, and lustrous hair quite an achievement for a mother of two. The critical stares focus on the clothes, but can find no flaw to pick apart. Immediately, heads bend closer to one another.

“That's Mrs Tomuk, isn't it?”
“Yes, our kids go to school together. You should see the amount of time she spends with each teacher nit-picking over her son's grades. I mean, I'm concerned about my children too, but she just overdoes it.”

Nods of agreement all around. The subject shifts to tutors and how kids these days never study.
Across from the hairdressing section, the stylists and parlour girls are seated on a sofa, waiting to be called to duty. Their seat provides a vantage point from which they can see their rich customers come and go.

“Wasn't that Madam wearing the loveliest shoes? I'd kill for a pair”
“Yeah, but she takes no care of her feet. I get nightmares while giving her a pedicure.”
“The Aunty with the hair always asks for girl X by name, and gives her generous tips.”
“She would! X is the biggest brown-noser in the whole parlour.”
Voices of assent. The character assassination continues.

Oblivious to the gossip pouring like sewage into Gulshan lake, the Coiffured Customer pays and leaves. Clip-clopping in her high heels down the stairs, she pulls out a shiny new cell-phone to call her chauffeur, who arrives promptly with the brand new car. As they zip off to an unknown destination, the security guards exchange glances.

'Mia earns the black money so that Bibi can spend it on flashy toys like this…”
“While you and I have to go marching up and down in front of their shops and salons for pay that won't buy you a bicycle even!”
Seated behind the steering wheel, pausing at a traffic light, the driver tries to maintain a non-commitant expression while the begum sahib at the back yammers on ad nauseum over the cell-phone. His gaze flits over to the sidewalk where a beggar lies asleep, mouth open, oblivious to the world.

“Lucky bugger! Probably doesn't have kids to pay for.”
Oh, the green pangs of envy!

By Sabrina F Ahmad


 
 

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