Manchester is a very multicultural location, not quite as obviously so as some areas of England, but there were quite a few headscarves in evidence and a decided international sound to the languages being spoken.
One thing I did notice as I walked around and around the centre, looking at clothes, shoes and people in equal measure, is the difference in dress exhibited by different ages and cultures.
First is the distressing tendency for females of a certain age and ethnicity to dress like something out of a porn film. Platform shoes, hooker or scraper heels, jeans or leggings that look like they're cutting off the blood supply to their legs, a profusion of straps on layers of tops and lots of skin on show. Mincing along with pigeon toes braying loudly to their friends and trying to keep their balance.
Then there's the other side of that coin. The females who are already too heavy to be able to wear platform heels safely, who waddle along in 'athleisure' wear and ballet pumps or Uggs, thighs rubbing together under the weight of the body on top.
In stark contrast, the Asian women were modestly dressed, in plain shalwar kameez or jilbab with headscarf. Sure, they were laughing and giggling among themselves too, probably at the idiocy of the other girls dressing so badly!
Finally, the Eastern Europeans, at least I'm assuming that's what they were. Smartly dressed young women in business suits or smart trousers with classic collared shirts, tights and standard stiletto heels of around 2" in height. I've heard a lot about how smart they are, and these young women were definitely looking as if they were off to work rather than out to impress.
I felt quite invisible in my usual casual wear of trousers, t-shirt and trainers. Apart from the looks I copped when I wandered into H&M , where I definitely did feel unwelcome...
Image Credit » https://pixabay.com/en/jeans-pants-blue-shop-shopping-428614/ by jarmoluk