“You dress like a white girl.” Why is this a thing? How can one even validate such a statement? In a climate that we live in, where everyone is over sensitive and everyone is offended you would think that slurs like that would not come from my own peers. As a black woman, working in the fashion industry has allowed me to express myself through what I wear and my only rule of thumb is that I am comfortable. I have never looked to anyone but myself for inspiration for the way I dress.
I couldn’t even begin to dissect what dressing like a white girl could mean but the closest I got to a definition was my good friend telling me that I just wear what I want and don’t care what people think; a futile attempt. Anyway, I’m fairly thin so I don’t really have limits to what I can wear. I’m almost always classic and presentable so I don’t ever have to dress appropriately so to speak. But then I stop and think about my peers who may not necessarily have this luxury. The girls who aren’t as thin as I and have to be more conscious of what they wear because of how it may fit them. My God what a tragedy. Praises to the curvy women who make it look great because “the struggle is real”, I know. I have to say the fact that I’m so tiny is no excuse for people to expect me to be dressed more and more to their standards but somehow it does. In the words of Kanye opinions are like assholes we all have them.
The sad truth of the matter is that because I am black I am expected to have a certain taste level or style that is actually false and doesn’t exist but only within ones mind. Racism is so deeply rooted that we all have become so conditioned to ideas that hold no weight or statistical evidence. It’s so bologna. This “Black History Month” if there is one thing I hope it is progression for everyone. Not just one race or group of people, but everyone. We are all human beings that go through different experiences. If this is what fashion has succumbed to then I want us to get back to the basics. Fashion being a form of individualism, a form of self expression not a divider of people. It’s the journey of life. The very things we go through are the very things that connect us. The sooner you let go of these false ideologies then you realize they aren’t real and that’s half the battle to manifesting success in your life. Deal with what is going on in your head and then GET OUT OF YOUR OWN HEAD!
Fashion is an artistic space. It’s very existence depends on creatives and intelligent people who want to share their message through the art they create. Fashion is an expressive thing and like art translates different meanings to different people. It is important to have diversity and individuality in fashion.
With more and more people interested in fashion, it can become difficult to keep up with the latest trends but what about classics and individuality. Has the true art of fashion died? Is everyone just trying to be someone else? Has it become too complicated and watered down with theories and opinions from people who attend the most prestigious schools and were lectured about the greats and think only their opinions matter? Is the pressure of a volatile retail business trickling up to designers and forcing them to sacrifice their creative ingenuity? Is playing it safe the new fashion? Or has it just become one superficial bubble of social media influencer and celebrity bullshit?
(Sb. I love a classic look but hate sacrificing comfort. This classic midi Delora dress from Alice and Olivia by Stacy Bendet is a must have. It’s a classic style by the philanthropic designer and I now know why. It is the most comfortable dress you could imagine. There’s so many fun prints, colors, and even fabrications to choose from in this dress each season. It makes getting dressed a no brainer! XOXO)
A client exclaimed to me one day that she read an article in The NY Times about tights and that they were for women who took the train and couldn’t afford a driver or a car. Since when? I reassured her that whomever wrote that article was completely outside of the fashion world and was clearly just trying to gain an audience but they would gain none.
Let’s see Wang, Gucci and Wolford to name a few fashion retailers including tights in their assortment. My favorite are fishnet tights decked out in rhinestones. I believe Area produced a fabulous pair but if you are savvy and creative this is a total DIY opportunity.
It dawned on me. Fashion was not only becoming more popular to the masses but even those who had no clue about style and creativity had an opinion. Its not that I don’t think fashion is for everyone. I don’t think fashion should be exclusive. The problem arises when fashion becomes a standard or a theory that people use to try and divide people. Fashion is one of those things that should bring people together like an exhibit at the MET, or NYFW at a cool location, or a benefit dinner that celebrates an icon. Fashion is art and art is for everyone. It is a free space but should also respected as such.
To me fashion has always been therapeutic and somewhat reviving. All the hard work put into creating something so beautiful and the end result making it all the more worth it. Someone scrolling through Instagram at style influencers cannot really tell me much. I guess I’m a more traditional passionate creative.
Cinched tailored waists hit the runway hard this Fall/Winter season 2018. With women’s health awareness at a high, waist trainers get ditched for something less permanent and stylish to wear! Guys can even rock the trend too! Yes that’s right. See Dior double breasted sport coat below.
Designers like Jil Sander, Roberto Cavalli, Michael Kors, and Altuzarra showcased tailored waisted garments on the runway in power suit silhouettes to make their woman feel all the more feminine. It was the perfect juxtaposition of masculinity and femininity for the current trend of increasing percent of women starting their own businesses. This is a look for you boss lady!
This F/W season you can mostly find this trend on sport coats. A piece borrowed from the boys and chiseled away at the waistline. I adore this Cavalli leopard print blazer. It’s super chic and fun with a refined and structured shape. Based on your body type you can rock the trend with cigarette pants and skirts or a fluid trouser.
Any great fashion will speak to the zeitgeist. I think we are seeing this trend with many women who are finding out they can start their own business. They are no longer confined to the corporate office policies and so they want to dress the part but not sacrifice feeling sexy and feminine. Nothing makes a woman feel sexier than instantly shedding a few inches off your waistline by wearing something. I mean it almost sounds like magic but that is the power of a tailored garment.
Belts are a great idea to DIY your own tailored waist. I recently fell in love with the idea of a belt as an accessory for pretty much any piece. Try your favorite chunky cozy faux fur coat with this Free People leather belt to accentuate the waistline for a completely new feminine look.
How about this beauty from &Other Stories . It’s the perfect pop of color and sprinkle of glam. Pair it with an oversized cardigan to let the belt really shine as a statement piece but to not appear like you’re trying too hard.
Chain belts are another favorite of mine and have been around for years. This one from Asos combines the maximal trend with expressive wording across the belt. It’s a super fun piece and a great addition to any wardrobe.
So you see the cinched waist trend is super easy to wear. You can personalize the trend for your lifestyle and that is super important in fashion. How do you plan to rock the trend this season? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Can’t wait to hear you guys feedback.
Growing up we hated skirts anything past the knee and we felt embarrassed going to school in such a horrible manner. Oh the hurt! Fast forward nearly a decade later and the longer the skirt the more fashionable we become. Midi skirts are appreciated a lot more these days and we have to give credit where it’s due, the shape is super flattering for any body type.
Skirt from Oscar de la Renta
The A-line midi skirt is one of the few skirts that are making a come back this season alongside the mini skirt, twist knot skirt, and the more fitted lettuce hem midi skirt. We can appreciate the A-line midi skirt because of how universal the style is. It’s not often that a trend these days can be worn by everyone and so effortlessly styled. I mean grab a vintage graphic tee, some cool sleek sneakers to pair with the skirt and you’ve practically got a fashion moment that’s street style photography worthy.
Denim Midi skirt from Zara
The slit in the front or back really helps out for people that are shorter to instantly become leaner and longer. So to all my shorties don’t be afraid to try out this look. You can rock it too!
How would you rock this blast from the past? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. We love our fashionable readers.
Denim is a timeless fabric. Do you remember your first denim jacket? Or your first pair of fav jeans? I mean really try to think back. I know I’m sure you’ve been through many. That’s just the beauty of what denim can do. Denim is a durable cotton fiber fabric that depending upon the quality can go through many processes to get the desired end product. This means denim is versatile and can be customized into so many different styles. In fact denim is one of the worlds oldest fabrics but always seems so refreshing and new. Denim was used for the sail of boats and even western clothing. The late Saint Laurent was quoted saying he wished he had created the blue jean, something so classic, sexy, and so timeless ; all the things he wanted for his own clothing designs.
Fast forward to denim today and it’s like a denim explosion.
Denim shoes, denim earrings, denim on denim, and the list of ways we wear denim is infinite. It’s an ode to our upbringing and a nod from the past reminding us that nothing is ever really out, but rather just an extension of the before.
We know the denim trend is not as groundbreaking as the wide leg culottes trend , “I mean come on who would’ve thought we’d be wearing triangle shaped pants in the 21st century.” *See Vince side cotton slit culottes* Nonetheless, what’s super important about denim this time around is HOW it’s being produced. With global warming affecting us everyday, we want to make sure we are doing our part to protect Mother Earth which now includes where we spend money for clothing. With a recent lessen of strain on the US economy, fashion brands are forced to step up and create sustainable and ethical fashion.
In a time of excess, more is better. The latest designer collections are decked out with intricate and sometimes exaggerated details. Models adorned in lace, glitter, and all things conspicuous walking gracefully down the runway at fashion week was a utopia that left us all inspired for the seasons ahead. Coach 1941’s designer Stuart Vevers has given us the feels again with pieces dawning the brands’ infamous Coach logo. Nostalgic details like a monogrammed men’s puffer coat made me wish I had kept all my high school handbags and sneakers with C’s all over them. The pieces very familiar and desirable all over again.
This spring, the collection brought us to a world of glamorous western renaissance. From the metallic finished leather bomber jackets to the ultra-femme lace slip dresses and the leather glitter boots were divine. The collection was a city girls’ country getaway dreams. Each piece dawned thoughtfully placed graffiti art from the late icon, Jeff Koons. A homage to the late icon.
Donatella helmed her spring collection with a whole lot of slay my life! The pieces were very strong and feminine while all a special nod to the past. The bright colors, the Versace chains and butterfly slip dresses were a roundup reminiscent of previous Versace collections. In fact the black and white ball skirt seen in the spring show was originally worn by Naomi Campbell in the 92’ Versace show. There wasn’t enough time to reproduce it so it made a second appearance, this time on Natasha Poly and it was fab. The quality is fantastic. Sexy feminine pieces that all made much sense for the season. Alike Coach, there was a western feel on the runway of the Versace spring show. It had the perfect dresses and outfits for a city girl. Donatella gave us feminine slip dresses as well. This will definitely be a go to trend for the upcoming season.
See other designers that are in the celebratory spirit this Spring. Also just a heads up this trend of excess will carryover into Fall so don’t feel like it’s impractical to splurge. Don’t be afraid to piece apart the collection for your everyday wardrobe. It’s a key technique to separate the actual 10% of your wardrobe that you actually wear from impulsive buys. These pieces have to work for your lifestyle.