Going back to the 50s…but with Ankara

“Dress shabbily and they
remember the dress;
dress impeccably and they
remember the woman.”

– Coco chanel

I am a big fan of early and mid-20th century fashion. It’s one of the reasons why I love this show called the marvellous Mrs Maisel so much: the clothes she wears in the show leave me in amazement. I think that era was a great time for fashion. However, I’m not oblivious to the fact that the period was not the most pleasant for black and African people, which I am. So you will never catch me saying stuff along the lines of “I wish I was born in that time” or “I was born in the wrong generation”.

Still, that won’t stop me from expressing my love for the styles of that time, which is what I seek to do in this article. But, there is a twist.

Instead of just focusing on the simplistic and elegant glamour of that era, I decided to mix in a bit of culture into it: that is, I decided to integrate a few Ankara pieces to showcase that the African woman can still portray excellence in style by making their own.

1st

For this style, we a simple black dress that hugs the model’s body gorgeously. Then we have a classic fascinator that sits perfectly on her head, giving the model this demure but chic appeal. Following this is a pearl Necklace and white gloves that add to the ageless beauty that was the style of that golden era.

Finishing off the look, we have a pair of cute white block heels, and to top it all off I decided to add an Ankara printed shawl. I do love how it ties in with the elegance of the look.

What do you think?

2nd

This look is a bit less intense but still jaw-dropping. So we have the scarf, which wraps beautifully around her head, drawing you to her beau visage. The top with its intricate patterns is another Ankara piece, which I made by the way (do you guys like it?).

I love using gloves so I used them again but one of a different colour to make the whole look coherent and cohesive.

However, the red shoes bring that feeling of excitement that differs from the cool blue tones and I’m here for it!!

So what do you guys think about the outfits?

Would you like to incorporate some elements from the golden era into your style, or is it just not for you?

You guys are free to share your thoughts and more in the comment section below. I would love to see them and get a chance to interact with you, and if you have any question, just let me know.

That’s all from me, hope to talk to you soon. Bye for now my loves and be safe.

How to Wear All-Black Better

 “Women think of all colours
except the absence of colour.
I have said that black has it all.
White too. Their beauty is absolute.
It is the perfect harmony.”
– Coco Chanel

So as the observant individual that I am (or at least claim to be), I have noticed that a vast amount of people wear all-black clothing frequently. That’s even what some of these people wear all the time. And even though sticking with just one colour in outfits isn’t my favourite thing in the world, I can understand people’s reason for choosing the all-black aesthetic and as well appreciate it…….but only when done impressively.

This brings me to the reason for this post. A lot of people adore the all-black aesthetic, but sadly a lot of people have managed to make it boring. They are allowing what was once a delightful expression of elegance and minimalism into something so tiresome and dull. I’m not even talking about those outfits people put together just so they can leave the house; I’m talking about those outfits people intentionally plan for events, outings and the likes.

Honestly, I am fed up with it. So in this blog post, I will be explaining three ways on how to make your next all-black ensemble something effortlessly stylish.

1. Use of Accessories

At this point, I’m like an Alarm. ACCESSORISE PEOPLE! You can never go wrong with Accessories, especially when it comes to pulling off an all-black outfit.

They are like the missing pieces that you need to complete the puzzle which— is your outfit.

The one thing I love about Accessories is that they work instantly; just by placing intriguing accessories on your clothes, you can look 10/10, just like that! And it doesn’t require a lot of work.

You do not need to have chunks of jewellery on for your ensemble to be considered sublime. With just a few pieces worn appropriately, that can go a long way.

2. Pop of colour.

The colour haters are going to be disappointed with this one. Look, I love the dark aesthetic, but sometimes bright colours win. I said what I said.
Adding just a touch of colour while wearing all-black clothing will give your outfit that alluring appeal.

For instance, look at the outfit on the model; certainly, there was the option for her to have worn just jumper and the skirt with black shoes. However, take a look at what just a tiny pop of colour did for the whole ensemble.

The pink brings that bit of contrast in comparison to the jumper and the skirt. It’s simple, yet astonishing and I believe that is what most people need to realize when pulling off an all-black look:

it can be effortless, but you still need to add that minute detail for you to style an outfit that you would be proud of.

3. Interesting Black clothing

In making outfits more interesting, nothing is as effective as incorporating clothing choices that make people ogle and go “wow”. These are those clothes you own that are more distinctive than what you would see or wear regularly.

They give your outfit a 180-degree transformation, going from insipid to something people cannot keep their eyes off of.

And the thing is, just like in the first tip, you do not need to wear many of these types of clothing in one outfit. It could just be a jacket like the one the model is wearing, a pair of shoes or any clothing choices that you feel is remarkable enough to make you outshine the rest.

So let’s stop with the over-done, stale all-black outfits that are yawn-worthy and take in some of these tips that can make your next all-black outfits stand out and worthy of remembrance.

So what do you think of the outfits?

How do you think you’d be able to style an outstanding outfit in All-Black? Would you make use of some the tips given in this post or would you rather freestyle it?

You guys are free to share your thoughts and more in the comment section below. I would love to see them and get a chance to interact with you, and if you have any question, just let me know.

So….Hi again. I don’t know how many times I can apologize. However I will try my best to post as frequently as I can.

I hope you all are doing well and staying safe.

So till next time. Au revoir mes amis!

She’s the Boss.

“We should be dressed like such and addressed like such.”
-Unknown

Being a boss is more than having the right thing to say and knowing when to say it: it’s also about exuding confidence, class and grandeur so as to be the epitome of elegance that all others strive to be. Those are the qualities I see when I look at this outfit.

Every day, I walk down the corridors of my University, and then I see some guys looking dapper and dashing in such amazing outfits. But the problem is, this outfit (the Jacket and turtleneck) is so common between guys that it is even becoming a stereotype. So I thought to myself, why not see this look in a whole new way: why not have a girl wear it?
Putting this look together seemed quite risky, since it’s rarely ever seen on females, but the risk was worth it. After all, isn’t being a risk taker a characteristic of being a boss?

Sometimes, difference and originality are needed to create a master piece. You don’t always have to necessarily follow the ways of others.

You can accessorize your outfit with the weirdest of ornaments, and it will be those ornaments that make the outfit magnificent. Take the beret for instance; people barely wear them anymore, but it made a major impact in bringing forth the allurement of the ensemble.

So next time you see a style you like but it may not be accepted by others, why not just put it together and try it on? Or if you see an eccentric-looking accessory or clothing item, but you find it interesting and cool, why not use it?

You never know what you like if you don’t take the risk to find out. Who knows, you might even end up being the trendsetter the world has been yearning for – an essence of a boss!

So what are your thoughts on the outfit?

How would you have styled it, would you have used more or fewer accessories, or which other style would you have used to capture your inner boss?

You guys are free to share your thoughts and more in the comment section below. I would love to see them and get a chance to interact with you.