The 2000s glamour of Old Nollywood

“Yes! The 2000s glamor is having

a major moment right now……

One of the biggest influences

of that era on this part of the world

was old Nollywood.”

Bella naija

As fashion enthusiasts and lovers know, fashion styles tend to come back from time to time, showing us that what we might have considered tacky or outdated, would soon become ‘in thing’ in years to come. Just look at what is happening with y2k fashion trends.

For those who may not know, “y2k” stands for “year 2000”. This term is used in fashion in reference to trends and fashion pieces that were considered popular in the early 2000s. If you are old enough to remember, you would know what I’m talking about: the Kitten heals, bright bottoms, colourful sunglasses, baguette bags, baby tees, the list goes on.

Now at days, we see this sense of style resurfacing once more, with several sorts of people expressing their love of the y2k period by incorporating some of its nostalgic pieces, and I’m loving it!!

All this nostalgia with the y2k trends is taking me back to how the Nigerian actors and actresses (especially the actresses) would dress in the Nigerian shows and movies of that time: it’s what we as Nigerians like to call old Nollywood.

Oh yes! From skin-tight mini skirts to halter tops and huge sunglasses, the baddies of Nollywood carried the y2k trend heavily on their shoulders during that era…..and did it well too. It is always fascinating and rather amusing to look back on what some of those actors in the Nollywood movies wore during that time. In 2021, some people that choose to look back at that time would ask, “what are they wearing?” or “that outfit is horrendous. What were they thinking?” In some cases, I agree with the previous statements; there are some outfits I see in the films of old Nollywood that make me laugh out loud in hysteria, questioning the fashion sense of the actors. However, at that time, those sometimes questionable fashion choices were the general trends: the colourful pants, animal print, bold accessories, and so much more. These trends are what gave old Nollywood its staple as the years went on.

As earlier mentioned, we are currently witnessing a resurface of the trends of that old Nollywood era. Just check your favourite social media apps like Tik Tok and Instagram. Some are choosing to emulate the style to the fullest. An example is when a party theme is dedicated to the trend, expecting guests to dress like the actors of the era. Other interested persons find only a few items of that style era worth wearing.

Well, I have been witnessing and enjoying the frenzy around the style of the y2k period. So I decided to style some of my friends like old Nollywood baddies. It was a fun experience: researching outfits of that time and trying to capture the old Nollywood feel through clothing.

Here are the looks:

So that’s it! For now at least.

So what do you think of the outfits?

Are you one of those people that have been incorporating clothing pieces of the y2k era into your wardrobe? Is that an aesthetic you admire? Or is the trend 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.

I really enjoy making these sort of posts for you guys. I hope I can make some more of this for you. Also, let me know some other topics you’d like me to cover on the blog.

I think it has even inspired me to throw a party dedicated to the era……maybe later in life, only God knows. It would be exciting.

Alright, thank you for reading. Later lovelies!! God bless.

Snug and Stunning

“A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.”
– Vera Wang

Some people have this perception that the more you suffer for an outfit, the better it is.  They could literally be in pain, but as long they look good, that’s all that matters–they’ll be making others believe that they feel amazing, not knowing that their outfit is actually a burden. Suffering and Smiling. 

But I’m here to say that you don’t have to ‘break your back’ to be able to get the right outfit-whether financial, physically or otherwise. You can be stylish AND comfortable.

Comfort has always been a major thing for me when picking an outfit – I don’t even consider it if I am not pleased with how it makes me feel. For instance, I personally don’t like excessively tight and revealing clothing, so no matter what I make sure I always have a loose piece of clothing on. So if I want to wear skinny jeans, I would wear a loose top, just to give it some sort of balance.

And for this outfit, as you can see, you can look just as glamorous in sweats! Just accessorize the outfit to your preference and there you go – your comfy and cute look!

There are those situations where your attire is attractive, but you can’t even enjoy it because of how bad it makes you feel. You may look great in those gorgeous heels, but your feet ache with every step. Those designer skinny jeans may bring out the perfect shape of your butt, but you can barely walk in them due to their tightness. Your brand new Nike Air Forces may make you envied by all your classmates, but it gives your feet bunions.

Your style shouldn’t bring you discomfort. You owe it to yourself to look and feel great. Express your creative style and make sure it’s not only visually pleasant  but allows you to feel fabulous as well.

So what are your thoughts on the outfit?

How would you have styled it, which color would you use, what clothing type would you prefer, or which other way would you have gone in creating a snug and stunning Style?

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.

Well that’s all…for now at least. I’ll see you guys next time. God bless.

P.S. Can anyone find the Fela Kuti reference in this post?

African Queen

“You are my African Queen, the girl of my dreams. And you remind me of a thing and that is the African beauty”
– 2baba Idibia

I saw this tweet advising African designers to use more of “African Print Fabrics” a.k.a. ‘Ankara’. In the post, it showed some pictures from Dior’s latest Resort collection, which featured clothes in Ankara prints (at least they looked like it).

Honestly, I was astonished; to see a widely recognized brand like Dior make use of such, it made me appreciate this textile the more. 

So in appreciation of African Style and simply being from this blessed continent (Nigeria to be precise), I styled this straight-forward but glamorous look, exuding the true African essence in a lady.

The amazing thing about Ankara is that, even just a piece of it on an outfit seems to bring the whole look together, make the ensemble appear more like a work of art. 

  Like in this look for instance; if it was a plain and dull print, the attire may appear unappealing. 

But with the vibrant, authentic print of this fabric, one’s attire will always have a playful and stunning feel to it.

One wonderful thing about Ankara is that you can incorporate it in whatever type of style you choose to go for. For instance, this certain outfit can be used for several outings: out with friends, school, on a date, you could even use it to go and get groceries!

Whether it is used as an accessory (like the bag used in my last post), or in the full attire, like this one here, it not only makes you appear joyous and alluring, it gives you a feel of eminence and who wouldn’t want to feel that?

So don’t be shy and experiment with the different prints of Ankara: bright, dark, monochrome, multicolored, go crazy!

Do you, and let your choice make you not only look like royalty, but allow you to feel like the Queen you are – an African Queen.

So what your thoughts about the outfit?


How would you have styled it, which print or color would you prefer, or which other way would you have gone in creating a perfect Ankara Style?

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.

Alright so I’ll see you guys in the next one. Later loves.

Ms. Elite

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”
—Rachel Zoe

Some still believe that a woman should rely on a man financially. They see women as money hungry individuals “always begging on a n***a!” a statement I hear more times than I would want to. Some women end up accepting this ideology because of how often it is repeated, making them see it as an impossibility for a woman to succeed without at least one man providing for her.

Well, I’m here to say, that mindset is COMPLETELY false. And I would use this opportunity to introduce Ms. Elite.

Ms. Elite isn’t one of those rich clichés you read about in stories or watch on reality tv: she is a sophisticated, independent entrepreneur who built her business from the ground up, without the aid of a man. She knows exactly what she wants and works her way to attain it.

She is a smart woman who takes her work seriously while still enjoying the pleasantries of life. Whether she’s attending a business meeting or on vacation in a tropical paradise, she still keeps her choice in outfits refined, yet tasteful, letting her style speak for her: a swank, self-made woman who means business but likes to have fun.

So why not bring out your opulent self?

You may not have a life like Ms. Elite, but that shouldn’t stop you from expressing your inner “poshness”. You can even get inspiration from some of your favorite women whom you appreciate and look up to.

You can even be creative and come-up with new styles displaying your elegance in an unorthodox but stunning manner.

 


So try new lavish outfits – like this one for instance – making you feel like the high-class lady you are, who needs no man to administer to her every need, but rather, is her own ‘bread-winner’ and providing for herself like she should.

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 way would you have gone in creating a high-class outfit?

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.



So good bye for now loves, and I’ll see you next time.

Why a Fashion and Style Blog?

Do you know that feeling when you truly love something(or someone), and when you’re asked to explain why you do, you become speechless? It’s not because you have nothing to say, rather, there’s so much to say but you just don’t know where to start from. That is exactly how I feel about Fashion.

Fashion and style to me is more than just some simple hobby or pass time: it consumes me every day.

You can ask my roommate how long it takes me to pick the right outfit for school. I don’t do this because I have to(or because of my indecisiveness), but it’s like there’s this inner peace in me when I pick out the right outfit that not only looks bomb AF but feels great to be in as well.

So I thought, since I love styling myself so much why not just create my own Fashion and style blog where I can be able to share these styles and outfits with the world? The passion is there, I love writing, put them both together(with consistency and great content) you have an amazing blog, which is what I would like to achieve.

So here I am, 9:02 pm, sitting in my dorm’s study room, -finally- writing this article when I should be studying(I’ll just study later).

So yeah, Hi I’m Chika Yvonne, and welcome to my Fashion and style blog: Chika Styled This(CTS for short), where I basically style outfits, take pictures of those styles, upload them here and talk about why I styled the outfits -believe me, its more exciting than it seems!

I look forward to sharing my styles to you lovely people and hoping to interact with you as well. 

 

” If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.”

Wanda Sykes

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