I hope you are rocking your HUGE afros, bright lippies, and patterned pants this summer and throughout the entire year and beyond. If you have learned anything from reading my posts, I hope you have learned that you can’t compromise your style. Believe it or not, YOUR style tells the world who you are. When I see a woman rocking a funky hair style, bold accessories, and a dope outfit, I automatically think she’s beautiful, confident, and fierce. I want to be her best friend. Everything you do and whatever you wear, should exude confidence. Even if you are working on creating a better you, achieving a more creative style, and toning up your body, you should never hide who and what you are.
Before concerning yourself with trends, you have to establish your style. I am not saying to create a label. I’d never encourage you to place yourself in a box as a “hipster” or “afro centric.” Instead, figure out what garments, textures, patterns, and colors scream YOU. For example, I love bold prints, bright colors, long skirts, and vests. Nine times out of ten, my outfits incorporate one of these things or even ALL of them. Your style SHOULD be something that others can’t explain and figure out because human beings are dynamic and enigmatic and your style should reflect that.
Wanna make a statement? Here’s some quick tips:
1. Know who YOU are. This is the most important thing. You can’t know and learn your style if you don’t know yourself. Before I discovered thrifting, I was hiding behind brands such as Baby Phat and Apply Bottoms. You can’t style these brands and I was their puppet. When I came into myself, and really got a handle of how I wanted to portray myself to the world; I found my style.
2. Figure out what you love most. As I said, I love bright colors and bold prints. Though I will venture out and try different things, these are my staples. You have staple products, but try others right? Find YOUR staples
3. Think of trends as something fun to try and that’s it. Instead, become a trend setter. I know few people my age from my little island who wears ankle length skirts. However, I love them. I feel beautiful and amazing when I wear them. Sure, I will try trends here and there, but I’d rather create my own.
3. Acessories. Buy them. Alot of them. Even on the days you are wearing a wife beater and jeans, accessories will make or break your outfit. We’ll talk about statement jewelry in another post.
5. Think of your style as a walking resume. People judge you from your appearance. Whether you think that is good or bad, that’s life. No one knows your story, but they damn sure think they do. Give them something to talk about and stare at!
As Ahsiek1118 always says GIVE FACE! Check out more of my “statement” looks on my blog My Thrifted Closet!
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SheRea is the blogger behind My Thrifted Closet (http://mythriftedcloset.blogspot.com/), a blog dedicated to thrifted fashion. She attends Wake Forest University, majoring in Communication with a concentration in Media Studies and double minoring in Theatre and Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. She is originally from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.View all SheRea posts.