Finding (and refining) personal style can be a struggle; we’re the first to admit it. We’ve all been there at least once, if not multiple times, as we gaze into our closet full of clothes and need something for the post-graduation to professional transition (so, platform sandals don’t work in office?), landing the big promotion we’ve worked so hard for, or dressing after having a baby (suddenly all those dry clean only silk blouses aren’t so practical).
Regardless of what life throws at us, it’s important to be able to adapt while still maintaining a style that is all our own.
And why exactly is this important? The impact of personal style goes far beyond making a good first impression; great style is also about approaching each day with confidence, and the ability to feel legitimately beautiful in what we are wearing. Believe it or not, the right wardrobe can make a difference in that department.
In terms of your wardrobe, we want you to really know what you like, understand what looks good on you, and how to shop. So when you find the right piece to add to your closet you exclaim, “This is so me!“So, we enlisted the help of one of the most stylish women we know, Jamie Krell. Her advice is budget-friendly, and she’s an on-air style expert. You remember her from E! News, The View, Access Hollywood, and The Today Show, right? Read on for Jamie’s tips for finding your personal style, one that is all your own.
1. SEEK INSPIRATION
Jot down the names of your favorite style icons and do a bit of research via Pinterest, Google, or Instagram to gather inspiration from their looks. Maybe you gravitate towards Jenn Aniston’s minimal/clean look, but with a dose of Lauren Conrad’s femininity, and a side of Alexa Chung’s hipster-chic aesthetic. Pulling different types of inspiration from several sources is a great way to figure out what you like and dislike.
Homework assignment: Make a Pinterest board titled “Personal Style Inspiration.” (Tip: It can be a secret board!) Create a list of your five favorite celebs or bloggers, do a quick search on each of them, and pin the images and outfits that most resonate with you. Finished? Now, write down all the elements they have in common. Chances are, the characteristics you write down most frequently are the ones you most relate to, and the vibe that makes you the most comfortable. Why is this important? When you feel comfortable, you look and feel your best!
2. CLEAN UP & CLEAN OUT
Take a good, long look at your closet and the pieces you already own. Toss what you haven’t worn in the last year so
you can start fresh. Then you can begin to rebuild and refine your wardrobe with a style that truly reflects where you are in your life and career. And if you waver between the keep pile and donate? Err on the side of placing it in the donate pile. The more you trust your gut, the faster the process will go.
Homework assignment: Start here, with these these closet cleanout tips. Then, find a few trash bags, a sharpie (and maybe a friend and wine!). Label the bags donate, trash, and sell and get sorting! A good closet cleanse will allow you to feel ready to become the true you, in terms of personal style. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get dressed when you have only a few spot-on options, instead of unnecessary clothing clutter! Plus, you can invest in quality new pieces with the money you make selling your old threads (more on that here).
3. SHOP SMARTER
I remember starting my first job at E! two weeks after I graduated college. I was terrified! The thing that scared me
the most wasn’t whether or not I would fail, it was mostly doubts about my wardrobe (truth)! How would I be able to dress trendy enough to fit in? Especially on a Ramen noodle budget? I thought the answer was money, but I didn’t have much expendable income to spend on clothes because I was a production assistant (otherwise known as the bottom of the totem pole). So I learned to experiment with the latest fashion trends the smart way—I would hunt for trendy deals at discount places like TJ Maxx and Forever 21. I would only splurge on staple pieces: leather boots, a great handbag, a nice coat. Plus, with a little extra attention (i.e. check the hems, test the zippers), it’s easy tell which cheap items will last and which items are just, you know, cheap.
Homework assignment: Next time you go shopping, revisit your Pinterest inspiration board first. Likely there are certain items themes, and specific items you’ll need to re-create the looks you admire. Make a list of the items you don’t already have, and take it with you (or just keep it next to your computer while shopping online). Stick to your list so you won’t be tempted to stray and pick up another impulse buy. If you only purchase to fill the holes in your wardrobe, you’ll build a great selection of clothes much faster.
4. TAKE YOUR LIFESTYLE & GOALS INTO CONSIDERATION
The perfect wardrobe should not only represent your vision and creativity, but also be tailored to your lifestyle.
Consider the persona you want to present to the world. You want your style to reflect your personality, but it also has to make sense in your field of work, your overall lifestyle, the city you live in and aligned with your long-term goals. Do you want a better job? Are you trying to make it in a particular industry? Think about adding a few sharp and appropriate professional pieces for interviews in that line of work. Or if you want to work in fashion, add more on-trend pieces (but don’t spend too much, as they’ll go out of style quickly!). If your work environment is casual, you may want to purchase more knits and jeans.
Homework assignment: Write down all the different situations you’re in during a given week—be it work, parties, dinners with friends or significant others, lounging, special occasions, the gym, and so on. Now, revisit this list whenever it’s time to clean out your closet, or shop for new clothes. If an item doesn’t check multiple boxes, it’s probably not worth your money. The key is to find pieces that can mix, match, and crossover from one category to another. For example, a great soft t-shirt to wear to the gym can also be worn with jeans and a blazer or tucked into a party skirt. Shop smart!
5. YOUR DRESS SIZE DOESN’T MATTER…BUT CONFIDENCE DOES!
No one can see what the size tag reads on the inside of your dress (and truthfully, no one cares!). The focus should
not be about fitting into the smallest size possible. And admittedly, who hasn’t taken two different sizes into the dressing room, secretly praying it’s the smallest one that fits? It happens to the best of us. But please, get out of that squeeze-into-the-smallest-size mindset, because a number shouldn’t make you confident—how you feel in your own skin does. And when you feel your best, you stand taller, smile wider, and people will notice. Or as Diane von Furstenberg put it, “Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good.” So wear what makes you feel confident!
6. ASK FOR HELP
When you’re serious about your skin, you see a dermatologist. When you want the perfect photos on your wedding day, you enlist the help of a professional photographer. The same goes for style! Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a professional. Remember, you don’t need to pay for a personal stylist—visit a department store or your favorite boutique and ask for advice and opinions from the sales associates and stylists. They know what they’re doing! Tip: you may need help customizing the fit of your clothes from a tailor. Why does Kate Middleton look so chic in just jeans and a blazer? Because they fit her impeccably. Seeking the help of a professional tailor ensures that each item you own shows off all your best assets!
7. STOCK UP ON ACCESSORIES
Accessories are, without a doubt, the easiest way to pull any look together regardless of the vibe you want to achieve. You can update jeans and a white t-shirt with a bold necklace or pair layered, delicate jewelry with a dress for a more feminine feel. A cool ear cuff or stacked rings can give you an instant edge, and pearls can make you look polished and lady-like in an instant. Add a patterned scarf, opt for edgy ankle booties instead of your normal black pumps, or pull out a bright clutch to add more personality.
8. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS AND BE AUTHENTIC
The single most important thing when developing your style is to be true to yourself. Don’t focus on the size or the designer label (this will only hinder your creativity!). Continue to experiment with different patterns, textures, accessories, and shoes. It all boils down to feeling good in your own skin—your style should reflect and celebrate your life, your individuality, and personality. Own your style, be proud of it, and embrace fashion as a way to express who you are and who you want to be.
I remember being told at E! that I “dressed for the job I wanted, not for the job I had” and I always remember that moment. I stayed true to my taste and what I felt best in, and people noticed. Trust your gut, because something that makes you feel confident and beautiful never goes out of style.
It’s a well-known fact that nollywood actor cum model, Alex Ekubo, has a refined taste when it comes to fashion.
The actor who is known for wearing well sewn and designed outfits has been partnered by well-known Lagos fashion designer, Yomi Makun, but better known as Yomi Casual.
The actor who has a panache for comfort, simplicity, proved his prowess in designing with his partnership with Yomi Casual ready to wear brand and also models his designs for fashion loving men to see.
Ekubo, who is happy about the development took to his instagram page to announce the partnership ‘Growing up, I’ve always wondered what it will be like designing a collection for the public. What will be my key areas of focus? Well for me, comfort is key.
I always want to not just be seen as comfortable in whatever I’m wearing, but to actually be comfortable in it, also, less is more – so less dramatic designs and a more subtle statement piece that screams BOSS AND MATURITY. Hence the creation of the new ALEX EKUBO FOR YOMI CASUAL COLLECTION’ he said.
In Nigeria fashion industry today, the Yomi Casual brand has carve a niche for itself as a brand to be reckon with when it comes to good designs and neat finishing.
That Ankara fabrics has become an important fashion item in Nigeria is undisputable. It is now the most used material for fashionable men and women.
Ankara has become undisposable more for women because of the many things that could be done with it.
In 2017 the true uniqueness of the Ankara fabric which was used for beautiful outfits by designers changed the fashion scene. The trendiest of it all is the high waist skirt. The brightness and patterns of Ankara fabrics has made using it for skirt more desirable for women.
The pleasure of mixing tradition with modern has made more women to go for the Ankara high-waist skirt in different style.
Moreso, the way the Ankara high-waist skirt makes every woman look proportionate no matter the woman’s size or height has made it more popular with women.
The high-waist skirt brings out the femininity in every woman with the way it accentuate their waist making it narrower than the natural size, whether it a maxi, pencil, mini, pleated, frock or knee length.
It is ideal style for women with boyish frame because it makes them look more ladylike. The skirt elongates the body of short women making her look taller and slimmer.
Women with full curvy body enjoy wearing the high-waist skirt because it makes their large waist looks narrower and hips slimmer. The multicolor and brightness help hide their large shape well.
styling the Ankara high waist skirt depends on the wearer. The skirt can be styled with frills on the side or bottom. slits can be added to show off the leg.
From crop tops, turtleneck, body suit, denims, longs-sleeves, short-sleeves, the list of tops to wear with the Ankara high-waist skirts are endless.
The Ankara high-waist skirt can be rock with different types of jewelry. From chunky to small jewelry depending on the taste of the woman.
It also works with all types of shoes from high-heels, wedges and sandals.
One thing most people especially men don’t know is that, there are many ways to style a T-shirt than just slinging it over the head on a pair of jeans or chinos trouser.
T-shirt can be worn in so many ways by men to give that dashing and stunningly good look that will get a second admiring look.
This simple outfit are always found in almost every man’s wardrobe. Some men even have tonnes of them but don’t know how to style them with other outfits. T-shirt can be blended with different types of outfit such as cardigans, blazers, ankara trouser and more.
Ways for men to wear a t-shirt…..
T-shirt and cardigan
T-shirt can be worn under a cardigan to pull off a fashionable look on a cold day. A plain colour tee, such as white and blue with a dark cardigan or vice versa is a nice combination for a semi-corporate environment. For a casual look the colours can be brighter or darker according to the taste of the wearer. What to note is that the colour must be blended right. It can be worn with a pair of slim fitted jeans or chinos with a pair of sneakers.
This are for men with muscles and chest hair to show off especially tees with plunging neckline. Nice for a day at the gym, with a nice workout trouser. The combination speaks sexy.
T-shirt and blazers
Though, blazers are originally formal outfits for the office. But the story has changed on the fashion scene. Blazers are now for both formal and casual look. There are even casual blazer for the casual look. A tee and a blazer is always very nice choice anytime. All that is needed is the right combination. A tee either round neck or v-neck should be worn with a fitted blazer and fitted trouser. The colours should be kept at a minimal of two bold colours. Avoid a fashion blunder by wearing heavily branded tee with blazers. A plain colour tee is idle or a strap with a dark blazer and pants is okay. Loose fitting t-shirts, blazer and trouser is a fashion turn off. The shoes should also be kept simple. For a more casual look, a blazer and tee can be worn with tight fitting jeans.
Under A shirt
A tee can be worn under a shirt. A white tee is better with a white button down shirt and worn under plain colour shirts. Avoid wearing coloured or graphic t-shirt under a white shirt and even some colour shirts. You can only get away wearing coloured t-shirts under checked shirts.
T-shirt and jeans
Graphic, multicolor, plain t-shirt are absolutely wonderful with jeans. A round or a v-neck tee can be team with a nice pair of, black, white, blue or gray denim and a blazer. The important thing here is to get the colour right. Don’t go more than two bold colours.
T-shirt and chinos
Though, chinos are like jeans but there is a world of difference between them when pairing them with t-shirts. It’s better and safer to pair light coloured t-shirts with dark colour chinos pants. A plain colour tee, like white, blue tee are better with tan, navy chinos. A navy colour tee will blend well with a tan chinos.
With Ankara trousers
This is to blend the African look with the western world. There is need to be careful when combining a tee with Ankara trouser. It would be too much colour to blend a multicoloured tee with Ankara because Ankara always come in multiples of colour. So the idle ways is to go plain on the t-shirt or with a subtle graphic t-shirt.
Adding dazzling little gem like stones on the Ankara fabrics as become the latest fashion statement for fashion loving ladies in Nigeria.
For these ladies, the Ankara fabrics embellishment with these little stones is a must have for their wardrobe fashion statement.
The placement of these little dazzling stones on the patterns of the Ankara fabrics otherwise known in the global fashion world as African print blinks and beautify the fabric especially under lightning.
It gives a nice finishing to what would have been an ordinarily looking material. Turning it into a work of art.
The dazzling effects of the stones works so well on any fashion outfit be it a shirt, gown, skirt, pants and for a fact it work well for every occasion making a must have for the fashion loving ladies.
All road lead to Guaranty Trust Bank 2017 edition of fashion weekend event, slated 11 and 12 of November, which kicked off on Saturday, with free access for expected attendees.
However, the event which is holding on Victoria Island in Lagos, would be rounded off on Sunday, at completion of list of programs including runways, exhibitions, masterclasses, discussion sessions among others
The fashion weekend is meant for fashion designers and fashion lovers across the country. The event tend to tilt towards consumer focused fashion exhibition and capacity building in order to promote the fashion industry in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the event 2nd edition of GTB’s fashion weekend and it has created a friendly environment for stakeholders in the fashion industry to meet and interact while showcasing and promoting latest fashion styles to the Nigeria community.
Organizer of Africa Fashion Week has hinted about London readiness to host over 100 African fashion designers and exhibitors who would be featuring at 7th edition of the event slated between August 11 and 12, 2017 at Grand hall of Freemasons in the Queen city.
Founder, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria/London (AFWNL), Ronke Ademiluyi, said that the event would be an exhibition of the African fashion whose creations had become unique designs and brands.
Speaking yesterday in Lagos, Ademiluyi added that designers and exhibitors would be coming from Ghana, Togo, Kenya, South Africa, Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Senegal, Uganda and Cameroon.
“Some Nigerian designers that will also be participating include: Signature Secret, Neopele, Lady Biba, Step Up, Sheila Black Style, House of Bo and Joela Bags,” she said.
Ademiluyi also said that the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), would lead a delegation of Nigeria’s best emerging designers that would also be accompanied by the Council’s catwalk show.
She further said that no fewer than 10,000 guests were expected to grace the two-day show at the Freemasons Hall in London and that they would be entertained by 60 catwalk shows with daily exhibitions.
“This year’s show will hold in two days; with five shows, that will have 60 designers on the catwalk, along 40 exhibitors,’’ she added.
“Africa Fashion Week London, a sister event to the just concluded Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, is a celebration of African designs, talents and diverse ethnic fashions in the United Kingdom (UK).
The 2017 Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, organised in conjunction with the Lagos State Government in April and June showcased the nation’s iconic pride with the theme: “ Celebrating the vibrant Pulse of Africa’’.
Ademiluyi said that the African show would be part of activities to promote African fashion before the international community.
“It is going to be a celebration of African designs, talents and the diverse ethnic influences that contribute to the development of fashion industry in the UK.
“Samson Soboye, an established London-based fashion stylist and a creative director behind the brand `Afro chic’ who has worked as a freelance stylist for publications will be our head stylist for AFWL 2017 ,” she said.
According to her, since the debut of the programme in 2011, it had been identifying and promoting new and emerging designers inspired by the rich culture of Africa and contemporary designs.
Ademiluyi hinted that AFWL had become Europe’s largest event for African and African inspired fashion, adding that the show was conceived at promoting new and emerging designers that were inspired by the rich African culture incorporated into contemporary designs.
She said that AFWL had become the platform through which designers boost their creativity in African fashion at international markets, as well as the nation’s tourism industry.
Founder of Africa Fashion Week London/Nigeria, urged Africans to appreciate what they had, and promote them to the rest of the world.
It is rare to see a lady outside her home without a bag. This is because a lady’s bag complements her dressing.
A lady’s bag portrays her dress sense and tells who she is.
Many ladies revealed that they put mirror, cell-phone, cosmetics, money, diary, keys, comb or brush, tissue paper, powder, complementary cards, identification card and vehicle particulars, among others in their bags.
Too many items in the bag make it heavy, sag and wear it easily.
These days, ladies carry bags of many colours but the popular colours include black, brown, blue, pink, gold and so on, but the commonest of them is black because it is a universal colour. Some bags have fusion of attractive colours and unique designs which make them popular in the markets across the globe.
Mesmerizing beads, shells, sequins and coins further enhance their elegance to a large extent. Various forms of bags ladies like to carry comprise: party bags, ladies beaded bags, ladies fashion bags and ladies designer bags.
Recently, a luxury Hermes handbag produced in 2014 and has 18 karat gold buckles and strap loops encrusted with 205 diamonds was auctioned at $380,000 in Hong Kong. This shows that handbags have gone beyond mere tools for carrying valuables to being used as a store of value.
The organiser of Miss Nigeria pageant has flagged-off preparations for thecelebration of 60th anniversary of Miss Nigeria scheduled to hold in November aimed at show casing attributes of Nigerian women and fostering unity among Nigerians.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, Tuesday, to intimate the media on the event, which started in January this year, the Executive Director of Miss Nigeria Organisation, Dr. May Ikeora, said that all arrangements have reached advanced stage to achieve a successful multi-faceted celebration.
“Miss Nigeria is 60 years today. Founded in 1957, when we were trying to secure Nigeria’s independence, it was a more symbolic pageant specifically formed to promote peace and unity in Nigeria, which it has continued to achieve,” she said.
“Today, we celebrate Miss Nigeria at 60. We have come a long way. It is another chance to refresh and search for what we can do better for Nigeria. How do we change with Nigeria and how do we make contributions to make Nigeria better?” former Miss West Africa added.
In continuing, she however, emphasised that the only way the pageant can be improved upon was for them to achieve the goals they had set.
“We have been working so hard from last year, especially, trying to make sure that Miss Nigeria as an organisation is clear with its objectives,” she stressed.
She mentioned the key elements of Miss Nigeria pageant, which include; the pageant itself, the women empowerment element as its vision today is empowering women beyond beauty, sustainable and long term project such as Green-Girl project, which is reviewed every five years, and the culture and heritage.
“Every Miss Nigeria surpasses what her predecessor did. It brings value to our community and the sponsors. Every year from last year, Miss Nigeria takes a state or two and promotes their culture and heritage. Last year, the girls wore Benin attire on stage thereby promoting Benin culture.
“We want a strong Miss Nigeria. We want to bring back pageantry better than what it used to be. It is unfortunate that we have too many pageants today that diluted pageantry, we don’t want that anymore”, she said.
She revealed that they would continue to use Miss Nigeria as a platform to showcase who a beauty queen should be. According to her, Miss Nigeria is not a perfect girl but the everyday girl that represents the entirety of Nigeria and implored Nigerians to support her.
“Miss Nigeria embodies an intelligent and beautiful woman that understands her identity as a Nigerian. It is not about beauty or whether a girl is from East, West North or South. Last year, we had more girls from the Northern part of Nigeria that contested for the pageant. We don’t want a girl from a particular ethnic group but, a Moslem or a Christian from any state that will represent who we are as human beings,” she explained.
She summed up her statement by saying that the 60th anniversary is an avenue for them to tell Nigerians and the world that the pageant is bigger, stronger and better.
“This is Miss Nigeria, well structured to promote peace, unity and our rich cultural heritage,” Ikeora added.
In the same vein, Special Project Expert, Edi Lawani, said that Miss Nigeria has a lot of history comprising visual and spectacle that goes through stages of selection, training, boot camp and the grand finale.
He maintained that the need to ensure that the event is recorded and stored for generations yet unborn to watch is by storing it in a recorded form.
“From the technical point of view, moving forward, we shouldn’t make a mistake like in the past. To capture it properly, that is where we come in to ensure the technical requirement is put together,” he said.
“This year, we will ensure Miss Nigeria is presented in a way it can be termed world class that will make it engaging for people to want to watch after that day,” he said
Also speaking, the 40thMiss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, the current queen, said she has used the platform to orientate girls and women through Green-Girl project she inherited from her successor.
“While growing up, I wanted to be Miss Nigeria because it is ambassadorial. I would like young people looking up to Miss Nigeria to know that it is not about beauty but, for projection of peace and unity in Nigeria,” she explained.
The 22-year-old 200 level student of Geography and Meteorology, Namdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, reiterated that the 60 years old pageant has a lot of weight on her shoulders.
“It has been amazing. I have built my intellectual strength from being the queen,” she revealed.
It would be recalled thatthe winner of the maiden edition of the Miss Nigeria, Mrs Grace Oyelude, clocked on December 19, 2016, the day the 40th Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, was crowned.
The organisers of Miss Nigeria, in one accord stated that they would do all they could to sustain the pageant and ensure it continues to serve its purpose of bringing peace, unity and progress to Nigeria.
They revealed that they had written letters to the American President, Donald Trump, individuals, organisations and some multinational companies, intimating them about the world class event that has interesting programmes that would thrilled Nigerians and the world.
Established in 1957, the pageant which holds every year aims to showcase the positive attributes of Nigerian women and also serves as a platform used in uniting Nigeria.