African royalty chic, is a primer for living well but sensibly. It’s for those who believe that quality of life comes not in accumulating things, but in paring down to the essentials. In this issue its all about bringing value and style with economy and simplicity.
It all starts with the question: What am I going to wear?-and the answer lies in a series of questions: What do I like? What do I have? What fits? What do I need? and How can I get the most out of it
The fashion-savvy african woman understands the significance and the appropriateness of what she’s wearing and how it fits the occasion, the reason, or her body type. To make it simpler to keep all these considerations in mind, the following system in quick pictorial shorthand.
When purchasing clothes, it is important to invest in VALUE. A garment might cost $800, but if it is of high quality and timeless lines, so that you can wear it four times a month all year long for five years, it’s actually coasting you only a little over $ 2 per wearing.
Remember when you got sent home for wearing culottes or a short dress to school or work? With the dress-down Friday becoming a weeklong phenomenon. DRESS CODES are now more about appropriatness-the summer/winter, what,when,where question.
Survival gear, must-have, or just the basic wardrobe building blocks, these are the essential items that will allow you a lifetime of pleasures and value when carefully selected. They’re the kinds of things you borrow from your mother and somehow never return.
In general, most of us would look better if we avoided PATTERNS-there is nothing more terrifying than watching what appears to be a chintz sofa walking toward you; however, a judicious use of classic print is another way of adding vitality to the basics.
Though it’s tempting to think about, one does not live in black or navy alone. COLOR provides sizzle and is the magic in expanding any wardrobe. This denotes a special color combination or flexibility.
African women can look at a woman in a turquoise dress and figure where she bought it, what her house looks like, what books she reads and how often she has sex. Clothes talk, even when we don’t. The speak volumes about us.
Its hard to assemble a wardrobe and communicate personal style without understanding its elements. The color, fabric, pattern and texture of what we wear can hint at the most subtle aspects of our live. White, satin, fishnet-all are loaded with different meanings. Why do we chose what we choose? What decisions do we make when choosing two disparate pieces of clothing together? Make sure that you and your clothes speak the same language.
Personal Style;we have all seen her and gawked with admiration and not a little envy. She needn’t be beautiful, nor dressed in anything we couldn’t imagine for ourselves.
But her clothes are a brilliant orchestration of color and texture, fabric and fit, sensibility and style. And she wears them like a badge-they don’t wear her.
Maybe it’s color she’s claimed as her signature. Perhaps it’s her panache at mixing the unexpected. She may even buy certain basics over and over, in varying textures, fabrics and cuts-just different enough to keep things new.
Chances are. her her look is consistent: every-time you see her, her style is unmistakably her own, Her personal style is her personal uniform.
It’s inevitable you have to care for your clothes. How much time and money do you want to spend doing it? High-maintenance clothes are like high-maintenance friends-they need a lot of attention.
Her Dark glasses symbolises her sense of fashion, her private nature, and the star status her Blackness has inflicted on her.
To be continued Nextweek