I shot a series on neutral style and how to achieve an easy put-together look with simple basics. A white top, with a signature pair of light wash denim, is always an easy go-to and all-black pieces that are probably already in your closet can be used to recreate looks for every occasion.
It’s so easy to mix and match when you have the right basics. My favorite places for great basics that will last are Zara (of course) and places like Gap or H&M. Building a wardrobe is like a house. You have to first build your solid foundation before you pick out what color you want your decorative pieces like teal or aqua shutters.
Look 1 :
White Top : https://www.shopbop.com/pippa-wire-bodysuit-free-people/vp/v=1/1541495943.htm?fm=search-viewall-shopbysize&os=false&ref_=SB_PLP_NB_1
Denim : https://www.zara.com/us/en/z1975-wide-leg-jeans-p06147072.html?v1=40162968&v2=1446471
Look 2 :
White Top (similar) : https://rstyle.me/+B300c9X6F7nlOC8jw0b0zQ
Denim : https://www.zara.com/us/en/zw-premium-noki-jeans-in-misty-blue-p06840049.html?v1=40779581&v2=1445934
Look 3 :
White Top : https://www.dollskill.com/crop-top-peasant-blouse-back-tie-white.html
Denim : https://www.levi.com/US/en_US/clothing/women/jeans/wedgie-fit-womens-jeans/p/228610036
Either harmful to animals or the environment.. choose your evil.
So we all know that real fur coats are bad right? I’m definitely against buying a real fur coat that being said, I do have a real fur coat that was handed down and is more of an investment piece that I did not and would not have bought. I would not wear it mostly because of what it represents. Wearing and encouraging the sale of real fur promotes the acceptance that 85% of the fur industries come from animals that were held captive. In China, animals can be skinned alive for their fur and mislabeled and sold around the world. Your rabbit coat? Probably not even rabbit, babe.
I’m not for harming an animal unless you need to. Hunting is never my go-to but I wouldn’t be against it if the whole animal was needed and used. In a perfect world, animals would be used only out of the pure need for food and clothing and there would be no waste.
Let’s talk about the latter option, faux fur. Faux Fur is a huge pawn of the fast fashion industry. The microfibers contain plastic that sheds and can accumulate in landfills and oceans. The fibers are also not biodegradable, while real fur does tend to be as it is from a living thing.
So do you really need a new fur coat? Can you borrow one instead or pass it on for generations to come so that we slow down the mass production.
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You need basics. Here is a list of a few items that you should have when building up your closet. I definitely think that this is so important to evaluate your current garments before buying more hip and trendy pieces. I’m not going into accessories or shoes because that would take forever. I wanted to list a few versatile pieces and basics. There are definitely many many more pieces that are essential, but I thought when you are building a foundation for your wardrobe you must first have the essentials.
Click on the image for a link to where to shop the piece.
Tank / Tee
Cool Jacket : This could be a trench, a denim jacket or a leather coat
Staple Leather Piece
Little Black Dress
I wanted to continue to spotlight POC that have contributed to society in a positive way. I decided to write about a topic that I know best, fashion. I am highlighting POC in the fashion industry from writers to designers and more. I keep up with the work of all of the individuals below and they are all saved in their respective Instagram categories for me to see what they are working on next. I am glad I am getting to share a bit of that with you and I am not even scratching the surface with this shortlist of amazing people!
Kerby Jean Raymond : A haitian-american designer with a dope menswear label that I am sure you have heard of.. Pyer Moss
Virgil Abloh : oh you know, just the artistic director of Louis Vuitton and CEO of Off-White
Telfar Clemens : known for his cool gender-neutral designs
Dani Kwateng : Culture and Entertainment editor at Teen Vogue
Marjon Carlos : Has appeared in Vogue, Net-a-Porter, and Essence just to name a few
Nikke Ogunnaike : Former style director of Elle.com and Deputy Fashion Editor at GQ
Toni Blaze : Editor-in-Chief of Wonderland Magazine
Lindsay People’s Wagner : Editor and Chief of Teen Vogue
Kenee and Deshaunte : One of my favorite duo’s when it comes to style! So sweet and they create amazing looks seen in Avante and Mood to name a few. They are also currently conducting their own online show
Vincent Smith : Celebrity stylist who has worked with big names such as Normani, Kash Doll and Victoria Monet
Ade Samuel : Celebrity stylist who has worked with Cynthia Erivo, Yara Shahidi, and Justine Sky
Scott Louie : Celebrity stylist who has worked with Keke Palmer, Jojo and Kehlani
First off, I have to give credit to the QUEEN Maeve Reilly, who is Hailey’s stylist, and puts together her killer looks. If I had to pick a style icon of the moment off the top of my head it would probably be between Hailey and Celine Dion. (I know I’m going to add more to the list and regret only saying those two names later but oh well.)
I have absolutely loved Hailey’s look and I have followed Maeve for a while since I love her personal style as well as her client’s looks. I have added a few of my favorite looks of Hailey’s below and even recreated one that I think everyone should wear.
Who is your style icon of the moment?
This look was actually a possible Coachella look before it was canceled. I instantly fell in love with those Mugler jeans.
I was on Instagram and I was scrolling through Jacquemus’ story and I saw a skirt and top that instantly reminded me of one of the dresses in my closet. I thought it looked like the dress unbuttoned and flipped over like a skirt.
The dress is originally from Forever 21 and the Jacquemus top looked like a strappy bralette over a tank. So I thought I would shoot something similar for a get the look.
It was also paired with a pair of pointy-toe pink lace-up flats that I had and are similar to the ones in the original photo. All of the items that I used are actually a few seasons old and I had in my closet for a while. This is one of the main reasons that I tend to hoard older pieces of clothing because trends always come back in style.
The full video can be seen on my Tik Tik: @briana.nicole03 but I screenshotted a few of the images
I saw a recent post on WhoWhatWear that was similar so I thought I would share a few of my favorites that I thought would be great for summer. I am LOVING the monochromatic pastel trend right now and I wanted to incorporate that and other ideas because wearing denim shorts, a tank, and sandals are so 2010.
Crochet Shorts : Easy to throw-on, breathable and usually come in fun colors
Leather Shorts : These have a cool star design on them and are currently on my wishlist
Tie Dye : Not only is this trend in style, but it is also is comfy and you can match the various colors for a fun summer look
Biker Shorts : Easy to slip on and layer over an oversized tee and denim jacket. This pair has such a cool look too
Dolphin Shorts : Easy and Cool especially for a post quarantine casual look
Lavender Elastic Shorts : Throw these on with a lavender blazer and you have got a monochromatic look that’s on-trend