How to Wear a Bandana

I have been OBSESSED with this trend and I did not think I would like it at first! I only have two summer printed bandanas and I really struggled at first with how to wear them so I thought I would make a post on how to rock them since they are so trendy right now!

I have been wearing mine as head wraps and usually pulling out my bangs! I also have worn them tied in my ponytail for some extra volume and to accessorize. I also recommend wearing them around your neck as a necktie. Here’s three ways I have been wearing my bandana for Summer. Follow me on instagram and Tik Tok for more @briana.nicole03

Neutral Style

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.

LINKS

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

 

 

Choose your Evil : The Fur Industry

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.

YOUR RIGHTS END WHERE ANOTHER’S BEGIN

Resources:

What’s The Problem With Faux Fur?

9 Shocking Fur Facts

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/faux-fur-environmental-impact

If you’re Downsizing your Closet

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

Denim Jeans

Cool Jacket : This could be a trench, a denim jacket or a leather coat

Plain Sweater

Button up

Trousers

Midi Skirt

Staple Leather Piece

Blazer

Printed Dress

White Blouse

Little Black Dress

 

Shorts to Wear instead of Denim

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

GRWM + Catch Up

Fenty Beauty Foundation : https://www.sephora.com/product/pro-filtr-soft-matte-longwear-foundation-P87985432?skuId=1925411

Makeup Shack Sponge : https://www.hbbeautybar.com/products/beauty-sponge-by-the-makeup-shack?variant=24177454907473&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google%20Shopping&gclid=CjwKCAjwq832BRA5EiwACvCWsaH69odTur4puVpmS511xgNnQEyAMwhapThoCCuhjbcBIQ7VDj8yIxoCl2wQAvD_BwE

Revlon Liquid Eyeliner : https://www.ulta.com/colorstay-skinny-liquid-liner?productId=xlsImpprod10521131&sku=2274991&cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CATCI=pla-293946777986&CAAGID=102825324120&CAWELAID=330000200000159238

Grand Lash MD : https://www.ulta.com/grandelash-md-lash-enhancing-serum?productId=pimprod2003445&sku=2544503&cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CATCI=aud-879589371974:pla-294680686006&CAAGID=28397269470&CAWELAID=330000200001693972&CATARGETID=330000200001394369&CADevice=c&gclid=CjwKCAjwq832BRA5EiwACvCWsRzVEHdJq1Z-MWYxkrWLm5vtFgl0yCRQ3i46Tg3QkbEmFNStBSt2hxoCOQ4QAvD_BwE

Voluminous Lash Paradise : https://www.target.com/p/l-oreal-paris-voluminous-lash-paradise-mascara-204-waterproof-blackest-black-0-28-fl-oz/-/A-52117732?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Beauty%2BPersonal+Care%2BShopping&adgroup=SC_Health%2BBeauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9028099&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1248099&gclid=CjwKCAjwq832BRA5EiwACvCWsUAQH5lTpbFupzJGNL6m2uzCQ79qdHB5071FasziGFMLu1pyx4cuvRoCuAsQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Highlighter : https://www.ybskin.com/collections/blush/products/plumberry-crushed-mineral-blush

 

Nasty Gal Haul

Waist Belt : https://www.nastygal.com/dont-let-it-go-to-waist-harness-belt/AGG56330-295-35.html

White Body Suit : https://www.nastygal.com/roll-the-credits-turtleneck-high-leg-bodysuit/AGG52222-173-30.html

Vest : https://www.nastygal.com/all-in-a-days-work-crossover-tailored-vest/AGG53541-165-14.html

Gray Tee : https://www.nastygal.com/stick-to-the-basics-relaxed-tee/AGG50275-131-30.html

Cut out Top : https://www.nastygal.com/out-of-arms-way-one-sleeve-cut-out-top/AGG53514-173-14.html

Leather Jacket : https://www.nastygal.com/crazy-little-fringe-faux-leather-jacket/AGG53634-105-30.html

BLM

I think it is very important to use my platforms to inform and spark discussion. While I had many other posts scheduled, it is important to address the current situation as it stands. We must always use our voices for good and be smart and strategic in the way we use our voice and our power.

Below is a list of Black-owned businesses that I encourage you to look into and discover

Briogeo Hair Care

The Honey Pot

Oui the People

Golden Girly Shop

Nude Barre

 

Resources to make a difference:

Donate to the Unicorn Riot which supports journalists on the front line

Reclaim the block aids in community safety in Minneapolis

Books To Read (as found by Refinery 29)

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi