Just like music and visual art, fashion has always played a key role in my life. I grew up playing dress-up, putting together some definitely *innovative* outfits.
pictured: me wearing the popular “Chevron” style in 2012 🤢
My sophomore year, I discovered Urban Outfitters and donned my high wasted shorts and “hipster” style with pride. I even had a singular dread lock, which 1. Looked awful 2. Is straight up cultural appropriation and offensive 3. My hair had to be cut to get it out, leaving me with an extra short chunk of hair I still have (I guess that’s fair punishment for being ignorant).
ah… to be a sophomore in highschool wearing highwasted shorts, a beanie and a chocker again…
My Junior year I was DEFINITELY depressed as well as in a Stevie Nicks phase, inspiring me to wear all black, every day.
This is probably the only picture of me from that year… I was definitely unwell
To be frank, I simply no longer gave a single fuck.
Once I got to college is when I really started cultivating my personal style and brand. I found myself absolutely encapsulated in the place where street wear and Haute Couture exist. I’m a firm believer that a person’s fashion sense is a direct reflection on who they are- it’s the only form of expression that is required everyday (unless you’re a nudist, I guess). When it’s time to go out on the weekends, even if it’s just to a dinner with my friends, I love spending hours playing dress up. There is no better feeling than coming up with an outfit/combination of pieces you haven’t thought about before and seeing yourself in the mirror looking just how you wanted to.
In a similar vein of my Grammy awards this week, I thought I’d share my favorite article in each category of clothing (here’s some birthday present ideas- cough cough mom & dad). These are by no means meant to create a perfect outfit, they are just pulled from various places I know and love.
TOP: LUCID TOP BY I.AM.GIA.
I have to give credit to my friend and muse Lisa Samal for putting me on to so many amazing pieces in fashion. Lisa showed me I.AM.GIA. this time last year, and I was immediately in love. From their angular bodysuits to their leather pants, I.AM.GIA. has become an “it” brand for women my age. In particular, I saw this outfit in purple on the hit show “Euphoria” this summer and knew I wanted this top. I particularly love when it’s paired with a jacket so the only thing seen on the chest is the “GIA” logo in the middle of the top.
PANT: SUNDAY SERVICE SWEATS BY YEEZY
As I stated in my previous post- I’m a huge Kanye West fan- in both music and fashion industries. Ever since watching the YEEZY SEASON 3 drop in February of my Senior year of high school, I have wanted Yeezy shoes and clothing (I did snag a pair of socks last year, but that’s about it). Kanye has a way of flipping fashion on its head- producing shapes and pallets we have never seen or even thought of before. I think these Sunday service sweats with the font in the front is pretty innovative. To take something as boring as sweatpants and turn them into a statement piece is something I certainly hadn’t seen done by anyone before Kanye.
SKIRT: BAROCCO RODEO DRAPED SKIRT BY VERSACE
It’s hard to get more classic than this Versace print, and that’s why I love it. If I’m going to own a piece of Haute couture, I’m not ashamed to admit I’d want it to be recognizable (this isn’t to say I’m a sell out who will wear any recognizable couture, I actually hate the Fendi print on something like a skirt). In looking at coutour skirts, I haven’t been seeing many wrap styles (or at least ones I’m in love with). This one seems to fit the Versace brand so well. I’d love to place this with a simple black turtleneck and a gold chain and call it a day.
DRESS: THIS QUILTED MINIDRESS BY BALMAIN
I’ll say it. The Kardashian’s introduced me to Balmain. When I think of Balmain I think of my jaw dropping at the pictures of Kim headed to her bachelorette party in 2014. She wore this quilted mini dress (estimated to cost 20k) and it looked like a suit of armor on, and I’ve been obsessed with this silhouette the dress creates ever since. I know this will never ever happen, but I want this dress. I’d pair it with a high ponytail, minimal jewelry and some nude heels just like Kim’s
SNEAKER: YEEZY 350 V1'S IN OXFORD TAN BY KANYE WEST
I am not kidding you when I say I would give my pinky finger for some Yeezy 350 V1’s in the color “Oxford Tan”. When you think of Yeezy shoes, you’re probably imagining Kanye wearing these. I had never seen a shoe shaped like this, and I was immediately captivated by them. I want these shoes more than any other piece of fashion. This will never, ever happen, so my fake Yeezy’s (feezys) must suffice until I can buy what is (in my opinion) the most iconic Yeezy shoe.
SANDAL: LIGHT BLUE SLINGBACKS BY FENDI
HEEL: ANJALINA BY CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
I don’t know a heel more iconic than Louboutins. I feel like (at least for me) heels aren’t as recognizable as sneakers (where the giant logo doesn’t take away from the elegance of the shoe). The instantly recognizable red bottom of the shoe make these iconic (not to mention they are beautifully made). I personally love the Anjalina shoe– I think the spikes around the shoe make them stand out from the rest of the simple black Louboutins but not too off the rail that they veer from the classic, sleek look.
PURSE: BY CHANEL
It’s hard to find a more classic purse than Chanel. I don’t know what the particular model of this purse is called (I’ve searched everywhere, so please let me know if you find it). I first saw this photo of Miley Cyrus circulating in 2018 on Twitter and I haven’t been able to get over it since. Everything about this outfit is chic- from the skirt to the boots to the turtleneck to the hairstyle. What makes this outfit is hands down the bag. I was never crazy about the classic Chanel flap quilted bags– but I had never seen them do anything like this. It definitely takes inspiration from the Off-White brand, but no one does it like Chanel.
COAT: CHELSEA HERITAGE TRENCH COAT
Ever since I spent a summer studying abroad in London, Burberry has been my favorite high fashion brand. No one does trench coats like Burberry. It took me a while to decide what my choice hypothetical trench coat would be- but I think I’ve finally decided on the Mid-length Chelsea Heritage Trench Coat in “Honey”. I imagine myself on the way to my CEO position at some ad agency in New York wearing this.
HAT: VINTAGE CHECK COTTON BUCKET HAT BY BURBERRY
I was SO close to spending my life’s savings on this hat in Chicago this summer. I’m very glad my compulsion to buy did not get the best of me, because I really didn’t need this hat. That being said, the bucket hat craze came back this past year, and I’m not mad about it. If I’m doing a bucket hat, it may as well be Burberry, right? (someone please buy me this)
SCARF: BY OFF-WHITE
SUNGLASSES: AGENT OVAL SUNGLASSES BY BALENCIAGA
NECKLACE: VINTAGE LOCK BY LOUIS VUITTON
As someone who likes to consider herself the Walmart version of Billie Eilish, I’ve been obsessed with chains since discovering her this time last year. I love how chunky this chain is, paired with the simple vintage LV lock. I can’t find this on their website, which makes me wonder if they still exist, but I like this one (even if it’s fake)
EARRINGS: BY CHANEL
When I first saw Billie Eilish wearing these earrings, I immediately started looking for knock offs. Obviously I love when companies spell out their name in fashion- I guess something about reading just gets me going
In conclusion, Anna Wintour: if you wanna hook a girl up sometime that would be much appreciated.