I remember in middle school when it was cool to be a goth/scene/skater kid, or some mix of the three and my main frustration with that style was that I had no black women to look up to or take note from regarding that look.
Fast forward a decade later and that is no longer the case. Social media has not only democratized fashion, but it’s globalized and expanded my conceptions of fashion. Certain “looks” don’t just belong to white people–black people, asian people, latinx people can all stake their claim on any style they feel is most true to them. My realization that black folks can be punk/goth while also remaining true to their diasporic aesthetic happened when I stumbled upon Brooklyn’s Afropunk Festival back in the day (when it was free and unriddled with gentrification). I talk about that revelation in a previous post. Presently, I have plenty of women to draw inspo from.
People often ask me what my style icons are and I have a very eclectic bunch that I hold very dear to my heart. To name a few, Solange Knowles for her bold colors and unique take on layering. Julia Sarr Jamois for her unabashed commitment to comfort chic–she always looks comfortable in her clothing but still manages to slay the heck out of an outfit. And of course, the OG style icon who was the catalyst to my style journey, Denise Huxtable, aka 90s Lisa Bonet. She didn’t shy away from masculine, big silhouettes that had the potential to drown her petite frame. Her character was headstrong, opinionated and her clothes reflected that.
This outfit I put together take note of all three of these women. The red beret and cherry earrings were inspired by the feminine and cliché notions of French style, but juxtaposed with my black turtleneck crop and checkered pants that is reminiscent of goth casual, it creates an ensemble that makes the outfit interesting to look at. I had to pair it with my Dr Marten Jadons, which are very comfortable and add an even tougher feel to the look. Lastly, as an added touch I threw on a sheer mesh dress as if my outfit wasn’t already doing a lot haha!
These are the types of outfits that remind me why I love dressing myself. To me, it’s more than just the functionality of clothing yourself. Its about creating and tweaking, and experimenting until you come out with a finished product that screams of YOU.
Thanks to my roommate Akeallah Blair who snapped these photos for me. Whatta gal.
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