Street Style Feels.

One of the greatest parts of cities that have established or evolving fashion scenes doesn’t only consist of the amazing fashion parties, runway shows and endless art filled events.. What about the people that attend them? After studying street style fashion from London’s Spring ’18 Menswear Shows and Pitti Uomo in Florence, I fell in love with the notion of street style all over again. What is street style? Self expression and identity displayed unapologetically. That’s my definition. A sense of style that is never created within design studios, but from the grassroots of the streets and the youth. Often times, we feel we are obligated to mirror a particular trend or celebrity’s sense of style… But, why? Is it because this is all that we see on social media, in magazines, and within society? Probably so. Looking through this collection of photographs, everyone seems to be within their own realm- within their own lane. It seems as if each person woke up that morning and decided to actually express themselves through their clothing- like they decided to defy society’s stencil of what they should look like.

Looking through photos of unique people in places that are far, far away from me- I’ve noticed something. Living in Cincinnati, a budding city with a ton of creative potential, I often see little to no individuality. There are a handful of creatives trying to work towards something here, something that will build a fashion scene- but it’s difficult because the masses don’t support individuality. As we are trained to remain conservative and repetitive in the careers we choose, the lives we live and the way that we look- Does this just become the cycle?

What is it going to take to gain more individuals who are comfortable in their own skin? Setting their own trends? Creating their own looks through research, fashion inspiration and more?

I guess I’m tired of seeing us all look alike and act alike. It’s like a city of robots.

But, who will break the cycle?

I think the lack of creativity blooms into a bigger picture that fashion- it grows into how we actually feel about ourselves, how we hold ourselves accountable within society, and how we lack positive change.

Unlike New York City or Los Angeles, Cincinnati is not necessarily a fashion capital of the world. So, we aren’t often handed the opportunities that creatives are given within those fashion capitals of the world. We have to work for them, build them. We have to start somewhere. But, us all looking alike and doing the same things won’t change that or open our eyes.

We have something thriving here, but we need to be different to impact the world.

I think we have a culture too.

We just haven’t tapped into it yet.

Street Style Feels.

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Menswear is most comfortable- It’s a proven fact.

For some reason, I feel like women wearing menswear is extremely arousing and provoking.

Whenever I’m shopping, I rarely stay in the women’s section.

Sometimes I feel like it’s a very sheltered section with the average pieces.

Sometimes I want more.

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I shopped my whole look from the men’s section at my local thrift shop.

I never thought to put these pieces together, this kind of came together as I was getting ready.

Oversized, droopy and baggy- These were goals for the day

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Top: Valley Thrift Shop

Jeans: Valley Thrift Shop

Vest: Valley Thrift Shop

Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Watch: Michael Kors

Earrings: H&M

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Achromatic.

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There is something refreshing about wearing all white…

In my opinion.

It’s such a clean and sleek look.

I think wearing any color in a monochromatic fashion can tend to get boring-

If you don’t take the time to break it up or switch it up.

Yesterday, I made sure to do just that.

I decided to pair my white, chain jeans with a lengthy with button up top.

I topped the look off with a cream blazer over the shoulders to take it ‘there’

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I decided to take an androgynous approach with my top by buttoning it to the top.

I kept my glam simple, with a burgundy lip and a high ninja bun.

My goal was to look as edgy in white as possible.

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My white clutch and nude heels were the accessories for my look.

I stayed away from earrings and necklaces, just keeping the focus on the key pieces.

I never really go out without earrings- This was different for me.

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This look was comfortable, chic and clean.

Top: H&M

Jacket: Jones New York

Jeans: Bebe

Shoes: Urbanog

Clutch: F21

Achromatic.

Soft TEE.

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Although today has been hectic, I still managed to remain stylish at the same time.

Meeting, emails, and phone calls don’t mean you can’t keep it cute- Right?

Good.

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 I’ve been completely obsessed with this oversized tee that I found at H&M.

It’s made from cotton, it’s comfortable and it has length- Which I love.

Black is always easy for me, and shoes can always dress up any tee.

Since it was so warm and muggy today, I decided to rock this as a short dress.

With my height, I wanted to add heels of some sort to stop myself from looking frumpy.

I think it worked!

This look was lightweight and manageable.
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 I’ve never been a huge accessory person, I wear what’s necessary.

Today called for my watch, a chain bracelet, hoops and a simple necklace (or two).

I’m a huge follower of minimal fashion, editorials and all that.

So, I mimic some things that I see through my own personal style.
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My glam was simple, with a red lip to give my look a pop of color.

I tried to keep it simple and sleek- Nothing more. IMG_2095IMG_2097IMG_2092

Soft Tee: H&M

Shoes: Urbanog

Watch: Michael Kors

Bracelet: Thrift Shop

Earrings: H&M

Simple Necklaces: F21

Soft TEE.

Selfie Central.

Throughout the year, I’ve covered a ton of ground regarding my career as a fashion stylist. I have worked with creatives that I never thought I’d be in the same room with. I’ve created work, styled shoots and I’ve truly challenged myself as not only a stylist, but as an artist. Through it all, I’ve managed to focus on constructing a level of personal style for myself. I’m a huge fan of social media, and I’ve been documenting my personal styling journey with every chance that I get. If you know me, then you know that I’m a selfie queen. So, when I’m unable to fully document my look of the day with a professional camera, I always make an attempt to snap a selfie! These are some of my favorite selfies featuring my looks of the day from the year. Enjoy!

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Selfie Central.