11 Jan 5 Style Lessons of Chinelo Okona
New York is full of those girls. You know the oneson the train, ahead of you in the line for coffee, on the gram with an aspirational feed you cant help but scroll 85 weeks deep intothat leave you wondering why havent I thought to wear that? These are their closets. Welcome to 5 Style Lessons.
New York was always the goal for Chinelo Okona, an assistant womenswear buyer at Macys, who goes by @LustforLo. It wasnt a surprise that her room is so regal because so is the aspiring couture designer. Everything she does has a touch of old school Hollywood glamour. I work in an office where were allowed to wear jeans everyday but why not dress up? Its fun. Why not show off your personal style?
Last May, I graduated from Georgia State University, she told me in her Harlem apartment. I interviewed for my job and knew I had it by August. I moved here seven months ago. Its a dream come true to live in New York. I always wanted it but I didnt know that it was actually going to happen. Now, Im here, figuring it out.
Part of figuring it out for Lo means balancing work with her passion projects. Outside of work, its exciting to pursue my hobbies or things that exist in New York that didnt really exist in this way for me back home. Im taking a sewing class at Mood Fabrics. My instructor used to work for Marchesa and he was on Project Runway.
Im a self-taught designer, so everything I knew up until this point, I taught myself with a sewing machine my first boyfriend bought me. The end goal is to design couture and womenswear, period. I want to learn from the most amazing instructors in the world. I want to be able to work for Dior at some point, or for Zac Posen, or Vera Wang.
So, how does someone who gets paid to study trends and designs clothing in her off time get dressed each day? Keep scrolling to read Los five style lessons.
1. Dont Be Snobby
No one likes someone who criticizes where other people shop, Lo said. Thats lame. At the end of the day, personal style is about expression. Its so cliche to say but literally, when youre getting dressed in the morning, youre exuding some type of confidence left over from the night before. On that same token, though, you get what you pay for. Dont neglect the fabric. Even if Im going to buy a cheap $20 shirt, I want to know what is it made out of, does it lay right? How does it move?
2. Go Nude
Whether that be, nude nails or lipstick, for me its a heel, find a nude that really suits you. My go-to used to be that I would wear a black shoe with an outfit that I didnt have a particular pair that matched. If Im wearing something now, like a skirt or a pant that doesnt hit my ankles, Ill go with the nude shoe because it looks cleaner. And theyre out there now, designers are making them!
3. Rule of Thirds
I think uniform dressing works for well for me because I like to dress up my add-ons. I think its important to have that third piece thats a purse, for me, its usually a jacket or a statement shoe, thats going to add that wow factor to your outfit.
4. Be Extra
I love earrings and a nice necklace. Its important to look for accessories that really speak to you. There are many different markets and vintage shops to buy them around the city. Accessories are a fun way to really speak to who you are as a person, especially if youre not someone who is into fashion or knows how to style your outfits.
5. Find Your Sexy
Growing up a plus-sized woman, its been difficult for me to express the sexuality that I always had inside of me. Expressing your sexuality doesnt have to mean putting it overtly in someones face. It can be something small that makes you feel like a woman or makes you feel like who are at your core. For me, its a bralette that can peek through a shirt. Weave those pieces into your look. Best of all, they make you feel confident throughout the day.
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What do you think of her style? Dont you just love her point of view? And how about this room? I want a museum date with her, like, ASAP. You can follow along with Los journey on Twitter, Instagram, or her Tumblr here.