So I had to take some time off this summer. Sorry I disappeared without a goodbye but I was stuck in a wormhole,trying to find my way out. lol, nah, I jest. Anyway,onto this outfit. I have long admired the Gele, which is a Nigerian headscarf worn by women on special occasions. It originated from Nigeria but is now worn by African women all over. I was super excited when a Nigerian friend of mine got married last month and I finally got to wear one.A trip to the African fabric shop and countless youtube videos later, I was ready and rearing to go.
I would say this about the gele. Don’t wear it if you want to blend into the background. It really is a powerhouse headtie. One thing i noticed about older Nigerian, and generally African women in gele over the years is that they go all out. When they wear a gele, the rest of their outfit has to be bold and elegant. You don’t wear a gele for any old ordinary day. And when you put on a gele, you kind of get this attitude like, ‘STEP BACK!! I’m coming through’. Embellished fabrics and bold jewelry galore.
My initial plan was to wear my gele with a suit, which is generally not done but i felt would be gorgeous and work very well with the power theme of the gele. Unfortunately, I was so busy in the week running up to the wedding that I couldn’t make my suit, so at the last minute, I found this dress and had to just make do. Didn’t like it too much but I was feeling too good about my gele to care about the rest. Next time I wear a gele, there is definitely going to be a power suit somewhere in the mix so stay tuned.
Dress-CJAJ09, Headtie- Finetex Creative Streatham, Shoes- Primark
So a few more pictures today than usual. Clearly, i’m trying to overcompensate. Thanks for dropping by, and in my absence, I finally got on instagram, so if you’re on there, lets connect. I share more of my work, behind the scenes stuff, inspirations and everyday shenanigans on there so do find me @myafricancloset on there. Thanks for dropping by and a happy September. AJ
Good morning Lovelies,
Just a quick burst of colour to brighten up your week and help you get over the mid week slump, if you’re in one. That’s one of the good things about all the colour in my wardrobe, keeps me always cheerful. It’s hard to be sad when you’re wearing super colourful clothing. lol.
Top- H&M, Skirt- CJAJ09.
Well, hope you’re having a colourful week like me. Thanks for dropping by and God bless you. AJ
As I grow, I find myself gravitating towards bolder prints and brighter colours, which I suppose is a bit atypical, but in terms of silhouettes, I’m preferring cleaner, simpler and more classic. Its at times very confusing; as though the prints and colours want to pull me forward whilst the silhouettes tell me to look to the past. Or maybe its the other way round. This has, off late become my life and design philosophy as well. Old, yet still new. Classic but quirky. Neutral at the same time very bold. Clean lines and tailoring meet bright colours and crazy prints. This outfit is a particular instant where this philosophy came together really well. Starting with the top, remove the print and its a nice black, white or maybe brown peplum top. Would make a nice classy outfit with white or black trousers right? But with the prints, its suddenly much bolder on its own, takes on a totally different dimension. Pair it with those white trousers and the look is at once, classic, fresh and very striking. Don’t you think?
Top- CJAJ09 Trousers- H&M
Sorry about the long paragraph. Sometimes it happens. Also, still blogging from my phone so sorry if the pictures aren’t great. Enjoy the rest of the week and thanks for dropping by. AJ
Happy Monday Lovelies,
Hope you all had a great weekend. Just a quick one today. Wore this outfit last week sunday and it was literally a case of throw on whatever you grab and go. This is the reason why I stock my wardrobe with loads of bold print pencil skirts. They are so easy to style and are perfect for when you have two minutes to get out of the house. This particular skirt got so many compliments. I think its the combination of a bold print, simple silhouette and cute but quirky peplum.
Top- ASOS SKIRT – CJAJ09.com Boots – Ebay
Thanks for dropping by. Enjoy your week, And please excuse the weird picture quality. blogging from my phone these days
Hope you are all enjoying the month of May so far. I’m currently loving the midi length trend and as you can see here, I’m taking it to absolute extremes. I think I might actually prefer this awkward length to the more normal midi lengths that hit just beneath the knee. This style of skirt is very modest and ladylike so I had to mess it up a bit with the leather and low cut neckline. And then to really throw it off: no, not classic pumps but bright blue boots. lol, so that overall, the look is just an attempt at modesty. Anyway, how do you take your midi lengths, awkward at the ankle or classic at the calf.
DRESS – CJAJ09.COM, Shoes-Ebay
Thank you all so much fo dropping by and reading the blog. Enjoy the rest of the week. God bless you