Top 15 Statement Pieces | Summer 2018 Edition

Boy, do I love Summer weather and Summer fashion?

My closet caters to Summer way more than it caters to the Winter, so the majority consists of great Summerwear that I attempt to recycle, or just cycle, into my outfits. Staying on trend is also a major factor of my massive closet, that contains 96% summerwear and only 4% winterwear. Just because I may be trying to stay on-trend does not mean that I have to constantly buy a new Summer wardrobe annually, instead I am able to reuse and recycle pieces that I may have gotten from previous seasons and integrate them into an on-trend outfit.

High-waisted shorts, sun dresses, hats, crop tops, bodysuits, slip dresses, sandals, sneakers, and skirts are some of top fifteen statement pieces for the Summer.

1. High-Waisted Shorts

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*No matter what style or color wash, a few pair of high-waisted shorts are necessary and essential for me to get through an entire Summer season*
*Season-and-season again they prove to be the most consistent and the most reliable form of attire that I own*

2. Tie-Dye Swimsuit/Bodysuit | Pac Sun

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3. Basic Crop Tops | Urban Outfitters & American Apparel

*Crop tops serve just as consistent and reliable throughout my wardrobe and closet, as high-waisted shorts do*

4. Denim Skirt | H&M

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5. Reflective Mirrored Sunglasses

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6. Adidas Floral Embroidered Slip Dress | Urban Outfitters

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7. Flat Black Hat

8. Hi-Top Black & White Lace-Up Sneakers | H&M

9. White Boho Sheer Cover-Up

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10. White Crochet Turtleneck Swimsuit/Bodysuit | Pac Sun

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11. White Platform Sandals | Steve Madden

12. White Circle Skirt Dress | American Apparel

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13. Navy Bow-Tie Top | Elison Rd

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14. Floral Maxi Dress

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15. Black Strappy Heeled Sandals With Silver Embellishment | Steve Madden

My wardrobe is filled with great pieces that are just waiting to be warn once again, after a season of being completely unused.

While trends are always changing and developing, it does not mean that you have to completely forget or get rid of pieces that you may have purchased during a previous season.

I do my best to maintain a minimalistic vibe, especially when it comes to a color scheme, but I also do my best to channel a grungy and bohemian with a minimalistic vibe.

Not every piece on my “top fifteen” list is what everyone would consider a “statement piece,” but not every piece has to be your trendiest purchase. These are just some of my own personal favorite pieces from my wardrobe that help me feel as though I can make a statement with my fashion.

I would love to see and to hear what other people’s top Summer statement pieces are. What is currently making statements in your closet and what are your favorite pieces from the Summer?

Below features what I packed for my most recent vacation to Wisconsin, and one will hopefully notice that many of my summer statement pieces were packed up into my suitcase. There are a few things that are not featured on my statement pieces, however, you will be able to grasp a general understanding of what my wardrobe features and what trends and color schemes I enjoy to play with.

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~ Summer daze 5ever ~

Stay cool&Dress Cool.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Suitin’ Up For Swimming

Bathing suits are a staple part of most individual’s Summer attire, as people gradually begin gravitating towards water as the weather gets warmer.
For those who are lucky enough, swimwear is a part of your wardrobe year-round, as the temperature truly does not decrease for the season of Winter.

Summer is all about a minimal amount of clothing, in order to reassure that your body temperature can remain cool.

Even for those in landlocked states, bathing suits are essential for Summer living, as they have access to pools that ultimately require that individuals wear some sort of bathing suit.

This season take advantage of all the fun trends of this fashion season. You do not want to miss out!

Some styles of swimsuits that are currently popular and are on-trend, include:

  • High-Waisted Bottoms
    • High-waisted bottoms have recently emerged as a front-running trend this season. Swimsuits with high-waisted bottoms have not been in style for a decent amount of time, but suprisingly made a massive comeback.
    • High-waisted bottoms channel a vintage and feminine vibe!
    • For those who are sick of wearing one-pieces, or bikinis, find yourself a bikini with high-waisted bottoms! You will be the trendiest girl by the water.
    • Swimsuits with high-waisted bottoms come in various and numerous different styles, patterns, and colors.
    • While swimsuits with high-waisted bottoms have a smaller market and audience to serve, they still are sold at retailers everywhere! This is a great trend to experiment with and a great way to set yourself and your bathing suits apart from others bathing suits.
    • If you are afraid that you will appear conservative, or outdated, with a bathing suit with high-waisted bottoms, you are highly mistaken! High-waisted bottoms can still be enticing, playful, and flattering. In addition, high-waisted bottoms are extremely trendy and fashion-forward.
    • The trend is much more popular than many anticipated it would be, however, it is slowly becoming contageous. Do not miss your opportunity to channel a vintage vibe with your high-waisted swim bottoms.

  • Cut-Outs
    • This is a huge trend in the swimwear industry this season! You can find bathing suits with cut-outs just about at any retailer, as it has become one of the most prominent trends this season.
    • They may produce unflattering or strange tan lines, but it is most definitely worth it!
    • One pieces with cut-outs are one of the most popular bathing suits this season! Bikini bottoms and tops can also feature the cut-out trend, but cut-outs are most often found on one-piece bathing suits. This may be, because a one-piece bathing suit allows for more room to utilize, experiment and play with the cut-out trends, while bikini bottoms and bikini tops offer limited options to display a cut-out trend.
    • The cut-out trend is extremely playful and is a great trend that emerged from the industry.
    • Do not feel like you are being scandalous, as you will be showing more skin than you normally would if there were no cut-outs in your bathing suits.
  • One Pieces
    • One-piece bathing suits have surfaced and re-surfaced the swimsuit industry, especially over the last couple of years. There is never a shortage of production of various one-piece bathing suits in any retailers!
    • Prior to its’ major rise in popularity, one piece bathing suits were normally worn by older women, toddlers, infants, and lifeguards. Similarly, the whole point of wearing a bathing suit is to show off your skin, or go swimming. It was extremely shocking to discover how many individuals and consumers loved the one-piece trend, as one piece bathing suits can seem fairly conservative, which is the opposite vibe one wants to channel in their bathing suits.
    • One-piece bathing suits are so extremely popular that you can expect to find at least three cute one piece bathing suits at every retailer. Designers have found ways to manipulate the silhoutte of the one-piece bathing suits by incorporating different neck lines, cuts, materials, patterns, or unique cut-outs in order to create a variety of bathing suits that can cater to individuals of all shapes, sizes, and ages.
  • Cheeky Bottoms
    • Cheeky bottoms completely contrast the high-waisted bottom trend that is also taking over the bathing suit industry. While this trend is not for every one, or for people of all ages, it is an especially popular trend for young adults. Cheeky bottoms cater to a more exclusive consumer than normal, or full coverage, bottoms.
    • The industry and its’ consumers are always looking for ways to make swimming suits appealing and attractive to be seen in, which usually entails minimal material. Showing off your body and finding ways to show just a little more skin is something that women, or the large percentage of the market, seek to achieve!
    • You can expect most of your gluteous maximus to be uncovered, but this is not always a bad thing. You will be showing much more booty than you normally would, but often cheeky bottoms can be fairly flattering for individuals of most body shapes. Cheeky bottoms are a way for the bathing suit industry to celebrate and show off one’s assests, without leaving nothing left in one’s imagination.
    • Cheeky bottoms are especially great for those individuals looking to get rid of those pesky tan lines on your booty cheeks.
    • Do not be afraid to try this playful, youthful, and minimalistic bathing suit trend! Show off what your mother gave you and be proud of it.

Let me share with you some of my favorite swimwear companies to purchase bathing suits from!

  1. Zaful Swimwear
    • Zaful Swimwear is an affordable bathing suit company that manufactures bathing suits that range from basic bathing suits to patterned, fashion-forward bathing suits. The greatest part about Zaful is how affordable their bathing suits are, and the second greatest part is the variety of bathing suits that they offer!
    • Zaful Swimwear offers bikini with high-waisted bottoms, as well as cheeky bottoms and full-coverage bottoms, suits with cutouts, suits with patterns, and even one-pieces! Solid colored bathing suits, mixed and matched bathing suits, or patterned bathing suits are all available for individuals for prices that one cannot beat!
      One should not expect Zaful bathing suits to last a lifetime, but it will not fall apart on you after one season.
    • They offer a collection of swimwear that is completely relatable for prices that are extremely competitive. The variety of selection of swimwear and swimwear trends that are sold on Zaful Swimwear is extremely impressive, and leads me to believe that any individual could find a bathing suit on their website that suits their style and their needs.
    • The options are truly endless on Zaful!

  2. Maaji Swimwear
    • Maaji swimsuits are some of my favorite swimsuits! Their brand manufactures suits that are full of bright colors, intricate patterns, such as geometric patterns, florals prints, paisley prints, to name a few. Their swimsuits are much more playful, colorful and eccentric than most swimwear companies like to produce. Unlike most swimwear brands, most of their bathing suits are patterned and use eccentric, almost highlighter colors that truly are visually stimulating.
    • The sporty silhouttes of some of their bathing suits are completely unique to their brand. Maaji definitely caters to a larger audience than just beach-goers, as it also caters to those who participate in water sports, or just enjoy a sportier style.
    • Maaji swimsuits tend to channel a more sporty vibe than other bathing suit companies. The brand does a wonderful job of intertwining the worlds of sporty and cutesy very well, as this is often a feat that is extremely difficult to do.
    • In my opinion, Maaji is truly one of the only bathing suit brands that is able to execute a sporty, yet feminine and flirty look very well.
    • While the bathing suits are fairly pricey, Maaji produces quality bathing suits that are guaranteed to last for a few seasons. Similarly, the material that they utilize to manufacture their bathing suits are fairly sturdy, comfortable, and stay on one’s body.
      • One thing that seperates Maaji from other brands is that they manufacture bathing suits that are reversible, so you are essentially paying for two bathing suits in one. Not many bathing suits are reversible, and if they are, the reversed side is often not as appealing as the original side. Maaji produces reversible bathing suits, and both sides of the bathing suit, including the reversed side, are cute!

  3. MIDORI 
    • MIDORI is a bathing suit company whose mission is to uplift women who wear their bathing suits. Essentially, their mission is to emphasize the importance of women embracing their natural beauty, their uniqueness, and their natural selves.
      Their hope is that their bathing suits will make women feel good and feel confident in the bikini that they are wearing, in the hopes that they will also continue to spread their confidence and uplifting energy to other women.
    • MIDORI mainly manufactures cheeky bottoms, or smaller bottoms, that do not offer full coverage. Their cheeky bottoms are what they are especially known for!
      • The company does however manufacture full-coverage bottoms for those who may not feel comfortable wearing cheeky bottoms that offer minimal coverage.
    • MIDORI loves their playful and bright patterned bathing suits, but they still provide bathing suits in more muted tones for those not looking to shine brighter than a diamond.
    • MIDORI bathing suits are made with a great and durable material that allows them to last more than one season. While all bathing suits should stay on one’s body without question, this is not always the case with bathing suits from other companies. MIDORI’s bathing suits stay on your body no matter what you are doing, as they should!
    • The price range of their bathing suits truly fluctuate, but for the quality and the cuteness of the bathing suit, you will never feel like you are overpaying for their products. MIDORI offers reasonably priced sets, and while some may consider their bathing suits too expensive, the quality and the durability of the bathing suits justify their price points.
    • “Island Honey 2018 Collection” 
      • MIDORI’s newest swimwear collection named “Island Honey” was inspired by island life. MIDORI incorporated earthy hues, floral patterns, etc. in an attempt to portray their theme of island living into their bathing suits.
      • The collection introduces a series of new solid colors and prints
        • Solid Colors | Napali, Malu (Black), and Mango
        • Patterns | Frond, Lanai, Bonzai, Pebble, Ilima

Acacia Swimwear, Gypsy Beach, Revolve, PacSun, Roxy, and Target are also some of my other favorite retailers to purchase bathing suits from!
With so many playful and spirited bathing suit trends, this season is gauranteed to be a blast!

Create a bigger splash with your bathing suit this year than someone who has just belly-flopped into the pool! I gaurantee that more heads will be turned towards you than the individual who just belly-flopped into the water.

What are some of your favorite swimwear brands? And, what are some of your favorite bathing suit trends that you are looking forward to trying this season?

Remember that no matter what you kind of bathing suit you are wearing that all that matters is that you feel comfortable, that the bathing suit stays on, and that the bathing suit is waterproof. It is important to feel good in your bathing suit, as it is very easy to feel vulnerable and very insecure in a bathing suit, because you are about 78% naked, leaving very little for the imagination.

Play with these trends, and mix-and-match trends to see what works for you!
This is the year to make a splash in the deep-end of the pool with your fashion-forward, cute, and trendy bathing suit.
The options are endless, and so is our access to affordable, cute, and trendy swimwear.
My, oh, my, are we blessed!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Pride(ful) Fashion

Support your LGBT community this month to commemorate the kickstart of Pride Month. LGBT stands for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and LGBT pride, or gay pride, is a movement grounded in the beliefs that opposes the discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individual. LGBT Pride serves to create a community, in which LGBT individuals can celebrate their sexual and gender identities.

The most common symbol that represents the LGBT community universally is the rainbow flag, including the colors red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, indigo, and violet. The use of the rainbow flag to symbolize LGBT Pride originated in San Francisco, California, but since then, the use of a rainbow flag to symbolize LGBT Pride has spread worldwide.

Pride Month is a very exciting month for the LGBT community, as it involves numerous pride events, including “pride parades and marches, rallies, commemorations, community days, dance parties and large festivals” (Wikipedia). It is truly a festive and spirited time for the LGBT community, as well as it is for their supporters.

LGBT events, including Pride March, are held nationwide, and even globally in some countries. These events are carnivalesque and far from boring, as they are some of the most visually and emotionally stimulating. If you have never been to a pride event, or are not as involved into the LGBT community and LGBT Pride, you should attempt to attend one. It is truly an experience filled with lots of pride, joy, love, passion, and colors.

The outfits that make an appearance at Pride events, such as Pride March, Pride festivals, etc., are just as extravagant and as priderful as rainbows. One of my favorite things about the LGBT community, and their supporters, is how proud they are, despite social stigmas and social shames associated with identifying as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individual, with homosexual and/or bisexual orientations. Their community truly promotes the unification of people, highlighting the important act of love and acceptance that our world often forgets. In addition, their spirit and overall energy of the LGBT community can turn anyone’s frown upside, all while adding some much-needed color and personality to your life.

In order to commemorate and highlight the beginning of Pride Month, many retailers and designers have put together a “Pride Collection” for customers to purchase to show their support and their spirit.

  1. Pac Sun | LA Hearts x Pac Sun 
    PacSun recently released a fairly simplistic collection of pride apparel for customers to indulge in. Many of the pieces within the LA Hearts x Pac Sun Pride Collection involve utilizing basics, including crop tops, tube tops, and t-shirts, and incorporating rainbow patterns or text that show support for the LGBT community. The great part about the LA Hearts x Pac Sun collection is that many of pieces can be worn outside of pride events and can be worn casually. Most of the pieces are fairly casual and can serve as great basics to add into your collection. Worried that this collection may be out of your budget? Well, let me put that worry to rest, as $30 is the absolute maximum amount of money that one would have to pay in order to purchase a piece from their collection.
  2. Converse x Miley Cyrus
    Miley Cyrus is a well-known advocate and supporter of the LGBT community and Converse made an executive decision to team up with LGBT activist in order to create a line of shoes for Pride Month. The collection consists of apparel, as well as shoewear. The collection is the definition of BRIGHT, ECCENTRIC, and PLAYFUL, in order to best represent the LGBT community. The shoewear consists of playful patterned shoes, including platform high-tops, rainbow patterns, polka-dot patterns, sequins, and rainbow soles. I am personally a big fan of the platform sneakers from the collection! The apparel consists of a track suit, which includes rainbow detailing, as well as a polka-dotted tee that comes in two colors. The collection has fluidity and consistency within the designs, which is difficult to achieve with such a vast color palette. The Converse x Miley Cyrus collection is incredibly playful, youthful, colorful, prideful, and everything LGBT.

    *All the proceeds from the collection will go to LGBT foundations, including Happy Hippie Foundation, RainbowYOUTH, It Gets Better Project, and Minus 18*

  3. Pride Pack | adidas US
    Apparel, shoes, and accessories are all included in adidas’ Pride 2018 collection. On the insole of every shoe in the “Pride Pack” collection, the words “Love Unites” logo is placed inside the shoe. The collection offers some rainbow colored attire, shoes, and accessories, but mostly consists of electric-colored, or vibrant, colored apparel and accessories. The collection also includes a wide range of pastel-colored apparel. The difference between the Pride Pack collection and their normal apparel is the versatility, vibrancy, and playfulness of the colors utilized in their collection. The color scheme that they chose to follow through with is phenomenal and just as vibrant as Pride Month, especially the shoes! This collection is also great if you are looking to purchase vibrant colored athletic wear. Do not miss out on this collection!
  4. Pride Collection 2018 | Levi’s
    Levi’s released an exceptional Pride Collection that incorporates a wide variety of pieces to choose from, including clothes and accessories. The theme of Levi’s collection is “I AM ______,” in order to celebrate and highlight individuality and equality, with their black and white graphic tees. The collection includes a handful of graphic tees that include a rainbow theme within their product. The most outstanding piece from the collection is their Trucker Jacket, which has been customized with rainbow embroidering. Levi’s 2018 Pride Collection marks their fifth year supporting Pride, and this collection does not disappoint at all. The entire collection consists of very wearable pieces that would work as great additions to one’s wardrobe, whether it is Pride Month or not.

    *100% of the proceeds from the Pride Collection will be donated to the Harvey Milk Foundation and Stonewall Community Foundation (two LGBT partner organizations)*


How do you Pride?

Spread love, create communities, and support your local LGBTs! It is time to celebrate and be gay!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

OOTD |Skirt, Skirt


Outfit Of The Day


Today was another friendly reminder that Summer is finally on its’ way, as Spring fades into the background.

It is truly time to start bringing out your best skirts and shorts to the forefront, before you find yourself sweating in your leggings and jeans.

My skirt was another thing that was no longer fading into the background. The skirt, which was purchased in a thrift store, making it a piece completely unique to me. The embroidered pattern of the skirt depicts a realistic, Egyptian-inspired imagery. It is quite obvious that the skirt, which has become one of my favorite pieces for the Summer, is the statement piece of the outfit. Patterns of all varieties have taken over the fashion industry, as people strive to show off their best prints the best way they know how to.

The rest of the outfit is far from boring, as I decide to compile an outfit fully constructed with some of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe. This outfit was very playful, which is fitting for the summertime. This is one of my first outfits this year that is centered around the idea of playing with patterns. They can truly make a statement, without even saying a word, as this skirt speaks for itself.

In order to uphold my favorite summertime updo, I styled my hair into two french braids, which keeps my neck cool, but keeps my outward appearance cool.

Breaking down the outfit, the outfit is primarily compromised of fairly neutral colors, in order not to overshadow and overwhelm the outfit. In addition, the outfit is fairly simple, when you break it down.

The outfit was put together around the skirt, so pairing a black crop top with the skirt seemed like the best option in maintaining the focus of the outfit on the skirt. In order to contrast the neutrality of the black crop top, I threw on a furry beige vest to complete the look. While I feared that the furry vest would be too distracting and too overwhelming for the outfit, however, the neutral cream color of the vest made it easy to work. While the texture of the vest does standout, the vest and the skirt seemingly compliment each other.
I cannot seem to escape the furry attire trend.
In opposition to the white walls and cream vest, the black lace choker was the only piece of jewelry that was used in the production of this outfit. It was very important to me that I displayed some consistency within the outfit, even if it was the utilization of black. The choker was a simple, very subtle detail that could be easily overlooked. This does not bother me, as the center piece of the outfit is the skirt.

Who needs shoes when you have sandals, am I right? Instead of pairing the outfit with a simple pair of sandals, I continued to commit to creating an outfit that incorporated fun, standout pieces.
The short length of the skirt left me with a lot of leg room left to work with. In fact, I was feeling a little naked and afraid.
Following the black trend of the crop top, I decided to adhere to the black theme by pairing this playful outfit with a pair of lace-up sandals, which were also black. Once again, the neutrality of the color of the sandals allowed for the eye-catching pair of sandals to continue to compliment the rest of the outfit, despite the exaggerated nature of the sandals.

The combination of all these articles of clothing exuded a bohemian vibe. The outfit, despite its’ bohemian nature, can easily be transitioned into an outfit fit for taking on the town with your girls. Swapping out the vest and the sandals, which keep the outfit unique and fresh, can assist in making the look easier to transition into night town.

Update and upgrade your Summer wardrobe by incorporating some of your favorite, standout pieces together to whip up an exciting, playful outfit, which Summer is all about.

As the seasons begin transitioning, the trends stay fairy similar, as various trends are manipulated, in order to accomodate the warmer weather.


  1. UO Side Lines Square-Neck Tank Top ($24.00) – Urban Outfitters
  2. Statement Mural Skirt – Thrift Store (Not Available For Purchase Online)
  3. Beige Faux Fur Vest ($19.00) – Forever 21
  4. Mix No. 6 Kaza Gladiator Sandal ($29.98) – DSW
  5. Black Lace Choker ($8.84) – Etsy

The greatest part about this outfit is that it can be warm in a variety of settings, whether the occassion, or event, be casual, semi-formal, etc.

The art displayed on the skirt is sophisticated, eye-catching, yet playful, all at the same time. I have slowly begun to develop an obsession with this recent buy, as it is the kind of skirt that can speak for itself. This skirt will be, and can be, worn in just about every situation, even if the event is considered formal. This statement piece is incredibly versatile and you can create a multitude of different looks with this one piece of clothing. It is visually stunning and one of the best purchases that I have ever made thrifting. While the skirt does not lack color, the abundance of color within the dress does not make it any less mature and sophisticated. The skirt may even be contradiction within itself, as it is both mature and youthful at the same time.

In addition to this skirt, my lace-up gladiator sandals will be just another addition to my statement pieces for the Summer. I wait all year long to get the opportunity to wear this! Similar to the skirt, the lace-up gladiator sandals are visually eye-catching and exciting, as they can be seen as a upgraded of the regular sandal. They are also incredibly versatile, as they can be paired with virtually anything.

Furry attire, while the weather may not agree with it, is a trend that I thoroughly enjoy, regardless of the weather. The furry vest that I am wearing in this outfit is a perfect example of how to transition a trend from one season to another. The answer is simple: cut off the arms of the fur clothes. The texture of furry clothes gives the outfit another element, which only adds to the excitement and visually pleasing element of the outfit. The furry vest assists in creating a personality for this outfit, as the outfit could have been styled with a different cardigan, vest, sweater, etc. During the summer, it is important that you embrace the fun and freeing side of the season, by incorporating fun accessories that do not distract from the statement piece of the outfit, but instead, it elevates the outfit all together.

What is your go-to statement piece(s) this Summer? Let me know in the comments below.

Enjoy your Summer with a hint of pattern and spunk!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Mini Shopping Spree

While 2018 has been a year full of much less shopping trips and much less mindless purchases, I cannot help but to treat myself every once in a while, especially on $payday$!

My mini shopping spree includes a variety of purchases from accessories, home decoré, clothes, and shoes. There is no shortage of variety in my most recent shopping excursions.

The list of stores that I made purchases, include Target, H&M, Brandy Melville, Marshall’s, and Urban Outfitters. These are some of my favorite retailers that I often shop at and mindlessly spend my paycheck at, all of which are my guilty pleasures.

Target | Cactus Glass Trinket

H&M | Navy Velvet Fisherman Boy Cap

Urban Outfitters | Lavendar Cropped Hoodie

H&M | Black & Red Velvet Scrunchies

Marshall’s | Red, White & Blue Wind Breaker

Urban Outfitters | Velvet Cropped Flowy Pants

American Eagle Outfitters | Mid-Rise Dark Wash Skinny Jeans

Brandy Melville | Black Felt Beret

Urban Outfitters | Adidas Trefoil T-Shirt (Black & Gold)

Target | Blue Circular Sunglasses (With Gold Rims)

 

 

Brandy Melville | Tilden Pants
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Thrifted Embroidered High-Waisted Skirt

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Urban Outfitters | Starburst Wall Light Structure
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NOW solutions | coconut oil

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Urban Outfitters | BDG Crop Twist High-Waist

While this shopping haul is fairly small, even for my own liking, I truly enjoy all of these purchases and have been utilizing them very often.

The best part about this haul? The fact that these are all purchasese that I spent a few weeks debating about on whether or not I should purchase them. So, in short, this shopping haul consists of purchases that I had waited to purchase, instead of impulsively purchased. I thoroughly wasted many hours of my days thinking about some of these materials, as I wondered if the item was worth the price. After weeks of overthinking and going back and forth on whether or not I should act on these items, I figured that the items that were on my imaginary wishlist that were still available for purchase in my size, despite the time that had elapsed since I had first noticed the item, were items that were just meant to be purchased by me. If an item was not available after thorough contemplation and patience, then it was made clear to me that that item was not meant to be my next purchase.

What are some of your most recent purchases? How do you decide whether or not an item that you truly desire is truly worth your money, or its’ price?

Inserting my debit card into the nearest chip reader used to a hobby that I engaged in in excess, now I have found willpower deep within my soul. I find myself hesistating to insert my debit card into a chip reader daily now!
While impulsive purchases are all the rage, premeditated and sensible purchases are more than all the rage in the world combined. Think before you insert your chip!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

OOTD | Cut It Out With The Stripes & Berets

Another day, another exciting outfit of the day to share with all of you beautiful people.

This outfit of the day does not fail to make a statement, as it incorporates a wide variety of statement, or otherwise playful, pieces that my closet keeps safe for me. It also incorporates a few trends that are currently surfacing the fashion industry currently, including Berets and striped pants.

While it took everything in me not to yell, “paint me like one of your french girls,” my inspiration behind the outfit originated from a stereotypical representation of a French painter, or Picasso. While the inspiration behind the outfit seems like a shallow form of inspiration, it is important to remind yourself that inspiration comes to indviiduals in even the most shallow and dense ways. Even if the inspiration comes from a stereotypical (almost offensive) and generalized concept that deems anyone of French descent, who also practices art, to be found wearing a striped piece of clothing, with a beret, to emphasize their artistic ability.
The inspiration spikes a chord for me, as the inspiration came to me from a place of ignorance and a lack of cultural relativity and awareness. An ignorant depiction of a culture often does not bring anyone many benefits, as it often results in negative reactions towards this kind of ignorance.
In this case, ignorance is NOT bliss, as it is important to recognize that the entire population of French artists do not regularly dress in striped attire and beret.

While the outfit may lack an assortment of color, it does not slack in the exciting department.

My outfit was built around my black felt beret and my black striped, high-waisted pants. In order to showcase these two pieces, it was important to me to pick pieces out of my wardrobe that followed a dark color scheme, as well as pieces that carefully complimented the outfit, rather than overwhelm the outfit.
The cutout t-shirt was my playful, eye-catching piece of the outfit. While the t-shirt seemingly steals the show, it was important that my top be playful. The playfulness of the top does not distract from the rest of the outfit, as a result of the neutral color that prevented the top from completely taking over the outfit.
The light-wash distressed denim jacket gave the outfit an edgy feel, all while giving the outfit the lightness it needed. The light wash of the jacket contrasts the rest of the outfit, which exhibits darker hues. It otherwise prevents the outfit from drowning itself out in darkness.
To polish off the look, I paired the outfit with a pair of black ankle booties, with scallop detailing. The ankle booties applies a girlier, more sophisticated element to the outfit. The scalloped edge details only further apply a girly feel to the outfit.

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Shop My Look

  1. Cutout Tee Shirt ($15.00) – Urban Outfitters
  2. Tilden Pants ($60.00) – Brandy Melville
  3. Project Runway Distressed Denim Jacket ($29.50) – JC Penney
  4. Troyan Chelsea Boot ($69.98) – Steve Madden
  5. Black Beret ($15.00) – Brandy Melville

Experimenting with new and upcoming trends in our fashion industry is something that I am attempting to practice as much as possible.
This outfit channels a hip, edgy, and playful energy that is perfect for the Spring, as well as the Summer.

Beyond the fact that this outfit is otherwise “pushing my boundaries,” the aspect that I enjoyed about this outfit is that the outfit seemingly forced me to express my creativity, in the most visible way possible. The outfit took as much creativity to put together, and I believe the outfit conveys my creative abilities, my creativity, and my vision of creativity, in the most authentic way that I could possibly put together.

While the outfit was outside of my comfort zone, and my regular outfit regime, I truly felt as comfortable, confident, and creative, as I attempted to portray.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

P.S. While Berets are French hats that originated in the Pyrenees about 400 years ago, no one in France actually wears berets (or, wears berets regularly). This is just another stupid stereotype that has surfaced within our society!

OOTD | Blacked Out On Denim

Summer is truly beginning to dawn on us, as warmer temperatures begin plaguing our lives. With the sudden rise of temperatures, our summer wardrobes and pieces gradually begin making their ways back onto our bodies.

This outfit of the day incorporates two of my favorite, most timeless trends all wrapped up into one outfit. These trends include black and denim, particularly distressed denim, which are both trends that I will never give up, as they are essentials in my wardrobe.

The color black is a timeless color trend that the fashion industry just cannot seem to shake, no matter how much time passes. Similarly, this is one of the only colors that can be worn all year long, no matter what season it may be. The color black is flattering, versatile, and ageless, as it is flattering for people of all ages. This color truly never discriminates!

What I personally love about the color black is that it always looks good, in all of its’ various forms, including clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes, etc. When in doubt, I can always count on the color black to pull through for me. It is so accountable, in fact, that most of my wardrobe consists of black. Plus, it will never go out of style, at least in my eyes. While black may seem like a fairly dark way to celebrate the beginning of sunny days, warmer weather, and more colorful days, I truly enjoy the way that black contrasts the brighter hues that come with Spring and Summer.

My utilization of the color black within the outfit come in the form of a black, basic bodysuit, black, cutout, embellished boots, and a handful of accessories, including a black flat top hat, a pair of circular sunglasses, a tie-neck necklace, and a black, embellished belt.

The black flat top hat, the black belt, and the cutout boots all incorporate a silver embellishmed trend, that almost elevates the outfit, as well as giving the outfit a modern twist. The embellishment trend has surfaced all over the fashion industry, and clearly, I am a big fan of it. The small embellishment details are subtle, however, the trend is evident throughout the outfit, without overwhelming the outfit.

While most of my outfit consists of black attire, I relied on the everlasting, also accountable, trend, which we all know as denim, to successfully break-up the black theme that was taking over the outfit. The light-wash, high-waisted, distressed boyfriend jeans allowed for the otherwise “blacked out” outfit to stand out. The light-wash color of the pair of jeans contrasted the darker pieces of the outfit, giving the outfit a personality and is definitely the exciting element of the outfit. The distressing within the jeans, gives the outfit the edge it needed from falling into the background. The denim played a valuable role in outfit, as it gave the outfit the pop of color, as well as personality, that it needed, SO BADLY.

Shop This Look

  1. Scoop Back Bodysuit ($30.00) – TOPSHOP
  2. BeRipped 90’s Distressed Boyfriend Jeans ($54.99) – Etsy
  3. Ankle Booties With Cutouts & Silver Embellishments (SOLD OUT) – Steve Madden
  4. Ecote Metal-Tipped Leather Belt ($29.00) – Urban Outfitters
  5. ASOS Felt Matador Boater Hat With Size Adjuster ($25.50) – ASOS
  6. Suede Bolo Tie Necklace ($14.00) – Poshmark
  7. Retro Hippie Metal Lennon Round Color Lens Sunglasses ($9.99) – zeroUV

This outfit of the day kickstarts the beginning of the incorporation of summer attire into my daily wardrobe. Black and denim will always be my favorite timeless trends, and they will continue to flood my wardrobe until the end of time.
This outfit allowed for me to utilize two of my favorite timeless trends, in a way that best depicts “my take” on a black and denim ensemble.

What are some of your favorite timeless trends? Let me know!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade