What do you do when you get that one, awesome, dope, meaningful, stand-alone accessory? The one that is so good, there’s no point wearing other accessories because they will be clearly shunned and outshined by this one, divalicious piece? You give it what divas want–all the attention. The easiest way to do this is against a monochromatic backdrop. Keep your clothes simple: one hue, simple shapes, subtle patterns, and a stage for your accessory to get the oooohs and aahhs it deserves.
My necklace is from Cameroon, where my family is from. This necklace is worn there by people of high esteem, including chiefs, and usually by men. However, my uncle explained women are gaining more and more positions of power and respect, so we get to wear our power around our necks, too. Booya, boys.
It’s one thing to have a stand-out accessory in your outfit; but when it has so much cultural meaning and history behind it, suddenly it feels like the only thing your outfit needs. It almost turns your look into your interpretation of a power suit. I feel great in this look–strong, proud, and beautiful. And that’s what this whole fashion thing is all about!
The Negro is the child of two cultures – Africa and America. The problem is that in the search for wholeness all too many Negroes seek to embrace only one side of their natures.
–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Embrace every part of you, and wear your heritage proudly.
Here are some places where you can get similar looks. I included interesting African accessories, but that part should be unique to you and your heritage. If you like this look, create your own look and share it with me on Twitter or tag me on Instagram!