New season, so time to try out some new things. One piece I’ve wanted to try for a while is the kimono. In all honesty, I got this one right before summer started, but was weary of that fine line of cultural appreciation and appropriation. I have a vintage one from the 60s that I’ve never wore for that exact reason. The cut of this isn’t as traditional and it’s black so it looks like another layering piece. Speaking of walking thin lines, I styled this to be cozy and simple yet clean and stylized. (Not sure what that means either, I’m running on like 3 hours of sleep.) I think it’s pretty dope to “borrow” from other cultures, but it doesn’t take much to do a little googling and make sure you’re not accidentally being offensive. (The more you know….)
Fresh off a weekend in Miami (story for a later day), I’m still rocking floral shirts this summer. For this go around, I decided to go the less casual route. To let the shirt shine on its own, I paired with some simple navy trousers. Can we talk about these shoes, doe? They’re a dope addition to my closet and help this outfit pop without looking too busy. They might not be everyone’s “thing” I feel like everyone should have a pair of shoes that say “What are those?!” (But in a good way.)
Going to throw this out there from jump and say this is one of my favorite blog posts I’ve done in a while, just based on visuals. Remember the other week when I explained the rules of wearing a summer beanies? (See here and return whenever you’re ready.) I really like playing with proportion, even during the summer. Again, if you’re gonna wear a heavier sweatshirt I suggest going with a short. (Praise Yeezus that dudes have more options now.) Besides my sweatshirt, I’d have to say my favorite part of this fit is the color blocked socks. It adds some extra color and looks more thoughtful.
I was on a team call the other day and when asked what I was “obsessed” with this wear I panicked, caught a glimpse of my reflection and said “uhh beanies when it’s warm outside.” Which brings me to today’s style lesson. Is it OK to still wear beanies after the winter or in a warmer climate? SURE, but there are a couple things to consider. If it’s 90+ degrees outside then the obvious answer is no. I like to play the proportion game. You can wear them with long sleeves and shorts or with a short sleeve shirt and full-length pant. (Basically, 1/2 of your limbs have to be covered.) Anything else is pushing it, fam. Beanies are perfect if you’re having a bad hair day or like me, have started to go prematurely bald before 25. Let the summer beanie live on like it did with trashbag originator Colin Farrel in the early 2000s.