I get a lot of inspiration from the looks/outfits/#ootds that I see on Instagram, Twitter. However, there’s a problem with being inspired by fashion I see on social media: it gets very redundant, very quickly. People wear the same brands because they’re cool. Sometimes, though, it’s more helpful to get a little online inspiration & a little real-life inspiration. It’s like the whole “high/street fashion” trend – find some popular “Internet stuff,” then figure the rest out yourself! Mixing & matching takes work, but it’s possible to do. It’s even possible to do it cheaply. You’ll end up with unique looks that are authentic to how you feel!
That’s what I’ve been trying to do lately – I think online inspiration gives me a good base or “vibe” to go off of. However, I’ve also started looking more to my friends & less to Vogue Magazine (or any Instagram model’s page) for fashion inspiration. I’m lucky enough to have some friends with unique, eclectic style – style that is all theirs.
We wear certain things in certain ways to express ourselves. It can be difficult to do that when 5,000 other people are wearing an outfit styled exactly as you styled it – as seen in Vogue. You get my point.
I decided to start a #FashionWith to brag about my stylish friends’ looks. In #FashionWith posts, you’ll get a “lookbook” of some of their favorite outfits, as well as why they chose what they did. You’ll even get some written-out tips!
Meet Aykila! Aykila’s style is the perfect combo of extravagence, normcore, recent trends, & a whole lot more. As you’ll read, Aykila’s “fashion” – or, rather, “style” – is what makes Aykila…Aykila! Hair, makeup, shoes, & even socks are carefully thought out. Aykila’s an expressive, thoughtful person & I often feel as though each outfit reflects that day’s mood.
Aykila is a dear friend of mine. I don’t say that lightly! I hope you enjoy hearing these tips & tricks. Stay tuned for more #FashionWith!
On fall looks:
On mixing the high with the low (prices):
On staying cozy:
On how to make denim on denim work:
On how special outfits can make a special day even better:
On dressing nicely in the winter-time:
On how “messy” looks can make you feel more confident & authentic:
On special (super special) occasions:
On the topic of yellow:
On stories behind outfits & looks:
Aykila’s Reminders & Tips:
My number one tip is to be cocky or extra! In this I matched my hair with my shirt and the shirt is actually a shirt my grandmother had made that has a baby picture of me and says “grandmas pride and joy.” Wearing a shirt with your own face on it makes you feel super powerful and like you are everything (news flash: you are)
My second thing I have to say is that hair can completely change the vibe of an outfit and is a great way to explore different parts of you that a hairstyle brings out. When I had these long twists I really explored a more cleaner cut version of my style.
Another thing is that makeup can bring a whole outfit that you’re not entirely sure of together! Wearing something simple like lipstick or crazy like some glitter on your eyes (or both) can really make you feel secure in an outfit that may be a little out of your comfort zone (ALWAYS feel comfortable to some degree in what you’re wearing and remember you’re wearing the clothing and you shouldn’t let the clothing wear you)
Wigs can be used as a way to be someone else for a day and give yourself a well needed break!
Details and SOCKS are everything! Being warm is important and so is layering so you can always adjust everything so that you feel your most comfortable. At the end of the day, everyday has a mood and you can set that premise with an outfit and how you wear said outfit.