street style

go big girl what you gon’ do?

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i’m not the only woman with a small frame and large chest, but for most of my adolescence and early adulthood, you would have thought i was sent from mars. when was the last time you saw one of those cute $19.99 two-piece bikinis at target with a 34ddd top and size small bottom? you said never? i know. thankfully, bathing suit shopping was sooooo much easier this year when i discovered that asos has an entire line of swimwear for the dd+ crowd.

my new white swimsuit snaps snugly in the back and the three straps on each side really help to ease the weight of my chest around my neck. this was just a test run, i can’t wait to try more.

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fashion is art: prim by michelle elie

a staple at fashion weeks around the world, haitian accessories designer michelle elie is a style behemoth. her image has been captured by street style photographers for years, but michelle’s personal life might be just as interesting as her art.  check out her profiles on style like u and t magazine to get inspired.

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pictures from her world plus and style like u.

weekend wear 2014

when i first created politics & fashion, i decided to focus on serious issues: world affairs, social justice and race all from a progressive lens.  of course, there was a fashion and interior design post here and there, but i was hyper-focused on balancing both ideas.  i’d spent a very intense few years as a community organizer and was conditioned to believe that beauty and fashion were trivial and too superficial for a platform. although i see fashion as art, this conditioning, as well as personal insecurities i’m sure, prevented me from featuring my personal style on my very personal blog. a contradiction fueled by some sort of fashion ptsd.

thankfully, i fully embraced a renewed sense of self last year and decided to create my first weekend wear series. fashion is serious and even in the face of criticism from former comrades, i’m unapologetic about my love.  the revolution might not be televised, but it can be well-dressed.

thanks for rocking with politics & fashion in 2014 — i’m sending positive vibes for 2015!

game changer: hood by air

hood by air is not just a fashion label.  it’s a movement. this counter cultural artistic expression fearlessly emerged among new york’s most marginalized.  the tribe’s gender-bending street style is leading a call to break down the barriers between high and low fashion as well as calling forth a more androgynous aesthetic.  created by 26-year old shayne oliver, hood by air is closely linked to the ghe20 g0thik scene and has celebrity fans such as rihanna, kanye west and a$ap rocky.  the latest collection will be presented today at new york fashion week and will explore freud’s id, ego and superego.  heady stuff, definitely not for those who fail to see fashion as an art form.

 

afropunk style

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how to wear birkenstocks

i hurt my knee in water aerobics (of all places) a few years ago and have struggled with wearing flat shoes ever since.  this means most dainty summer sandals cause me major grief, and after nursing my knee for the past month, i decided it was time for the inevitable: birkenstocks.

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while birkenstocks made a comeback last season, i was afraid i couldn’t rock them without looking like a seventh grade art teacher. however, these bloggers inspired me to give them a try.

stay tuned to see how i style my silver birks on next monday’s weekend wear post!

weekend wear 7.21.14

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hey good people, i hope you enjoyed your weekend! i was in these streets, busy celebrating a friend’s birthday, vintage shopping for a photo shoot and enjoying lunch with friends at jaleo. i haven’t pulled out this city of  compton t-shirt since my first shoot with michael idiokitas, and it seemed like the best “eff you” to the casting agent who would have placed me in the lowest category for the forthcoming straight outta compton movie. check out my next post for details about the film.

shirt, urban outfitters (sold out) | shorts, urban outfitters (similar here) | hat, h&m (similar here)

weekend wear 3.17.14

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i scored this zara top last week on SUPER sale and had fun styling it this weekend. check out my day look on instagram.

necklace, j.crew | top, zara (similar here) | skirt, vintage | nails, milani blue zoom | lipstick, milani violet volt & marc jacobs truth or dare