As the weather starts to change with the change of season, so does our style. I recently wore this outfit. I wanted to dress simple, comfortable and weather appropriate, so I decided on skinny jeans and a loose top. I’m often accused of wearing a lot of black, so I added this coral coloured number. The top has ‘cut outs’ on the inner sleeve, but it was difficult to capture in the photos.
I wore this outfit to a wedding recently. It is a 2 piece, a skirt and strapless top made out of Kente material from Ghana, West Africa…. my heritage.
The Kente cloth is one of the most recognised fabrics in Africa. It is Ghana’s national material and is extremely symbolic for Ghanaians, particularly from the Ashanti tribe. It represents pride and history and has an important link to the Ashanti Royal Kingdom.
The word kente is from the word “kenten” which means basket. It is a type of silk/cotton fabric and is mainly worn by the Akan ethnic group of Ghana. The cloths are beautifully hand woven with bright, vibrant, mutilcoloured, bold designs. It is worn to many different ceremonies e.g weddings, baby namings, graduations etc. Every design has a story and proverbial meaning and the fabrics come in many different colours. Each colour also represents something for example,
Blue= sky, holiness,peace,good fortune and love
Purple= earth and healing.
As you can now appreciate, Ghanaian’s wear this fabric with pride. The majority of the Ghanaians at this wedding wore Kente and both men and women can wear it. The men wear a large length of material strategically thrown over one shoulder and the remainder wrapped around the body. Women tend to wear a skirt and top or a one piece with a design to fit the persons personal style and taste. You can buy the material from an African textiles/material shop i.e. in Liverpool Street, London and a good seamstress can make the the outfit.
Well that was my attempt to give a cultural lesson… I hope you enjoyed it.
I recently picked up these beauts. They were a steal on sale from Nine West in House of Fraser. The price tag was £59 reduced from £105.
Open toe high heels with the side buckle detailing. They will go very nice with some of my outfits.
When you look for shoes, do you go for style or comfort? Which is more important? I have a friend who will always go for style over comfort and her feet are paying for it now!
Now I know we have all experienced that feeling when you see a pair of shoes that give you palpitations, sweaty palms and generally get you over excited. They would usually have a killer heel and sometimes a killer price tag. They felt a bit tight in the shop, but you thought “I’ll work it”. When you buy and wear them, you feel super sexy. You leave your house with your head held high, with poise and class…untouchable.
Fast forward a few hours later after dancing, socialising etc and you will find that you’re now walking with your back hunched over, knees knocked together and taking pigeon steps. This is because those same beloved shoes are attacking your feet!! You look down at them and your toes look like they have been taken hostage. The class, poise and general “togetherness” have gone and you have a corn that wasn’t there before. You wish you had on those comfortable soft slippers waiting for you at home..lol.
Style or comfort?
I personally aim for both, for the reasons I just mentioned, but if I had to choose I’m afraid…its comfort. I have suffered in the past. To combat this problem I sometimes bring a pair of foldable, cotton flat ballet pumps out with me which can easily fit in my bag. You can find many shoes which provide both style and comfort, you just have to find the right retailer.
The shoes in this post are an example. They look stylish, but the heel is wearable and not so narrow and high, so they provide stability and help me with my not so narrow feet. I sound like an old woman I know, but these things are important…..lol
So which is it…style or comfort? Please leave your comments, like and share.
I had to attend an event which required me to wear black and white attire. I chose a white front ruffled shirt from Banana Republic, a black pencil skirt from Zara and black patent pumps from Aldo. Kept it simple. It was for a celebration of the life of a lovely man who had sadly passed on. We had a nice day, talking about his generosity and love. It was lovely seeing faces of the past.
The outfit was quite appropriate I’d say. I love pencil skirts. I feel that they mix sophistication with a bit of sexy without going overboard. I wouldn’t advise wearing a tight skimpy top with them though. Lets keep it classy..haha.