Category: accessories

Sick and Tired?

Everyone has always had a way to combat boredom at every phase of their lives. While I was growing, being the only child of my parents, it was pretty tasking for me to kill every bad vibes that came from boredom. You can imagine living a major chunk of your first fifteen years of your life with two grown ups (my parents) who thought the key to keeping me lively was hanging out with me right in our home and giving me every chore to do😭. Deep down I knew I was always waiting for the slightest opportunity to go see my best kids in the neighborhood so I maximized any time I was sent on errands outside the home. Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeee😂

Things changed as I grew older. I had learnt how to play the drums at 10 and the keyboard at 14. So at this stage, I had other things that kept me from boredom. I would literally spend every free time playing the keyboard in my room and the drums if I feel the need to leave home to church to rehearse at very free hours. At least I was already old enough to leave home without permission.😊

I grew older and I had new interests again. I started learning how to play video games. I never won a game though and this boy right here was always a champion.

Now at this present stage of my life can y’all guess what I do when boredom comes?🤔. Okay! I CREATE LOOKS IN MY HEAD. strange right?😁.

Like I usually say, consistency is important and it’s a major reason creatives are never short of ideas in fashion and style. Few individuals that are authorities in the fashion industry today have a long time ago gone past just dressing and looking good. They frequently created ideas and various looks from imagination. That’s why they’re rather referred to as creatives and not fashionistas. They are the major trend setters in the sphere. Creatives like Steven Onoja ,Thestyleinfidel and few others have paved the way for younger creatives to be more dauntless in their looks.

I had actualized this look in my head during one of my bored times before putting it into reality. Taking into account the boldness and confidence factor, I fused three different genres to create this look. Take a look at my waist down to my feet, there’s a tone of comportment and classy, my trunk look preaches some sorta playful, daring and berserk. I mean who wears such accessories with a denim jacket. My Kurt Cobain glasses pair gives a wavy feel. What a strange look to pull up in your brain.😣

So in the past one year, this has been my perfect way to kill boredom and it has really been working for me.

 How do you kill boredom?🤔 Scroll down to drop your method in the comment box and let’s have some fun.🤗

POISE – belleza couture x darafashionthreads

Poise is a fashion editorial that describes how elegance and panache look good and “better” with some other non orthodox and carefully selected fabrics and outfit styles.

Asides looking royal and classy in a well tailored 3 piece suit piece or a plain ball gown or basque gown, going more traditional and less western with so much creativity attached can really help achieve that feat.

Recently, I started my tailoring company – (Darafashionthreads) of which outfits have been and would be with inventiveness illustrated, designs would be drawn in very innovative manners and perfectly tailored to your taste.

Darafashionthreads made this voluminous attire used in this editorial by the birth of many ideas because of a consciousness to deliver a very elegant piece. We finally came up with an embroidery design that has a pattern of four rose flowers arranged vertically with the presence of beautiful stones lined on the lateral sides. Is that not enough elegance and class in one look?

The lady’s outfit is a merge of sophistication and splendor. It was made from carefully cut textiles.

Thanks to our contemporary female fashion house – Belleza couture. They give you the best and maintains a very high level of exquisiteness when it comes to high fashion for the ladies. What a transcendent fashion line to identify with.

 

We cannot overemphasize the royalty touch on this whole project.

 

In the Yoruba land especially, Agbadas were worn by the biggest kings.

Queens also wore clothes that had the best embroidery embedded in them. Royalty is just an important feature of high fashion that shouldn’t be sidelined.

Darafashionthreads and Belleza couture also have mastery in providing very simple designs as simplicity speaks so much and has gotten the hearts of many enthusiasts and creatives.

I cannot forget to appreciate other members of the team that worked on this project. Adejoke Ishola who was the makeup artist also played the role of a creative director. She was perfect in her doings. Odu Abiodun did stupendous photography too. Y’all are the best team🤗💃🙌.

Female outfits by @bellezacouture_

Male outfits by @darafashionthreads

Makeover by @mojoke__

Photography by @oduology

MY GREATEST BREAKUP

Let me tell you a story;

Some years back I pursued a dream of staying relevant in the fashion industry (as y’all know relevance in your field is key). It was rough but overtime I adjusted and I was able to maintain a pace. Three years ago after I already discovered how enthusiastic I was looking good in clothes and a few matching accessories, I stuck to it and immediately developed a style of looking very classic popularly called the classic man style.

Due to the fact that there were so many influence around me basically wearing a shirt, a tie and a well ironed pair of trousers (private school and med school issues). I had no choice than to fall in love with such and other similar outfits. After I started blogging till date most of my blog works if you’ve really being following up have been the classic man kind of editorials. After some time, this style became boring to a lot of people as they were already tired of seeing the same things over again. I had to plan a major breakup at this point. I had to stay away from my beloved style. It wasn’t too easy but I had to learn and with time I discovered some tips that were working for me in my journey into street style. If you’ve been having difficulties blending well into street style, these tips below might be really helpful👇

1.Every piece is important:

For you to create very good street looks, it’s important to know that every of those piece you have can be very useful sooner or later. From this look below, the T shirt I’m wearing was given to me by my mum about 7 years back. I was little those times and couldn’t wear it. I recently joggled through the house, found it and saw it useful for a sport/ baggy look.

2.know your budget: Classic man style is said to be one of the most expensive fashion style which is one of the reasons people say “Fashion is expensive”. Street style is very flexible enough for any fashion enthusiast to cope with. If you cannot afford an expensive sneaker pair, you can buy some other authentic pairs that go for lower prices.

 

The item that looks like a head gear on my head is a bandana I bought for a hundred and fifty Naira. Jeans and joggers are quite affordable too. They’d make a good piece for your street looks.

3.Adopt the trendy sneakers trick: As a sneaker lover, if you don’t know how to style a sneaker pair you’ve got because there’s nothing to wear it with, you can actually wear them with some other cooperate outfit’s piece you already have. Such combination is actually trendy. (See picture below)

4.Have a black or white outfit piece at your finger tip: Asides being the most natural colours in style today, black or white can add a warm and less controversial feel to your street looks.

You wouldn’t want people to take the first ten minutes they see you to understand your colour match. Lastly,

5.Take a step further: After you’ve learnt the most basic tips and you’re sure they’re working for you, you can therefore take some bolder steps and try out some accessories,

they give your street style look extra spice😉

DARA’S DIVISIONAL APPROACH TO GENERAL FASHION.

Hi lovely friends! 2017 could never be as amazing as it was without y’all.  I say a big thanks for making it as splendid as you’re. This year’s gonna be bigger and better for us all as many brands would be collaborating with the blog this year. And guess what friends! Darafashion is gonna be a year older this year.

Who’s excited💃😊

In one of my previous editorials, I said and I quote “There was an argument in my hostel about dressing to standards and general acceptability. And I was able to deduce vividly that there’ll never be a time you’ll get a 100% for an outfit or a style you portray. So I came up with something I’ve called DARA’S DIVISIONAL APPROACH TO GENERAL FASHION ” This new fashion law I proposed elucidates the three divisions of general fashion and how they supersede each other.

DARA’S DIVISIONAL APPROACH TO GENERAL FASHION states that General fashion is divided into three which are Fashion rules, Fashion trends and Personal style and each of the latter supersedes the former.

I’ll explain😎😂

First of all, Fashion rules are like theories and laws proposed a long time ago. They were proposed to guide people into the so called “right paths of dressing well”. Fashion rules are really limiting and less flexible as they are now seen as old fashioned.

Fashion trends are styles that are in vogue at a particular point in time. Trends are usually initiated by so many factors an example is weather and season. 

Personal style is as simple as it sounds . I mean it’s your own fashion. It is not influenced by rules and trends. Personal style is independent as it most times disobeys fashion

The “I dont care” look I give after I break fashion rules

Trends sometimes break rules and eventually cause some styles to be generally chosen over fashion rules. 

How I walk confidently when I know what I’m wearing is trendy even if it doesn’t obey fashion rules💁

 For instance, fashion rules command that wearing a Three pieces suit comes complete when one wears a pair of socks with ones shoes as it defines one as a complete classic man, but considering the supremacy factor in the law proposed earlier, It is now really trendy to wear such outfits without a pair of socks especially with loafer shoes.

I wore a pair of socks anyways

The application of personal style into an outfit makes it really comfortable for me to wear a pair of black patent leather shoes and also wear a bag made in normal leather, even if fashion rules have once said that your bag and shoes should match in colour and pattern. Thanks to the supremacy factor.

The bag says it all

Being a lover of rings and other adorable accessories as a part of my personal style also permits me to break a rule that says “Ensure little or no accessories  to avoid clumsiness” and wear them happily together with my outfits.

Accessory game on fleek

Personal style sometimes transform into trends when they’re generally accepted by a number of people. This then makes you a Style influencer.

How you smile when you sight a trend that you started
And then for the first time in your life, you feel like a style influencer😂
Shop our ties from @lasumsa (Instagram) or 08127855728(WhatsApp)

Outfit – Glasses by Rayban x blazzer by Kenneth Cole x waistcoat by Paul Smith x  White shirt by Whitewood England x Ties by Lasumsa x Trousers by Blackmen x Wristwatch by Superior watches x Rings from Jumia Fashion x Loafer shoes by Gucci x Bag from an Okirika outlet in Eko Idumota Market Lagos.

Photography By Odu Abiodun @oduologyworks

Stylist/Creative director – Babalola Jesudara

Models – Akinboboola-Cole Sharon, Babalola Jesudara

Project contributor – Faniyi Oluwatobi.

Accessories and creativity – the incorporation of animal characters.

Editions of fashion articles over the years have shown that there have been a rise in the use of brooches, collar chains, collar pins and the rest. These items create well appreciated details. They have more distinctive features compared to the regular lapel flowers. Brooches and collar chains are jewelries that are made from professional metal works. They have been made to fit into a good number of styles. Collar chains are now seen worn on jean jackets. Fashion has evolved so much that creativity is now consulted and amalgamated in it  much more than before. There is usually a trace of art and inventiveness in almost everything that is worn today. It only takes a creative mind to design a regular brooch in the form of a  Deer’s head.

After I discovered that I had so many animal characters in my wardrobe, I commended the good ideas from designer of these items. They are actually very ingenious. And I saw it neccessary to write an editorial on accessories and animal characters. Look at the blue dog printed tie and the deer head collar chain too. They are really nice.

Personally, when I wear such items, I appear very stylish and less conventional. When you are artistically styled, you get commended and then your confidence level rises. You’ll now feel like a king that you really are.

Some people have been asking me about how best to style accessories such as the collar chains, brooches, and collar pins. Honestly, there is no best way to rock such items, rather there are many good ways to wear them. A brooch can be worn in place of a lapel flower on either sides or alongside a lapel flower on the right side of a suit jacket. It can also be worn around the top pocket of your blazer and tuxedos. A silver or gold coloured with maybe faux pearls or diamete will be good to be worn on darker tuxedos.

If you are a party type, you may want to consider a funky brooch that would be especially seen in the dark. You may love to wear a brooch with your outfit for a date, why not let your outfit tell a little story about some of your personal interests. I can be a lover of birds as a pet. Wearing an accessory that has a bird carved or drawn on it is quite interesting. It makes the date night more fun because it gives u more to talk about with your date?. Trust me and try it.

Collar chains are another versatile accessory. In as much as they are worn conventionally on the collar of your shirt, they can also take the place of a brooch. It depends on how well you wear them. Like I said, its all about being creative.

Outfit – Jacket by Mazzaro x Shirt by hangoten x shoes by Sebago x Collar chain and Brooch by Farfetch

Directed by Babalola Jesudara

Photography by Replicas concept.