Category: pesonal style

SŌ – darafashion x theindigochxld

SŌ is an aristocratic fashion piece that explains heterogeneity, ambidexterity, gumption and audacity so easily in just five pictures.

In the picture above, I see versatility, audacity, rhythm, free will and a bold step. I mean who wears and puts all these together comfortably. Okay that’s really a bold step.

“Be focused in everything you do” they say. This picture above reminds me of how much of a goal getter I am. You want to play this game of fashion, then take distractions off.

I don’t know how photographers do their thing but I see ingenuity in this picture. @theindigochxld made colour compatibility look so easy. I was actually in another realm which I call – The realm of excessively creative fashion.

There’s confidence, strive and self belief in this piece. You have to own those attributes every moment in life.

“No pain no gain” , “No food for a lazy man” I can remember the pains I went through (pretending like I was fine😁) before we could come up with this amazing piece. As a creative, you’d expel so much energy and do a lot of brain works. Life no be beans.

Photography and Creative Directing by @theindigochxld 

What does “BOLD” mean to you?

“What is this guy wearing?” “Is this boy not ashamed of himself?” “He’s just a clown.” “But chill! Is this guy gay?” Those were some words of people that saw me dress some two years back.

“This guy is just too creative mehn”, “I think I can wear this, Dara has worn it before” “Guy you too dey burst brains”, “I have to buy one of those items, it looked good on Dara when he wore it” These are the words of these same people now. Surprised?. It took a lot of consistency, hard work, creativity and above all boldness to have turned the tables around in a space of just two years.

What does it actually mean to be bold? Boldness is relative as what you call bold could be called “normal” by me.

Let me quickly share some very useful tips on how you can dress very boldly and make a statement in whatever you wear.

  1. Learn to manage attention. I don’t know how easy that would be but you just have to learn it as you’d get a lot of people starring when you start your boldness journey.
  2. Boost your confidence. It takes time, don’t rush, build it gradually to a point where you’re okay with people asking unnecessary questions 😊.
  3. Find a style and create a niche around it. For a start, there’s no need to be all over every fashion genre. Stick to one for now and be playful around it.
  4. Take an extra step to pair colours. Learn it. Don’t be a lazy dresser that only centers around shades of only one colour. Be daring my dear.
  5. Lastly on this article, debunk the popular saying “you don’t wear patterns on patterns”. That was never a fashion rule and would never be a fashion rule. That saying was probably introduced by one of those lazy, shy and boring dressers we have out there. Take patterns and prints into consideration, pair them well and trust me, you’d stand out.

Outfit by @darafashionthreads

Photography by @oduologywork

Tureltleneck and it’s adaptability

I find it so weird writing about fashion again because for the past two months, I’ve been writing science related essays😣. Well, I had a major exam. My exam experience?….🤔 Exam periods are the most challenging in my life. That’s a story for another day anyways. I use this medium to appreciate every individual that showed love. God’s gonna shower his blessings on you. Now! Back to business.

This article is gonna open your eyes to the latest and trendiest ways of rocking a turtleneck even if I am focusing on two major looks.

It’s no news that retrospective fashion has been resurfacing nowadays and the vibes have really been going smoothly if I may say. The reintroduction of the turtleneck and kangol caps are examples.

Although every fashion enthusiast has at least a turtleneck piece in his wardrobe and may know how to style it, the very versatile item has undergone a major style update and is now (against fashion rules) used as a perfect replacement for shirts. The turtleneck as against popularly worn in a casual look can now be used in a semi formal outfit or a business meeting kinda outfit. This look below explains this paragraph well and also fits for a first dinner date outfit.

The match between the turtleneck and the trouser pair had to be distorted a little by the black vest. (Vest is another name for Waistcoat). This look couldn’t have been complete without the Kangol cap. I’m not wearing a socks pair because this look is far from “official”.

Y’all can only wear this to your offices if your company doesn’t have strict rules on dressing. After all it’s good to take a break from an “everyday shirt” ritual. Introduce a little flexibility and you’d pass.

The second outfit is a fuse of winter and pizzazz. I had to be a little extra with this look to emphasize the role of the turtleneck in modishness and chic in today’s style.

Unlike those days when it was only perfect for winter, it is also very instrumental in gracefulness and elegance in today’s fashion and style.

For this look, I opted for a Tartan printed kangol cap to fit into a total feel of brown. The suit was a little oversized, so I improvised. Thanks to my 300naira tawny brown rubber belt that not only came to my rescue, but added some spice.

Wearing the turtleneck with a double breasted suit is really classy and trendy too. Some other ways to steal a show with this groovy item includes wearing them with a jeans pair and a leather jacket. (But heat go catch you die for Nigeria). Wearing a turtleneck with a three piece suit is a very suitable replacement for a boring shirt as it will also save you the stress on knotting a tie especially when you’re late for an occasion.

Follow these trend rules above and start to rule your world with your turtleneck game👌

 

Muse: Babalola Jesudara

Photographers: Odu Abiodun, Ayodeji Oke.

Imaginativa Artistica

I used to think every “underbridge” is a home for the idle until I came across this area under a bridge in Maryland, Lagos where beauty was created live in my eyes. The sight of allure left me in great surprise. I could smell hardwork and zeal from the young.

I also noticed how skilled and excellent the adults were in their works. They were looking like they’ve had over twenty years of experience in Cane and Basket weaving. I got thinking even after the Danfo bus I was in had left the spot we were on before the traffic had cleared. I thought to myself “I’ve never seen such creativity, I must come back here” I nurtured this thought and immediately started plans on how a photoshoot in the Basket market, Maryland would work. It was almost impossible but thank God for God.

Imaginativa Artistica is a Spanish phrase that simply means “creative”. It is an exclusionary fashion editorial that puts to details the importance of creativity in style today. More people are concerned about how creative you can be with your style. Who doesn’t want to be entertained?

In a previous editorial I did earlier this year ” Dara’s divisional approach to general fashion”, I emphasized the power of personal style in fashion as it supersedes every other genre. Gone are the days where there’s a fashion trend that lasts for too long. Fashion influencers are actually gaining more grounds because of how well they’ve incorporated creativity and artistry into how they look at every time.

For fashion enthusiasts that haven’t identified ways they can put more spice into their fashion game to attain their desired style level, I’d put you through.

Firstly, I tell fashion enthusiasts that they have to identify whether they have creativity traits so as to know how well they can catch up and stay relevant in the fashion sphere.

If you pass this test, goodluck to you. You can now proceed to the next stage which is being able to figure out how bold you can be. A major reason fashion enthusiasts remain as fashion enthusiasts is because of this factor. Many of them are scared of being laughed at. Some don’t have the courage to be in the spotlight. They’re timid and don’t have guts. For you to attain a particular creativity level, you have to be ready for all these. You should be bold enough to try many things an average dresser can never try. Except you want to remain as an average dresser.

Also, you have to spot your source of inspiration. Do you get inspired by music, the government, education, serenity, old life, art(like me), the community or even anything else? It’s okay to have a number of inspirations but it’s much better if they’re streamlined down so creating a niche would be easier.

When I came across the beautiful basket market, I could be apprised of an epitome of art. I needed a very artistic outfit to match the basket colours, weaving patterns and the aura as a whole in order to make sense out of all. I got a double breasted trench coat with it’s matching trousers pair in a suitable colour.

I made a weaved hat to match the weaving pattern of the baskets and other items.

I also got a pair of shoes with such pattern. After putting all together, it came out looking really good to be called creative.

Y’all shouldn’t also forget not plan and work beyond your budgets like I always advice.

Thanks to my team. They were really exceptional and instrumental in making Imaginativa Artistica a favourable outcome.

Outfit – Double breasted trench coat by Medicoloran x Weaved cap by Darafashionthreads x Shoes by Gianvito Rossi.

Photograghy by Ayodeji Oke.

Body art by House of Mojoke.

Project contributors – Tobi Kareem, Odukoya Tolani .

Location – Basket Market, Maryland, Ikeja. Lagos.

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😂
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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.

TLWE17 FASHION SPECTRUM – What we wore.

So I’m back again after thirty days. Pheeew! My tailor has been disappointing. So sad. Thank God for The Lagos Wardrobe Exhibition that came to the rescue?. I would have been left “editorialess” until further notice lol. Okay if you’re still lost. This is how it worked. TLWE is a fashion show that I had to attend over the weekend. So when the show was at the corner, I improvised since my tailor had already disappointed. Well, guess what I’ve got.

A denim jacket replacing a suit jacket or a blazzer. So I’m wearing  a white shirt with a tie,an ash waistcoat, a blue checkered trousers pair, a denim jacket with a multicoloured lapel flower attached to it and a one leather cut Derby pair. This is a style in between the “casual” and “classic”. I’ll basically call it a “semi casual style”. Semi casual styles don’t usually look like this anyways. But then, for this look (like I sometimes like to do), I was very playful with different items of two fashion genres. That’s one of those creative stunt we talking right here. It’s really lovely when you go beyond what has been seen as “set standards” and create your own style. It’s nothing elaborate to do actually. It just requires you to be bold and extra creative. Doing your own things influenced by your personal ideas makes you even more exceptional.

Lately, 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% yes for an outfit or a style you portray. So I came up with something I’ve called THE DARA’S DIVISIONAL APPROACH TO GENERAL FASHION. Well that’s for another day?. Keep your fingers crossed. I know you don’t wanna miss the new fashion Law I deduced. Basically my point is- Fashion is your own style. Your style is a general expression of you and is influenced by your interests and your level of guts. Yes guts. So I would implore that you feed your guts and try that thing you’ve always wanted to because it is your personal style as a result of your creativity and ideas. Y’all can try this style too cause it’s gonna be lit??.

I will not hesitate to talk about Olugbemi’s outfit too. Like I’ve analysed in a previous editorial, there are times that you’ll just take a break from all them sophisticated outfits.  So my good writer friend Olugbemi is wearing a T shirt, a black pair of trousers and a suit blazzer (yeah it’s okay to improvise). He is also wearing the very trendy rubber belt stylishly and they match his shoes perfectly because such basic rules should not be ruled out too. 

Well, well, a general review of the The Lagos Wardrobe Exhibition 2017 is coming soon on the blog and trust me you don’t wanna miss exclusive pictures from the show as we had top forces in the industry at the talk segment??. The Dara’s Divisional Approach to General Fashion is something you should not miss too on the blog. Also, anticipate some collaborations and giveaways with your favorite fashion brands . Who doesn’t love giveaways? Bye friends. Smiles

Outfits- Denim jacket by Gucci x Waistcoat by Paul Smith x White shirt by Hangoten x Tie by Debenhams x Checkered trousers by Kenzo x Blue Suit jacket by Blackmen x White tees by Primark essentials x Black trousers by D&G x Black Derby shoes by Sebago x Brown Double Monkstrap  Suede boots by Infamous glenn judo x Silver watch by Rolex Geneve Cellini  x Wine watch by Sekonda x Glasses by Thom Browne

BFX ’17 – What I wore.

So a day before the other day, I was searching through my wardrobe and I came across this thing usually called a knit tie. I had not seen it in there in a while. The reason being that I had not worn a tie in weeks so I never bothered checking through my tie section. I took it and said to my self “This is gonna make a good part of my outfit for the exposition tomorrow”. Then I hung it with the other clothes for the next day. The next day came and it was really sunny coincidentally it was a Sunday lol. So I got dressed with my tie on ready to go. I was already chocking and sweating profusely. So I pulled off the tie,

and spontaneously converted it into a waist band

After all I was gonna come across other bold and creative fashion and style enthusiasts at the exposition.

In the game of fashion and style, creativity is key, audacity is imperative and confidence in what you wear is the ultimate.

Many trends in fashion today were all balderdash and absurd at their first introduction but check them now. You’ll be amazed.

Speak your mind through what you wear. Express your mood through it and in no time you’ll be an unintentional trendsetter and influencer.

Business and Fashion expo ’17 was a dope one. It was a successful exposition as I got the chance to interact with great minds doing well in the business of fashion. In no time, Fashion will be a new Planet of the Earth.

A preview of BFX 17 was done and y’all can check it up on my most previous editorial. The editorial contains a lot of mind blowing pictures from the event. Thanks to Replicas Concept.

Last word for y’all is “Create your own style and it will be reckoned with for sure”

Other pictures of what I wore to the exposition are right down. Bye and don’t forget to drop your comments. Peace?

Outfit – Blazer by Kenneth Cole x Shirt by Levi Gardin x Pants by Diamond wears x Shoes by Fabi x knit tie by Hortex x Signature glasses by Thom Browne x Brooch by Farfetch

Directed and Photography by Replicas Concept.

Styled by Babalola Jesudara.