Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall 2012 Boots and Booties

Throw away your sandals and throw on your boots! This fall, boots are in! Day or night, boots and booties are the way to go. I for one, am a big fan of Jeffrey Campbell’s, and I’m sure the majority of fashionistas would agree with me. Spiked, studded, or plat formed, you can’t go wrong with Jeffrey. Some say Jeffrey Campbell’s are overrated, but if you ask me? SO WHAT!? if the shoe fits, wear it.

Another favorite of mines are Vince Camuto’s. Although very similar to Jeffrey’s, Camuto’s are safer and not so risky. When I worked at Macy’s as a women’s shoe sales associate, I saw that Vince Camuto was the go to boot/pump for ladies that wanted that fashion flare. When going boot shopping you don’t always have to go with a pump or plat form. Look for a small heel, flat foot, or even a knee high. It all looks fine just as long as you dress it up and make it work. So go out and get yours before the good ones are gone.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pure Individuality

         My style is mine. It’s about me, and no one else. I wear what I believe is comfortable and stylish, not because the latest issue of Vogue told me to, but because I am me. Independent. In the past, I have been in what I like to call a ‘safe zone’ for the fall season in fashion, but this fall I plan on breaking out of that custom and wearing clothing that is more ‘out there.’
          If you ask me, it’s much more difficult for men to be themselves in the fashion world without being looked at like a fool. Looking dapper and fresh out of a GQ magazine is stylish and all, but not for me. Recently, I took a trip to New York with a friend of mine who was presenting her clothing line at Full Figured Fashion Week. There, I felt free and at home. I knew no one, and no one knew me, so I wore what I felt like wearing without a care in the world what other people’s thoughts of me were.
          The night of her debut fashion show, I showed up and showed out. I wore regular black, slim slacks with a black button up shirt, accompanied by a gold sequenced jacket that REALLY set it off. To accessorize, I wore two gold bracelets and a gold studded clutch. Not only did I feel comfortable, but I felt fashionable, which is what I like.

           Now being in my early 20’s, I feel it’s time for me to really dig deep and build the courage to strut my stuff whenever and however I feel I can. I personally find inspiration from the 80’s and 90’s era, which although not being too long ago, I find to be the starting point of individuality. Bold colors, denim jackets, wild prints and patterns, etc. with a modern feel are what I plan on showcasing this fall season.

                                              -Cornelius Johnson