Photography by Smith Cornelius
Hey everyone? How are you? Well, I hope. I am fantastic myself, still on a high from my BAKE NOMINATION for Best Fashion and Style Blog Thank you guys all so much for the sweet messages and for voting. There’s still time to vote, it ends on 30th April and you can VOTE HERE.
For today’s post, I had the chance to work with a brilliant upcoming designer by the name Njoki Ndungu’, from the brand Afrowest By Njoki. She’s based in Thika, and her tagline is decolonizing fashion, which I love. ( Please click on her name to see more of the brand and creator on Instagram). We met through Instagram, like most people do nowadays. Less than 24 hours after meeting, we’d decided to work together and I chose this beautiful stripped trench coat from the brand. The moral of this story is, reply to your DMs, you never know where they may lead to.
It was love at first sight with this coat. The moment I saw it, I knew I had to style it on here for you guys to have a look. It has the most brilliant colours, is warm enough to wear when it gets really cold, yet light enough to not feel like you’re suffocating. Maybe it’s because we don’t have real winter in Kenya but I hate feeling like am getting toasted inside a coat.
Below, are 3 ways to wear this stripped trench coat:
1. Stick to a colour scheme
The first approach I took when styling the trench coat was to adhere to a colour scheme and work within it. Basically, I picked the prominent colours from the coat and matched my entire outfit to that, hence the mustard top, the burgundy palazzo pants and the red shoes.
Because this look turned out a bit dressy corporate, I added the black bag to tie it all in. A badass boardroom babe basically. I promise I ironed my top before I left the house for the shoot but it did not give a crap about my impending photoshoot so it creased anyway.
2. Belt it up, Wear it as a dress
The second way to style this trench coat is to wear it as short dress. Now, am not a big fan of dresses honestly. I’d much rather spend my time in trousers that give me room to sit with my legs as high up as I’d like. What this means is that I have a very limited number of dresses, and most of which are better suited for a beach rather than a rainy Nairobi.
Enter this coat and its versatility. I added a black high neck lace top, because lace is life obviously, but also because the peekaboo effect adds some sexiness to the look. It didn’t look as exciting tied with only the one belt so I opted for the black belt then layered the coat belt on top. And just like that, I have a dress that works perfectly if I have an event and it’s a little chilly.
Also, goes to show you don’t have to dress grumpily when the temperatures drop a little. Notice how I still stuck to an all black theme and added the coat as the pop of colour?
3. Wear Over a Dress
This is the most obvious way of wearing a trench coat, and it had to make an appearance. This one’s pretty straight forward, get a fitting, or non fitting dress and throw over the jacket. Pile on accessories, or go minimal like I did and voila, you have a look.
My favourite thing about a black dress is how well it complements literally anything. You can’t not love that.
So three questions for you guys:
- Which is your fave look?
- Do you guys like this style of posts where I style an item in more than one way?
- Have you voted for me in the BAKE awards? www.vote.bakeawards.co.ke/vote
Many thanks to Njoki for being my partner in this post. Please check her out and support her. I’ll style more items from the brand soon. Her Instagram is @afrowest_by_njoki
Lisptick: NOTE Mattemoist Lipstick, Shade is Kiss Blossom from Beauty Click.
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Top- Bershka, Netherlands
Palazzo Pants- Gikomba
Bag- Vendor in Westlands
Lace Top- Gifted
Black Belt, Boots and Bag- Gikomba
Black Dress- H&M , See my statement here
Earrings, look out for my next post to find out more about them.
Thank you so much for reading.