You can dust it off and try again! Bandanas & Baggies, Aaliyah’s 90s
It’s been a long time (long time), we shouldn’t of left you (left you),
Without a dope beat to step to…
At first I was just trying to shoot a new outfit post, but had no time to do my hair and fix it up. Naturally, I pulled out my wig-bag, because we all have one right, and put on a wig. Ok, I have to say though, I am trying to avoid straightening my hair since I am on a healthy hair journey as highlighted in a previous hair blog post here.
So it is convenient to wear a wig, still get a different look out of it and leave my own hair undamaged – win/win.
It was only when I put my whole outfit on and looked in the mirror, that I noticed the references. This lead me here: I am starting a new serious of blog posts that focus on one style icon or special trend in the history of fashion, and will recreate the look in my own way, wearable for today.
If I had to think of one artist from the 90s, it would have to be Aaliyah. She literally had her globally successful career span from 1990 – 2001 (RIP), can’t get anymore 90s than that. And although she is known for her transcending music, all classics treasured and cherished by so many different generations of people, I think she deserves to be credited just as much for her style. Given that to this day not only Fashion Designers cop her style but everyone else from Singers like Rihanna , Fashion Bloggers/ Influencers, Stylists for their work and inspiration is too. As far as I know, she was the first to make the baggy pants a staple in a girl’s wardrobe back then. Those baggy pants transitioned into the ‘boyfriend jeans’ today. She pioneered that crop top, baggy pants and shades kind of look. All the girls who were Tomboys (raise hand emoji) finally had a style icon to look up to and have fun with their outfits. Aaliyah had this special thing about her – as masculine as the clothes may have been, she still seemed so vulnerable and soft in her face, and of course her beautiful falsetto notes and sweet sound supported this contrast of looks and attitude.
Personally, I am all about tomboy chicness combined with feminine nuances. This is my take on a look inspired by her.. and I admit I did feel a little Carrie Bradshaw too (must have been the gold shoes). Here’s to Brooklyn born singer and actor Aaliyah, who’s style influenced generations that followed.
THIS BLACK AND WHITE LOOK !!!!
Never be afraid to stand out, that very thing may end up becoming your legacy.
Let me know if you guys like these kind of posts. Which style icon would you like to see covered here?