Monday, September 20, 2010

What to wear

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I always find myself not having something to wear for any event. And since for the longest time I never functioned on a budget that allowed me to just walk out and purchase a solution, I have on more than one occassion, sat down to effectively review my selections and ponder on why I might be out of a new hip number.


The answer is simple, I don't buy hip new numbers. I am pretty much a basic dresser. Ninety percent of my shoes are black and I always have a black piece as a base line ; be it, pants, skirts or the top. I only just learned a simple technique last year for applying makeup and this was after many years of leaving the house feeling cool only to pass my reflection in the street and wonder what affliction might have possibly befallen me in the past hours of my exiting my residence to make me have a red tint on my skin; and I am not one of those females that uses blusher.


I watch what other females wear and will be honest to say I am not as fashionable as the average femme. As long as my clothes are clean and I smell exceptional --now, fragrances are something I don't mess with-- I am quite satisfied. But these days, I am beginning to wonder whether or not the quality of my social life has something to do with the quality of my warddrobe.


I rarely go out. A typical Friday evening, has me pigging out in front of the TV to my latest foreign film DVD acquisition and I love it. When you are not the drinking type, and living in a culture where most of the socialising revolves around the consumption of copious amounts of alcohol, you will find yourself either gravitating to religious gatherings or if you like me where you are more spiritual than religious, entertaining yourself. Thus as a direct result, my warddrobe is sorely lacking in those pieces we Nigerians like to refer to as "ashewo couture".

Simply put, outfits that grab attention of males and females alike by putting your physical attributes on display.


I am not a prude but I am also not delusional to imagine that my body is in perfect condition to wear certain things. The last time my stomach was flat, my age was in the single digits and my bust and derriere size has steadily climbed in width over the past six years. The last part, I am quite happy with, though. Also, life's experiences have been evident on my skin as my once perfect, flawless feature looks like a cross between a post-harmattan farm burning exercise and a bombing zone.


So, I dress to cover the "love"/"food" handles, mosquito bites on my leg and ensure that my "ladies" are always in their proper position. Luckily, they are still behaving. I dress like a conservative adult. Which is not so bad. It is just that when you are now faced with an upcoming clubbing event --an activity that I have not partaken in in the past year or more-- you realise that your clothes are more suited to an evening at the Kennedy center.


What is a girl to do? I am going to be surrounded by a bunch of Asian girls whose average dress size is from 0-2. I am not envious of that though but I would rather not look like I could swallow one of the whole. Also, I have not been out in a while and so some pieces that used to fit twelve months ago have to be donated to charity.


Jeans it is...I'll will find some top to make it work. We will support it with Spanx. Luckily, I always have one good working pair of "ashewo couture" shoes....


So who is coming out to the Kollaboration DC after party at Pasha this Saturday?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

i have a simple solution.

For your wardrobe,why don't you try purchasing ONE item *top,skirt,shoes whatever really* every month end in different colors/cuts/textures.It doesn't have to be expensive...just different and vibrant.
You may not realize it but the next time you wanna go out you will have a wide range to choose from!
As far as makeup goes,you said you don't wear a lot of makeup and thats fine but CHILD...you need some sort of makeup on your face! pick out your best feature and play it up...nude lips are very in right now so no excuse at all! and mascara is A MUST! makes u look alive in seconds...

FINALLY..everyone has flaws..recognize your good parts...then work with em! you don't have to wear an overly skimpy outfit,if its revealing at the top make it conservative below if your not comfy...
hope i helped! cheers!

sunny said...

Re: "I am not a prude but I am also not delusional to imagine that my body is in perfect condition to wear certain things."

HAHA, boy do I relate. I see something in the Victoria's Secret catalog and think, wow, that looks great. I order it and then when it comes and I try it on, I realize, wow, I look like a parody.

Anonymous said...

I wish I could come, but I already have plans to be out of town this weekend.
I also wish I could go shopping with you and infuse some color into your wardrobe. I'm almost opposite to you where you have all black shoes I can think of only one black shoe that I own currently. But hey comfort is key, so as long as you feel great in what you are wearing that's what counts.

I hope your event goes great, all the best

Mizchif.

Anoda Phase said...

lol @ "ashewo couture"...

I agree with the First Anon...a new item each month, plus play up ur most flattering feature (eyes/lips/etc) with some make-up...not necessarily loud.

Forgive the promo, but this takes me back to my latest post titled "Work with what you've got and thank God for it"...pls check it out...

I hope you enjoy your outing...

Myne Whitman said...

Enjoy the outing. I have picked some tips from the comments here. I once asked for help too.

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