Take your personal style to the next level.
"Nothing is new."
When I first heard that phrase, I scoffed at it. Of course, tons is new!
Indeed, when it comes to fashion, smart companies are investing in new, eco-friendly production methods for fabrics; recycling; reducing water usage for dyeing.
But that's not what this article is about.
Beautiful fabrics and methods already exist in the ancient fashion worlds of India, China and Africa.
You never fail when you go back to ancient methods.
Use them to take your style to a whole new level.
This week is African Fashion Week in Toronto.
So for a start, a word on....
African Wax Prints:
These are colourful cotton cloths with batik printing. You'll notice that this fabric prints the same way on both sides, so both look equally beautiful.
As a powerful fashion tool, these prints act as a nonverbal form of communication among African women, and hereby they carry their message out into the world. Each print carries with it, a story of culture and history.
Why bother with generic false prints from big-box stores, when you can own wow-worthy, authentic fashionista pieces like these from KISUA?
And when someone asks about your stunning pieces, you have a story to tell.
Win for you + your wardrobe + your audience + your wallet
If you're going to spend money on clothing, spend on pieces that add to your personality and view of the world.
Low cost; low investment tip: Get started experimenting with african wax prints by visiting a local African fabric shop online or in-store. Buy a half-yard each of a few prints that you fancy, and use them as scarfs (100,000 ways to wear a scarf) or pocket squares.
MensWear: For pocket squares; bowties, check out the The Pocket Square Project. Makes a seriously cool gift too.
Not sure how to incorporate African prints into the rest of your wardrobe? Take a cue from Beyonce (in jacket by KISUA) and Rihanna (in Stella Jean), carefully curating these prints and mixing things up:
For those who want something special in Toronto, I fell in love with this local designer at fashion week: ZNAK Designs
Some of her pieces:
Stay tuned! More to come on China and India.
Happy African Fashion Week Toronto!
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