Longline Tank & Oxblood Pants

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Whenever someone asks me a question about personal style I try to stress the importance of not boxing yourself in or playing by someone else's rules.

Buy and wear what you love. Experiment. Yes, that means you'll make some blunders and get some funny stares but that's what style lovers do.

Take Solange for example. Today, she is heralded as a fashion it girl. Fashionistas from all over the world are listing her as their style inspiration. If your memory is as long as mine you'll recall that wasn't always the case. She definitely went through a 'I'm just trying to figure this thing out’ stage. A stage we should all respect as a stop on our style journey.

I know a lot more about my personal style now than I ever did before but every once in a while I like to mix things up. That's exactly what I was going for with this look. I don't think I've ever worn anything this trendy on the blog. I just went with it and I actually loved it.

While I was out there shooting an underground artist to approached me to be in her video. I was a bit hesitant at first but I did it. Nothing means more to be than supporting another black girl's dream. I didn't do anything I wasn't comfortable with and it was so much fun. Looking forward to seeing the finished version.

There is so much I can write here about being a black girl and not wanting to be perceived as 'hood' or how many of us who claim to love blackness but only love a very specific kind of blackness. White Supremacy is a very powerful system and performs so many mind tricks. I'm committed to loving my blackness and your blackness. The differences, and complexities of blackness are what make it beautiful. It's a daily struggle to continue to do so and the struggle continues...

Pants: H&M s/o (similar) Longline Tank: gifted (similar) Shoes: Forever21 s/o (similar)