photography by Azikiwe Aboagye
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Vintage Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan Jersey | Unavailable
Forever 21 Denim Overalls with Patch $32 | Similar style here
Vintage Levi’s Denim Jacket $84 | Buy here
Kenneth Cole Reaction Weylon Suede Slip-Ons $30 | Buy here
Oakland — Spring has sprung ladies!
In the spirit of change, I did some cleaning, and found my old jerseys from my younger years. In middle school I had quite the NBA jersey collection – from Allen Iverson to Clyde Drexler, my collection ranged from active players to retired legends. But, when I found this Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey, I screamed! I was unsure of how I wanted to style the jersey, but I knew I wanted to wear something different, other than just jeans and tennis shoes. I paired the jersey with denim overalls and a matching denim jacket. Keeping my blue colored theme, I also wore blue suede slip-ons.
I know what you’re thinking…why cover the classic jersey with overalls? But sometimes styling is better when things are subtle. The jersey colors peek out of the top of the overalls, and “JORDAN” is legible from the back. Downtown Oakland was the backdrop to this casual (hence, the messy bun!) denim look, proving you can wear old relics today — no matter how juvenile the clothing may seem.
Mannequin on Telegraph Avenue | Berkeley
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‘For Love and Lemons’ Birds of Paradise Maxi Dress $308 | Buy here
If you don’t know much about For Love & Lemons, then you are in for a magical surprise. This lifestyle brand uses lace and embroidery to make stand out designs.
While exploring the company’s online website, I fell in love with this Birds of Paradise maxi dress. I think it had something to do with the lookbook photos attached that had me daydreaming of wearing this dress on a Hawaiian beach.
The beauty of this dress doesn’t just lay in its beautiful colors and embroidery, but also in its versatility. Although it is paired with a bathing suit in these images, you could also match a simple black bodycon dress and heels. Definitely a splurge purchase, but the intricate details of this beautiful tulle dress are worth every penny.
Oakland — What is it about Valentine’s Day that makes people want to turn up the sexy? I get that it’s a day for lovers, but you can be sexy and comfortable at the same time. So I put my little black dress away and grabbed a cozy sweater. Originally $99, I bought this alpaca knit turtleneck sweater on the clearance rack for $7 at H&M. Yes, you read that correctly. You may be wondering where the sex appeal is in this oversized sweater, but it lies in a pair of fitted ripped jeans and printed heels.
photography by Azikikwe Abaogye
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H&M Ruffled Sweater $30 ($7 in-store price) | Buy here
Vintage Acid Wash Jeans $248 | Similar style here
Tory Burch Printed Bow Heels $295 | Similar style here
I was drawn to the raspberry color of the sweater, that said Valentine’s Day inspired, without screaming it. I modeled this look in front of a similarly colored building in Oakland’s Chinatown. I felt modern and elegant in this outfit. Whether you had plans with your significant other, like myself, or just a night out with the girls, I hope you felt lovable in your garbs. Create your own romance — even if it starts with your clothes.
My Valentine Azikiwe | Oakland