In a sense, I am nomadic. I have no closet, and in retrospect, my bedroom is about as mobile as my iPhone. All of my clothes are packed away in a reminscent of what used to be a giant walk in closet. The first time I really sat around all of it, it freaked me out. I have so much clothes that I began to feel overwhelmed. It was like being claustrophobic but in a good way because I really love putting together outfit combinations. That being said, welcome to the new section that sort of doubles as “Outfit of the Week” and my very own Lookbook-esque segment. It’s going to be crazy, chaotic, creative and of course Claustroclothic.
Outfit #52: Hendrix.
What Inspired This Outfit: Well see, it all started when I was born to the biggest Prince fan on the planet aka my mother. Okay, well I’m not gonna put you through the whole story, but fast forward to twenty-two years later and I’m sitting in this bar and noticed this Essence magazine cover with Prince on it. But when I saw it, I wasn’t thinking “Ooo, Prince.” I thought to myself, “Oooo Hendrix.” (It’s also noted that this Essence issue had an article entitled “Black Men In Hollywood” and I was very disappointed to see that Taye Diggs was not listed.) Immediately, I became enthralled with the concept of getting a chance to recreate the look but from a feminine standpoint. I wanted the flare, the fab, but also the familiarity of my own style.
How I Felt When I Put It On: Are you kidding me? Despite having on these ridiculously high, spiked heels (which I got from a lovely store called “Selfish” in Ford City Mall [Chicago, IL] for $10), the minute the entire outfit was on me, I was dancing and swaying to “Jammin” by Bob Marley which segued straight into a Mraz-a-thon, because Jason Mraz goes so well with the flow of the shall I’m wearing.
What’s the best part of this outfit? Oh definitely my Lennon shades. The big, round rims add an extra flare to the style I’m going for, plus I hate sunlight. The point of the high waist corset combo was to bring a modern look into it, but the shall and headwrap combined with the glasses really gives it the touch. Sometimes, it takes that one accessory to spice it up enough to put the entire fit together.
What was the most expensive piece of the outfit, where did it come from, and how much was it?
Actually! It’s a tie! I got both the shall (Which is oversized) and the American Flag book bag from Hot Topic. They were both $26 dollars, but in Chicago, HT is having this buy one get one 50% off, and I ventured around the store for quite sometime before I found the both. I was just like “STEAL!” The American flag bag has been a want of mine ever since I saw Rihanna’s pants in the “We Found Love” video. They will be mine.
What Kind Of Advice Can I Give To Anyone Trying To Achieve This Look Or Something Similar.
I’m all about maintaining the era, like for me… I was thinking 69′ woodstock meets modern day Coachella Fest fashion, but I can’t stress enough when I say, don’t forget to put your own spin into it. I mean, that’s what fashion is. I’m no Renee Jordan, I can’t put this massive combinations together in my head and sew them out, but I can adapt my vision so that it is a crossover between myself and my inspiration.
Make it your own but don’t forget the original concept you were going for. It’s really easy to get off tangent, which is great! But, if you’re going for this specific look, I’d suggest building a foundation and accentuating it with your own personal touch.
Are you going for this style sometime soon?
Or have a style you’d like to see me shoot for? Drop a comment below and I’ll read them, and check it out! And if you’re really feeling awesome, send me a photo of you rocking your Hendrix style! I love getting to see people bring out their inner fashionista or fashionister. So, share with me! & Check back next week where we dig deeper into my “closet” for another style.
For now, this fashionista is hasta la vista!