FASHION: A Girl Should be Two Things: Classy and Fabulous

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I have always had a long-standing love affair with fashion. For me, fashion is everything that comes from within. It is passion, creativity, and uniqueness.

My hobby is obsessing over impeccable designs, reading fashion blogs, side-stalking fashion bloggers and designers on the gram or Pinterest usually for my outfit inspiration.

MODEL: Monica Otieno | PHOTOGRAPHY: Kiki Photography

The most beautiful thing about fashion is that it’s diverse. It embraces passion and creativity and most importantly, it’s a way of saying who you are without having to speak.

Being a fashion enthusiast is great! This is because you can wear almost everything that complements your face and blends well with your skin. The only disheartening thing is when you’re a college girl with mini savings and cannot afford a Gabbana purse, much less a Yves Saint Laurent perfume. It is true that most fashion blogs are full of expensive designer accessories but that’s never the end of it all. You can always borrow from budget-friendly fashion bloggers like Jean, Extra petite or Candice Nikeia, and many others.

Creativity is key especially for the college girl who can barely afford a series of expensive fashion brands. Fashion is style; and style is style, regardless of the price tag, brand, or whether you spend 10, 000/= or 500/= on fashion.

First Fashion Experience

I remember my first fashion experience. I was 18 when the stylish maxi skirt and dress rocked my world. They were expensive in boutiques and I could not afford them back then. Knowing how tough it was to fork money from African parents, I decided to get creative. The strong urge to look as dashing as the bold ladies in the outfits drove me to Kibuye market which is famously known for its thrift “mtush” at the Lakeside, Kisumu.

I remember taking time to flash through the bale of clothes until I found my first maxi skirt. I was so excited. It was black and floral, so beautiful. Then I thought to myself, “now that maxi is the trend, wouldn’t I look a little chic if it were unique? So I took it to the local tailor for a few alterations. I cut it in the middle front way up to the waist and insisted on colorful buttons being fixed in between so it’d have an adjustable front slit and I could adjust it how I pleased. My creation was stunning! That’s how my passion for fashion grew.

Stalking Fashion Bloggers

I spent the better part of my high school and college life stalking fashion bloggers, buying “mtush” and modifying my clothes to look like those of the elegant and expensive fashion bloggers I obsessed over. Same happened with my fancy dresses, off-shoulders, split-sided tops, bare-backs, sundresses, Ankara patched blazers and my doll dresses. It’s always adventurous!

I went on until I was 21 when I started matching-up my “mtush” with classic Ankara wears (like those on Ankara styles Instagram handle) and more of Christian Louboutin and Adidas for my footwear and of course my love for Gucci wasn’t surpassed.

Last, many of us choose to wear outfits based on fashion trends, which doesn’t actually do us much favor. I’m not saying that fashion trends are bad, however, they should be complementary to your skins’ natural coloring. Fashion should be beautiful, cultural and inspiring. While exploring your aesthetic, natural beauty in clothing and accessories, engage in reading fashion magazines, blogs, watching fashion shows, and trying out new ideas. As Yves Saint Laurent puts it, “what is important in a dress is the woman that is wearing it.”


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  1. I love it.
    With our almost tight budget,dressing fashionably comes really close to impossible.I agree with you when you say we often at times have to be very creative to come close to our desired styles.
    Very on point.

  2. first impressions last, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” and remember that “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.

    yes a girl should be two things…..

  3. It embraces passion and creativity and most importantly, it’s a way of saying who you are without having to speak…. this captivated me

    Nice peace Nikki. Keep up the lovely spirit.

  4. Very insightful article on fashion. I have picked lessons from the gorgeous Nikki, and will definitely apply them in my wardrobe too?

  5. veronique Ogendo on

    Wow wow..words can’t express how impressed I am by this article?? I so love your creativity and the fabulous sense of fashion you do have! Keep up the spirit my girl coz you’re going places! I believe in you and am sure you’re gonna be an inspiration to many!?

  6. something meaningful I’ve found on your article which I strongly believe is that you dont have to be financially well for you to dress well and rock it. nice article Agitar?

  7. Wendy Adhiambo on

    Nice article my dear your truly an inspiration to many…keep up with the same spirit am so proud of you Monica

  8. I’miss for sure inspired by your article and I have learnt something unique about dressing.Wishing you the best ,to be more knowledgeable and creative.Keep your head so high Mama!!???Xoxo Mom

  9. I love the article?….very inspiring…….. being elegant and classy doesn’t mean buying expensive clothes or shoes but being creative on your own to bring out the fashion style and rock it….good work love..keep it up..??…

  10. Wow…its amazing!!! I love it…. Keep it up… Am in love with ur article at least it has explained a few things that I did not understand..good job

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