At my size, I revel in solids. Well, maybe not so much revel; I just feel more comfortable in pieces that don't draw too much attention to my problem areas, and solids always seem to do the trick. My old faithful outfit consists of a pair of blue or black denim bottoms, a white or gray T-shirt or crewneck sweatshirt, and a plain black headscarf. If I'm feeling especially festive, I might switch up the accessories and add something with a leopard or floral print. But I've never been courageous enough to wear a bright print as the focal point of the look. This Fashionista has truly inspired me to step outside the bland box. With this patterned romper, she demonstrates the power behind rocking a boldly printed outfit, no matter what the number on the tag says, when paired with just the right accessories.
This tribal print playsuit features vibrant magentas, indigos, turquoises and tans that accent this Fashionista’s summery skin tone and draw the eye in from a distance. What's great about this romper is that it highlights her feminine figure, instead of using straight lines and loose-fitting silhouettes to disguise it. This piece, purchased at a thrift store in Florida, commands your attention, and doesn't apologize for its size. To draw in her waist, and play up her shape even further, she’s sporting a thrifted brown belt. While almost Western-looking, the belt doesn’t distract from the island vibe of the ensemble. She has paired the romper with a pair of brown oxfords that add a preppy feeling to the look, and are just as comfortable as they are classic. And on her hand, she’s donning an antique-inspired double-finger ring. A brave assortment like this is perfect whether you’re recovering from the spring semester or preparing for the summer one.
Name: Chiamaka Oji
Major: Industrial Engineering
CollegeFashionista: What are your favorite places to shop?
Chiamaka Oji: I’m a bargain shopper. I don’t buy expensive stuff. Wherever I find something cute and cheap, I shop there. I don’t really have any favorite stores.
CF: What would you say inspires your personal style the most?
CO: Being a plus-sized girl, I like to step outside of the box, because I feel like no one should be limited based on how big or small you are. That’s my main inspiration.
CF: Do you look up to any celebrities?
CO: I absolutely love Rihanna’s style! She’s my favorite.
CF: If you had five minutes to get dressed, what would you wear?
CO: I would put on jeans, a cute top and cute sandals—actually no. A maxi dress, some cute sandals, and lots of accessories to dress it up.
How To: To get this look, start with a romper with a bold tropical print, like this one from Topshop. And if you're curvy, like this Fashionista (and me!), ASOS also has a great one. Add your favorite thrifted belt and some brown brogues. I love this tasseled pair from Urban Outfitters. Top off the look with some vintage-inspired jewelry, like this Forever 21 ring, for a summer outfit that’s so bright, you’ll need shades.