Style Advice of the Week

Graffiti, although usually illegal, is a form of visual communication. Even though it’s typically seen as behavior in order to gain attention, it is also understood as an expressive art form. I tend to agree with this definition, but I also draw similarities between graffiti and one’s personal style. Think about it; the way we dress everyday is how we visually communicate with whoever we see. We let our clothes do the talking for us. Depending on the day, our clothes may express how we’re feeling, what we’re doing or who we are. The crazy thing is that shorts and a T-shirt can say as much as spray paint on a cement wall.

A lot of the times we let our clothes do the talking, but sometimes we have to step in and speak up for what we really need. It’s summer, so the easier and breezier the outfit the better. No, I’m not referring to the famous COVERGIRL slogan, but instead what clothes to throw on when it’s hot as hades out there. This Fashionista has some helpful solutions while remaining true to her personality. In other words, she’s the epitome of an easy, breezy piece of graffiti.

Shorts and summer are synonymous; you simply can’t have one without the other. Shorts make life a lot easier especially when they happen to be covered in a print or pattern because then all you need is a solid tank on top. Although summer is supposed to be colorful, there’s nothing wrong with having a dark day. Remember black is always in style. The trendier the shorts, the less you have to do on top. With shorts like these, a loose fitting black tank is the best choice.

A lot of the time accessories, like shoes and jewelry, are the greatest forms of expression for Fashionistas and Fashionistos. Just as pieces of jewelry can have sentimental value, shoes can say a lot about the kind of woman you are. This Fashionista only needed one major piece of jewelry to make her statement. Her House of Harlow 1960 pendant necklace is a show stopper, and like all pieces of jewelry has a story behind it.

Scribbling on private property may be illegal, but there’s nothing explicit about using yourself as graffiti. Let your clothes be the way you visually communicate with the world. Fashion is one of the greatest forms of expression, and since not all of us are interested in having vandalism on our permanent records, I highly suggest leaving the graffiti up to your outfit.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK?: “Like the wall behind me suggests, be yourself because everyone else is already taken. Remember that when you get dressed, you decide who you want to be and what you want to wear. Don’t let someone else make that decision for you, and don’t ever try to be anyone else but yourself.”


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