Hey there Fashionista/os, My name is Marlyka Williams. But let’s skip the formal introductions; you can just call me Lyka! As a rising senior, I opted to trade my island life for that of the allure of the Midwest, studying architecture and sustainability at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
My personal style has deeply been framed or influenced by that of my surroundings. Being born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, distinct fashion influences or role models were of a rarity as our culture more than ever dictated numerous outfit choices and local fashion trends. The goal is always “Be noticed and make it worth their while!” because living on a tiny rock— merely 32 square miles— in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, you are bound to leave a lasting impression on everyone you come across daily.
My hometown, St. Thomas, or ‘Rock City’ as we locals call it, instilled this notion in me, that I was born to stand out, so my transition and move to the U.S. mainland came no different. My personal style remains simplistic but chic with an eclectic twist—my outfit choices can range from girly grunge/edge to that of modern sophistication. You will almost always catch me rocking my signature curled Afro hairstyle or a sleek high bun with minimal or natural-toned makeup to accentuate my features.
I enjoy defying the odds by breaking standard fashion “rules” yet managing to make the entire look work! I’m the girl who will mix navy and black, boldly model an all-white ensemble post-Labor Day, or even rock my Adidas Originals to formal. In other words, I let the articles of clothing that I am rocking for that particular day give my viewers insight to my personality and overall fashion aesthetic.
This outfit gives you a little insight on just that. I chose to style myself in a plain gray tank top and navy statement shorts accentuated with lace trim ideal for keeping cool in the island heat while I’m home for the holiday season. The look remains light and fresh as I compliment it with nude sandals and, playing into this year’s ’90s trend, an oversize denim jacket and choker to match. Because my outfit choices are so unique to my personal style, I tend to keep my accessories minimal as displayed, by wearing simple stud earrings, my staple charm bracelets on one hand, and one ring on the other.
Now that you know a little bit more about myself, I can’t wait to show you all more as part of this year’s Style Guru team!