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STYLE GURU BIO: Thando Mlambo

September 4th, 2015 at 2:00am

As a foreigner in the United States, I’ve learned that there’s a playful back-and-forth between the U.S and Canada, which is why I considered calling my Style Guru bio post “Canadian Tux Chic.” Denim on denim is so in right now and not only am I on board, but I foresee the trend going into winter.

As an avid follower of fashion in general, but men’s fashion specifically, I have always been intrigued by the interplay between a rugged, yet composed look and find myself dressing that way. That is, bridging and edgy look with my more classic tendencies; for example an alternative white button-up, simple black slacks and a fun take on sneaker-meets-oxford. For this outfit I paired this tough jumpsuit from Urban Outfitters and Steve Madden platform oxfords with a delicate neckerchief from ASOS. Jumpsuits are a major part of my wardrobe because they are an easy and simple article of clothing to put on when you’re feeling uninspired and want to look like you have your life together. I also rock a lot of structured button-ups and oxfords because I am fascinated with how gender presents itself through fashion (did I mention I’m a Women, Gender and Sexualities Studies major?).

A little bit about me: I am from Zimbabwe and have lived there, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Tunisia and now New York City. I am doing a combined major in Africana Studies and Women, Gender and Sexualities Studies at Barnard College. I speak French and English fluently, play the guitar and sing, make art and love traveling. Fashion to me is more than clothing and glossy magazines. Fashion is the expression of one’s self. It’s that medium (much like poetry or painting) through which you assert yourself, the space you’ve carved out in the world and look good doing it.

I look forward to a semester of connecting with kindred sartorial spirits and sharing with you all how they perceive their space in the world.