Working as a fashion editor requires complete submersion into the industry: from bubbling brands to emerging trends, you quite literally have to be in the know at any given moment. But when it comes to our own closets and personal tastes, it’s still possible to come out a bit clueless. It’s simple to like a trend from afar, but applying it to yourself is a wholly different matter: I’ve loved the low-rise baggy denim look for a minute, but have stubbornly clung to my tight high-waisted kick flares too much to completely take the plunge. To get a little third-party advice, I rang up one of my good friends to see which items in my closet I should finally let go of to give way for something new. With over 40k followers on Instagram and a feed full of visually stunning outfit shots, Nana Agyemang is one of the few people I know who is just about as equally fashion-crazed as I. After giving her a tour of my closet, she broke down the pieces I should consider adding to create some spice to my daily wardrobe and those that I should place on the backburner. Keep reading below to see all of her suggestions—you probably want to make note of them too.
Nana immediately noticed my forever expanding collection of midi skirts and dresses. It’s a practical length, but she advised me to lay off buying them for a bit in favor of maxi skirts. “They’re saucy in a demure way,” she adds.
I’m no stranger to a silk scarf (I have a handful of them to protect my hair against rough pillowcases at night) but never really took them seriously as a style statement. After incorporating this printed one into her looks during a recent trip to Palm Springs, Nana convinced me to give them a go and to put my bucket hats on ice for now.
“They’re everywhere,” Nana tells me about Jordan 1s. If social media is any indication, I’m inclined to agree. From Londoners to Parisians and New Yorkers, it seems to be the latest sneaker silhouette to be embraced by the fashion set. They’ve been on my wishlist for a minute, but I may just have to finally push the trigger now.
I’ve already been well steeped in the concept of name jewelry, but my friend noticed that my signet rings aren’t as interesting as the more eye-catching styles of personalized jewelry. My Canal St. name ring has been a part of my jewelry collection for almost two decades now, so I guess it will once more get new life in the coming months.
On the subject of denim, Nana informs me that the baggier the better. I’ve taken notice of their dominance both among fashion people online and designers, but have been slow to adopt them for myself. “They look really amazing with a tight top,” she adds. While she still loves a good mom jean, she agrees that more loose-fitting options feel more cutting-edge for the moment.
There’s a time and place for a flat shoe, but as my BFF explains lace-up sandals can be just as comfortable with a bigger statement. According to her, I should invest in a pair of strappy heeled sandals pronto, and looking at her pictures wearing them I’m completely on board.
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