They are tying you down

They are tying you down

Remember that subject line?

I used it for a letter I sent out sometime in February or March.

I don’t remember.

But I’m recreating it because of something I saw on Twitter.

A guy called out gentlemen who always paired sneakers with native wear.

According to him, it’s against fashion rules.

If you know me by now, you’d know I’m not a fan of rules.

For as long as I’ve been doing fashion, I’ve gotten deep enough to know that rules don’t hold water.

That’s why we wear sneakers with suits now.

Sneakers with Agbada, ankara, and other native wear.

I don’t know what you believe.

But if you do think you can’t wear this or that because one self-acclaimed fashion police somewhere said so…

Abeg stop it.

Stop feeling that way.

Fashion is an open field. 

You’re allowed to play any game you want so long as you can defend it. 

Break the rules.

Break ’em.

These days writers break grammar rules.

Who are fashionistas not to break those stifling rules?

Fcuk what anyone says about what you’re wearing.

You only need self-confidence and a sense of style to pull it off.

The highest they’d do is to stare.

Nobody will come and ask you why you’re wearing what you’re wearing.

And even if they do, tell ’em it’s your style and you feel comfortable in it.

Because in fashion, nobody sets the goddamn rules.

What’s wrong today will eventually be right tomorrow.

That’s why people wear mismatched shoes and go scot-free.

Now, go ahead and wear your Agbada, senator, Ankara, dashiki, etc., with laced shoes.

Mix those prints.

Wear gold and silver jewelry together.

Own it with some top-level confidence and defend it at any level.

I love you always.

The Writer who knows how to do Fashion,

Victoria Willie

Creative Director, Ria Kosher

P.S: I almost didn’t wanna send you an email today.

But I did it anyways.

Yeah, even when you don’t feel like doing that thing you love or survive on…

Be like Nike; Just do it.

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