This week I watched an interview with the former creative director of Elle magazine, Joe Zee. He mentioned each person’s “personal style,” which made me think again about what is considered “style.” And then it reminded me that I thought this chica was stylish even though …
I know what you’re thinking. What has possessed this chico to wear black in the summer? He’s just pulling an Amy Winehouse and going back to black. What’s classier than the color black? When you think of sophistication and taking on an attitude of “cool,” you think of people walking around New York City in black or poetry beatniks sitting in a coffee shop snapping their fingers. But when it’s the time for swimsuits and rompers, should people be sweating in the sun?
People actually say that wearing darker colors in the sun will decrease your chances of a sun burn. According to skincancer.org, dark colored clothing has a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 50. For all you easy-burners out there, black will not only make you look “cool” this summer, it’ll keep you from having to lather yourself in aloe vera.
Anyone can put on a black shirt and a pair of black jeans and look sleek, but what gives a black outfit the “wow” factor? Other than a T-shirt with zippers, the answer is accessories. This chico believes that the more the accessories there are, the better. He’s not afraid to to put on a circle-brimmed hat and stand out in the crowd. He goes the extra mile and dresses up his hands with a gold ring with an onyx stone and wears a watch even though his iPhone can tell him the time.
He’s adamant about the one accessory that everyone should own: a pair of glasses. When this chico spent two years in France, he saw people wear crazy ones with wires sticking out from the sides. Perhaps those were a bit too crazy for him, but he decided then that a pair of glasses are a must-have for anyone.
Don’t be afraid to try something new: a pair of glasses, a shirt with zippers or a ring. This chico believes in wearing what you feel like wearing. Sometimes people say he looks preppy, but really he’s just wearing what he wants for that particular day.
What is your style advice? “If you feel like you can’t pull something off or you’re not really sure if it’s your style or whatever, just go for it because chances are no one else is going to be wearing what you’re wearing and they’re going to be like ‘Oh, that’s pretty cool what you did’ and they’re like ‘that’s a dope outfit.’ The other one is don’t be afraid to wear all black—even in the summer when it’s 100 degrees because black is not just for the goths anymore. Black is just a really classy color.”
Well world, I’ve done something I vowed to never do: join Pinterest. I just began my internship as a Style Guru for College Fasionista, and as part of that internship, I had to join Pinterest. But it’s cool; I’ll learn something new. So I made a …
“The only reason I became a doctor is because the guidance counselor told me I couldn’t.”
In context, this was extremely hilarious (see season 4, episode 4). It was also extremely empowering. Of course we should push the limits to what people believe we can do! This is a reason why I appreciate Mindy Kaling. At the Sundance Film Festival (January 2015), Kaling was interviewed on a panel of women who work in Hollywood. Her best comment? “I have a personality defect where I sort of refuse to see myself as an underdog.” This is the mentality that pretty much everyone should have. In her book,, Kaling talks about how she graduated from Dartmouth College (It’s an Ivy League. No biggie.), moved to New York (with very little prospects for work), and ended up making it big. To me, that means that I can do anything. If Kaling can rough it living in a cockroach-infested apartment and end up as an executive producer, there’s no limit to what I can do (or anyone else for that matter). She’s pretty much the bomb.
Plus, she wears great clothes (both as Mindy Kaling and as Mindy Lahiri).
This cool BuzzFeed article furthers proves my point.
Youtube video of Power of Story: Serious Ladies at 2015 Sundance Film Festival:
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