Develop Your Personal Style
It’s WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) and if you can’t crush on yourself, who can you crush on? Today Judette spoke to Analise Kandassmay, Forward Forty’s Production Manager, about her style, how she developed it and the one piece in her wardrobe you could not pay her to throw away.
After you’re done reading, tell us about your own personal style. What do you love to wear and why?
Why is it important to create your own personal style?
I feel somehow that your personal style is connected to the whole idea self care and maybe, even self love and I don’t think it matters if your style is grunge or chic. When you get dressed you get to know yourself better. You find out what colours and shape makes you happy, what you want the world to know about you. Having a personal style connects you to you first, and then to others. That’s a discovery process, its always evolving and it is heaps of fun.
What are the three things in your closet that you could never, ever get rid of?
- My Milner Hall T-shirt from my UWI days. It’s old and stained but it brings back great memories of campus life. I often wear it to bed.
- My Claudia Pegus banded dress because it was the first time I inhaled and plunked down a ton of money for one dress. It was worth every penny because of how extraordinary I felt. It’s too small now but you couldn’t pay me to get rid of it.
- My black Max Mara skirt because its easy dress up or down. I’ve had it for 15 years.
What’s your personal ultimate fashion risk that you’ve learned to take and love?
My Afro because I started to grow my hair natural before it was a “cool” thing to do. And I had no idea about how risky a decision it was until I started getting the comments.
How would you advise someone to begin to identify their fashion voice and signature style?
- Keep a Pinterest board or a journal of women whose style you love. You’ll see a pattern beginning to emerge about the things you’re attracted to. Allow that to be your starting inspiration
- Know your body. I love my legs, I show that off a lot. You’ll hardly ever see me with an exposed midriff. Enjoy what you’ve got and decide how best you’d want your clothes to accentuate the best parts of you. Play to your strengths.
- Be known for something. I always go back to my pencil skirts and cigarette pants. They are not the only shapes I wear but they dominate my wardrobe. I also love, love lots of bold colours.
And you are also known for mixing patterns. What colours/patterns do you love to wear the most?
My favourite has to be stripes in bold colours mixed in with vibrant cotton patterns of West Africa. It’s where Solange Knowles meets Stella Jean and out comes some kind of version of me.