The Class Named Pretty

29. September 2014 Uncategorized 0

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I’m channeling my inner Janelle Monae this week…I should let you know that although this look is Janelle Monae inspired it was really Tapi’s vision…He spotted those pants in H&M and insisted that I get them…I wasn’t sure to be honest. I generally shy away from embellished ankle grazer pants because I’ve got short legs and a thick ankles (yes…Say it out loud before anyone can tell you!) So those kinda pants are normally a big NO for me unless they’re a really slim fit, black and a thinner fabric. In this case however, Tapi was weirdly drawn to these pants and he gave me this really scary “you have to get them” look, so out of fear I accepted …(the fact they were 15 bucks also helped the cause). Straight leg pants especially those that graze the ankle are a good wardrobe staple, you can get a lot of wear out of them and they transition from casual to formal very easily. I’ve worn these with a pair of patent brogues but add some heels and you can wear them to work or dinner…The Shirt is from Zara. This shirt is probably in my top 5 of compliment receiving pieces in my wardrobe. I think it’s the bright floral print that catches everyone’s eye. It looks good with pants or skirts and the fabric feels amazing on your skin. The black bomber is another men’s  wear inspired trend, the jacket is what brings this look together making this look what I like to call “street chic” … Call me the hat queen…I love a good hat. Hats give the look more character. I had decided to lay off the hats but then I thought who am I kidding?!! Summer is on the way and that means even more excuses to wear hats!!

Sooo I finally got rid of the braids!! Now just to clarify I haven’t had the same braids for 3 months, I’ve been getting the same ones re-done but after a few too many “subtle” hints from Tapi I decided to switch it up. After much deliberation I settled for keeping my natural hair out for a while. There is something so confronting about seeing yourself with your natural hair. All of a sudden you see those ears that you’re always trying to hide or the forehead that you hate. The other day a I met a friend who had also taken her extensions out and had her natural hair out , she began to tell me how naked  and “unpretty” she felt without any extensions in her hair and I completely understood where she was coming from. I too shared the same feeling that morning when I woke up and looked in the mirror. I began to wonder why as women we feel  the need to mask our individuality in order to conform to the pre-requisites that society sets to be accepted into “The class named pretty”… I also began to question what role I play as a style and life blogger and what influence I may have on women.

I am celebrating MY individuality. Are you celebrating yours?

African fashion blogger-melbourne fashion blogger-lentendre-melbourne stylist-zimbabwean blogger (7)

African fashion blogger-melbourne fashion blogger-lentendre-melbourne stylist-zimbabwean blogger (7)

African fashion blogger-melbourne fashion blogger-lentendre-melbourne stylist-zimbabwean blogger (7)

African fashion blogger-melbourne fashion blogger-lentendre-melbourne stylist-zimbabwean blogger (7)

African fashion blogger-melbourne fashion blogger-lentendre-melbourne stylist-zimbabwean blogger (7)


0 thoughts on “The Class Named Pretty”

  • 1
    Sarees Melbourne on April 28, 2015 Reply

    Everything is perfect in the pic. Your trouser color is so idol nice sharing of pics.

  • 2
    undere on October 9, 2014 Reply

    There is something confronting about seeing yourself in your natural state. I had to take that statement all in. I’ve been getting different reactions from people who see me with my short hair, some love it others hate it. I concluded its all about their preferences not about me, if you generally love natural hair then u appreciate that look more on people as opposed to relaxer and friends (weave, braids etc). Love the look. I laughed at a previous comment “pat pat pull pull” gotta love the short hair. 😄

    • 3
      L'entendre on October 9, 2014 Reply

      Oh Gosh! I feel you! I had the same reactions when I did my chop, and you’re better than me for realising that it’s peoples preference , nothing to do with you. But how interesting that it’s always been about that.. That “people” prefer black women in weaves or braids , so we put weaves in our hair so that we are ” pleasing to the eye ” glad that as women we are now like BOOM this me, take or leave it, I do me for me!

  • 4
    Anonymous on September 30, 2014 Reply

    That look 🙂 my my, thats my ish! So retro, Love it!

    • 5
      L'entendre on September 30, 2014 Reply

      I had you mind when I put this one together! I knew U’d love it ! 😉

  • 6
    Anonymous on September 29, 2014 Reply

    Hi there. Monday has come and you have delivered as usual. Love the colours. Very summerish if such a word exists. Colour brings life to things e.g. Flowers blooming in Spring. Enjoyed reading the passage. Will wait for Monday again. Bapa.

    • 7
      L'entendre on September 30, 2014 Reply

      Thank you!! I think you’ll enjoy next weeks post, we have you in mind! Have a great week!

  • 8
    Thelma on September 29, 2014 Reply

    I’m feeling this look ALOT, both versions. I am one for embellished pants but I have never tried to match up embellished with another print. I usually keep my tops/blouses monotone and plain when I am in my Michael Jackson’s 🙂 (aka ankle grazers aka “ma don’t touch”). I am definitely going to try some prints with mine. My fear has always been that my outfit will be too busy but I like the this ALOT.

    On the topic of “the class named pretty” and being a fellow naturalista I have found that rocking my afro is all about my personal confidence and comfort with it. It took some getting used to when I decided to dump the wigs and weaves but it’s been the most freeing and confidence building experience I have ever gone through. You look beautiful with your natural hair Mati! I love the tapered style. I didn’t go that route, but I try to replicate it often..you know, pat pat the sides, pull the top 🙂

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      L'entendre on September 30, 2014 Reply

      “Too busy” haha I used to fear that as well. But maybe it’s just a shift in mind frame. I think this works because Although there is a pattern on the pants it’s still the same colour. Having said that, a simple print can be work with another print. Over the past couple of years it’s now “ok” to mix prints. I absolutely love it . Even if it looks random! Wear it like you mean it!

      I totally understand about “personal confidence” I had to learn to love me and be comfortable with me, and I’ve really fallen in love with my natural hair for it. Hahah lol @ pat pat and pull the sides. I cut mine in that shape. It’s not easy tho mama! X

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