Can you describe your style in 2 words?
A huge opener I ask others is, are they involved in fashion or not. I’ve gotten a plethora of answers but all I want is an honest answer.
People who hesitate or use fill-in words are what I despise because that’s what takes the fun out of the question. If I was being nice, I would work with them to attempt to figure out their exact style but I’ve learned that if they didn’t know right then, they don’t know at all. A simple “I don’t know” means they are still figuring it out rather than using clichè terms and mumble their way through a convoluted answer.
For instance, my personal style name used to only be “Distressed Comfortability” but through time I’ve added a subcategory of what I envision as dark glam rock. It took years but I learned to figure myself out rather than be completely unaware and give a “I don’t know”.
A general analysis of my style names is what the adjectives entail. I love wearing items because of their comfortability, nothing more. No matter how many holes the garment possesses or how many people call me an “Outfit Repeater”. I will still wear whatever I want because I am comfortable and that’s what clothing should really be. Dark glam rock comes from my music background but essentially I love the use of being out there but keeping the garments vital to the everyday wardrobe.
What kind of music interests you?
Another huge opener for myself that involves the same stipulation as before. An opener that’s used to incite conversation rather than having a generic convoluted answer that does nothing to strike my interest. I listen to almost everything because all music is made to be enjoyed, but if I did have to choose, Hip-Hop and Rock have a huge influence on my preference of music.
My 12+ older cousins loved hip-hop because well within the years of 1990 and early 2000s that was the thing. Nas, Wu-tang, Roc-A-Fella, etc. were the talk of the world. Controversial statement but the use of trying to be ghetto was the norm, at least within my upbringing. I appreciate old hip-hop due to the contrast of actual instruments being used, lyrics that talk about the uncovered society but overall giving a sense of happiness. Hip-hop to me was an expression of an escape of who made it big, in terms of that goal “rags to riches”.
Influence is what drives individuals either negative or positive. I love hip-hop because it’s what I was “forced” to listen to during my childhood. At the time being, I was everything hip-hop and I still am now but it just wasn’t my persona. Rebellious, confident, and unorthodox, now that’s who I want to be. My first interaction with Rock-N-Roll was with my father, he made me watch recorded live concerts with him, bands like Metallica, Bon Jovi, The Who, and many more. I would see their tight pants, crazy hair, but above all, their energy. Every single person exerted on and off the stage. While I was wearing baggy jeans and a Wu-tang shirt, I knew these rockers were a bit out there, but to me, that was just perfect.
As time grew, Metallica CDs stayed in my disc player while Late Registration and D12 collected dust. My pants went from regular to slim and sneakers turned into boots. A need for a guitar riff became a staple to me rather than a scratches from a turntable.
The tight pants, leather jackets, and boot heels that were higher than most girls’ heels. Apparel ripped towards the edge of nakedness mixed with fifty shades of black arranged together that still holds anticipation of one silhouette. One night of painted black nails with smokey eye shadow. The rock n roll mentality of prime confidence built within an outfit, but that’s all it is, the outfit of a wannabe rocker.
All photos were taken by @Aaronpinedaphotos on Instagram.