My Style: Chioma Amaryllis Ahaghotu

Posted on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 at 10:56 AM

By Ijeoma Ndekwu

 

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My Style returns this week to the BN style page!

If you are interested in appearing on this page, simply send two pictures of yourself or that of a friend depicting a typical Day and Night Look with a short summary of your style to my mail box: ijeoma.ndekwu@bellanaija.com

When your entry is approved, you will be required to send in more pictures and personal commentaries on your style or that of your friend as the case may be!

Thanks to those who have participated so far, keep the mails coming. I’m hoping to get more readers participating…and some stylish men too!!!!

Lets remember that this feature is about appreciating an individuals expression through clothing!

BN reader and DIY lover Chioma, redifines style while giving an extensive take on hers which she describes as “spontaneous yet deliberate. It comes naturally yet can be very opinionated. My delivery of style is re-purposed and re-imagined”.

WHAT ”STYLE” ISN’T: People confuse fashion and style and try to pass them of as the same, but they are not. It’s a misappropriation of terms. Style is style; fashion is fashion, true stylistas dance to the beat of their own drum, even when drums are ‘so last year’.

WHAT ”STYLE” IS:
Independent of Fashion: The definition of true style to me is extension; being able to extend and improve upon a look beyond what the designer intended for it. It is not about price or brands. It boils down to what you do with it. Fashion to me is about the ‘what ’and ’where’, style is about the “how”. I really have great respect and appreciation for individuals who understand this sentiment. There is no item that is stylish in of itself; style relys on how you put things together. Clothes don’t have style, the person makes the style. Style goes beyond the hanger you touch -be it in your closet, or shop.

Audacity: Those who have style can choose to ascribe to fashion trends or ignore it. Fashion is not something to be followed sheepishly, it is however, something that is set, for you to select from or totally reject. When it comes to fashion, I don’t really care for trends, I keep buying things I love whether or not they are ‘in’ or ‘out’. Actually my personal style comes from my AHD (Acute hoarding disorder), I keep buying things that make sense to me, and I “hoard” them until I feel that they are ready to shine.

Fashion is vastly disposable, so why should I be coerced into subscribing to them if Today’s “it” item is tomorrows ‘has been’. I don’t want to keep up, I want to transcend it. I don’t want to look trend constrained, I want to look timeless. Style is such a personal thing; fashion is mass produced and fickle. It is better to do your own thing and be you than another head count in a pool of fashionistas. Style is letting your imagination run away with you.

Multi faceted: Style is instinctive and spontaneous. It can be deliberate and unprompted, but only a few have it. A few people have asked me to describe my personal style and I always say it is simple and complicated. I deliberately choose not dress like everyone else but the delivery is inborn. It is calculated yet gloriously carefree. Style like I always say is not a privilege, it is a gift, some have it, and a lot don’t care to find out. Style is an acquired taste for some, for a few others, putting things together in unique ways comes naturally. It is uncompromising; it is really about being in tune with yourself, knowing and choosing what works for you and leaving out the rest .Style is the very best of self expression; It your own spin to things, the way you see and interpret things. It is about innovation, it is about making something ‘better’ than you found it.

Individuality: Be yourself, experiment and be creative. You don’t have to be cutting edge to be organic. You can look to others and magazines for inspirations, but if you directly copy it verbatim, there is no real creativity in that. I can choose to take on a particular trend or completely ignore it, my choice, and my way. If you follow and ascribe to trends exactly as presented, you will become a slave to them. A literal interpretation of a look comes off contrived and uninspired. Clash the aesthetics, add interest, it is all in the details and delivery. There are no rules; fashion styling should be fun but never desperate. Next time you want to throw away that particular dress because your favorite magazine called it ‘so last year’, ask yourself what else you can do with it. Style is about challenging yourself; it is how you live your life. There is a lot of ways you can make something better without getting rid of it. Repurpose, Reinvent, Renew.

CHIOMA’S STYLE:  I am not a slave to trends, I simply replenish in the idea of stretching a look and totally transforming and challenging the expectation intended. My personal style is hard to describe or pinpoint and that is the true mystery it, you never know what to expect. The point is never to replicate a trend so I dress in a way that makes me ”unplacable”; this is relatively simple to do by just mixing and matching different styles to derive something that at first glance could be considered contradictory with regards to its aesthetics.

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HAIR AND MAKE-UP:
My hairstyle is rather simple; curly and wild.  

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This is probably one of the only times I actually have my hair pulled back to a bun. I wanted the focal point to be on the bold emerald green colour of the dress and the bold accessories. I subscribe to the style theory of more is more, you just need to know when to stop.

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Dress: F21; Leopard Lining Blazer: Express; Oxfords: Cutesygirl Online; Jewellry: Vintage and F21; Tights: Hot Sox; Belt: Random; Bag:Filenes

I am totally uninterested in the art of make-up. For day, a few wipes of mascara and a lip stain or some sort of lip gloss and I am good to go. For night, I use a total of 3 products or less and I am out the door. Eye liner (only when I remember), Mascara and a very red lip. I have actually never worn foundation and I have no interest in starting anytime soon. For skincare, I use a combination of shea/cocoa butter and drink plenty of water. Being a vegetarian apparently helps but you can’t quote me on that.

Look :” Bubble Pop Electric”

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I wore this to my birthday dinner party. I rarely wear dresses off the rack; I do little alteration to them myself by either removing a few elements or by adding onto them. My style mantra is always to improve upon a look. I perceive style to be centered on creativity not labels.

Dress: Deconstructed (by me) H & M; Bag, Blazer: Vintage; Shoes: Bakers; Necklace : DIY, salvaged from an old chainlink bag; Earrings: Chanel

 Look: “Spring Fever”

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It takes me a  maximum of about 20 minutes to get dressed from start to finish. It has to look effortless; I only wear what makes me feel good. I love wearing high street pieces and mixing them with more expensive stuff. You can buy stuff for cheap, but you just have to make it look expensive, spend 1 dollar and look like a million bucks. The mistake a lot of girls make when it comes to shopping is buying the “obviously” trendy things from obvious trendy shop; you will end up looking like everyone else.

If you have to buy that dress that scream Forever21(F21), make sure you elevate it beyond the dress mannequin you found it on in the store. You can essentially shop at the same store as everyone else while still maintaining a sense of uniqueness, and it all comes down to styling. This is where things become more tactical. The real fun is in the challenge. Real style has nothing to do with money or designers, it is all about the delivery. You can buy a really expensive dress and still cheapen with the wrong accessories and vice versa.

The point for me is always to style my look out of context, and interpret it my way. I achieve this mostly by altering the shape of the dress in some manner, I hardly ever wear things already made. I pair things together just by adding to it until it makes sense to me.

Adding vintage is another sure fire way of upgrading a look and making it look fresh and unique.

Dress: F21; Shoes: Jessica Simpson; Jewellry: F21 and Vintage

Look: ”Altered to perfection”

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Wearing a green dress that I’ve had for ages. The dress is actually longer but I pushed it up and tied the sash a few times to make it a bit shorter and flirter. I cut the straps and tied it up. the bow is a vintage bow tie that I pinned to the dress to add a little interest. I wrapped a braided belt around my wrist to finish off the look.

Dress: DIY Hotkiss Dress; Bag,Bow tie,earrings,: Vintage ; Bracelet: Vintage braided belt; Shoes: Abaete.

Look: “Mesh Frills”

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This Dress is actually one of my favourites. The look was achieved by pairing a chain mesh tank underneath the dress. I wanted it to appear as a one piece. I cut off the straps and a cascade of flowers that the dress came with and tied the sash around to hold the bust up.

Dress: F21; Mesh Tank: Vintage Bob Mackie; Shoes: Go Jane;Tights: Hot Sox; Jewellry: F21; Vintage Bag: filenes

Look: This is my rendition of  a “Supahero”.

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The scarf is my reverse cape; Cardigan:Ralph Lauren; Skirt: Random; Boots: Miss Me;  Scarf, Bag: Vintage.

Look: “Purple Daises”

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One of my style staples are my gold anklets, I never take them off except to get them cleaned. I ‘ve had them on for about 5yrs.

Dress: Rumours. Beaded Necklace worn as belt. Shoes: Pink Dutchess.

Look: ”Goth Glam”

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This dress came above the knee, and I redraped it to get a much more flattering shape.

Dress: Filenes. Shoes: Bakers. Jewellry: Express, Macy’s and Vintage.

Look: ”Laid back Casual”

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This is what I usually look like on weekends to lounge around and run errands.

Rugby Dress: Gap. Flats: BareFeet. Pants(not jeans): Dex

Look : “Drapery Goodness”

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Dress, Ring:F21. Shoes: Go Jane . Tights: Hot Sox. Belt: DIY Guess Bag Strap. Necklace: Vintage from mummy.

Look: ”Subtle Sexy”

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This is my anti freak’em dress… why???because wearing ONLY freak’em dresses to every function is desperate.lol moreover SEXY by force is not the bizness!!! so why Freak’em dress when I can Kill’em soflty.
Understated Sexy is how I roll. If it’s too obvious, then it ain’t poppin’( lol). I am not a nun, but I ain’t a hussy neither I just would rather be stylish and well put together than look placeable and common place. Diversify the definition of SEXY.

This batwing top is actually a tunic (a freak’em dress for some) and it is ancient Max Studio, it is so old that I don’t even remember when I got it, but it feels relatively new since this is the second time i’ve worn it.(story of my life, got to stop hoarding). The skirt is actually Mossimo from 5yrs ago-(another piece I am wearing for the first time after idling away in the closet for what seems like infinity)- it actually sits below the waist and slightly above the knee but I hiked it up with the patent belt which I salvaged from some old trousers.

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The chain link purse is Vintage. I ‘ve got a thing for chain link anything, and if it’s vintage, then baby…you have me written all over it!! The two toned oxfords are just aww soooo HOT in my book, I just love the freak out of them. Red lip… check, red skirt… check, cool hair… check, something vintage… double check….I guess am ready for the disco!!!!

My style staples are :

Tights ( I wear them year round) opaques in the winters and sheers in warmer weather.

Blazers, belts of all shapes and sizes, body crossover bags, quilted vintage chain bags in every color and pretty much anything vintage.

There is no sure fire wire to take the “hooch” out of a mini skirt than with tights, it makes the look so much cooler not to mention classier.

Look: “Punky Nerd”

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I downplayed the fringe benefits of the dress and took the cool route instead of the obvious flapper-esqe implication of a fringe dress.

Dress: Twelve by Twelve. Tights: Hot Sox. Belt, Bag: Vintage. Studded Boots: Soho Lab

Look : ”Modern Traditional”

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I wore this to an African-attire themed party. I opted for this dress because of its free flowing looseness and also the length. The lacy legging compliments the look, it  makes it look fresher and unexpected. Plus us Nigerians love our Lace…lol. I wrapped a beaded belt around my wrist and topped it off with a huge turquoise floater ring. The bold mustard yellow booties and chain link purse drive this look home. You don’t have to wear “traditional” to actually achieve the look of traditional, look beyond the typical.

Dress: F21; Lace tights: LVX; Quilted chainlink bag, ring: Vintage. Earrings:F21; Booties: Cutesy Girl; Bracelet: DIY Vintage beaded belt

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This  second look was also worn at a Nigerian party. The “dress” is actually a long skirt that I customized into a dress by simply adding an enclosure uptop and cinching with a studded belt. By the looks of it, you wouldn’t be able to tell that the material isn’t really Ankara material. Everything in this look is at least 3yrs old, I never throw anything away or discard things as “last season”, I simply wear my clothes when I get around to them and I save them for customization for a whole new set of looks.

Skirt worn as Dress: Yonique; Belt: GUESS?; Shoes:Target; Earrings: Some Random Mall boutique

Look: ”Casual Friday”

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This is what I would wear on a typical casual Friday. I rarely wear denim, and I especially don’t wear them on casual Fridays at work. While others, view denim as comfortable, I actually find it quite the opposite. In the past 2 years ,I probably have worn denim for a total of 5 times, this is especially sad since I have more than 15 pairs of jeans collecting dust in my closet.

Harem Trousers: Express; Button Down: Express; Both Shoes: Fly Jane; Bag: Vintage Gianni Bernini

This is a typical night look. I love to look incredibly put together instead of sexy. I love my clothes to be multifunctional so they can easily be repurposed by removing certain elements or simply adding to it. With each look I love to create interest, by having more than one focal point but also trying to project a well thought out and cohesive look.

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Blazer: Richard; Harem Jumpsuit:F21; Bag: Vintage Talbots; Accessories:Vintage & F21; Pumps:Random

 Look :”Retro Mess”

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People often ask me if I am influenced by anyone, but the truth is I get inspired by everything. I actually see the elements fall into place as soon as a look at a garment. I buy my clothes based on their potential, not what they look like on the rack. I process the images in my head differently and think of better ways to improve an article of clothing beyond its conventional use.

Take this green dress for example, it is just a simple knee length dress, with nothing going for it other than the psychedelic 70’s flowerchild print. By simply hiking the dress up a few inches and cinching the waist with a wide belt, a bodycon dress is born. I pulled one side to the side to get an off the shoulder look that is both fun and fresh.

Dress: Vintage; Belt, bracelet and bag: Vintgae; Earrings:F21; Tights:Hot Sox; Shoes: Bakers; Headband: DIY

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  • 109 Comments on “My Style: Chioma Amaryllis Ahaghotu”

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    • Anon April 15, 2009 at 11:08 AM

      I don’t understand this post. There is nothing stylish about this girl, she has a pretty face but Victoria Beckham she is not. Are you now taking paid for articles in return for self promotion Bella!!! Not impressed.

    • Qed April 15, 2009 at 11:24 AM

      depends on what style means to you, I for one dont think victoria beckham knows anything about style she got money to wear anything but fashionista she’s not and Chioma would give her a run for her money anyday.
      good work Bella keep the styles coming making up my potfolio

    • azara April 15, 2009 at 11:54 AM

      I LOVE IT!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVEEEE IT!!! AM With my PEN and PAPER right now, very original, very UNIQUE, very ECCENTRIC!!! reminds me of Tracee ELLIS-ross, whose style I absolutely love as well!

    • Nneka April 15, 2009 at 12:08 PM

      i love her mesh frills,totally innovative.

    • cynthia April 15, 2009 at 12:47 PM

      WOWWWW, I absolutely think your style is to die for! So UNIQUE! Keep it up!

    • Kpolongo April 15, 2009 at 1:00 PM

      yes Bella updates!!
      Nice!i like…her style is kinda a mix of trendy and unique + quirky!!!
      a lot of combinations are so men a lot are not!!!

    • Kpolongo April 15, 2009 at 1:00 PM

      meant to write a lot of combinations are so me and a lot are not!!!

    • oga o April 15, 2009 at 1:20 PM

      O WoW, i lurrvvvveee this chic, this is the best my style iv seen so far, she is very stylish no doubt and her style is very individual, im feeling her well mehn ah ah serious oppression o, oya let me to go and upgrade lolol

    • randommer April 15, 2009 at 1:57 PM

      lol i was getting ready to talk crap because some of the first outfits were ??? but i love love LOVE. in fact I am going to F21and express this weekend. I’ve not see harem pants and jumpsuit done so well. A lot of the outfits are a smidgen too trendy but hey she does them very well. I also love that she takes 20 mins max to dress. I have to learn how to do that too!

      ps amaryllis is such an Igbo name

      pps how did you get that slit to the waist black top to not expose the goods?

    • wordsmith April 15, 2009 at 2:12 PM

      well if you consider mrs. beckham to be the epitome of style there is obviously nothing for you here.

    • Bix Girl April 15, 2009 at 2:17 PM

      Viva Forever 21!

    • Elle Woods April 15, 2009 at 2:39 PM

      lol..i don’t understand why anybody would even SAY Victoria Beckham has style. Style is taking individual pieces and making them work. Victoria buys str8 off the runway dresses and wears them..how is that style? I think this Anon person is just hating for hating sake and like someone mentioned…if Victoria is your definition of stylish then yeah..you probably wont get the aesthetics of this chic.
      Love her looks..i like how she pairs F21 with different things. I need to get back on that Gojane tip..their shoes are looking better!

    • Jen April 15, 2009 at 2:52 PM

      I absolutely LOVE her style! this has got to be the best “My Style” by a mile. And she makes it look so effortless too…gotta love it!

    • chioma April 15, 2009 at 3:25 PM

      lol…thanks a whole bunch. but the harem are actually from last yr tho but Zara actually still have a bunch still left, the last time i was there recently.

      p.s lol…actually i was named after the flower, but it’s funny because my friends say that it sounds very igbotic too…hahahahah

      and with the top, the slit goes preety far down but the belt and skirt held it up pretty well without any problem…not that there is much that will pop out tho…lol

    • chioma April 15, 2009 at 3:29 PM

      thnx Ms. Woods yes Go Jane dey try sha….Fly Jane. net still thrumps them at times…but every now and then, they deliver…lol

    • michelle April 15, 2009 at 3:36 PM

      swooning over the yellow booties….nice style..

    • aosgrl April 15, 2009 at 3:45 PM

      A lot of the dress styles were quite similar with the length, tights and hot shoes.

      But hands down the best Harem Pants pairing i’ve seen with the “Casual Friday” Look.

      She made it look so clean, so crisp, so preppy yet so Urban Chic.

      Doesn’t hurt that she’s attractive too.

    • Swit Pincher April 15, 2009 at 4:12 PM

      Chioma takes herself too seriously. Talking back at commenters and stuff. That’s kind of tacky. People saying negative or mean things about you is the price you pay for putting yourself out there. So, you what everybody to absolutely love everything you wear? I beg jare, free us. Let us look at your photos and be free to love or hate them.

      Love the outfit with the yellow booties though.

    • Elle Woods April 15, 2009 at 4:23 PM

      she is saying thank u to the compliments…pls show me where she was complaining. Biko free urself away from this thread. Naija girls and their constant need to be negative.

    • aosgrl April 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

      One of her “friends” that has come out to tell her the throught about her self via the guise of intanet anonymity.

    • wondering...?!"! April 15, 2009 at 5:09 PM

      jus wondering…but how come all the styles ever featured are from babes in diaspora??? wer all dem home grown babes…lets come out and represent oh!…or is it for want of where to say our baffs originate from since der are no highstreets in 9ja….and tej has bin demolished as well…lol..not like many ppl wud admit to deir baffs bein from tej sha…hehehehehe

    • jen April 15, 2009 at 5:17 PM

      Is it possible for one person to have so many cheap shoes? Sweetie, quality not quantity!

    • Tee April 15, 2009 at 5:21 PM

      i don’t know..and it might just be me..but everything she has on here..seems to look the same???
      dress,tights,heels….dress,tights,shoots(shoe boots),dress bare-legs,heels,haremish stuff,heels…and then a bit of randomness thrown in..??

      well if it constitutes her style..i guess it’s just what it is then…
      but in MY opinion…its something i see waaaayyy too much of here i.e when girls try to do that “different” style…they more often than not end up looking like the lady up here.
      but each to their own….

    • wondering...?!"! April 15, 2009 at 5:34 PM

      haba! na wa 4 u oh! what is ur bladdy biz..come and show us ur rack of “quality” shoes…shioooooo…jenifa…its ur type dat reeks of low self esteem…its not wat u have but hw u rock wat u hav n still look fab…..m sure ur a designer slave n wud hump a goat cos it has gucci fendi, chanel n LV hoofs…nansense…schewwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!… the babe rocks her style and dosnt look tacky and dats wat matters….olodo rabata..ur kind jus gives me the creeps…nansense

    • nenea April 15, 2009 at 5:54 PM

      Na wa o people dey vex o….hmm..my dear you look GOOD abeg.You rocked the clothes well.In my opinion, most of these angry comments are from people who know you and do not like you PERIOD!

    • chioma April 15, 2009 at 6:05 PM

      akwa unu ahulam okoro!!!!…..(blank stare). wow @ CandySour…what a class act.

      no shaking nah…i dont hear you o….abeg post your own look nah, cuz am sure you are such an authority of “personal” style. but my long face dey salute you. well done….

    • JUSTINA April 15, 2009 at 6:06 PM

      I love her style….xx

    • Ginger April 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

      u go gurl!!! People may have the clothes but it takes talent to throw things together to suit u and look elegant. Great job Chioma.

      LUV LUV LUVS IT!

    • nenea April 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

      You know it is very ok to have a difference of opinion.Not everyone will like you or your style or whatever but it is the way the message is passed that makes the difference.When you are rude about it, it kinda takes away from stating your opinion and leans towards seeming angry.

      P.S….there’s really no need to shout….it’s not that serious!

    • Elle Woods April 15, 2009 at 6:28 PM

      oh..this comment does not make u a hater at all! You are definitely a sour person. Shio..onirase. Ma lo sho ti e!

    • Elle Woods April 15, 2009 at 6:30 PM

      sulia jenifa…will you volunteer to buy her some loubous?

    • Abs April 15, 2009 at 6:49 PM

      im guessing thats u in the pictures, based on ur reply to candy sour…dont mind her, ur style is banging!
      is that walk in closet u have 4 ur shoes? i hate u!

    • chioma April 15, 2009 at 7:01 PM

      actually the answer is NO….it is not possible for one person to have so many cheap shoes….there are far two many shoes in this world to be discriminatory but which one consign you with my spending habits nah?? is it your money? womp womp.

      quality over quantity…really, never heard that one before but i am sure gonna remember you and thank you for enlightening me, is that new??? hmmmm i guess you told me huh?? ngwa nu alright i don hear, Enjoy your “quality” shoe collection and go stare out the labels if it makes you feel better, or perhaps you can indulge me further and write me a list of all the tres quality shoes you own, am sure i need to learn something….

      o ya and sweetie, it’s Style over pricetags……get familiar.

    • chioma April 15, 2009 at 7:05 PM

      aww thx Abs…the shoes are actually hung up like more for convinience than anything….it is hard to find shoes when one is in jerusalem and the other one is in china…being able to see them makes it easier to find in a hurry .lol

    • Abs April 15, 2009 at 7:17 PM

      gosh i wish i had the space to put my shoes up like that…good job on the styling tho…as 4 the people who don’t like it, every1 has a right to their opinion, but no need to be mailcious about it..it comes off as hateration!

    • Mobola April 15, 2009 at 7:40 PM

      Hahahahahahahaha @ giving Victoria Beckham a run for her money? You what?

    • Kpakpando Nwanyi April 15, 2009 at 7:41 PM

      Chioma, I love your hair pulled back. Asa nwa! Biko gba ndi nka nkiti, nothing do you.

      I’m definitely too old now or too conservative to even try half of the looks I see these women rocking, or start tinkering with pieces I buy (save for necessary alterations for better fit) ; but they look so comfortable in their clothes, kudos to them.

    • isitjustme April 15, 2009 at 8:33 PM

      She’s a preety girl… I’m proud of the Igbo chicks. The style is not my cup of tea, but it works for her and she exuberates confidence. That’s all that matters, but nne please do the eyebrows. It will make your eyes pop!!!

    • michelle April 15, 2009 at 8:43 PM

      Walk-in-wardrobe…. my dream must have..since i can’t bag myself some russian oligarch or an arab sheikh …. com’on lottery!!!!!

    • Licious April 15, 2009 at 9:11 PM

      Na wa for Nigerians oo! I love bellanaija for this purpose! if you dont like the picture/style bounce!!!! if you do, leave a nice comment. its really not that serious. poor babe is getting such insults for showcasing HER style! hiss!

    • chioma April 15, 2009 at 9:14 PM

      Licious…..thank dearyou for looking out. but don’t feel too bad for me…i went to Holy Rosary, insults no dey scare me.LMAOOOOO.

    • Moi April 15, 2009 at 9:38 PM

      woah, peeps, you don’t have to be mean, it’s HER style, remember??? If your style is so awesome, contact BN and be featured too!!!
      Stop hating : )

    • mary April 15, 2009 at 10:07 PM

      show us your own shoes jealous girl,Chioma rocks ,Bella teaches us alot of life lessons. The other article some complained about fake this and that ,now some one living within her means is a problem how many people in the real world buy real expensive stuff otherwise primark and co for no de full and all the designer shops for ne de empty carry go girl

    • Paris April 15, 2009 at 10:21 PM

      i foresee the end of “my style” very soon. Not everyone can bear harsh criticisms

    • Yafa April 15, 2009 at 10:44 PM

      I like her hair, lots of texture and bounce!

    • BubblyBliss April 15, 2009 at 10:56 PM

      Why has she got basically going out looks here. I’d have loved to see more of her everyday look

    • Dorah April 15, 2009 at 11:15 PM

      Agreed. Less is so much more. She’s cute though!

    • tomi April 15, 2009 at 11:17 PM

      You have too many pieces that I love (mainly the accessories) for me to mention, but what Im feenin(sic) most is your customised approach to style. It keeps your look individual.
      Also if that freekum dress is your idea of understated sexy I’d be scared to see you bring out the big guns!
      Keep doing your thing.

    • LaLa April 15, 2009 at 11:22 PM

      Um a bad habit?? lol. Some people are just funny. Do you mean that you can’t control your use of caps? Lol. Abeg, undo the caps lock my friend and learn some internet etiquette!

    • chioma April 15, 2009 at 11:42 PM

      Bubbly…thats the undertone really, there really shouldn’t be a clear cut ‘going out’ outfits or ‘day ‘looks…the lines sometimes can be subtly blured where a quick swap of a few accessories and footwear will take it down or up a notch.

    • BubblyBliss April 15, 2009 at 11:54 PM

      Oh that’s really smart. Your style’s intriguing. Just ignore the BS some ‘sourpussies’ have decided to put up. Good things get criticised all the time :-)

    • tomi April 16, 2009 at 12:22 AM

      Its obvious to ALMOST everyone here that you didnt expect the worldwideweb to bow down at your style. What you probably were’nt expecting was for people to start commenting about the shape of your face which I’m guessing you had very little hand in creating (shout out to Baba God!)
      Like it or love it your style is your own and the only reason we’ve had the opportunity to discuss it is cos you were courageous enough to stick your head above the parapet, so 10points for that. In the immortal words of one of my style icons- Winston Churchill

      “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

    • chikito April 16, 2009 at 12:22 AM

      come o this sour candy girl r u on cheap drugs or sumthin similar? do u hav nuthin betta 2 do with ur life than to display ur sillynes online common bhave urself my friend, grow up and leave this place jo u old sad woman

      yes u will not wear any of chiomas clothes because u r probably very fat and ugly and u certainly will not have d swag 2 pull it off hahahahahahaha sorry eh fabulosity is not 4 every1 so feel free 2 keep crying 4 attention ok hahahaha

      newaz ur comments r as irrelevant as u r

    • vivian o April 16, 2009 at 12:33 AM

      Chioma, let me give you insight into why some chicks are attacking you personally instead of simply enjoying a lighthearted Bella Naija feature on style. IT’S BECAUSE YOU LOOK GOOD. You have pretty skin, pretty face, fit-n-toned body, and hair done. Sometimes that is all it takes to have females to despise you on sight without them knowing you personally. This falls under the category of “hateration”: a disease that afflicts those with low self-esteem and too much time of their hands,

      This is not to say that I liked every outfit you rocked, but I don’t think that is the point of this Bella Naija feature. I see this feature as being analogous to a magazine spread of a model wearing various outfits by a designer. I don’t think the editor of said magazine expects its readers to love every outfit or to write a letter to the editor personally attacking the designer for simply showing clothes. That’s just juvenile.

      You are young and at a stage where you are expected to experiment with your style. There is nothing wrong with that.

      My advice to you is to let the haters be your motivaters. Eventually, they will combust from the heat generated from their hating.

    • IB April 16, 2009 at 2:26 AM

      Gosh Candy Sour, why are you such a bitter being, your name says it all sef. Anywaiz I just wanted to say that people especially Chioma should please ignore this sour babe. I was looking through past “My Style” articles and apparently this babe is very jobless and goes about leaving unnecessary epistles of hate in comment boxes.

      Ps. Candysour do not bother replying this, because I will not SEND you..xoxo

    • Dorah April 16, 2009 at 2:58 AM

      It’s cool that she’s expressing herself though clothes. She’s (Chioma) is really about it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I like some of her outfits, and there are some that don’t fit my taste. But that doesn’t mean she can’t dress. Plus, I love that she doesn’t spend a million dollars on clothes. I don’t either. I love my Coco, Dior, Christian L’s, my M. Jacobs, etc. But I can’t afford that shizz….HOLLER! It’s about being a recession fashionista now!

    • randommer April 16, 2009 at 3:06 AM

      lmao. i didnt go to Holy Rosary sha, but there is no insult i have not been insulted with in my lifetime so i feel you. i’ll be checking out zara when i head to nyc. thanks!

      abeg no mind candysour … so vitriolic

    • Dee April 16, 2009 at 5:24 AM

      Na wa ohh, is it THAT serious? like really?. All these insults because of some pictures? WOW!. Lets all take a deep breath and “WOOOOSAAA” somewhere, cos life is too short to be getting angry over things that don’t make no damn sense!

    • Joicee April 16, 2009 at 7:56 AM

      Na wa o. This segment is about individual style… It is not about trends or what is in vogue. You all should lighten up …this is no big deal I mean really.
      BTW I loved the ankara oufit very much.

    • Fatima April 16, 2009 at 11:22 AM

      I love your style Chioma!! Especially the accessories and your hair! Natural?

    • LaLa April 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM

      See this sad, sad, babe. You come on here “proclaiming” that you are passing your “opinion” (um more like hate) and that people should let you be, but you can’t take simple criticism about your infantile use of caps! lol. Na wa o! Some people sef. Olodo! “Candysour” my arse, more like sour-grapes. Jealous she-goat!

    • LaLa April 16, 2009 at 6:13 PM

      Um are u a psycho? LOL. Coming on here pretending to be the same “Chioma” that has been responding to all the other comments. Can’t you see how different the attitude of Chioma from yesterday is from the Chioma of today??! LOL. This is why I love the net; too many damn jokes.

    • Efe April 16, 2009 at 8:19 PM

      Wow….i love her style, i’m not exactly feeling every single outfit, but i love the way she puts her own touch to everything plus she knows wat suits her. Her hair is amazing too…its really interesting to see how creative people can be, i wish i could be half as creative.

      Btw wats up with everyone going vintage these days? i tried to ‘feel among’, i went into a vintage shop one day, didnt spend 10secs before i took a ‘U’ turn out of d place……maybe next time i’ll go in with someone who knows these stuffs, i’m sure they have a special eye, cos all i see the shops are JUNK!…….

      But i really want to be a fashionista…lol

      I’m really loving this section of bellanaija, all you bad mouths can u please stay off so people can keep sending stuffs in, and maybe one day i will too(NOT)… ;-) Very nice Chioma!

    • K-West April 16, 2009 at 9:26 PM

      Like your style, very creative!!!!

      Would change the hairstyle though. Maybe cut into a trendy hairstyle, (straight or curly) that would really finish the looks…

    • gee April 16, 2009 at 10:32 PM

      i know it’s your opinion and every one has one….however i love her hair because it’s natural and that is how afro/black hair is supposed to look when you do a braid out….she does not have to buy into unrealistic popular standard of beauty by forcing her hair into a straight or curly hair texture and this is why lack women rarely have long hair because of too much chemical and heat….i’m not trying to preach here i just want black women to appreciate their natural beauty instead of trying to shape themselves into european standard of beauty…i can see she is a trend setter and not a copier!…..

    • mercy April 16, 2009 at 10:52 PM

      i love that she never throws away anything and that she wears her stuff in ways different from “normal”…u rock

    • Viv April 16, 2009 at 11:11 PM

      65 comments?dang! All you have to do Bella is put up the picture of a goodlooking babe and you have a constant path beating to your website. The power of a beautiful face…Lol

    • chioma April 16, 2009 at 11:46 PM

      thanks Efe….well let me know what you r looking for i can tell you the best places to go for them…every vintage store carries specific things u just have to hit them all….i ‘ve been wearing vintage for as long as i can remember , it is one of the only times u r really suprised with the hunt, cuz you just never know what you will find. but keep at it , once u hit it big once u will get hooked, happy hunting:)

    • tatafo! April 17, 2009 at 4:55 AM

      PYT…the anti-freakum dress is my favorite…i wholeheartedly agree with the philosophy behind that choice. And green suits you rather nicely (the last dress)

    • Rammota April 17, 2009 at 9:09 AM

      I really loved your style….i actually ran and got me some vintage style purses today…hopefully i get “the look” right…Ur very retro.. me like..Good Job Chioma!!!

      Btw na wah for all these bad belle people on BELLA warrrahell…its not by force to say something..abeg

    • Mamasita Diva April 17, 2009 at 1:51 PM

      LOOK GOOD GYAL!

    • Chioma April 17, 2009 at 2:44 PM

      eh yah thanks everyone!!!!!!!! …much appreciated….Cheers!! hopefully some of the harsh “criticisms” doesn’t deter anyone else from getting on this…Don’t let other ppl’s bitterness hold you back…they are not paying your school fees or your rent… lol!!!so doooo the darn thing if you very well please. Be stylish, Be different, Be you…Be glorious!!! xo

    • Nma April 17, 2009 at 6:37 PM

      ooohh…i loves.
      I like alot of ur pieces…esp the dresses. i never liked the hammer pants but it looks awesome on u! Definitely the best “My style” so far!

    • YNC April 17, 2009 at 11:22 PM

      Aww Chioma has style and so cutie…lovely

    • vivian o April 18, 2009 at 5:34 PM

      LaLa or whatever the f@#$ you call yourself….get a life. It appears it is paining you that I gave Chioma a complient.

    • Chioma April 18, 2009 at 6:25 PM

      aww thnx Viv O….

    • Afribabe April 18, 2009 at 7:42 PM

      Omg don’t dis peep know wat fashion is…there shuld be another site 4 village girls tryin on new things 4 da first time

    • Nma April 18, 2009 at 10:21 PM

      i agree! dont know what the whole fuss is about victoria beckham….her style is so bland and plain to me. This girl’s style is way better in my pov.

    • N.I. Vixen April 18, 2009 at 10:37 PM

      stop hating if you think you have a better style post ur pics up

      anyways.

      GO HEAD CHIOMA!! i c u girl!!!.=)

    • bob-ij April 19, 2009 at 8:01 PM

      gee… I like that you said that! We need to push past the ideal and embrace our vision of ourselves. Chioma’s hairstyle inspired me to try the “short curls” look and I have to say I’m loving it! Chioma already knows that I love her style… I like how you threw in the Mesh Tank top into that dress. And those who are being very negative, please realise that “My Style” is appreciating other people’s style and not for condemning because it is not yours. I love the green traditional dress! Go to Chioma’s blog and you’ll realize she’s really a stylista….even when she speaks about style. Do your thing B!

      x!

    • DeeDee Brighton April 19, 2009 at 10:47 PM

      Chioma!! You look fab gurl!

    • lols April 20, 2009 at 4:30 PM

      A real stylista!

    • tellit April 20, 2009 at 7:29 PM

      words cant describe what you look like when you put on those glasses. I mean like seriously !!!!!

    • jbaby April 22, 2009 at 8:29 PM

      of all the girls on my style so far, i have to say she has the best style so far. chic and effortless. welldone girl you should be a stylist.

    • Angelica April 23, 2009 at 6:51 PM

      Naija people !na waaaaaa,you guys should try and be a bit civilised now,i mean what’s the point raining insult on someone you dont even know?

    • clairessence April 23, 2009 at 7:48 PM

      the gurl rocks but at the same time i see no style in her ensembles as she is just rocking what’s in season from prints to harem pants to the fish net thing and the retro glasses …. guess you forgot the goth look …
      however you look beautiful …but i will just say on the streets of london you are just dressed like every other teen to late thirties hottie fashion follower …. i love your colors though …beautiful

    • yeparipa April 25, 2009 at 12:47 AM

      do you know the meaning of style at all?style is how u personally dress, ur tastes whether they are in trend or not!!so if she is a trend follower thats part of her stlye…style doesnt mean you have to dress in a quirky way!

    • jennifer May 1, 2009 at 9:28 PM

      Chioma needs to do her hair.. the curly weave ain’t doing it …

    • JacknJill May 2, 2009 at 9:27 AM

      I love her style but I hate to let you know that she is using extensions and definitely styled them well. They look like braids at the bottom.
      But I love Chioma’s style but at times it comes off trying too hard not to fit in…

    • Bola May 3, 2009 at 3:08 AM

      Girl, i think your style is F-L-Y! a cross betweeen Erykah Badu and Kelis i say: georgeous, unique and chic. I love the Modern Traditional and Casual Fridays look the best,amazing! keep rocking :)

    • Angela May 5, 2009 at 3:56 PM

      It’s her hair!

    • Angela May 5, 2009 at 4:06 PM

      Chioma certainly has style! I love it – she’s trendy, but not too obvious, she’s bold with her choices of colours and accessories and she mixes different textures very well. I can’t find anything to hate about her looks!

      I love:

      The short blue dress with pink shoes. Not a colour combination I would ever think off, but it really pops on her.

      The grey dress with black mesh vest. I will certainly incorporate that into my wardrobe, whenever I’m wary of looking over-exposed.

      The short purple dress :)

      Chioma wear green more often, it really suits you :)

    • mary May 5, 2009 at 8:49 PM

      wao!!! Which her hair??? go back to the top picture where she has a band its so obvious its braids na wa o

    • Petra May 6, 2009 at 12:53 AM

      Chioma is clearly beautiful and quirky. Kudos to her for posting her pics. I would like to know where her shoe rack is from.

    • chicky May 6, 2009 at 11:37 AM

      Its just……..WRONG!!!! Her face, the way she lets her lips hang, hair. Its just too much. She has too much of everything going on, and she’s not carying it well. The clothes are wearing her.

    • Bola May 7, 2009 at 4:20 AM

      sorry, but i disagree. SHE definitely wears her style, and not vice-versa. Its her (may i say, quirky) personality, that makes these clothes fab on her, whereas they might just look odd on another person.
      I love Chioma’s colour combos, and she is daring without being cheesy or trashy. FANTASTIC style!

    • Amyy May 8, 2009 at 10:09 PM

      it IS her hair…the girl is obviously mixed!!

    • GamGam May 11, 2009 at 11:47 PM

      Fab, but some pictures are Fanny . .blegh!

      I love those Cat-eye glasses, i want now!

    • yeside May 22, 2009 at 4:11 PM

      I so love this look…..very individualistic…..and oh my the way you pull every look off and made it yours……to be honest i felt only one emotion looking at your style……JEALOUSY…….trust me i don’t that emotion often …………i feel like even if you had one shoe,one top,and a jeans only you will still GREAT…Now thats not fair.

    • oy May 24, 2009 at 4:45 AM

      All the girls on mystyle seem to be going on about how they dont follow trends etc but they all showcase either vintage or punk which is actually what is in right now thanks to the likes of peaches geldorf and agyness deyn. They all look good tho but i am yet to see a true stylista.

    • Ameena June 1, 2009 at 11:57 AM

      Hey Chioma!! I heart ur hair! What weave do you use??

    • Chioma June 3, 2009 at 3:32 AM

      “Chioma”Yo get u facts stright…u ain’t Chioma Amaryllis Ahaghotu…i would kno cuz am her!!!!! but since u seem to knowwwww soooooo much…………finish my lines as well.

    • Amal June 23, 2009 at 11:33 AM

      Hi Chioma…what hair do you use? I love the fullness! And ur style kicks major ass!

    • Bola (another one lol) July 17, 2009 at 4:33 AM

      The Ms. definitely has the understated-swexy-casual on lock. I love it. One thing though darl, makeup is your friend! The idea is enhancement. For example, your skin is so lovely but a low coverage foundation would bring out its natural radiance even more. The most beautiful women in the world understand this. Stay fly :)

    • Toni December 19, 2009 at 6:10 PM

      luv it…she’s swanky and stylish

    • M.A April 23, 2011 at 11:08 PM

      Sorry but I don’t see anything particularly stylish about this entry. I mean it’s not bad but there’s nothing too out of the ordinary, my opinion.

    • ZEE July 10, 2011 at 7:20 PM

      i love it,its fresh and crazy at the same time……………

    • Emma October 26, 2011 at 9:52 PM

      I always envy people who can make their own clothes, wish I could! Also we both share a style staple, I always wear a pair of little gold ankle bracelets as well! What style chains are they, would love to see some close ups!

    • ijay May 4, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      if you go through her blog,u will admit that she’s born to be a fashionista.I sometimes get inspirations from her vintage collections. shes good.