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My friend TC is the first guest blogger!
Please show her some luv….
If you dont know what I’m talking about see – HERE

Now a lot of you are familiar with Glamour magazine’s Do’s and Dont’s; ETV’s & US weekly Fashion Police, Life & Style’s Oops, What not to wear and most recently ThisDay Style’s Hits & Misses and the infamous ‘you should have stayed at home.‘ Ive always wanted to do someting like this but needed the outlet so thanks Bella Naija!!!

DISCLAIMER: Sticking to the fashion theme, this is my look at major fashion faux pas that I see so many Nigerian girls making. It’s all very tongue-in-cheek so if you are guilty of any of the ‘crimes’ mentioned below, don’t take it personal…

The Just Say NO List

Excessive or Wrong Makeup
Makeup is not a mask! It is supposed to enhance your natural beauty…I see so many girls with way too much very obvious makeup…Another issue is using the wrong foundation or powder colour…that will just make you look like a masquerade…lol Finally – your eyebrows!!! It’s not the cutest thing to shave all of yours and then pencil it in all willy nilly..getting all creative with the colors and all please take it a little easy.
Visit a MAC counter to get the right colour and a free makeup lesson…

Very Revealing Clothing
Overly revealing clothing is not sexy! Sorry to disappoint u…I have loads of guy friends (very fine ones lol) and I asked them this question – when a girl reveals nearly everything…is it sexy? The unanimous response was if it’s overdone, it makes the girl looks very tacky and cheap. Nuff said. One misdirected wind or any excessive dancing/movement can cause this fyne babe a ‘Janet‘ i.e Janet Jackson’s infamous SuperBowl wardrobe malfunction.
Aim for the grown and sexy look rather than the Akin Adesola & Sanusi Fafunwa at midnight look…lol…

Designer Logo Riot
So you love Dior or Louis Vuitton…Oh you have the hot new LV Monogram Perforation Speedy bag and then you decide to get the belt as well and you see the shoes and they were so cute! So you buy them and wear them all together… Right? Wrong!You do not have to pile all your designer items on at once. Infact, it cheapens the whole look. Limit it to one obvious (e.g. monogrammed items or items with large logos) designer item per outfit. You are not a walking billboard you know…

I know some people are not going to like this one but its true. Please we are in 2006, you don’t have to match your shoes with your bag.I see so many people who wear for example, a black dress with green shoes, a green belt, green bag and green headband…No!

Repeating The Exact Same Outfit
We aren’t all J-Lo so often times, you are not going to wear your clothes once then throw it away. The problem repeating the exact same outfit! Just say no! Let me explain…So you wear your crispy white shirt with a pink and silver waist belt, then your dark wash skinny jeans with some slinky silver heels and a multi-coloured metallic clutch. You look fab! You see guys drooling, girls admiring your look, you get loads of compliments! You feel great! Then you repeat the exact same outfit in 3 months…NO! lol
Why not break-up the pieces, combine them with other items in your closet to create fresh new outfits…

Trends By Force
So skinny jeans are in. Waist belts are on the Vogue hot list. You must wear them by force…lol…Nooooo! You don’t have to follow all the latest trends…it’s not for everyone…Skinny jeans might fit Nkechi but not suit Ify…dress to suit your body…another thing, don’t pile on too many trends at once – a puffsleeved top with a high-waisted skirt and leggings…no no no!

Another thing is wearing the wrong size of clothing, so you are size 10 at your fav store Jane Norman, you’ve worn size 10 for years so you go to Mango and try on the size 10 top you luv, it takes you 10 minutes to zip it up, infact you nearly ruin the zipper…eventually u wear it, you cant breathe! I think that should tell you something! Ummm…try a bigger size! Often as women, we are scared to try the bigger size, it means we have grown fat…right? Wrong… You wouldn’t want to look like you borrowed your junior sister’s clothes…just go with clothes that fit you, don’t be obsessed with sizes.

Please don’t be caught with a poorly-done weave or cheap-looking wig. Full stop lol
lol…Its true tho…I see soo many girls making these mistakes over and over again…
…on the real, make sure you have good friends who will not be afraid to tell you when you are not looking like your fab self… If that isnt possible, why not get a stylist? Consult Bobby or head Downtown and get your ‘do’ hooked up!

The Naija Freeze
OK, i know its not snowing in Lagos, maybe in Jos but are knee-high boots, leather pants, leather jackets etc really a neccesity?? I once wore these wicked pair of suede knee high boots to a party in JS 3 and i felt really cool with myself but not in 2006 abeg, i always wonder if the babes have socks on or if their feet are just a-sweatin and a-sufferin’ in them boots!

And on a final note, this dude on the right is guilty of something – i just don’t know what it is yet! He’s a fashion judge tho’ so maybe an exception to the rule.

I would have loved to do some FASHION YES’s but there’s not enough time! Maybe next time 🙂 Please let me know what you think about today’s post – By no means am i a fashion stylist or critic (well not a professional one) but these are my opinions and as for the pictures – if anyone is offended by the pictures – i apologise in advance. I did not take them, i merely found them online and posted them on here..If by chance you appeared on today’s post as well: Don’t take the pictures personally – just dont be a repeat offender and all will be well! Peace and love guys…TC signing out!

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  1. Angie

    November 27, 2006 at 7:15 am

    Its a lie, i m the first!!!!

  2. Angie

    November 27, 2006 at 7:16 am

    ok, let me go back and read the post…lol

  3. mola

    November 27, 2006 at 7:24 am

    Some females are going to get at you for this one Bella…LOL!!!

  4. Angie

    November 27, 2006 at 7:28 am

    TC lovely post.
    lol…is the first girl for real??did she use a compass to draw those eyebrows??
    [email protected] up its not a mask. i totally agree with the over matched thing. some pple want to wear the same colour of shoes, bags, belts even sunshades…lol.

  5. Smoothvibes

    November 27, 2006 at 7:32 am

    Nice post!. .Funny I was just reading the Glamour’s Big book of Do’s and Don’ts today….

    Wat was fashion and hip yrs ago isn’t anymore.. Some ppl just aren’t changing with time…

  6. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 8:22 am

    Sweetheart–Abeg no make apologies. It takes teh sting out of the punch.U gave it a much needed nip in da butt. Its what most Naija sistas r thinking, at least in the States. I will tell u dat it can be major drama. Ppl r proud to have their boobs hanging out n they do not care.
    Nice one n great job.

    Bella, baby na u o!!!!! Creatin’ room 4 others on ur blog just shows how too cool ya r gurl! Abeg Ms. President no forget me! lol.

  7. TaureanMinx

    November 27, 2006 at 9:16 am

    Oh wow that first pic is really something! Nice one TC

  8. Ehi

    November 27, 2006 at 9:56 am

    Nice one TC! I agree with you…some naija girls are just something else when it comes to their fashion sense.
    Hmm Bella you never fail to come up with something fresh and hot every week…lookin fwd to the other guest bloggers for the week..

  9. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 10:13 am

    Great Job except downtown is good for braids but not really their weaves. You can try Supreme(Ivory Complex) on Muri Okunola but make sure to ask for Vincent. Everything you said applies. Looking forward to the holidays to see the “trends overkill” Lagosians offer up.

  10. Dimples

    November 27, 2006 at 11:04 am

    Nice one Bella…u more or less touched on all the vital details…
    Shame but I just had a flashback and realised that I might actually know a few people that fall in some or all the categories….lol
    As for that actress Cossy-don’t think I got the spelling right….but the one with the BIG things all in up in your face….damn!!!!…NO COMMENT (trust me in a negative way)

    Here’s to the beginning of a FAB week all!!!!

  11. LondonBuki

    November 27, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    The pictures are too funny!!! LOL!!!!

    The first one is HILARIOUS!!!

  12. Icy

    November 27, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    hahah Great job TC. I agree with you 100% Naija and Boots that, I never really understood. maybe Naija winter version.. wut do we call it sef. Hamathan season but in scorching heat? It’s crazy… Nice idea to have peeps guest BELLA. Thumbs up mama!

  13. IFY

    November 27, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    u r completely bril!!!i loved it, made me laughed so much…u just wrote down my exact thots.Fashonistas by force!!LMAO

  14. sola

    November 27, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    did i see an apology in the post. pleeease remove it. u are spot on.

  15. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    u’ll be missed. U r coming to my town, r u coming to see your boyfriend or wassup lol..have fun sha. And welcome to MD

  16. teekay

    November 27, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    Funny post, really all the fashion donts are right on point, hopefully the culprits will learn their lessons. You should do this more often bella, im lovin it.

  17. Uzo

    November 27, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    Oh my goodness. I love fashion but i would describe my style as classic. I agree with all these and more….I will miss you blogging…Have fun

  18. ABBEY

    November 27, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    nice post TC. the girl in the first picture epitomises the whole post. I don’t even think she can walk on heels with those boobs out that way…one misstep and the babies will be out and bouncing. then there’s the whole drawn lips and eyebrows…

    Yeah we all need that one girlfriend that will tell us the truth. And if you don’t have or they’re not around…especially for makeup, i usually take a pic with a digital camera before i leave the house so I can see what other people will see. its amazing how something can look beautiful in the mirror then when you take a picture you see the truth!! I learnt the hard way.

    have a good vacation bella!


    November 27, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    nice post!
    check out a cool new group! Join it is going to be fun!

  20. Dammie

    November 27, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    Lmao @ “The ‘Naija’ Freeze”…..*sigh*


    November 27, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    @ last pic…dudes tie is not matching up. Nigerian men have a weird taste in fashion…sometimes, their ties are half way down the dress shirt.

  22. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 5:17 pm

    i like the first picture. Niice 😉

  23. Mona

    November 27, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    that cossy girl is horrid lol…nice onoe

  24. Funmi

    November 27, 2006 at 6:48 pm

    Bella have fun in MD…..

    TC i enjoyed this post… on naija freeze

  25. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 8:01 pm

    lol you forgot the UNILAG LIPSTICK…line your lips with blackest black lip liner and then rub lavender wet and wild lip color in the remaining space…too wrong lol

    and what else now, tights and sandals…err NO

    weaves in naija are *speechless*

    lol please now why cant we wear boots in naija…please please please lol

  26. The Voyeur

    November 27, 2006 at 8:26 pm

    LOL at this post. Very nice one bella. First picture is ridiculous

  27. The Voyeur

    November 27, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    I have to disagree with a couple of items after going back to carefully read the post. First of all, it is okay to repeat the exact same outfit if it was a winner. But, you should probably wear it where you know you would see a different group of people. I see no problem with repeating a dress that makes you feel good though.

    Then, I have to say that for the most part, all the weaves I see on Nigerian girls are quite a disaster. The same sort of applies in America though. We all need Beyonce money so we can use her stylists.

    And you may get sued for not blocking the faces of those fashion victims LOL.

  28. Adaure

    November 27, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    LOL– The pictures are too damn funny–Cossy Cosy Cossy– what can I say about this juggalicious nigerian ‘beauri’– abeg try blur the faces of the other chicks abeg– we no want legal wahala.

    If you enjoyed this you will enjoy my Fashion 101 for UNILAG students post from last year when Unilag decided the fashion crimes were too disasterous that they needed a dress code and ban on certain items of clothing

  29. Overwhelmed Naija Babe

    November 27, 2006 at 10:36 pm

    lol.. shebi i commented on the fashion faux pas being committed by that judge when bella posted it a long time ago.. i don’t know where he thinks he’s going with his leopard print combination… [email protected] cleavag e and makeuup lady… dang @naija babes and their penciling.. waxing and threading for me forever… that girls skinny jeans are sexy as fuck.. but i don’t know where she’s goin with the pantaloons on top… greatwriteup from guestblogger(your name holds a special place in my heart)..

  30. RJ

    November 27, 2006 at 11:19 pm

    That too much “pancake” thing is so on point….Naija president’s wife (RIP) was so guilty of that one but I wont say too much about her.
    I hate it when they draw the eyebrows also, it just so wrong and unreal.
    And yes oh people, please dont be matching like theres no tomorrow….its a tad tacky. I was in NYC in sept and my girls and I were in Harlem, we saw this lady going into some church and she had on a Louis Vuitton long coat, she also had the bag and a hat to match….they were all screaming FAKEEEEEEE!!!

    Nice Post 😉

  31. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 11:32 pm

    the guy on d right in the picture is a fashion designer

  32. zaiprincesa

    November 27, 2006 at 11:43 pm

    lol..LMAO…u r soooo wrong, but right about everything though. That woman in the first picture is ATROCIOUS..(God forgive me sha)…


    November 28, 2006 at 12:03 am


    November 28, 2006 at 12:13 am

    thank F*&k someone has finally dealt with all the fashion hell,that naija women seem to send themselves to on a daily basis all in the name of “keeping up with the fashion trends”.
    and please who is that he-she-man-girl lookalike in the second picture wearing those skinny arse jeans and that blom-blom looking thing like an oversized nappy and that BELLY HANGING OUT,girl,was you trying to put me off my dinner??thats if its a girl of course..cus i dont trust that muscly looking body of hers(?)…his??!!
    and as for madamn cossy baby….all i can say is ,even though i walk through the valley of shadow of scary women,i shall not shake..WETIN??that overbleached skin,that eyeliner,those BOOOBS..,its all so wrong,in a million places.did she knick one of the tranny-dwarfs corset or something??? thats TEN SIZES too small…i swear that girl makes me wanna slap her face right….oops…i dare not else i risk spending days washing that goo(make-up)off my hands..who even painted it on her sef??a mentally challenged 2 year old???
    sorry i was ranting but things like this get on my tits..
    good job anyways..

  35. Naija Vixen

    November 28, 2006 at 12:33 am

    this is so funny. the knee length boots r like the worst, in a weather so hot, u’d c dem all dressed up in leather boots…….n d funny thing is dey so feel like they r fashion it self….its just so so much of a no no…..

  36. naijagal

    November 28, 2006 at 12:48 am

    got that right I blogged about something similar

    check it out here

    scroll down to fashion no no 😉

  37. yankeenaijachick

    November 28, 2006 at 1:13 am

    @ bellanaija…….if l say l no feel this post. na big lie. Yeah, you hit the nail right on the head. Many naijachicks in the states don’t know how to dress or to combine their outfits or even apply simple makeup. The naija freeze stuff about naija chicks in lagos wearing leather boots, even naija guys wear snow caps to act movies, really wierd, leather jackets to feel cool. Hum, bella only God go help us.

  38. Anonymous

    November 28, 2006 at 8:36 am

    Lol…this is so funny n tru especially the boots…..ppl. lagos is hot, our weather is not made for boots

  39. olubukola abimbola

    November 28, 2006 at 11:24 am

    hehehehehe this MD/DC area is just mad, everybody trynna make fashion statement, keep it simple jare!

  40. d

    November 28, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    too funny…you got it spot on…don’t see why you have to blur anyone’s face.

    i agree with everything. wearing the same combinations all the time is a bit sad, especially if you are seen twice in a year in that exact uniform.

    and the lavender lipstick and black eyeliner is toe up.

    plus the bad weaves.


  41. Desola

    November 29, 2006 at 11:48 am

    omo! Take 20 for a spot on list ojare! I seriously gbadun this post. It’s like the most you’ve written since you started blogging.

    All the don’ts are so right and I couldn’t but agree on the weave don’t. I see so many black chicks
    rock curly long weaves and i’m thinking, this looks so fake. If you have to get a weave, get one that’s close to your hair colour; or that at least look believable. Not everyone should know that you are wearing a weave for crying out loud!

  42. Anonymous

    November 29, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    This post is so hilarious but true unfortunately.
    Well done Bella, i really enjoy your blog….

  43. Eyecee

    November 29, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    I have been checking out this blog for a while since i learnt about (esp at work) and needless to say, keep up the great work Bella.
    @Tc, that was really hilarious, d 1st pix is just unbelievable!

  44. Proud Nyeuthi

    November 30, 2006 at 12:51 am

    Loved this post. I will find my Naija pal to translate some things tho. I think you will like this madams blog. She has something to say to the guys. Take a look and enjoy!

  45. Anonymous

    December 1, 2006 at 12:41 am

    I completely agree with the overmatching thing. It’s just a bit much. These days, it’s about things “going together”, not yellow on yellow on yellow… EEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKK!

  46. Anonymous

    December 1, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    dude!!!!…who are these people?? loll..but that woman at the top with the reddish lips…..and bubbling over cleavage…LMAO

    I think I should be anonymous for this one…dont want some fiesty female knockin me out!

  47. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 7:13 am

    WOOOOOOOOW…..this is hilarious but so true….ive been rolling laughing for the past 20 mins….Love it Love it…..and ol girl with that string holding up her “not so shirt” im speechless and weak …..i dunno what to say..good job

  48. Nigerian Bloggers

    December 8, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    HOT Stuff where do you get all these pics from

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