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BellaNaija reader, Tumi Jegede from a young age just loved dressing up!!! She describes her style as a true reflection of her random personlity; that and many more!!!
Some people describe my style as being cute, but I disagree. In fact my style is kind of mature and reserved (probably due to all those times being forced to follow mum shopping in Marks and Spencer’s)! I don’t like showing cleavage – not even a little, but most of the time it’s gimmicky. My gigantic Rubiks cube bag will explain what I mean. I’ve never really been into high street shops, though recently I’ve been venturing out there more recently for casuals and basics, I mean the TopShops, H&Ms, River Island and Miss Selfridges just because they all seem to be following the same trends and I am not trendy. Instead I opt for TKMaxx, eBay worldwide shopping and designer outlets (where you can get the hottest bargains!!).
WHY DO YOU LOVE YOUR STYLE:
I really love my style because unlike other things in life, I know no one can do it better than me. No one can express the way I feel better than I can. I want to get better at dressing for me though, I’ve been conscious about what I wear and its effects from a very young age. If I could say anything else, I would say I love the link between my personality and my style, I think my personality really comes across well in my clothes, I think its mostly due to the fact that I don’t follow trends so I never wear things I feel uncomfortable in just because it’s in.
HOW IT EXPRESSES TUMI’S PERSONALITY:
My style is very very random and I see it as an expression of my personality. I’m a very random girl and this has a lot to do with the fact that I’ve always wanted to be outstanding, to be different, counter-current, and since the yoyo was a hit in primary school I haven’t followed a trend since.
Sometimes green is in, sometimes it’s not, sometimes it’s tight jeans, then I change my mind, “Guys, I’ve decided to cut my hair finally – short”, but then I come back from the salon with 20 extra inches attached onto my hair. That’s my style, it sounds like I’m indecisive and truly, I should look a mess, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite. My outfits are like a train of thought, starting with no item in particular but with a destination in mind. I have to admit, I have dressed to impress, but mostly I’m trying to impress myself, I’m trying to see what I can and can’t get away with.
I won’t claim to be the most adventurous person when it comes to hairstyles, but I’ve had my fair share of randomness this year . . . here are a few of my favourites.
I will admit I’m addicted to makeup, but I’m grateful that I can control this addiction. Credit goes to my older sister who always passed me down her unwanted makeup and to my mum for buying me dolls, whose makeup I would use on myself. I’m a designer and artist by nature and because as a child I wasn’t spoiled with lots of craft materials at my disposal, I turned to things such as makeup to create my masterpiece, after all it’s all about painting a pretty picture. Makeup is not about creating something that’s not there, (though I must admit that I have added Marilyn moles a few times before), it’s about enhancing. This isn’t a nicer way of saying hiding, but instead it really is enhancing. I believe most people’s best facial features are their eyes, and that’s why most girls, even those that profess to wear the bare minimum of makeup, will always have eyeliner/Kohl or mascara.
I went gimmicky for the end of year ball in this dress by Tom Wolfe. Carrying my Rubiks cube bag with me, my six-inch platform heels and adding a little touch on the hair with the cream flower hair clip.
A meal at NANDOS: I added some sophistication to the bright pink hair by pulling it back in a neat bun and wearing a very librarian-style outfit, though the kick was the fact that it was figure hugging.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for now; thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed My Style.