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My Style: Olayemi David

Ijeoma Balogun

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It’s your regular dose of the BN reader favourite; My Style… back after a brief hiatus! 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 email box: [email protected]

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 emails coming.

Let’s remember that this feature is about appreciating an individual’s expression through clothing!

I look forward to your My Style Submissions!

Bella Naija reader Olayemi David’s style is feminine and fabulous for less! With decency as a style priority, she makes what she has work for her in the best way possible.

Olayemi’s Style:

My style in one word is feminine. I love wearing dresses, skirts and heels. I believe a lady should always look classy and put together. Casual does not equal frumpy and stylish does not equal revealing. Essentially, it’s all about your attitude. You have to wear your clothes and don’t let them wear you.

Why I love my style:

I love my style because I am always comfortable in what I wear. Comfort always boosts your confidence because you are not self conscious. Decency is also a key word for me. I believe that a woman can look sexy without looking trashy. You can accentuate your curves without looking provocative. I have come to realise that dressing up is a language. I don’t want to be sending the wrong message with my choice of clothing. Another very important thing for me is budget. Yes I want to look good but I also don’t want to break the bank in the process. I always gravitate towards stores that have trendy items within my budget.

How it expresses Olayemi’s personality:

I like to be noticed for the right reasons but not necessarily to be the center of attention hence; my style is simple and classy but not loud.

Favourite Clothing Stores:

I used to be an online shopper but I constantly got the wrong sizes. I prefer going to the mall these days since the clothes online eventually end up in the stores. I still don’t try clothes on before I buy them but now its way easier to return them.

– Ricki’s
– Dynamite
– Laura
– Le Château
– Aldo
– Suzy Shier
– Bay
– Sears
– Costal Blanca
– Spring
– H & M
– Ya Ya & Co
Online stores

Hair:

When I don’t have weaves or braids on, I wear my hair short. I wore my hair short for a very long time but now I have decided to experiment with long weaves and braids.

Makeup:

I love wearing makeup and my favourite tools are foundation, eye shadows and lip colour (lip gloss or lipstick). I apply my foundation very lightly to look fresh i.e. people don’t have to know I wear foundation. 80% of my makeup items are M.A.C products.

Day:

Night:

Wardrobe staples:

Shoes: Shoes are definitely a must in my closet. They can make or break an outfit. I’m more into platforms and pumps. Open or closed toes, either way, they just work for me.

Scarves: I own varieties of colours from yellow to black to red. Though I would rather wear a boyfriend jacket than have a scarf wrapped around me, most of the time I have one in my bag. You never know, a zip might pop or a drink might spill.

Purses: Purses and bags are indispensible to complete every outfit. Personally, I carry more purses than bags. They are just so cute. 😉

Overall cardigans: I live in Canada and the winter here is dangerous, LOL. Even when it’s spring and summer it gets really cold. The weather just can’t be predicted so there is nothing like a fashionable overall.

Watches: A very bold watch does it for me all the time.

Nails: I remember my dad once told me he would open a nail salon for me, LOL. I have lots of nail polish colours but I always stick to the sophisticated and more mature tones like dark reds and blues.

Day Look:

I tend to wear brighter colours during the day. I accentuate my day look with a jacket, a simple purse and light makeup. I keep the look simple and comfortable but at the same time, very fashionable. I try to work with a few accessories to make it all blend together.

Dress: Old Navy; Belt: Aldo

Jacket: Rickis; Shirt:H & M; Skirt:Online store; Shoes: Roberto Vianni

Dress: Costa Blanca; Purse: Aldo

Blouse: Ricki’s; Skirt: Ricki’s; Shoes: Zigi NyS

A church outfit. Shirt: suzy sheir; Skirt: online store; Shoes: spring

Dress: suzy sheir

A regular school outfit. Shirt: old navy; Skirt: le château

Great for mall shopping. Dress: Costal blanca; Purse: Aldo

Dress: suzy shier; Wedges: Aldo



Night look:

In the night time you have to dress appropriately always taking into consideration, the occasion, the theme and the setting. I like to do more of the all black everything. I wear really dark colours most of the time. I like to wear panty hose and really high heels. We are talking 4 inch and above.

Dress: evan-picone; Shoes: Roberto Vianni

Dress: yaya & co; Hat: le château; Gloves: dynamite

Dress: laura; Shoes: le chateau

Skirt: dynamite; Pearls: Aldo; Shoes: Winners

Skirt: dynamite; Pearls: Aldo; Shoes: winners

Dress: old navy; Shoes: online store

Traditional wear:

Being an African lady, trad wears are present in my closet but they are not necessary my choice of clothing. I get to wear them once in awhile.

Finally, I believe that fashion is an art; first you have a blank canvas, then you sketch in the frame with your clothing, paint in your personality with your accessories and make-up, finally you add a finishing touch with a smile.

Ex-Style Editor at Large - BellaNaija.com , Now Founder/CEO Redrick Public Relations Limited. @ijeomabalogun

57 Comments

  1. Tinu

    June 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Nice. I like the variety!

  2. DU

    June 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    my style..love ur style

  3. LadyTee

    June 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Def a lot of variety. I especially love the fitted knee length dresses- nice!

  4. Ms Sassy eyes

    June 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Love… Carries herself well. And the confidence, Oh my.
    Nice style.

  5. Rosie

    June 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    nice but why she like pix from side view?

  6. gbegborun

    June 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    i like her! she seems very nice! loving that she is a curvy sister and rocks it WELL! u go girl!

  7. British lived

    June 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    olayemi na real britico. funnily enough,
    i like the laura dress best. Ijeoma, welcome;
    we missed u small small sha.

  8. ify

    June 25, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    she try sha but i’m not wowed. sorry. on 2 d next one

  9. Bisi

    June 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I totally love your style..especially for the fact that you always consider your pocket and come out looking good..xoxo

  10. fesh

    June 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    yaiyyyyyyyy ……thats how its done…very nice i like this a lot

  11. otilopoju

    June 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    love the orange maxi dress & black belt

  12. Adetola

    June 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    This is off the hook,nice job here Olayemi David.

  13. miss bonnie

    June 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    nice !!!

  14. Ujubaby

    June 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I heart heart heart ur style gurl! It’s not overly done, it’s moderate and sexy at d same time. Peeps take note, u don’t have to go naked to look sexy. I most especially love your CONFIDENCE Olayemi. You indeed embrace your curves, muah!

  15. Jade82

    June 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Olayemi very lovely simple but classy style….i love it, as you said don’t let the
    clothes wear u, u wear them…..Loving the hair every now and then one has to
    experiment with stuff….
    Good job!!!!

  16. Abrothashecancall

    June 25, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I love this!! Her style is def her own. I don’t see a “she is trying to be (insert name of celebrity)” Go girl.

  17. Pipiiiihooray!

    June 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I love her variety, well done and not fake or trying to be like someone else. U can tell she likes being HER!

  18. trey songz

    June 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Lovely!!! when i saw rickis, the bay, suzy shier, i was like this is a canadian
    chick. i like your lips(no homo).lolz.
    amazeballs!!!!

  19. Tolu (SLexie)

    June 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Ghelfriend!!! I love it…..your style is fabulous and the variety is just to die for. Fashion truly is an art for you….What a fabulous artist you are!!!

  20. Karimah

    June 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Yemi….. hmmmm….. need 2 paste this link on fb… u rock sis…

  21. Patchoula Cash

    June 25, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Yes Ayyyyy…Now das what im talking im about…..Ms. David in all her glory!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! You are just in a class of your own sista!! I AM FLOORED!!!!

  22. lagosbabez

    June 25, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    love it…i like hw she dresses to her body..and embraces her curves.

  23. bukki

    June 25, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    nice

  24. Kofoworola

    June 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Go girl! I totally love it. Great style…

  25. TallChica

    June 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I love the fact that when I looked at the pictures I saw you, not just the clothes. Some people try too hard and the clothes wear them. Keep rocking your look sista!!! You’re not pidgeonholed into any fashion niche, and you know how to wear what looks good on your body. No dry fish here o! Hips, curves, and flyness….keep it up.

  26. MiZ Attitude

    June 25, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    well i enjoyed reading that! not too sure about that red lippie though.

  27. gbekun

    June 25, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    my style don turn to my photo album. ngwanu carry go

  28. THE AMAKA

    June 26, 2010 at 12:35 am

    I was just thinking about the “My Style” edition last night. like “what happened to it?” LOL
    but nice style.
    nothing unique…but it looks good for YOU.
    cool.

  29. omogekofo

    June 26, 2010 at 12:59 am

    u rock!!!
    come 2 naija n do more of this,
    the weather would give u d chance 2 wear more…

    i am inspired and would embrace my curves more…

    i was hiding them before.

  30. ThePoet

    June 26, 2010 at 1:10 am

    I love! More cos you are wearing your size of clothes and not looking like a sausage like
    most thick madames I know. Werk for the thick babes missy!

  31. LOU

    June 26, 2010 at 4:29 am

    LOOKING GOOD!

  32. Toronto_eh

    June 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Go Canada!!! I love Ricki’s as well.

  33. yetty

    June 26, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    am loving this, dam this is actually how i dress very classy nd high fashion u rock girl…..big nd beautiful ………lots of love….nd keep the flag of curvy girls like us flying ….ur making us proud..love , love………

  34. Loma

    June 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Nice style – makeup, hair, and trad.

    Church outfit seems too sexy, but in the states I’ve seen it too. Overall I give a 9.7 out of 10!

  35. Devi

    June 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    style for days my girl! style.for.days.

  36. Tudz

    June 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Her style is awesome <3

  37. Ounje Mi

    June 27, 2010 at 2:41 am

    I loove looove looooove your style. you are UNIQUE!
    you are so different from the other girls that manage to be on my-style.
    & i appreciate the fact that you dont look like a tooth pick. you are a gorgeous girl.
    so keep doing your thanG! <:

  38. Miz B

    June 27, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Love her realness! She’s black, bold and beautiful! You go girl! Nothing do you!

  39. LeighJoy

    June 27, 2010 at 6:04 am

    well this was a good way to kick this section back into gear! FAB!

    (i think her natural hair suits her best and she’s ROCKIN’ it)

  40. dare

    June 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Excellent pixs!

  41. ruchy

    June 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    rrrlyyyyy koooollll

  42. Gladbag

    June 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I dont know why people keep saying “you don’t look like a toothpick” and all, puttling skinny girls down. We are all blessed with different shapes and if you’re fat then you’re fat, if you’re skinny then you’re skinny. If being fat is a complex then by all means lose the weight.
    Yemi is beautiful and she carries herself well. Thats all we want from fat girls, carry your weight well.
    I dont go around putting every fat girl i see down because I am VERY happy and confortable in my skin. Hips/butt in the right places and skinny in the right places.

    peace out

  43. ebi

    June 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    [email protected] gladbag, u sound pained!!!!!!

    ola looks good, its not easy to have all these lovly clothes, nice taste i would say…
    rock on gal, and keep flaunting.x

  44. Melo

    June 27, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Amazing, Classy and Rich style. African beauty with great curves and all the
    confidence in the world. You rock girl good job your style is simply the best.

  45. onyi

    June 28, 2010 at 5:58 am

    errrmmm, i dont see it…wow, and these comments???, u people must not know how to dress

  46. nonye

    June 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I wouldnt say i’m ‘wowed’ but i love that she knows what works for her size and her originality rocks too!

  47. Blossom

    June 28, 2010 at 10:24 am

    So much Nail Polish! *zombie stare* **arms outstretched** I want.

  48. Phemmie

    June 29, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Gba! this is da bomb. Love all d wears + d style, confidence & carriage. U dnt av to bear it all b4 u look gud. Love the corporate wears – that shows responsibility & also, the casuals which reveals a balanced life. Go on gal…..u rock!!!

  49. Chinelo

    June 30, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Girl i love your sense of dressing! u are fabulous!keep it up with your good looks’
    let me also add that u look like Jennifer Hudson so im going to call you our African
    Jenifer Hudson *wink*.

  50. Miss Fizzy

    July 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I love the way she dresses, simple, classy and works for her shape without making her look like she’s hiding under the clothes. She looks approachable and well put together, not scarily high maintenance like some girls I’ve seen here.

  51. elias

    July 2, 2010 at 1:29 am

    classic, elegant, sleek, charming,gorgeous,adorable..le’me just say she’s simply it..the way the colors blend is so amazing.like sum “bought knowledge”.
    good 4 gold..

  52. olubukola

    July 3, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Like the fact that she knows what sits well on her as a full figured sister… am not wowed by her style tho i love some of her shoes…..

  53. heyr

    July 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

    obviously, only on side of her face is photogenic. too many left sided photos..
    not hating o …. b4 them pple start wiv me

  54. overwhelmednaijababe

    July 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    aww shes so beautiful i looove that orange maxi and ur last traditional outfit is beyond gorgeous… plus canadian… owwww!! lol… red lipstick becomes u… Love this mystyle.. that black dress too is beyond gorg… cute shoes too

  55. valentyne blacksmith

    December 21, 2010 at 3:13 am

    BIG is sure the newest HAWT…her pieces fits like a dream…..stunning darling absolutely

  56. **side eye**

    April 25, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Love , love, love…….you rock ’em well girl.

  57. LOVE AJAGBE

    January 15, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    you rock!

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