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My Style Akin Faminu - Bellanaija - July2015052Let your style express your personality because your personality isn’t the first thing people see, your style is” – Akin Faminu

It’s time for another fabulous edition of My Style – our monthly BN Style feature that aims to celebrate the unique style of our amazing BN readers.

The My Style page is all about showing how diverse and universal style can be. Style is individual, unique and fun and is a personal representation of how each person expresses their take on fashion; so BN Style watchers let’s appreciate his unique style. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Our stylish My Style star for this month is menswear enthusiast – Akin Faminu. A medical student at the college of Medicine, University of Lagos, a fashion stylist and a men’s fashion blogger at AkinFaminu.com, Akin believes that before anyone gets to meet you, they meet your style first.

He was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and has always been science inclined since his days in secondary school, but then he also always had a burning passion for fashion and art. As the years went by, he learned how to combine both passions and knows in the end what matters most in passion and motivation.

You can tell Akin has a love for the suave and dapper things in life from his collection of suits and formal wear, and we just know the fellas are going to enjoy this one.

Check it out!

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My Style Is…
…dapper, exquisite, and original. It’s easy going, interesting and detailed…very detailed. I pay attention to the smallest details, the buttons, shoelaces, cuff links, everything because details, I believe make the difference.

It reflects my person and it revolves around with the dynamics of fashion tapering from vintage to contemporary. It’s more minimalist than extravagant because I believe it’s not until you’ve spent extravagantly that you’re fashion forward, your Style is what matters.

Where Style Meets Personality
I would describe my personality as outgoing and confident and my style furthermore fuels my confidence. A ‘dapperly’ dressed man oozes confidence without having to speak at all. My personality depicts originality, creativity, flexibility, open-mindedness and an overall appreciation of aesthetics, and my style has a part to play in all of that.

Where I Shop Till I Drop
I am not very selective when it comes to shopping. I’m rather open-minded, and not too extravagant. I shop where I see quality stuff that suits me and I do a lot of online shopping as well, because going from store to store is quite time consuming and I don’t really have a lot of time on my hands.

I like to shop Nigerian as much as I can. Asos, River Island, Next, TopMan, Debenhams, H&M etc are some of the stores I visit regularly.

My Cut
I’ve been wearing a fade for as long as I can remember lol. It’s become a signature hairstyle sort of, and it’s by far my favorite. I wear hats too, a lot, so many a time my hair is covered.

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How I Accessorize
Details! This is my favorite part of getting dressed because the importance of details cannot be over emphasized. From the ties to the pocket squares, the collar tips, the brooches, the lapel pins, the collar chains, the wrist watches, the shoes, the satchel bags; they have to be spot on if you’re nailing that outfit!

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I Own the Night
Now this is where you go super stylish. Most of the events are usually at night so you want to look impeccable. If it’s a dapper or casual look I’m picking for the night, I’d do it well.

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On a Regular Day
I really love being as free as possible on my casual days because dapper does it for me on other days. I’m a sucker for prints, florals and vintage shirts. I usually have a hat on with glasses when it’s sunny. I keep it simple really.

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Shoes & Feet + Bag Life

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The Rare Traditional

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Getting My “Working Class Guy” On
“Dapper” is the key word here! I like to appear neat and proper when I’m at work…or well school in this case, and it’s a hospital environment as well. I pay a lot of attention to the details, everything’s important. I love vintage and print ties so you’d see me in those mostly. I don’t like to look too simple either so every chance I get to have a waist coat or a blazer on I do.

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My Must-Haves I Think Every Guy Should Have
Well, the basic essentials that every stylish guy should have isn’t a particularly long list. Simple and high quality buttoned down shirts, granddad collared shirts, casual polos, properly fitted trousers and chinos, sweaters, denim jackets, casual shoes like sneakers, brogues and the like, dress shoes like oxford lace-ups, double strap monk shoes etc.

I would also recommend burgundy details – ties, lapel accessories, pocket squares, socks etc and HATS! They’re the icing on the cake.

My Advice for Other Style Lovers
Your style is an expression of your personality and you have to be original about it. while going casual, don’t be too laid back about it, make sure your outfits are properly fitted, not overly fitted. You’re allowed to be minimalist, it’s not until you’ve spent extravagantly that you’re fashion forward. Express yourself, be principled and be original.

If I Could Steal A Celebrity’s Wardrobe
Now this would be a combination of David Beckham and Pharell Williams. Becks has it all, from ultra dapper to laid back casual, the stunning red carpet outfits, the shoes, the details, he is a stunner; and I would take all of Pharell Williams hats!!!! Those two are original and that’s what I like about their style.

Plain Backgrounds

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Which Celebrity Stole My Look
I really cant tell. I don’t exactly compare my styles to others, I just try to be myself; but I admire the likes of D’banj, Uti, Mai Atafo and a host of others.

My Style Philosophy
Be daring, be different, be impractical. Let your style express your personality because your personality isn’t the first thing people see, your style is.

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Thank you to Akin for sharing his amazing style with us. Follow him for more of his style on Instagram: @AkinFaminu | Send him and e-mail: [email protected]

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If you are interested in appearing in the My Style feature, 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 style(at)bellanaija(dot)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!

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49 Comments

  1. fteemah

    July 23, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    waoh’ luvly pics

  2. DatEnuguChic

    July 23, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Hmmmm………….different but interesting. He is such a young man but prefers something more dated and classic. Not for me though but different is good cos it shows variety of human taste and preferences.

  3. sonia paloma

    July 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    He has it all, Style, Looks, Pose, Catchy dress sense that puts a smile on one’s face. Honey, you are definitely SLAYING!!!. 100/100
    Btw, I think you are in the wrong profession , *sips tea* you should be a FULL time style consultant/personal stylist.

    • S!

      July 23, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Wearing a trench in Lagos? I give up!

  4. londongirl

    July 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Lovely style Akin! you look absolutely smashing

  5. Ashley

    July 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    See what Denola Grey has caused. Haha. The only thing I don’t like are the socks with skinny and cropped trousers. A brain box is very attractive (Medical student.)

    • Matilda

      July 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      I thought the same too…. he has a great sense of style, but the socks with the casual shoes don’t work…. at least not for me

  6. Gorgeous

    July 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Yoruba boys can fine for Africa. I love love love. And he looks like a man. Not wearing strange color clashing clothes. Classic Man

  7. La'Shonda Balogun

    July 23, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Its crazy – he’s more into clothing, details and accessories than me! But I can’t deny it – one of the most stylish guys I’ve seen. I love all nearly all the looks – sometimes it a bit ‘extra’ but a lot of the time its quite fresh and exceptionally well put together. Kudos!

  8. Mymind

    July 23, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    SHARRRRP! Love it!!!! That danshiki-Jean combo is business! Also like how BN featured a guy for a change…

  9. Tiwalade

    July 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Na so so suit?abeggi,park well joor,dis is over serious ,aw abt mixing it up wit linen shirts& shorts,.

  10. Toma

    July 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Love his versatility and eclectic style. Very original without being camp!

  11. Abena

    July 23, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    http://www.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/My-Style-Akin-Faminu-Bellanaija-January2015009.jpg – the ring tho……..too many men trying to overdo this metro sexual.
    Personally i dont fancy my men to be overly dressed like him,i like them laid back, neat, “normal looking”..
    He is a medical student?funky doctor yea

    • aj

      July 25, 2015 at 1:22 am

      I agree with you…He is always looking too dressed up. I prefer casual and when going for an event then the dressing up can happen.

  12. patrick

    July 23, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Wo! this is work oooo…chai!!!! its really nice but i cant shout!

  13. Thank you Akin

    July 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    *singing* Classic Mannnnnnn…… Shout out to all the brothers that dress well and smell niceeeeeee. God keep you blessed.

  14. Nfii

    July 23, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    He is a striking looking lad.

  15. CONSTRUCTIVE CRITIQUE

    July 23, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Niccee…Well assembled!

  16. Ebony1

    July 23, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Swooon swooon love his style. We both have the same male fashion icons. I perfer my man a little more rugged but i def get his style. Well done!!!

  17. Tee

    July 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Nne his girlfriend better bring her A game loool he outdresses most females i know including me!! Stunning without being overly pretentious or label/goldchain etc crazy..nice one!!

  18. Nee

    July 23, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    nice…but i wouldn’t want to go out with a guy looking too stylish. u wan take my fans? ah ah

  19. Mahka

    July 23, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Hats out to him,he s got style n brains to go..Thanks for not giving us awkward leg poses and pouts. I bet he smells nice too….love this!

    http://www.mahkaravesnrants.blogspot.com

  20. prince

    July 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    DAMN!!! I love your style. Good one bro

  21. Onetallgirl

    July 23, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I love his looks but I know I could never date a guy that dresses up all the time. I have no style whatsoever! Lol. Even his casual wear is dressy. I like a man who can wear dress shoes when he needs to but can wear sneakers when he goes to get ice cream with me!

  22. My opinion

    July 23, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I think he dresses better than Denola, his outfits are better put together.

    • BlueEyed

      July 23, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Denola should be somewhere taking notes from this young man.

  23. trudy

    July 23, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Hey Akin! Marry me! lmao… I swear I’m gorgeous

  24. Sammy Gatsby

    July 23, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Nice one Faminu!

  25. bolaji

    July 23, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    covenant stand up! we can see the root of your dressing, born and raised in covenant university. Hebronite!

  26. IjawGeh

    July 23, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Hehe.. On a normal day sweetie, You’re not just simple. Haha! First, I enjoyed that view. Eh the one where You represented the Yoruba culture.. (Black hat & a blue ripped jean! Mad, mad.. The reipped jean was just what the outfit needed to tell the story) You dress real neat and expressive. But then don’t let it draw all your attention and end up being majorly a “suit person” with nice shoes. Style itself should be on the flow anytime , with any outfit. Mix it up! From tribal prints jean to straight up caps.. From pointed shoes to snickers… The flow is nice, enlarge it.. You can wear a simple polo with a denim jean and snickers and look okay.. The whole style comes when You add a corner chain to the jean, Stylish lace on the shoes and still look simple but dead good. The hair style too, it shouldn’t always be ehh thesame. Even if it’s low cut, there’re different styles.. Don’t let the shops give You your style and everything just looks perfecto with the trend in the shop.. Naah, take from theirs when You need too and mix your own ideas.. Nice still…keep going Fine pikin. :*

  27. Yebo

    July 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    This is good. Dressing is more important than we sometimes realise. Fashion is not only for women.

  28. Abby

    July 23, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    The future patients though *cough cough* 🙂

  29. purpleiciousbabe

    July 23, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    i enjoyed it. x
    He gets it.

  30. babygiwa

    July 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Waohhh! Very sharp and confident style. Me likey. See his fine face…. Swag for dayyyyssssssss

  31. Tosin

    July 23, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    This is serious! Like, seriously cool.

  32. Akin Faminu

    July 23, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you so much everyone, really appreciate your comments. They mean a lot.

    http://www.akinfaminu.com

  33. EllesarisEllendil

    July 24, 2015 at 1:44 am

    No details for his barber. *Sigh* my search continues.

  34. Nawa oh!

    July 24, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Trench coat in hot/humid Nigerian weather????? #ijustcant

  35. Priscy

    July 24, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I like…vintage everything

  36. Alert!

    July 24, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Aha! Step aside Denola!

  37. Alert!

    July 24, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Aha! Step aside Denola! i like this one!

  38. Darey

    July 24, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Yes! Finally! Been a huge fan of Akins style for a while now and this is very well deserved. Proud of him. And I remember reading the trench coat post on his blog, he said it was for his readers abroad for winter style I guess. But even at that, his style is perfection. Nice one BN

  39. Sugar

    July 24, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    My boyfriend uses a tie clip and i always thought in my head that this is old school Bae.
    Now i have to keep my mouth shut because it seems am the olodo here always condemning his tie clip. I totally give up, he can continue with his tie clip after ive seen it here

  40. Playa

    July 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Dude you killed it

  41. Terver Ayaka

    July 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    he killed it

  42. Koffie

    July 27, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    He’s so my type even though I can’t dress from here to here. lol crisp and you should totally keep that hairstyle, I like the idea of a signature look even though I prefer signature bald. Kai, I’m sending this webpage to my younger brother.One of us deserves dress sense, lol.

  43. an angel from style God

    August 2, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Nigerians need to understand that style has nothing to do with suits. Suits just show you’re a classy person, style evolves around your lifestyle, its an art. I hate suits but I could wear this niggas suits and look way better than him, that’s me just trying to be classy. You ever notice that nobody calls kanye stylish when he’s in suits. He’s only stylish when we see him in his ripped jeans, chelsea boots, yeezy boosts, bomber jackets, so I really don’t understand why any nigga that wears a suit in this country is considered stylish, the realest stylish dudes are the ones that think out of the “whole suit box” and wear something different. That’s what style is all about. Y’all should check out tseyii emami/ toluthecreator / tivere_hilfiger/ _supreme_nt_ on IG and you’ll understand what I’m talking about I never really liked any of them cuz they seem weird but they’re actually cool lads and they should be the definition of style not this nigga or denola grey please

  44. LOVE AJAGBE

    December 26, 2015 at 7:29 am

    YOUR STYLE IS UNIQUE. KEEP IT UP!

  45. comrade_mj

    February 17, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Very Good styles and pose……. see you at the very top.

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