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My Style Sumbo Taiwo - BellaNaija - November2015020Create your own visual style. Let it be unique for you and yet identifiable for others” – Sumbo Taiwo

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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Today’s My Style star is a chic, fun and flirty fashion lover who hails from Nigeria and several other parts including Ireland. Sumbo is a bubbly stylista who wants to impact women, especially those of ethnic minorities,whose style is easy, laid back with a girly spin, and we had a blast putting this post together.

Sumbo Taiwo, who is also fondly called ‘Sumbonita’, is a Linguistics and German graduate from the University of Dublin. It took a while for Sumbo to find her footing; she did an LLM in International Commercial Law with the intention of pursuing a career in commercial law, but soon realized she had a different passion.

Her day job in property shares a room with her first love for fashion. She blogs on the side while working towards building her personal brand in image consultancy among other things.

Sumbo loves bargain shopping and had to do a lot of soul searching to find the perfect place where she finds things that are affordable, stylish & above all suits her personality.

Today, we are going to be learning a lot about Sumbo – from her favourite stores and what she can;t live without in her wardrobe to which celebrity stole her look and her style philosophy.

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Enjoy!

My Style Is…
Creative & original. I love the creativity of putting together ensembles. I love the added charisma that well thought out clothes give, how expressive one can be with style and how one person’s style can vary. I’m able to channel varying aspects of my personality through what I wear and how I wear them.

Where Style Meets Personality
I always want to look sophisticated and confident. I can be quite expressive and I generally say what’s on my mind, and I think that shines through in my style.

I love vibrant colours and statement pieces that give off that quirky & edgy vibe – my style can be very eccentric. I am not afraid to try on pieces – if not to buy them, then to make an informed purchase.

Where I Shop Till I Drop
90% of my wardrobe is from River Island and Zara. Asos, Topshop, Oasis and Warehouse are also major contenders. Then comes the likes of H&M, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridges, Bershka etc.

My Tresses
I love the curly ‘fro. When I’m not rocking that, you’ll find me in a full fringe or wavy hair parted in the middle.

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My Makeup Code
I’m not very big on makeup so my go-to look is quite subtle. I usually have on foundation/powder, eyeliner and mascara, and of course the most important – eyebrows. Since I started blogging though I now try to make more of an effort, but for now don’t ask me the difference between strobing and contouring.

However, for special events, I have professionals do my makeup.

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How I Accessorize
I usually rock sunglasses, belts, shoes, handbags/clutches, scarves, snoods & hats.

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Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

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Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

I Own the Night
When it comes to dressing for the evenings or night time, it depends on my mood. I am a girly girl and I love to wear dresses, but I also love the creativity behind putting together separates. At least with that you never have to worry about someone having on the exact same outfit as you.

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On A Regular Day

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Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

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Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

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Shoes & Feet + Bag Life

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Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

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Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

Tunde K. Mason for Sumbo Taiwo

Getting My “Working Class Girl” On
When it comes to dressing for work, I always like to look the part – professional and sophisticated.

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The Must-Haves for Every Girl
A pair of neutral heels to pair with any outfit and a befitting bag for almost any occasion. Every girl is different with varying body types, personalities, insecurities etc. So, I don’t think there’s a ‘one size fits all’ answer.

What I Can’t Do Without
This depends on the season and the occasion. For Summer, I love wearing dresses, slogan t-shirts, plain tank tops, shorts and jeans in all shades. Although for Autumn, I would go for cropped tops and culottes.

White shirts/blouses, a solid blazer, a classic coat, brogues and a pair of heels are also important for me. Oh, and definitely anything lacey…I’m obsessed with lace.

I Love Coats!

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Advice For Other Style Lovers
Always make it as personal as possible. Your style is ‘you’ describing ‘yourself’ with clothes rather than words. Don’t focus too much on what’s trending but rather what’s befitting for your body and personality, and of course the occasion.

Also, try out things and experiment in your closet till you nail and own it!

If I Could Steal A Celebrity’s Wardrobe
I’m sorry can I pick and mix? Suits’ Jessica Pearson’s wardrobe for work- very professional, feminine and uber-sophisticated. A mixture of Gwen Stefanie and Solange Knowles for down time. Gwen is the ultimate effortless cool girl – she just gets it, and Solange dares to be different – I love her quirkiness and how individual her style is.

Special Outfits, For Special Occasions

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Which Celebrity Stole My Look
I don’t really know a lot of Nigerian celebrities. I’ve become more updated since I joined Instagram and noticed there’s a crop of very stylish ladies in town. If I have to pick one, maybe MoCheddah. She does a lot of co-ordinating with crops and pencil skirts that I like. And she seems to like culottes too.

Not sure if our styles are similar but there’s something about Zainab Balogun. A stylish lady always stands out and it goes beyond what you wear. There’s something about Zainab which she exudes in her style- bold, different and seems comfortable in her own skin.

I Think I’ll Wear Wide-rimmed Pants Tomorrow

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My Style Philosophy
Creativity, originality and elegance. In Orson Welles’ words, “create your own visual style, let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others”. Jumping on bandwagons hinders people to see you and see how fabulous you can be.

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Thank you to Sumbo for sharing her amazing style with us. Follow her for more of her style on Instagram: @The_Emerald_Lass | Follow her on Twitter: @Emerald_lass.

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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!

Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of BellaNaija.com. Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at)bellanaija.com or style(at)bellanaija.com | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle

33 Comments

  1. Great Lady

    November 26, 2015 at 11:58 am

    You try.

  2. An admirer

    November 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Love the style. Very personal. Very diverse. Very adaptable. Definitely one to watch

  3. Tosin

    November 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    pretty girl, but I must confess am not feeling her style. she had a lot going on and its all too confusing. Next time, keep it simple and classy. kudos for trying

  4. Puzzles

    November 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I have to admit it, i’m not feeling her style. Out of all the pictures, I only admired one.

    The only My Style feature I’ve actually enjoyed and look forward to emulate was that of Tosin Sho-Silva.

  5. Theresa Jatto

    November 26, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Beautiful! Absolutely stunning!!! Well done girl. Captivating read too…x

  6. peperempe

    November 26, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Not for me…
    she seems like a genuine person though.

  7. Dami Ajay

    November 26, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    This is so lovely! Well done girl! I love the fact your outfits are actually wearable and I can bend down jump etc without feeling like someone is going to see more than I intended to show. Most of all it is very fashionable, colourful and not pretentious!

  8. Yvonne

    November 26, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    she doesn’t have style

  9. Anon

    November 26, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Sumbo, well done. The best bit is that she’s sporting a lot of pieces from High Street Shops which I recognise. Shops like Topshop, Zara, Carvela/Kurt Geiger, Gap (the boiler suit. Or Topshop?). I also bought the denim culottes with 8 buttons from Topshop very late in the sale for £5 (original price was £40) (TOPSHOP MOTO Matador Button Front Culottes.) Will wear it from next spring. I wanted the frayed ones too but the long length was unavailable.

    Love the jackets especially the coloured ones. I am also a fan of wearing coloured jackets even in winter. They add brightness to the cold weather dressing which can be dour.

    She has a lovely smile

  10. Oloye

    November 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Who am I to say God’s creation is not beautiful…! You go gehl!

    • Chu-chu

      November 26, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      SHADE!!! I see you girl!

    • Bide

      November 27, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Lmao. I see what you did there

  11. Tolani Enin

    November 26, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Well done Sumbs.. Love your style… Greater heights IJN x

  12. Me

    November 26, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Well done! Good job!

  13. zinny

    November 26, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Nice one dear,loved every bit of it. I can relate to her style. How she puts everything together is amazing. Thumbs up.

  14. HerExcellence

    November 26, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    …u remind me of lauryn hill.. dunno but i love ur style….very decent and subtle. kip doin you girl. well done!!!

  15. Caligula

    November 26, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    She’s a pretty girl but she has NO style, below average at best ‘style-wise’. Yall gotta be kidding me with this. Bunch of tacky pieces, blah makeup and over edited photos.

    • ElessarisEllendil

      November 27, 2015 at 12:46 am

      I’m curious, why Caligula? of all the Roman Emperors.

    • Caligula

      November 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

      @ElassarisEllendil Haha cuz it was my nickname from my crazy friends, it just kinda stuck I guess… Your name is unique too haha

  16. Demilade

    November 26, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I love how colorful your wardrobe is. Love your dresses.xx
    coco-bella.blogspot.com

  17. Dolapo SA

    November 26, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Lol you guys saying she has “no style”. That her style isn’t like yours does not mean she has “no style”; it means her style is different. That simple. It’s okay if you don’t like it. But to say “no style” is incorrect. You shouldn’t want to “emulate” anyone’s style anyway – have your own.

    We’ll done Sumbo. I love your originality. Keep up the great work!

  18. Ayodele

    November 26, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Ermmm sorry I don’t see any style here, just basic. nice clothes yeah, nice shoes yeah but

    • Sandra

      November 27, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      But you do know that is a form of style right? Not everything has to look crazy or abnormal or different for it to be style. This is her own expression of style and I think she’s very much entitled to it. She will appeal to a certain type of people.

  19. Mabel

    November 27, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Such a beauty with an enchanting smile. You can feel the cheerfulness and joy bouncing off her. I like her style.

  20. ElessarisEllendil

    November 27, 2015 at 12:50 am

    You can just tell she’s the life of the party. Personally I don’t know much about this style, y’all are going on about, what matters is that she looks attractive in her clothes.

    Besides isn’t it called “My Style” not the style everybody should copy. Geez calm your tits, everything doesn’t have to be serious.

  21. C

    November 27, 2015 at 4:33 am

    I like her. She looks like Simi to me.

  22. Esther

    November 27, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Great style and personality. Obviously very natural and artistic. The beauty of style is that its differences and uniqueness are appreciated by truly artistic minds. Well done Sumbo. I definitely got some ideas from you! x

  23. Corolla

    November 27, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I love the yellow jacket and mint green dress.

  24. beauty

    November 29, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Naa, not feeling this. Too scattered, not coordinated …

  25. Tamedun

    March 28, 2016 at 10:58 am

    She looks like ‘Anike Kilonshele’ on that programme on Africa Magic Yoruba

  26. Kel

    July 8, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Basic.com

    • NOT Basic

      July 8, 2016 at 9:44 am

      It takes one to know one!

  27. some1special

    November 19, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Her style is lit….She has got some skinny girl swag.

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