Olivia = cuteness personified.  See what she has to say about her style…

How would you define your personal style?

I’d say I have a girly kind of funky style. I love mixing patterns and trying brights colors with high waist shorts, cardigans and big rings! I’m a sucker for bright cardigans, bright florals and bows.

Do you find that you follow fashion trends, or do you play by your own rules?

I try to be unique but follow the trends as well. I love how high waist clothing and menswear are back in style along with bold jewelry and knits. I also think that thrifting has a lot to do with your personal style and being unique. Nobody has what you buy from a thrift store! and it’s a good feeling knowing that you can still be in style while being you.

Are there any colours you tend to shy away from, and if so why?

For some reason I don’t wear black too much. Probably because it isn’t vibrant enough :) 

When you hear the term “Black Girl Killing It” what comes to mind?

Confident, fashion conscious, unique African American woman.

Do you accept anyone’s critique or are you confident in your style choices?

I wear whatever I want regardless of anyone’s critique. Dressing up everyday is what I like to do :).

As a child were you always into clothes or did you grow into your own fashion sense?

No no! I was a tomboy! I wore a ponytail everyday with gym shorts and t-shirts. It wasn’t until 6th grade that I didn’t refuse to wear skirts and dresses. I started to to dress in jeans and a shirt everyday. Then I started to add necklaces, then earrings, then shorts and so on. I think I’ve really grown from what I used to wear and I definately have more to learn!

 Do you participate in your local fashion scene?

I always give away my clothes to my favorite consignment shop, Nancy’s Nearly New and whenever friends ask for tips on what to wear, I always help.  

How does your day to day life factor into your wardrobe choices?

I live in a small town in Florida and it’s super hot most of the year so sometimes I feel limited to shorts and skirts. But I usually try to find new outfits to wear with what I have or  I go shopping!

What is your greatest fashion pet peeve?

I hate bell bottom jeans. I’m so short so any type of bell bottoms are so unflattering!

What is your favourite trend right now?

80’s! I love high waisted shorts and skirts with the big bows! I think it’s so feminine and stylish. I also love how grandma sweaters are trending as well.  

Have you ever tried your hand at design or sewing?

I’ve sown bows and have made my own jewelry but I sold them at the Consignment shop I always go to. It’s like a little business thing. It’s fun to do :) 

Are there any designers that you like to wear or whose clothing stands out with you?

I don’t really shop designers. I always thrift and pick up whatever I find cute from other Department stores. But if I HAD to pick any brand, I’d pick Forever 21. They have all the styles from bold prints and lights and brights. I’d roll around in their fashion and their jewelry is always so cute! 

 Your five must-haves as a girl: 

  • statement ring
  • high waisted shorts
  • a pair of flats
  • a big bright bow that matches with a lot of your clothes
  • a bright cardigan

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