My favourite part of any fashion magazine isn’t the pictures from the runways, but when they snap pictures of street styles. Everyday people showing their creative expression with clothes that I could probably find at the mall or my local vintage depot.
And as readers, we’ve evolved from being print dependent to digital and our fashion inspiration has similarly moved from magazines to blogs and apps like Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr. I can and do spend hours scrolling through these apps looking outfits, accessories, street fashion, hair and makeup.
The taste-makers are no longer just the Anna Wintours and Andre Leon Talleys of the world, but the around the way girls who are shapely, have large hair and proudly pull together outfits that merge the runway and the street.
Here is a list of some of my favourite fashionistas that I follow on Instagram for inspiration. This is just a short list, there are so many and I’ll keep doing different spotlights/posts on new ones in the future.
Nadia Aboulhosn is probably my favourite personality on Instagram. From her fierce outfits, killer eyebrow game and hilarious videos of her getting silly ratchet to whatever hip hop song is in at the moment, Nadia is not shy to show her authentic self online. Which explains why her loyal followers feel so connected to her that when she holds meet and greets, they come out and support in packs. She seems like that cool friend who is self-aware, funny and can pull an ill outfit together within 5 seconds of walking into a store.
Fashion Climaxx is a community blog where members post pics of their looks and/or fashion finds. True definition of ‘for the people by the people’. Founder Elizabeth Marte also includes celeb looks with info on labels and trends. Contributors are from all over the world so its cool to see what people in different cities with different cultural inspirations are rocking.
Cotton and Ankara, speaking of cultural influence, is a page that highlights fashion fusion of African and Western styles. Merging the ankara material that is common in West Africa along with everyday street fashion, this page does a great job showcasing the beauty when blending two worlds. They don’t have a site yet but you can find them at CottonAndAnkara on Instagram.
Franceta Johnson has a killer style and the editorial-esque pictures on her blog will have you entranced. Don’t let her young age fool you, the 23 year old design student has such poise and mature taste in her style. It was through this blog that I started pairing more of my edgy jackets and accessories with my feminine dresses.
WhoWhatWear is as their site says ‘the leading online platform for premium and original style and shopping content’. I can get lost for hours on their site looking at the latest fashion, new trends and advice on shopping. Great style doesn’t need to break the bank. It is all about knowing your body and finding pieces that best accentuate your features. WhoWhatWear showcases looks that are accessible, on trend and versatile for any woman.
Find me on Instagram as RealDelina and see who else I follow. Is there anyone on Instagram that inspires you?