Diversity is the spice of life. I love pulling influence from different cultures. The easy access to knowledge of different peoples’ heritages has helped shaped me to be who I am today. Therefore, I practice love, not hate. At Old World New, we practice cultural appreciation, not cultural appropriation. Learn about and have respect for the cultures that you seek to emulate – you’ll be happy that you opened your mind to “a whole new world” (I hope you sang that in your Jasmine & Aladdin voice, because I did!).
Cultural Inspiration: Modern African
If you were to scroll through my instagram feed, you would see a lot of kittens, architecture, bloggers, food and FASHION. Some of my favorite pages to follow are those with unexpected fashion, as I have a somewhat unexpected sense of fashion. In the past few years I have seen a rise in the number of small fashion businesses that create clothes that are inspired by traditional African garb. Alero Jasmine, a brand based in London, caught my eye on instagram with its beautiful prints in a new form. Usually I see high waist skirts and flowing dresses with beautiful African inspired printed fabric, such as this one that I found while thrifting. Alero Jasmine provided a whole new perspective by using this vibrant fabric to create street chic style short sets. The shorts can be worn as high waist or low, and the shirt is oversized width wise, but cropped vertically. This is a really fun set, and the pieces would work beautifully mixed and matched with other pieces from your wardrobe.
The “Old World New” Alero Jasmine Style
Since the Pink Teka short set (top // shorts) is such a statement piece all its own, I kept everything else relatively simple. For makeup I switched it up and went with a bold cat eye to match the boldness of this set, and a dark pink lip. I let my hair do what it does – it has a mind of its own. The shoes are a 90s thrifted vintage pair of Fioni sandals with thick heels from Texas Thrift for $9.
all photos by Kali of Rhedeont Photography
Don’t you just love great modern adaptations and interpretations of timeless designs and prints?
xoxo, dolls & dudes