The Ever Lasting Bomber Jacket

Matched with a side-slit skirt…

The bomber jacket or flight jacket’s birth dates back to as far as World War 1, serving as a functional attire for pilots, balancing their body temperature at high altitudes. The jacket later evolved to suit the needs of the pilots’ jet model; it too also evolved moving at greater speeds and reaching higher heights.

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Warm and able to with stand minus zero temperatures it quickly become a popular choice for those outside of the military.

Now finding itself on the fashion runways the jacket not only graces fall collections but spring summer collections too.

Over garments are currently trending, long or short they can be spotted everywhere from the red carpet events to basketball games. Various Nigerian designers have translated their own style take towards the rebirthing of this piece. Using lace and traditional fabric, more relatable and fitting for hotter climates.

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I would have paired the bomber jacket with jeans, which would have worked too, but I opted  to sew a skirt instead. I had some glossy green fabric hidden somewhere in my room, I cut the fabric and took to my sewing machine. A high side slit brought more character to the skirt, showing a little leg never hurt anyone right? lol.

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The bomber jacket in the image was the inspiration for this particular look.  The brand who designed it introduces a new twist, the choice of using a lighter fabric with an ethnic print. The traditional print has also been rocked by celebrities from Chris Brown to Wiz Kid,  and continues to influence fashion designs in many other styles across the World.

Some of today’s most popular styles/trends were invented on the basis of solving a functional problem in a working environment.  These styles were pulled into the ever evolving World  Fashion and in time we often forget where they came from … Fascinating!

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Skirt: @doobyiyanu

Jacket: @saahng

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 The Reign Of The Maxi Skirt

Forever and ever she will reign, all hail the maxi skirt!

My fav is the jersey fabric type, it allows room for movement, sexy and figure hugging. This piece stuns with a crop top as seen in the images below. Free flowing tops add’s its own appeal when the front is tucked neatly into the maxi skirt.

Maxi skirts can also be found in a circle and A–lined style.

We can all agree that every women across the world is sure to have this little number in her closet, another piece that is catered for different body types and a personal choice in style.

So go girl, headed to the mosque, church, school run, hanging out with the ladies, we here at Fashion Statement give you our style approval… As it is always best to stay classy and leave more to the imagination.

Speical thanks to @bldbyplay for hosting us at the King and Queens games night.

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The Oversize T-shirt

Stolen from your boyfriend or bought in Zara, the love for the oversize t-shirt lives on. 

Casual and chic, matched with skinny jeans and a good pair of heels can never go wrong.

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Worn loose or tucked-in to tease your admirers, this look is perfect for weekend vibes, hangouts and cuddle dates with the Hubby.

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The oversize t-shirt is a forgiving style and can be rocked by any body type. Remember to buy two sizes up from your usual size to achieve the full effect.

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If heels are not your preference, throw on a pair of sneakers to take on the full Tomboy style.

For those that love making fashion statements, do dare to wear it as a dress but beware of the attention.

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Great Tips For Dealing With Nigerian Tailors/Seamstress

I am sure we have all experienced many challenges when dealing with Nigerian tailors/seamstress. So here are some tips to make the journey less stressful.
When choosing fabric we always seem to assume the fashion designer readily have all the key tools to match your fabric. To make the job easier, especially when a next day request is made. Buying the list below in addition would totally help speedup the process.
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1) Lining.
2) Two open and close zippers 
– A zip for a top is long but never as long as a dress zipper. 
– A Skirt/trouser require a much shorter zipper than tops and dresses do.
3) 6 yards of bias 
4) Buttons if needed (Bare in mind the size of the button to fit your style of choice)
5) Thread 
6) Hock and eye
Ensure each item from the list above correlates with the colour code of your fabric.
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Impulse Shopping Ahhh

Ohhh I just cannot help it…

Walking through the shopping center with a short list of essential items I need to buy but then the spirit of the Mango sale calls out to me, as a victim I became weak to it’s advances and drawn into the store… For real this is how it feels, sure you can relate!

I enter the war zone (the sale) frantically looking for my size, keeping an eye out before another snatches the clothing off the rack.

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At the back of my mind I say there is no budget as I’ve worked ever so hard and need to reward myself… I mean it’s only a sale after all, half price off everything lol.

A sales person smells the weakness aroma coming from me and helps assist in the frantic search for my size, alongside this she transfers the pieces into the fitting room.

Like always I leave the fitting room with about 10 pieces out of 50… Don’t judge me!

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The scanning process begins and all of a sudden the not so needed budget became important. One or two tops looked unattractive as you all know while impulse shopping we never pay attention but those had to go. Out of the 10 I leave with just 5, still calculating the damage I just made to my bank account lol.

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Reward yourself it is Valentines Day!

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The Power Of The High Heel

If unsure of where the day will take you, carrying a good pair of heels is always a great idea.

 Ever notice when you are out with the girls to see a movie or for lunch, a house party or some kind of occasion comes up and that’s the day you decided to wear flats or flip flops lol. Running back home becomes an issue as there is no time… especially if you live in Lagos

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Be prepared!  Why not carry a bigger bag and bring your high heels along with you.

 Changing from flats to heels has a noticeable effect on your outfit.  Heels make your legs look, longer, skinnier, sexier, among other things… Heels can transform your look from casual to sassy… Low key to just the right tempo…  heels change your walk to a strut, helping you channel your inner Naomi Campbell… “work it girl” lol …  Well at least that’s what I tell myself lol.

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Refuse to be the plain Jane in your crew, every time an impromptu event comes up… get your sexy on!

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