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Dressing Like Kpop Albums

I’m back with another lookbook style post! I came up with this idea one day and immediately latched onto it. If you know me then you know I love kpop and I love fashion. Planning these outfits was a blast and I hope you enjoy this concept!

For each of the 7 kpop albums I own I took inspiration from the photobook and packaging to create looks. These aren’t necessarily recreations of outfits from the photobook but outfits derived from the “vibe” of the album.

BTS — Wings

Top: Thrifted

Pants: Thrifted

Blazer: Thrifted

Shoes: So Aesthetic Shop

This album is rich and luxurious so for the fit I tried to incorporate lots of textures. Starting with leather pants and a “silk” pajama top (big believer in pjs for daywear), I decided to top it off with a white blazer. To add even more dimension, I opted for my beloved iridescent platforms.

NCT 127 — Chain (Taeyong Version)

 

Top: Forever 21

Jeans: Old Navy

Blazer: Thrifted

NCT’s Japanese album has a lot of graphics and sporty yet structured looks. To compliment the graphic element I chose my “sisterhood” graphic tee and paired it with black jeans and a black blazer for a casual yet classy look.

EXO — The War

Top: Dillard’s

Pants: Gap

Shoes: Converse

This concept is quite different from all the other albums I own. It’s rife with primary colors and beachy prints. It’s hazy, laid back, and summery so I chose an outfit that was the same. Yellow pants are the focal point and I balanced their silhouette with a flowy black floral print top. Some cute apple Chuck Taylors were the finishing touch to this fit.

BTS — Love Yourself: Answer

Dress (as top): Dillard’s

Skirt: Macy’s (?)

Shoes: Converse

A springy luxe concept, this album is characterized by lace and pastels, romantic silhouettes, and frills. In my outfit I matched the theme with a peasant style dress, worn as a shirt and a flowy white circle skirt. In the photo book outfits they wore chunky shoes to contrast the flowy clothes so I opted for my white Converse One Stars to finish the fit.

Monsta X — The Code

Top: Forever 21

Sweater: Aeropostale

Jacket: Thrifted (Hollister)

Jeans: Dillard’s (Calvin Klein)

Shoes: Gifted

The Code is soft and neutral with cozier shots and a black, white, and nude color palette. To honor this, I went with a white knit and a brown corduroy jacket. Then, I chose light wash jeans and tan ankle boots to keep the soft look consistent.

EXO — Don’t Mess Up My Tempo

Sweater: Forever 21 (Men)

Skirt: Forever 21

Jacket: Dillard’s

Belt: Aliexpress

Shoes: So Aesthetic Shop

Leather, chains, belts, and general motorcycle rebel gear define EXO’s fifth album. It’s hard and it’s cool but it’s also really hot. The main point of my outfit is the chain belt so I built the ensemble around it. To balance proportions I chose a bulky sweater and pencil skirt. I topped it off with the leather jacket because, you know, leather and EXO are a whole ship. Of course my platforms were the only shoe for this because I definitely needed to be taller and really powerful for this concept.

BTS — Love Yourself: Tear

Top: Gifted

Jeans: Old Navy

Jacket: Thrifted (H&M)

Boots: Off Broadway

LY: Tear is probably my favorite kpop album concept wise: it’s dark and brooding, casual yet rich, and painful but beautiful. I chose a black button down and black jeans with a black belted denim jacket. As you can tell, the mood was all black, so I finished the fit with black lace up ankle boots.

Let me know which look was your favorite!

Stay fly,

~Akilah

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Valentine’s Day Mini Lookbook

Hey!! Valentine’s day is coming up and I wanted to share three outfit options in case you need some outfit ideas for the big day.

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Sweater: Goodwill/American Eagle

Jeans: Calvin Klein

Shoes: Converse

Necklace: Claire’s

This one is quite casual: perfect if you have school on Valentine’s day and want to be cute but still comfortable. The soft pink of the sweater is pretty and romantic, I decided to pair it with medium wash jeans rather than dark wash to keep the color palette soft. Finally, I added my white and rose gold sneakers. They’re a bit chunky but the colors make them sleek.

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Top: Goodwill

Jeans: Goodwill

Shoes: Converse

If you’re into less expected ensembles, this is for you. I’m in love with these baggy jeans and I decided to pair them with this pink and white stripe button down. With the white belt, I added some balance to the baggy jeans by emphasizing my waist and topped the fit off with my white sneakers again.

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Top: Goodwill/Rag n’ Bone

Pants: Goodwill

Shoes: So Aesthetic Shop

Earrings: Target

For a fancier but still comfy look, I went for a white textured top and hot pink pants. This is perfect for those who want to make a statement at a party on Valentine’s day. I added my platforms for added height and dimension since the iridescence tops off the crisp white and hot pink colors.

Let me know which outfit was your favorite and what you plan to wear on Valentine’s Day.

Stay fly,

~Akilah

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Faux Fur + Perfect Presents

My brother hasn’t always known what to get me for Christmas. We’re 15 years apart and we don’t live in the same house anymore so we honestly don’t know each other that well. The best example of this disconnect was an Elmo backpack when I was at least 5 years removed from being into Elmo, So, in the more recent years I’ve asked for money or we’ve gone to the mall together to get what I want.

This past Christmas when he asked me what I wanted, I sent a link to the exact thing. In the back of my mind I knew though, that he wasn’t into online shopping and would probably give me something else. I was nervous and just hoped for a gift card or something. But his “ok I got ya” text put me at ease a little.

Fast forward to our Christmas celebration. He handed me a shirt box: way too big for a gift card. “Hey, give him some credit,” I told myself, “it could be good this year.” and it was. I opened the box to find a muted blush faux fur stole. It was gorgeous. But even more than that it was a gift that showed he knew at least something about what I liked and what my style was.

I styled that faux fur stole with a pink jacket and white shirt for the first time. I’m excited to see what other looks I can create with this piece. It was an amazing Christmas gift.

Stay fly,

~Akilah

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My Favorite Dance Practice Outfits

One of the millions of reasons I’m obsessed with Kpop is the fashion. Even when they’re practicing, the outfits rival stage ensembles. So, today I’m sharing  5 of my favorite dance practice outfits. Please keep in mind that these are in no particular order and there’s certainly many more than five, but we’d be here all night if I went through all of them. Also, appreciate my screenshotting skills because I tried hard for you guys.

 

Jungkook – 뱁새 (Baepsae/Silver Spoon)

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Perfection in fabric, that’s what this outfit is. The cut of the jeans is quite unexpected in a world of skinny jeans. The white button down riffs on that classic work-wear silhouette but looks breezier. And JK’s beloved Timbs truly pull together the look.

 

Minghao (The8) – Crazy in Love

I’m not always a fan of extremely long t-shirts like this one, but Minghao makes it work. The proportions are balanced because of his fitted joggers, and while I’m not a huge fan of his socks being pulled up so far, it does keep the look more streamlined. Unfortunately, I can’t for the life of me, find this shirt. I’m in love with the way it looks and wanted to see the smaller print of what it says. So, if you happen to find some details, let me know in the comments!

 

Lucas – Boss

Lucas_Boss

I almost did TY’s outfit from Boss, and while it is sensational, Lucas’ outfit really draws me. It’s simple: a white long-sleeve, black jeans, gold chain, and Adidas, but it’s styled so expertly. The top is tucked into the jeans and the jeans are belted, the gold chain is an excellent touch and the shoes tie in the sleek black and white color palette.

 

Sehun – The Eve

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Again, while simple, this outfit makes a big impact. The wash of the jeans are that perfect medium denim and offer nice contrast to the black hat, tee, and shoes.

 

Jin – Blood Sweat & Tears

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Black on black looks *NCT plays in the background* are a staple in dance practices but Jin brings it to another level. Although it’s a button-down, the shirt doesn’t have a stiff quality, but rather hangs perfectly relaxed. Because this look is so sleek, I appreciate the minimalism of the one hole in the black jeans. Also, it looks like his shoes are suede, which brings in an unexpected texture. This outfit contrasts amazingly with Jin’s pink hair…it’s just a whole look.

 

Let me know what your favorite dance practice fits are!

Stay fly,

~Akilah

 

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Monsta X Beautiful Inspired Outfit

Does anyone else have that one song/video that means so much to you? I mean the one that lowkey makes you teary because it was the start of something that changed your life? …oh, that’s just me, ok cool.

Anyway, I know that was super dramatic but that’s truly how I feel about Monsta X’s Beautiful. I can definitively point to it and say: “that’s what started my obsession with Kpop.”

And of course because I think in terms of fashion, my gears were turning from the gorgeous outfits featured in the MV, live stage, and even the dance practice. Today I chose to focus on this Mnet Comeback Stage.

For this stage they go for a red, black, and gray color palette with silk shirts and blazers. It’s very sultry and luxe which I totally love. Monsta X is one of those groups that can truly rock any concept and I completely dig this one. Although it has a more mature feel than past aesthetics, they still seem confident and comfortable with this concept.

My outfit is inspired most directly by I.M’s look, but instead of a red shirt I chose a pink one which still fits into the “Valentine’s aesthetic”.

All this stuff was already in my closet because honestly, my style is very business-luxe influenced. I also like androdgynous and menswear inspired looks so this was a perfect fit.

I had a lot of fun taking these photos, I basically just did the choreography and had too much fun 😉

Stay fly,

Akilah

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On Sundays We Slay ~OOTD

We’ve been having winter weather in Nashville lately, which is fabulous for me since I just got a bunch of winter clothes from Goodwill. Almost all of the items in the outfit I wore to church today are from thrift stores. 

Shirt ~J Crew via Goodwill | Skirt ~H&M via Goodwill | Coat ~Old Navy via gift | Boots ~Goodwill | Necklace ~Charming Charlie | Boot Cuffs ~Target via gift
I built the ensemble around the wool skirt and went for a preppy vibe with a crisp white button down and leather boots. I found these boots at Goodwill for only $5, they were in perfect condition but then the first day I wore them the right boot began to split. It’s not that bad so I’m still going to wear them and I thought they coordinated with my look.

This red coat I recently received from a friend and it complimented this outfit perfectly. For jewelry I chose a purple statement necklace because I love the look of statement necklaces with collared shirts and the purple is perfect with the skirt. I also brought out the pale pink in the skirt with some boot cuffs I received from Christmas a couple of years ago.

I loved this outfit and I know it will be one that I wear again.

Stay fly,

~Akilah