December Fashion

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In previous posts, we’ve mentioned that the month of December has sort of it’s own fashion show in Haiti. This year we got to snapshot a few of these fashionista(o)s’ outfits…

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Gray V-neck with harem pants
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Yellow pants with a plain white V-neck and a scarf
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Gray jacket with black lapel
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Blazers and more scarves !
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Blue pants and distressed boots
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December 24th men chic !
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Bow tie !
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Siblings in style on December 24th
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swag spotted at Magdoos restaurant
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well dressed at Vanity Fashion Show
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2 of Ayiti’s fashionistas at Vanity Fashion Show
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December 24th chic
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Sisters in style
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Backless beach dresses
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Beach attire

Accessories:

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BOOTS!
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And more Boots !
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Even more Boots !
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Embellished collar and funky clutch
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Pumped up kicks
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Spiked ring !
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Handmade Haitian necklace from Mountain Maid (Mission Baptiste) Fermathe Haiti.
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Canvas boots to the beach
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HAT !
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And more hat !
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A Haitian’s survival guide to cold weather

Buck up fellow islanders living up North. As the temperature drops, we retreat into our cozy apartments to wallow up in the days of summers gone. I think it’s time to break the cycle don’t you? Here’s a universal truth, when you look good, you feel good. Unfortunately winter isn’t known for making us feel sexy… Unless of course, you like a red and runny nose. Hey to each their own right?

I don’t believe in spending thousands of dollars in clothes, but when you live in Siberia (ok I’m being a little dramatic), a few key investment pieces are a must. When buying winter clothes, you have to keep in mind that these are items you’ll need for a couple of years, hence the term “investment”. Make sure you pick things that are timeless, comfortable and that you absolutely love.

So here’s what you’ll need to survive winter fashionably. Note that this won’t be the typical coat, boots, socks kind of list… Don’t get me wrong, all of that is crucial, but I think we should shake it up. Don’t you agree?

1. A warm coat

Obviously… But something I’ve noticed, is that although we come from warm weather countries, we still tend to underestimate our first winter. I cannot count how many times I’ve seen girls freeze their a$$es on the account of ugly puffer coats. I’m sorry to say that beautiful, timeless and warm will cost a pretty penny. I suggest Mackage, Canada Goose, or Kanuk (recycled fur) for really harsh weather. Abercrombie and Fitch, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and even Zara also have nice selections.

2. A great pair of boots

Yes this is another obvious one. But I’m not just talking about the comfy and toasty Uggs. I’m talking about a pair of boots that absolutely fit your style (Combat, bootie etc). I love those days when it isn’t so cold and you can wear those really nice shoes you’ve been dying to wear again.

              

3. Brights

A printed scarf or bright red gloves to brighten up those grey days. Bright colors are not only a mood booster, but also refreshing in an endless sea of black and grey coats. I find that a pop of color always shakes an outfit up, and if you can pull off pink pants, I say go for it.

4. Moisturizer

Needless to say harsh weather dries out the skin to the point of it actually peeling off and burning. So please everyone, remember to moisturize your faces before you go out, and always keep lip balm at arms lengths.

5. Red Lipstick…

Or whatever makes you feel sexiest… Heels, LBD, lingerie and the list goes on…

P.S: I look a little creepy here… sigh…

6. A Bikini, towel and sunglasses

Put on your hottest bikini, lay the towel near your heater, lay down, close your eyes and imagine….

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Shoes: only a woman’s addiction?

 The word “shoes” has long been part of   a woman’s vocabulary. For as long as I can remember, shoes have been an important (if not THE most important) item when I get dressed, and I’m sure many of you girls can relate to that. While it’s true that we women have had an addictive relationship with shoes since an early age, I’ve come to realize that we are not alone. Some men share this addiction and, in some cases, take it to a much higher level.

The truth is, when it comes to shoes, guys (especially Haitian guys) are equally or even more obsessed with shoes than girls. Don’t believe me? Girls, take a look in your man’s closet and see how many pairs he owns. Between loafers, sneakers, casual shoes … I wouldn’t be surprised to see the number pass 30. Guys tend to spend more money on different pairs of sneakers.  Adidas, Aldo, Converse, New Balance, Nike, Toms, Vans … admit it guys you have quite a few of these styles. With December around the corner, while we girls will concentrate on looking for dresses, I am more than sure that you guys will be adding funky pairs to your “December wish list”.

Guys’ shoe obsession is proudly exhibited in a song by the Haitian rap/Hip-Hop group, Team Lobey : Tennis in which they proclaim, “You can hit on my wife,  but don’t step on my tennis shoes”. The music video displays a wide variety of sneakers in brands and styles while reflecting guys’ obsession with and importance they give sneakers.

Picture Source: Team Lobey video Tennis Youtube: teamlobey1

So, are shoes merely a woman’s addiction? I think not. Whether it’s to follow trends and styles or for their own personal vanity, shoes are a guy’s final touch that complements their outfits.  Usually, guys who choose to wear long sleeve shirts with jeans tend to wear loafers.  If they opt for v-neck or graphic tee, they will most like wear sneakers.

In Haiti, men are particularly shoe conscious as they have shoes for different occasions. And since social classes in Haiti are so tightly knit, Haitians have to be on point when it comes to shopping in order for them not to wear the same thing as others. For example, these days more and more guys are wearing loafers and although all loafers might look pretty much the same, the difference between a brown and a bright blue is noticeable. The same goes for brands. All converses have the same concept but selecting the right one for any particular outfit or occasion says volumes about one’s style.

These days, men are becoming more and more conscious of how they look. As such, they have to pay more attention and give more value to what they wear. Shoes have become the target for this new mentality. The abundance and diversity of shoes not only gives men options, but also speaks to their fashion sense and ultimately their mindset: why have only one, when you can have more?