We’re shining a spotlight on one of our favourite fashion inspirations: Sandy, more commonly known as theSandyLion or Esskayji on Instagram.
Sandy is an elementary school teacher, fashion blogger, and stylist whose work most of us have seen in Superwoman and Humble the Poet’s music video for “Leh.” Her personal style is bold, fearless and personal, and we are big fans of her work.
Get inspired with these 4 fashion tips from Sandy:
1. DIY. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, make it. Sandy has created beautiful, personalized pieces of clothing that reflect who she is and what is important to her. Here is a crop top that she adorned with her favourite hip hop lyrics, and a sweater with her father’s cab license printed on it.
Making your own clothes can be quite simple – you can get shirts printed, or buy fabric paint/pens/spray to create your own work. Wear your heart on your sleeve.
2. Mix and match. Wedding season is right around the corner, and for most of us, that means suit/sari/lengha shopping. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box every once in a while. Instead of buying ready-made outfits and accessories, buy individual pieces and put them together. Find a pair of fun, printed leggings to pair with a simple kameez. Buy or make a headband if you want a break from a bindi. Wear your own bracelets instead of bangles for a more personalized look. Look for bralettes and bandeaus instead of sari blouses – they are cheaper, they come in different colours and styles, and they are way more comfortable!
She’s wearing a long shirt dress with bright trousers and a teal dupatta. Paired with neon heeled sandals, a simple ponytail, and the bow tie, she has managed to pull off an edgy, but mom-and-dad-approved outfit.
3. Wrap it up. We all have those days when we wake up and our hair is just not cooperating. Maybe you fell asleep with wet hair. Or maybe it’s been a few days since you’ve given it a wash (we’ve all been there, amiright?). Instead of hiding it under a hat or wrapping it into a bun, play around with scarves and head wraps, like Sandy has done here.
There are so many options with head wraps – you can wear them as a headband with your hair down, you can tie a bow to compliment a top knot, or you can go for a full turban. Scarves come in so many prints, sizes and textures, so the possibilities are endless. Having a bad hair day doesn’t have to be a bad thing!
4. Accentuate your assets. If you’re tall, go for heels. If you have long hair, wear it loose. If you have big hips, don’t hide them! One of Sandy’s best features definitely has to be her hair.
It’s super curly, and she wears it naturally with a deep side part – this adds height, making the curls seem even bigger. Whatever good stuff you’ve got going on, don’t be afraid to show it off.
All photos from the Sandy Lion.