NaturallyCurly Sr. Copywriter Gerilyn M. Hayes shows her personality through fashion and curly hairstyles in our Outfit of the Day series.
Editor's Note: You hear a lot of "what did you put in your hair?" and "I love your shoes!" around the NaturallyCurly office. Personally, I am always finding inspiration in what my colleagues are wearing to the office and on their Instagrams, so we're starting a new series to share what we're loving with the rest of our community - beyond our hair! #OOTD - Cristina Cleveland
Although it is commonly thought of as the worst color to wear in the summertime, I am drawn to black colored apparel. That's right, friend. Any hour past sundown, you might find me in the sweltering Texas heat, sporting a black tee and skinny jeans. My hashtag and life motto should be #AllBlackEverything. Typically, I prefer jet black to prints unless it is a tee with a favorite band or cat's face printed on it.
In this moment, I chose this stunning angular 2-piece pantsuit because it seemed to be calling my name from the rack. How could I resist its siren song piercing my heart with a thousand shards of dragon glass? Who was I to say no to this outfit? I would be a fool to do so!
So in truth, I didn't choose the outfit; the outfit chose me.
Tell us about your hair, what products are in your hair? How did you style it?
You know I will rock my Afro all day, every day. Did you also know that I am legitimately obsessed with Jamaican black castor oil? Applying on the ends of my curls, I use a small amount Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil every other week during the warm/hot seasons when creating my beloved Bantu Knots. This helps me protect my ends from heat damage and breakage.
I have written about Jamaican black castor oil's merits in the past and will continue to do so because it is one of the few oils that I not only want to douse in my hair on a regular basis, it is one that I want to use as a body oil. It took me awhile to get used to the scent of it, but I have learned how to properly blend it with my favorite fragrances without overpowering my senses.
Do you dress for style, or for comfort?
Primarily, I dress for comfort. If it ends up looking like I have some type of "style" it is most likely dumb luck. Believe me; the only true style tip that I have held onto and still apply is "You've got to layer when it's cold. And never leave the house without earrings!" That's wisdom from the Queen herself: My mom :)
What's your relationship with fashion and style?
It is a love/hate relationship, these days. It is only because I am becoming more frugal in my maturing years, but I am also too lazy to go thrifting. Simply put, I just wear the same clothes over and over again until I can't layer or accessorize anymore. A few friends have offered to help me get out of the thrifting slump, but old habits stick like rubber cement.
Even as a former fashion fanatic and merchandising student, my relationship with clothing has evolved into selecting outfits and pieces strictly on the basis of their construction, not if they fit a trend. That is why I love this pants suit; its lines are clean and the seam work is impeccable. Anything less than that level of quality is not worth the expense... but that's just how I feel about fashion nowadays.
As for style, I like to think that I have my own thing going. Kind of a cavalier, rockin' and'a rollin' with the flow type of energy that wears itself on my physical threads. Or, I could just look like I really, really, really love not dressing up. Either way, my style is mine, and I'm cool with it.
How do you choose what you're going to wear?
It is oftentimes a combination of guesswork and clean laundry: Is this clean? I mean, it is hanging up in my closet so it must be. I should have ironed this, but I am going to layer this blazer on top of it so it will be fine... right?
When dressing for a professional event, I plan out every last detail down to purchasing a brand new toothbrush at least 3 days in advance. I know myself well, meaning that if I do not plan the outfit, I will look like a ragamuffin amongst goddesses.
Rock on, curlies!
This pant suit that makes me look like the rockstar I have always wanted to be is from Melodrama (Houston, TX). Those super sexy boots are from StitchFix. My favorite blue shades and earrings are from my personal collection.