When it comes to fashion, trends often repeat themselves. The evolution of bomber jackets, distressed and oversized boyfriend jeans, Timberlands, color blocking and many more trends have found themselves back in the limelight. Many celebs have grasped this concept. Public figures such as Solange Knowles, Kerry Washington (who was named the 7th most influential woman in fashion) and Kevin Boating have been known for recreating “old school” looks and making them urban and popular.
The images below demonstrate all types of black fashion. In light of Black History Month, we recognize that there are many different aspects to African American style, so we’re reflecting on the hipster look, the old school hip-hop style, the dapper male and the always fierce “#iSlay” look. We’re also celebrating the natural hair movement that has been encouraging African-Americans to be proud and comfortable in their own skin
The diversity of black women is often referred to as “black girl magic.” From the fullness of our lips to the kinkiness of our hair, every black woman comes in a different package. Below is a gallery of expression, showcasing natural hair either in a natural or protective state, as well as the looks mentioned above. Enjoy and be inspired.
Afro Puff: The Afro puff is the natural hair in its complete natural state.
Box Braids: Also known as single plaits; Where hair is divided into three individual parts, and attached onto the woman’s natural hair. This style allows for growth and strength.
Crochet Braids: A protective style used particularly by Africans. A braid pattern is used to protect the natural hair, where extensions (another piece of hair) is stitched in using a needle and thread. The hair is then curled using a curly rod, dripped in hot water and the results are as shown.
Dreadlocks: Often referred to as dreads or locks, this style is achieved by allowing the hair to mat together as it grows. If combs or brushes aren’t used, the hair will tangle together, resulting in dreads.
Even in modern day America, there are still plenty of stigmas and stereotypes that affect the African American community on a daily basis. Being judged on appearance or for having natural growing hair deemed “unprofessional” is a glass ceiling. Breaking these same ceilings is important for progression as whole. Slowly but surely, the unapologetic attitude that comes with loving your own style, hair and skin is becoming more prominent. Breaking the mold isn’t something you do peacefully. But in due time, we’ll all be accepting of the issues of today and be ready to progress into the future as a society. Looking good has to be a part of that, right? Tell us which one of the looks is your favorite in the comment section below (and if you’re natural, what looks you’re embracing yourself!)
Photos by: Jaida Brinkley