How To Wear One Dress – 7 Times – No One Knows; Working It Series

Hi guys,

How are you doing? I am definitely fine because Big Brother Africa 2013 is back. Such a huge fan of the show.


Last week I was doing a blog run and saw this post by Patricia Bright on her blog, www.momentsofstyle.com, on this dress she got from misguided.co.uk and was totally inspired to do a similar post but for work looks.


Reminding those who have forgotten or those who do not know, metrogypsie is a brand that encapsulates the working/busy woman, the lady on her grind, as we would love to say. So basically, its all about fashion items that make your life easier as a person who is always on the move e.g clothes you’d wear to work and would be suitable for a social evening afterward as well or a bag you’d use all week long just because you want to save time and achieve more.


You know how you could be staying out for the night, and wouldn’t want to fill your bag up with so much in the name of change of clothes? Yeah, this post should show you how a dress can be really versatile.
This dress would be part of my give-away.. *yaaaaay*, our first give-away on metrogypsie, coming up in June.


For this post, I have styled with just black accessories, different footwear and one black bag, so as not to distract you from the primary aim of the feature. I hope you get inspired.

Dress: Misguided
Bag: Louis Vuitton


Look #1





Shoes: New Look
Style: Sultry
This is the dress. On the first picture, I wore it with the sleeves up on my shoulder but I think it looks much more flattering as an off-shoulder dress. I used to think bra-straps showing were awful but these days I’m digging it, so *shrugs*
You could wear a blazer on this to get a much more sexy and formal look. (I actually forgot to do that, Lol), and of course coloured shoes to add some hmmpph.



Look #2



Wedge sandals with straps: Misguided
Skirt: Zara
Style: Funky
A flared skirt is one of the easiest ways to transition this dress because it is easy to fold the skirt and place in your bag, also, you do not need to carefully fold the dress underneath as the skirt isn’t a body-conscious one. Coloured and pattern skirts would match as well.



Look #3



Sandals: Topshop
Pants: Topshop
Style: Business Casual
For this transition, you have to be extremely careful with your folding of the dress in order to avoid creases on the hip area. Fortunately, this dress is pretty light, even with all that length, it is obedient.



Look #4



Denim skirt: Dorothy Perkins
Wedge sandals with straps: Misguided
Style: Casual
This is more like a dress-down/Friday look. You could wear the shoes from Look #1 to tone it up a formal notch. This skirt is really fitted as well, so I didn’t have to fold it all up just after the waist like in Look #3. It has to be really tight on you you to take the risk of folding all the way after your hips so it doesn’t slip down.




Look #5



Dress: New Look
Brogues: Asos
Style: School Girl/Playful
On the first picture (left), I wore the look with the sleeves up. So unflattering, makes you look thicker. On the next picture, I let the dress down so the dress seems like a peplum pinafore. I thought I looked cuter without the dress showing underneath. Wore a hat in the 4th picture to add some funk. Flat shoes just because it easier to while-out on those when in school and stuff.




Look #6



Jumper: H&M
Booties: Republic
Socks: Market
Style: Street
We have seen this dress acting as a top with flared skirt, denim regular waisted skirt and 3/4 pants. Here, it is a skirt! You could totally work this with a form of jumper but one with a bit of fluff or just a size bigger to achieve this look. I just love this with Chelsea boots, plain or with laces. The socks just adds a bit of ‘character’. Lol.




Look #7



Skirt: River Island
Shoes: New Look
Style: Metrogypsie
No style feature done by me is complete without the high-waisted skirt. I.LOVE.THEM. So yes, our all rounder dress is a top once more but this time with a high-waisted skirt and a pop of colour!


Thank you for your time spent on this blog. 
I think a give-away is imperative to say thank you to the readers who have been following thus far.
I would give more details on that next week, though I am sure its one of the Mondays in June.

For now, follow this blog, (the link is at the top right section)

Also like the facebook page by clicking (here)…. Easy.

Lastly, for any enquiries, topic suggestions or contributions, message me on stephanie@metrogypsie.org.

Do have yourselves a lovely week.









“Today, fashion is really about sensuality – how a woman feels on the inside. In the ’80’s women used suits with exaggerated shoulders and waists to make a strong impression. Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies – they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes.” – Donna Karan.


Pregnant and Absolutely Fabulous



Hi guys,


Welcome to this week’s post. I promise you are definitely going to love our feature for this week because its different and I love her and yes!, you should love what I love. Hahaha. 

Before I ramble on, this post is dedicated to my darling friend, C. I really wish I could mention her name but, I just cannot do that for some reason. I promise to cajole her to get featured on here when she is ready. This week’s post is mainly to inspire and encourage her. 
I would also be featuring another friend of mine, S, very soon who is going to let her beautiful secret out on my blog!! whoopies!

I do not know about you but lately, my friends have been making use of their ovens and bringing out fresh buns to the world. So I thought why not share tips on how to look stunning while rocking that bump. 
Pregnancy look definitely varies very differently amongst women because asides the fact we all have various body shapes, pregnancy on its own has different effect on our bodies. A very popular example would be with Kourtney and Kim Kardashian, sisters from the same parents yet.. 

So yeah, take it all in and style yourself up in your stride.

The looks of our feature this week weren’t all taken in a week as usual for obvious reasons. but they are all within 2 months. I would put the dates alongside labels, a little explanation from her (green) and my commentary (black).

Here goes,

Stella Adewunmi
Occupation: Analyst, Entrepreneur & Blogger/Fashion Consultant, Maryland, USA.
Interests: Fashion & Styling, Interior Decoration, Soccer, Arts, Music and Traveling.


These first set of pictures (4) are between March 21st and April 2nd, 2013. Stella went with her husband to Dominican Republic on a ‘babymoon’ or ‘babycation’ as her husband would say.

Look #1



Dress: Mikoh
Strolled around the resort and laid in the beach.
(So guys, this should have been look #2 but I absolutely adore this look and wanted it to show at the beginning of the post so I brought it up. I totally think these pictures are editorial worthy.)


Look #2



Romper: Asos
Shoes: Old Navy
Arrived Punta Cana a day before today. Ditched room service for an outdoor dinner.
(So cute and adorable. Love how she chose to wear green shoes as against red or purple. Playful and adorable).


Look #3



Dress: Asos
So grateful to God. Emotional feelings as well, as the thought of being a mother crosses my mind.
(Gorgeous, looks a bit too dressy for the beach but played it down with no footwear.)


Look #4



Dress: BCBG
The colbat colour compliments the sea and sky. The back details and front silk make it an outfit that can be dressed up and down.
(Oh we love them slits, always adding some provocateur behaviour to one’s look, and when she makes an exit, BAM, that back. The details on the neck saves you from neck piece issues.)


Yeah, so that’s all for the ‘babymoon’ looks. Now lets see how she rocks her looks to work. A true lady on her grind.

Look #5 (April 09)

Dress: Zara
Heels: Zara
Flats: Zara
Bag: Mom
Neck piece: Bar III
Mom visited this weekend.. Organised my closet. Baby’s room is painted light green and with dark green stripes. 
(Oh yes, she wants us yo keep guessing the sex of her munchkin. Me says its a boy though. Yellow is such a refreshing colour. I do not know if you guys saw the Kim Kardshian’s controversial-shoe picture on Friday, May 17, 2013, her white Givenchy dress reminded me of this yellow dress. See below).





Look #6 (April 17)

Top: Personal Tailor
Pants: Personal Tailor
Shoes: Zara
Pretty interesting trimester. Wore this top to attend a Nigerian traditional wedding. I danced so much.
(Stella sure does know how to work a back. That bow gave this look the final icing. She looks glam, girly, edgy all a the same time. The cut on the cleavage is flirty in a cool manner then the exaggerated short front long back cut make her look eccentric.)



Look #7 (April 23)



Blazer: Zara
Atop: JCrew
Pants: Asos Maternity jeans
Clutch: JCrew
Shoes: Zara
I had my 3D/4D scan appointment today. It was great seeing my munchkin’s face. Throughout the scan, my munchkin had his/her hand in the face sucking a finger, super cute.
(Business casual and simply chic look with that clutch. Lets not get to the heels just yet.)


Look #8 (April 27)


Top: H&M
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Valentino
A lot of leaf print this season. I love the print’s colours. Matched this with my Valentino rick-stud shoes.
(…and we love them print colours too. See how she did not match the pants with the almost obvious green or yellow? I just love that, makes one’s ensemble seem more interesting. Oh my Prada! who doesn’t adore these Valentino pair?)



Look #9 (April 30)



Jacket: Zara
PAnts: Zara
Shoes: MiuMiu
I had an amazing day at work today as my co-workers organised a surprise baby shower for me. I opened my gifts. I feel so blessed.
(This is trendy on so many levels, stripes are in, the black/white pattern is in, 3/4 pants suit is in and then colour blocking, well, that has sort of stuck with us now.)


Look #10 (May 2)



Dress: Asos
Purse: Della x Urban Outfitters
Shoes: MiuMiu
I have been wearing different shades of blue lately. This is not a maternity dress but its absolutely stylish and comfortable.
(I bet someone with flat abs wouldn’t rock this as great as she did as the protruding tummy makes the front seem shorter thereby making the back look longer than it should look thereby making it more stylish).



Look #11 (May 8)

Top: Asos
Skirt: Asos
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
In an effort to keep up with the black/white theme, I wore this classy and elegant top with the checkered skirt. I love the length, the stretchy feel and pattern of the skirt.
(The cut of the shoulder of this top gives her an 80’s look, so classic and chic. Though this checkered dress reminds me of cartoon network, fashion-wise it seems 50’s. All together, Stella looks proper retro. Loving this. My second favourite.)



Look #12 (May 14)



Dress: Zara
Clutch: Asos
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Neck piece: H&M
Spent Mother’s day relaxing with my husband. I’d never had the opportunity to wear this dress. A great feature of the slit dress is the sketchy nature which works perfectly with my growing bump.
(I do not know about this pavement she is standing on because all I picture with this ensemble is the a red carpet. Miss Jolie had better watch out. That clutch and the pearls gave this some elegance, amazing.)



So guys, that’s it from the zara-loving, heels-strutting, back-wowing Stella. She runs a successful blog, so for all this and more goodies, check out her blog (here). It is also on the right side bar of my blog as one of the blogs I follow. 

One thing I continually tell her is that she makes it seem so easy… my ladies, all this looking glam while pregnant takes loads of effort. Working dem heels is another chapter, please don’t try it if you cannot handle them and most especially if you weren’t rocking heels before you took in.

Do leave a comment below as usual on your favourite look and if time permits you, create a look of your own inspired by the outfits above.  A winner would be picked who and that look would be worn in a follow-up post.

Do have yourselves a lovely week.

Lastly, for any enquiries message me on stephanie@metrogypsie.org.







“When I see a woman, I always look at her shoes and hope they’re high, because high heels make a woman sexy and dangerous.” – Helmut Newton.







When A Lawyer Came By



Hi guys,


So this week I am going to get straight to our feature and share a little bit of information with you underneath the pictures just before I close up this post.


Thank you so much for your feedback so far. Shout-out to cocbutta, an ardent reader, I am currently working on the ‘preceding post’ thing you mentioned some 4 posts ago. 


Here goes,



Dotun Ogunlela

Occupation: Lawyer, Abiodun Adesanya (SAN) & Co
Interests: Music, traveling, social media, reading, hanging out with anyone fun, Lance Gross (Lol).


Monday


Jacket: Express

Dress: Primark
Shoes: Atmosphere
Bag: Aldo
Style – Profesional (Court Complaint)
Inspiration – The court. I had a court appearance today so it was only befitting I wore this.







Tuesday

Blazer: Charlotte Russe
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Guess
Bag: Steve Madden
Watch: Jacques Lemans
Neckpiece: Primark
Style – Metrogypsie
Inspiration – My client meeting. I want to look fun because my client is young. I wanted some colour after yesterday’s bland look so that explains today’s pop.









Wednesday

Shirt: H&M
Skirt: Zara
Shoes: Zara
Bag: Aldo
Style – Corporate
Inspiration – Tedious day. Today was going to be really busy so I had to balance my comfort with aesthetics.








Thursday

Blazer: Charlotte Russe
Top: New York
Pants: Express
Shoes: H&M
Bag: Zara
Style – Chic
Inspiration – Strength.. I felt like a tough lady today, so decided that putting on pants would accentuate that much more appropriately.









Friday

Shirt: TM Lewin
Denim pants: Forever 21
Shoes: New Look
Bag: Random 
Style – Smart casual
Inspiration – Friday. Thank God Its Friday.








Saturday

Cardigan: Forever 21
Skirt: Personal tailor
Footwear: Bamboo
Bag: Jessica Simpson
Eyewear: Ralph Lauren
Style: Casual
Inspiration: Last week’s feature. Had to run around for a bit then hang out with friends for the rest of the day.







Sunday

Top & Skirt: Personal Tailor
Shoes: Forever 21
Bag: Same as Friday
Style: Ethnic (Yoruba modern-traditional outfit, Oleku)
Inspiration – My elder sister.





There it goes from ‘the law’, Dotun. Thanks babe for letting us have you on here.

I want to share a product with you guys. Most especially those that suffer from bumps and ingrown hair due to any form of shave; stripes, razor, cream or whatever.



Yeah so you have to apply it daily though. Like every single day and you should notice its effects after a week. That’s it.
You know y’all are my guys.. Lol.. So this is me just looking out anyone who has such issues.
(Click here) for a link to the product on Amazon. Its £10.79.


Bump patrol is another great product I have just been told about..

It’s got raving reviews on amazon so I bet its a really good product.
(Click here) for a link of product on amazon. Its £4.55.


Do leave a comment below as usual on your favourite look and if time permits you, create a look of your own inspired by the outfits above.  A winner would be picked by Dotun who would then wear the look in a follow-up post.

Do have yourselves a lovely week.

Lastly, for any enquiries message me on stephanie@metrogypsie.org.












I don’t believe in the afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear.” – Woody Allen.



Ankara in Modern Formal/Work Styles



Hi guys, 

Tie-Dye was initially the most known, loved and used African print on fabric. It came in various types like kampala, indigo, batik and so on. 

Nowadays, widely demanded and used in West and Central African countries, is Ankara, a 100% cotton (poly cotton) fabric. Its texture is so soft it can be used to make basically any style genre of clothing, traditional, formal, sexy, casual you name it. It is also very durable and can be cared for by hand washing or dry cleaning.

You know how the visa rejection letter goes, the bit that states you do not have economic, social and financial ties with the country you are applying from? Well, that cannot be the case for ankara in Ghana where it is primarily produced; and has got such strong cultural importance for them. 🙂

Concord, Star and Shell are various pattern references to Ankara. Hollandis is a copy of ankara with lower quality and generally produced in Holland. Woodin on the other hand is a really popular type of Wax fabric, very good quality, a tad more pricey and making huge waves. 

Successful African designers have also really embraced the ankara fabric; Jewel by Lisa, Tiffany Amber, Odion Mimonet amongst others continually infuse Ankara in their collections.

Last week, our feature, Yetunde’s Sunday look (click here for that post) was an outfit that led me to explaining what aso-ebi was. Well, Ankara is the most used fabric for aso-ebi due to its affordability.

Our lady on her grind this week would show us how ankara can be worn to work. 

Nonye Udeozor

Occupation: C.E.O. KnonyeKouture and HR/Admin Officer in a Construction Company in Maitama, Abuja.

Interests: Fashion, Music, Books, Fitness, Meeting People.




Monday

Top: KnonyeKouture
Skirt: Next
Jacket: LeShop
Shoes: Mascotte
Bag: David Jones
Style – Corporate

Inspiration – My sister. I had series of tasks to carry out today and to report to the Directors so I had to look smart and not appear too laid back on a Monday. I wore a sleeveless Ankara/linen top on a high-waist pencil skirt and wore a little waist-length jacket to make my overall look somewhat serious and official.


 





Tuesday

Top: TopShop
Skirt: KnonyeKouture
Jacket: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Qupid
Bag: Same as Monday
Style – Formal
Inspiration – Again, my sister. Yes! She’s the fashionista amongst the Udeozor sisters. The HR-Admin Manager had loads of tasks for me to cover in her office and I hope I succeeded in looking professional and not too sassy. The skirt has two bright colours and I was aiming to tune it down a little with the black turtle neck top and black shoes. 

 



Wednesday

Dress: KnonyeKouture
Jacket: Zara
Shoes: Dollhouse
Bag: Local store in Dubai (no label)
Style – Classy
Inspiration – My nail polish. A couple of applicants were interviewed and wrote aptitude tests which were conducted by me. I could’ve gone with the regular power trouser suit to instill the fear of God in the applicants but I went with my combo because of my mission as this week’s feature and I was feeling really dapper today. The dress is a combination of linen and Ankara. I didn’t wanna end up looking too blue so I decided to throw in a

bright orange jacket.







Thursday


Top: KnonyeKouture
Pants: New Look
Jacket: New Look
Shoes: Bamboo
Bag: No label
Style – Formal Street 
Inspiration – Peplums. No major tasks at work today, no interviews and yes freedom. *Whoop whoop*. I went with an Olive green/yellow Ankara peplum top on black pants and a black peplum jacket. A little edgy but not totally laid back.







Friday

Jacket: Zara
Top: KnonyeKouture
Skirt: KnonyeKouture
Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Purse: Hermes
Belt: Random Shop 
Style – Smart Casual
Inspiration – TGIF!!! Last working day of the weak!

Most workers in most Organizations tend to dress down on Fridays and Ankara is always their resort. I was feeling sprightly today so I wore a pink vintage Ankara skirt and plain fabric combo with star 
prints, and a blue belt.






Saturday

Dress: Atmosphere
Sandals: New Look
Bag: Zara
Belt: Same as Friday
Neckpiece: Same as Friday
Style – Simple
Inspiration – Metrogypsie + Aunt’s Birthday Party + Ankara free day! Today is a close relative’s birthday and I was to go help her get set for her guests.  I decided I was going to look Ankara-free today. Happy birthday Aunt Tonia!!!


  












































Sunday

Tankie: Atmosphere
Skirt: KnonyeKouture
Jacket: Dorothy Perkins
Sandals: Atmosphere
Bag: Twice
Hat: No label (Gift)
Neckpiece: Opia
Style – Casual
Inspiration – The sun. It was a really sunny Sunday and a friend had invited me to a sales event tagged: CULTURE SHOCK & LIWHAN so I donned on my favorite gathered-tiger-print skirt.


















There it goes from the tough lady Nonye. Thanks babe for letting us have you on here.

Nonye Designs, cuts and sews all her Ankara outfits for herself and for numerous clients. She’s an upcoming designer who combines business and work for a living and for fun in the F.C.T. 
(Click here) to get to her facebook page. She is really affordable.

Do leave a comment below as usual on your favourite look and if time permits you, create a look of your own inspired by the outfits above.  A winner would be picked by Nonye who would then wear the look in a follow-up post.









“Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it.” – Audrey Hepburn.





Weekend with Donatella’s Versace + PA Guru

Hi guys,

I have missed you all so terribly.. How is everyone? Haha, what really am I typing?? Anyways, I had an amazing day on my birthday last week. Here’s thanking everyone who wished well, sent gifts and prayed for me. God bless you. I really appreciate your efforts.


On Sunday, yesterday, I was at the Southbank Centre in London for the Day 2 of Vogue Festival. There was a great and inspiring talk from Donatella Versace and then a t-shirt signing afterward. The queue was as long as God knows what, everywhere was so packed in an orderly manner but before one could pronounce Balenciaga, my lady said she was done and had a flight to catch. OOOookay..

Anyhoo, that was such a pity for them ones who came just for the signings, got tees but yeah, had to hear that.
Trust me though, I was amongst the first 10 people on that line.

Here are some pictures..

Donatella Versace



So elated after I got my tee signed. 







With my friend Genevieve. 
Dress: Personal Tailor
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood
Bag: Zara

Genevieve’s dress: Hybrid
Her shoes: New Look
Her tights: Oasis



Alright so, back to the reason we are actually here. Our week’s feature is a lovely lady in the Oil & Gas sector, you know, one of those people living the Nigerian (youth) dream. Lol..

Here..


Yetunde Payne
Occupation: Personal Assistant to the DMD, Oando Plc.
Interests: Shopping, partying, watching movies, hanging out with friends.




Monday

Shirt: H&M
Skirt: Papaya
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Style – Chill Corporate
Inspiration – Well today is my Day 1 for the metrogypsie feature and that inspired me. You are going to see a lot of heels because that’s how I function at work. I absolutely love high-heeled footwear.






Tuesday

Jacket: H&M
Camisole: H&M
Skirt: Matalan
Shoe: Newlook
Neckpiece: Random store
Style – Corporate
Inspiration – The season in the western world, Spring. I could’t inculcate it so much in my whole outfit because of meetings today so I just did the flowery jacket. I love heels as stated above.








Wednesday

Top: Primark
Inner top: Primark
Skirt: Newlook
Shoe: Risky
Bag: Michael Kors
Style – Business Casual
Inspiration – After-work plans. I had  to look not-so-serious so that I could blend nicely for my evening.






Thursday

Dress: Catherine
Shoes: Newlook
Bag: Michael Kors
Style – Chic
Inspiration – A conversation I had with my mum on simplicity. I decided to have a single dress item without a jacket or belt.






Friday

Top: Kaftan from India
Jeggings: Zara
Bag: Furla
Shoe: Charlotte Russe
Style – Modern Culture
Inspiration – Friday really. Its dress-down day but I didn’t want to wear casual stuff neither did I want to wear Nigerian ‘trads’.





Saturday

Top: H&M
Skirt: Forever 21
Bag: H&M
Sandals: H&M
Neckpiece: Random Store
Style – Smart Casual
Inspiration – Well its the weekend so I have to reflect that by tucking my shirt in. The weekend was my inspiration






Sunday

Embellished blouse: Tailor made
Iro (bottoms): Tailor made
Head-tie: Lagos Market (beautifully tied by my mum)
Neckpiece: Random Store
Ring: Aldo
Style – Nigerian
Inspiration – Asoebi. My colleague was getting married today.





Her Sunday look is so gorgeous. I just feel like rocking this today right now to work.

There it goes from the sweet Yetunde. Thanks babe for letting us have you on here.

Asoebi for those who do not know what it means is act of wearing a uniform fabric at an event like a wedding, birthday party or burial ceremony, to distinguish different groups of people at the gathering usually according to their relationship with the hosts.

Do leave a comment below as usual on your favourite look and if time permits you, create a look of your own inspired by the outfits above.  A winner would be picked by Yetunde who would then wear the look in a follow-up post.











“If a woman rebels against high heeled shoes, she should take care do it in a very smart hat.” – George Bernard Shaw.