Lois Abena Duncan
I remember my first year of university, when my friend Dami introduced me to the world of vintage. It blew my mind; the way she moved and sifted through clothes in vintage stores to find the coolest pieces and the way she always managed to find the perfect piece to fit with what she already had. She mixed and matched so perfectly. It was intriguing to watch.
My perspective on colours has changed since then. Before this, I had always been afraid to wear colour. Black always seemed to be the safest option, because I thought it hid parts of my body I didn't want to highlight. It's taken me a while to embrace my curves, so this was the main reason for the fear. A breakthrough came after watching my friends use the prettiest and most colourful head scarves. I became more aware of my love for colours and decided to wear what looked best in my own eyes and not that of others.
I know this doesn’t apply to everyone, but I know that I get called out for looking too old or too 'ethnic' when I wear colourful headscarves. Shyness sets in sometimes, but with time, I have learnt not to care, and to wear what pleases me. Fortunately, there are several YouTube tutorials that guide me through the process of tying them, so that's helpful.
So yes Colours don’t have to be complicated, complex or too much, and neither do Ankara prints. Mixing and matching is tedious sometimes, but don’t be scared to do it.
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