Meet Yakira Madani of Antique Orange
Talking about myself is not easy, but in a nutshell, I’m a style blogger with a background in Speech Pathology. I went to college to study Special Education in order to help children who are on the Autistic Spectrum. While in college I began blogging when blogging wasn’t popular and people didn’t know what the hobby was exactly. Currently, I work for a tech company with its focus on UI (user interface) and programming. I learned to sew from my mother and grandmother and started making own clothes at a very young age, I wanted to pursue fashion design when I graduated high-school but coming from foreign parents who only acknowledged traditional occupations banned me from going to design school, claiming fashion is a hobby. Later in life, I turned that hobby into a brand that I’m proud to be apart of and my parents respect. Blogging is my creative outlet and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
My style is very mood based and completely inspired by my own femininity. The older I get the more I enjoy being a woman. As a plus size woman, I’m past the point of trying to fit in and I take pride in creating ensembles that express my self-love for the moment. From simple and chic to a mixed-print-hipster, there are no rules when it comes to creating your own personal style and there are no age restrictions. I love bold colors, contrasting prints and mixing them with other prints, abstract costume jewelry, and my bond with hats goes all the way to my ancestry. I come from a line of women and men who wore hats on a daily basis and were even milliners in their time.
I’m easily inspired when I go thrifting. When you thrift you get to see the evidence of fashion eras before your time and you get to witness how the quality of detail and fabric has changed. I love unique pieces and thrifting allows you to hone in on your own individuality.
Three staple pieces that woman should have: 1. A suit, print or solid, the blazer must go past your waist (to interchange with other pieces) 2. Ripped jeans 3. A black and white striped off-the-shoulder top. I’ve noticed that sometimes simplicity can go a long way and you’ll never lose when mixing prints or just throwing a blazer over an outfit.
My number con with wearing dresses is if your bum is a bit on the plentiful side the back of the dress will be higher than the front. So from the side, you look like a bent forward duckling (laughing). To fix this issues I usually wear a long jacket of some sort to cover this lifting issue. There are many pros, I absolutely love wearing dresses, they’re versatile in the sense that you can dress it up with heels or dress down with a pair of chucks or new balances.
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