Tales of the City: Lagos

It was mentioned in my last post how I did a trip to the motherland a couple of weeks ago. I was in Lagos, which although has ceased from being the capital city for the last 24 years, remains the hub of all sorts of activities in Nigeria.

Fashion in Lagos is serious business.  Very serious. The Nigerian fashion industry is one that has grown in leaps and bounds in the last few decades but particularly in the last decade. Its influence in African fashion is arguably unparalleled in the continent with fashion designers, stylists, curators, bloggers amongst other creatives, oozing with talent from all over the country. The continued boom and success of the fashion industry has produced a crop of young, established as well as emerging young entrepreneurs that are inspiring to follow. With all that inspiration floating about in the city, despite the time constraints I was battling with, I made it a priority to do a few looks for the blog whilst out there.TaiwoToday’s outfit documents a simple, casual look from my Lagos chronicles. The fashion may be real in Lagos but so is the heat. Comfort and appropriateness are always factors to be considered. For a day of running errands and hanging out with friends, I opted for a white sloganned  t-shirt from River Island with “Style Comes From Within” emblazoned across the front. Scoring more style points these season are The Ripped Jeans. They are a staple for the summer wardrobe. I used to be rather wary of distressed jeans as  maintaining a classy appearance is always something to aim for, I believe. Casual shouldn’t mean slouchy. This pair of acid-washed ripped Eva jeans from River Island are a good pair. Taiwo

This Carvela Kurt Geiger Esta navy lock flap shoulder bag is my bag of the moment. I love the colour and the size is moderate; big enough for the gazillion things I’m always carrying and the same time, compact enough. I love that that the detachable shoulder straps allows for a laid back, casual look.

Photo credit: Tunde K. Mason (E: tundemason@live.com, IG: tundemason)

Sloganed white tee: River Island, Ripped Jeans: River Island, Shoes: Topshop, Watch: Michael Kors, Bag: Carvela, Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren


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