casual, DENIM, FASHION TIPS

Are denim skirts out of style?

My Instagram DM @authenticallyritah has been getting a little bit more of these questions lately:

Are denim skirts still stylish in 2020?

“Can we rock denim skirts and still look stylish today?

Well, at this point i totally resonate with this famous quote from Lauren Hutton “Fashion is what we are offered four times in a year by designers. Style is what you choose”

When it comes to denim skirts, we have so many shades all the way from light to darker ones. You can never go wrong with the classic black or white washes in my opinion. The other colors can still be rocked with no issues at all. Just depends on how you style them ultimately.

The length of the skirt is also very crucial if you want to add an everlasting charm to the entire look. Knee length ones always do the magic.

Today I’m going to explore different ways in which you can style a denim skirt using this lovely skirt which i got from Jamia Mall. Love it because it really fits well and the quality is amazing, height and dark blue wash are to my liking. It hence fits the bill.

So without further ado, let’s explore the various styles which Authentically Ritah is showcasing today right below:-

Style 1 :Go for a Statement Top

Getting a stylish statement top will combine so well with your knee length denim skirt.

I went for this high low dress top. Okay i’m really sorry i cant link the exact shop where i got this top because it was a gift from a good friend. I have however seen such pieces at Sun Beam.

Front tucked tops would be another great alternative in this case to give the denim a whole new different spin from the ordinary designs.

Sandals will also pair very well with denim. I opted for these nude ones from heel to toe. These ones rotate in my wardrobe like nobody’s business lol!

In case you are wondering how this top would look at the back, check it out below:

I’m intrigued by the fact that from behind one would actually think it’s a dress but upon turning you notice the denim vibe.

You can always add a belt to these type of attire for that finesse. Which one do you prefer, the belted or unbelted style? Feel free to leave a comment in the reply box at the bottom of this post!

Style 2 :Go for a Brighter Top

For a second look, i’ve paid the denim skirt with this bright top from Lyl Fashions. I love the interesting pattern at the lower part of the floral top.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you most probably know that i am a junkie of these white canvas. Got this ones from Bata Kenya. They pair perfectly with the denim skirt and are great when you are going about your errands.

You will notice the cute top was in the try-on haul which I did in the previous post. I also rocked this look before right here as well.

You can choose to tuck in the top or just leave it out. Still looks good in my opinion.

Combining the skirt with a colorful top makes the denim pop since it’s of a darker wash.

Style 3: Show a little bit of skin

I love this fancy light sweater top for several reasons . For starters it was relatively affordable, it’s flattering and shows a little bit of skin without revealing too much. The combi generally looks awesome on a plus sized body frame in my opinion.

Lets not talk about my squinty eyes in the pics below. The sun was a little bit too much but I believe you most importantly get the outfit grip lol!

I digress…. the look has been paired with these super comfy black and white sneakers. These ones are also from Bata Kenya.

Anyways, if you love casual shoes that can work perfect when you are on the move these sneakers will serve you really well. I’ve recently had this hat obsession and thought to add this adorable beret from forever Trendy.

You can find these kinds of fancy sweater tops from Toi Market.

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Final verdict on whether denim skirts are out of style:

To respond to the question” Are denim skirts out of style?” I’d say nope. You can wear them forever and still look good. It just depends on how you style them. Combine them with what sparks joy to you and remember your comfort is key.

Okay trends will always be there but I don’t think being too much into them will make your life any easier. It’s so important to choose your own style and rock it without being so much into what’s in or what’s not in.The essence is to embrace the trends and not to obsess about them. Just strike a tasty balance by creating something unique to yourself.

I hope this post has inspired you to rock that denim skirt again just in case it’s taking a backseat in your wardrobe.

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Are scarves still stylish in 2021?

Greetings friends, are scarves still stylish in 2021? This is one of the questions which i’ve seen some people ask lately on Instagram.To answer this I’m styling a scarf in 6 different ways!

Ranging from cashmere, sheer, silky, cotton to velvet there are so many types of scarves out there but today I will be using a sheer leopard printed scarf because this is what i could easily access in my closet. It is a rectangle medium sized scarf.

I easily gravitate towards prints because I find them edgy. While I happen to love prints, you could still recreate these looks with any rectangle medium sized scarf of your choice.The beauty about Style is that it’s not cast on stones. There are so many endless possibilities.

Style one: Scarf + Belt

For my first styling, i simply took the scarf and threw it over my shoulders. I then tied a belt to add some edge. See how the outfit transforms. You’d actually think that this is a brand new outfit! What do you think? Comment down below!

With this look just ensure the scarf drapes on the same level at the bottom.

Style two: Scarf + Floppy Hat

If you have a floppy hat, you can also add an element of interest by simply tying a scarf around it. I actually prefer buying floppy hats which don’t have a scarf sewn in permanently because i enjoy switching the scarves to fit my outfit.

Style three: Scarf Tied around waist area

The third style is taking the scarf and beautifully tying it slightly above my normal waistline. I think the scarf helps define your waist even more. You can throw over a kimono preferably a lacey one to add more texture.

Style four : Scarf wrapped around the head

This is an excellent option for those bad hair days or combating wind. Start by folding your scarf into half diagonally then take two opposite ends and tie a beautiful knot under your chin and voila! You can add stunners for that finesse look!

Style Five : Tying scarf around your bag

Scarves can also help elevate a plain bag. Just tie a scarf loosely onto your handbag and see how it elevates your overall look.

Style Six: Tying around neck

For style six, i simply tied the scarf around my neck area. This helps pop your outfit especially if it a monochromatic one.

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Final Thoughts!

When i think about elevating a look from basic to fab one of the pieces which comes in my mind is a scarf. Scarves are one of the wardrobe basics which can be worn year round with different outfits for that chic look.

So Sarves in other words, scarves can never go out of style. Just play around with them for that timeless look.

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5 ways of looking classy – on any budget

I’ve heard quite a good number of people say that one needs lots of money to look classy.

You actually don’t need to spend lots of money when it comes to elevating your look!This is such a huge scam! Yes it is lol! Incase this is your school of thought, you need to have dropped off that band wagon like yesterday.

After learning from various fashion gurus, compiled below are quick tips which you can incorporate in your wardrobe and achieve that classy look without spending lots of money.

Tip 1: Lay your foundations correctly for that smooth silhouette

They say the kind of foundation you lay before building a house really impacts on the outcome. This applies to dressing as well. Most of us don’t give a second thought at times to this tiny winy pieces which can make a world of difference.

I happened to attend this wedding in Mombasa, sometimes late last year. The master of ceremony was wearing this very cute dress but unfortunately her entire look was ruined by this undergarments she was wearing. The outer shape of the entire undergarments could be seen anytime she turned. Yes she had the best outfit but wrong undergarments. What an injustice to her whole ensemble that was!

Invest in good quality undergarments that fit perfectly. This will not only give you that extra confidence boost but will make what you lay over look polished giving you that smooth silhouette.

Tip 2: Choose your colors tastefully

Colors play a huge impact in getting that classy look.

Well, i don’t know your personal style but if you choose to color block or be matchy matchy just remember to go for colors that are cohesive. Wearing well integrated colors which are definitely not extreme will elevate your look tremendously.

Tip 3: Pay attention on your fittings

Wearing pieces that match up to your body’s shape, enabling you move freely without adding extra weight, is what i’d define as a perfect fit. Well fitting garments displays some real elegance. Trust me!

Our bodies keep changing every now and then. At times you add few ponds and then loose some. It’s hence wise to have routine closet de-clattering to discard pieces that are too loose or clingy.

Tip 4: Accessorize well

Accessories give your look that overall interesting charm. Two different people can wear the same outfit but one might look very frumpy and the other extremely elegant.

Accessories are highly individualized. Choose tasty pieces. Less will always be more. Try not to exaggerate by for example wearing a necklace, watch and numerous bangles all at once. That will be too dramatic. You don’t need to have a huge pack of jewellery. Diligently opt for few master pieces that are timeless and hence can be worn for a while without looking off.

Don’t forget to pay attention to your handbags and sunglasses. They very well fall under accessories.

Tip 5: Avoid those huge branded logos

Going for stuff that has those big fake conspicuous designer logos is a turn off. Fakes can be spotted from afar. If you can’t afford to get those original designers, which is not a must anyway, go for quality pieces from other affordable designers. Life is not that complicated.

These tips are definately not exhaustive. Feel free to share your thoughts too by commenting below

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3 ways of styling Jeggings during cold season

I don’t know if you also feel like its July and not September!

Evidently, the weather pattern has dramatically changed. I’ve heard so many people complaining that the cold wasn’t kind enough to warn them! Well to help you curb the cold, today i’m going to share with you three quick ways of rocking jeggings.

You might love your dresses, skirts or denim but heavy Jeggings are another great alternative of keeping you warm and stylish especially when the weather is alittle bit gloomy. The essence is to find good quality ones with a great fit.

I will basically be styling black turkish Jeggings which I got from Unisex Midland Boutique, along Monrovia Street. They have been my besties for over 3 years. Oh yes! and i’m still sold out on them like 100%. They are one of my wardrobe staples because they have a remarkably comfortable amount of stretch which is very key for me as a plus sized woman.

Look 1: Jeggings with an orange mini butterfly waterfall

My very first look pairs the Jeggings with this cute mini butterfly waterfall. The pieces blend so well with these black midi boots which have served me for quite a while from Qash Kali. I’m really hoping they have them in stock just incase you want them. If they don’t have you can always recreate with similar or even better ones.

Love this shade of orange. It tremendously brightens everything up.

This waterfall is one of my favorites from Vivo Woman. The black cowl tunk top I’m wearing inside is also from the same store.The last time I checked they had the waterfalls in turquoise, yellow, blue and pink amongst other colors.

I decided to go with these midi boots which introduced a whole new edgy touch to the entire look.

Look 2: Jeggings with an off white kimono

The same Jeggings and black cowl top, were paired with this off white long kimono for the second look. I love the way it beautifully drapes. Kimonos are always in my inner circle of essential wardrobe pieces. The texture is so lovely. Not only is it warm but the comfort is amazing too.

I wore these black and white sneakers. I think they add an element of casual interest to the look.

This look would definitely have looked more chic with cute sandals as well but since it was abit wet I opted for these sneakers.

Look 3: Jeggings with poncho

For my third look I rocked this warm grey poncho from Jade Collections. The material is so soft against the body. Love the interesting checked pattern going on.

I side tucked the poncho to add some sass. You definitely don’t have to tuck it in.

I finally crowned the look with these ankle boots from heel to toe for that polished look.

I probably should have gone abit bold with accessories but I opted for a chilled out look today. You can definitely elevate all these looks with accessories of your choice.

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Cold Season Wardrobe Necessities

The cold weather is here again! As you observe the COVID 19 guidelines to help reduce spread of this irritating virus, i hope you are keeping warm as well. Combining outfits that are warm and stylish at the same time can be taxing at times.

There are lots of outfits out there which can keep you warm and stylish. Today i’m delighted to share with you three wardrobe pieces that will keep you not only warm but stylish as well effortlessly.

  1. Poncho

One of the greatest ways you can clutch the cold season, is by rocking a poncho! A poncho is a clothing mostly woolen in material designed to keep your body warm. Ponchos were originally worn by the South Americans. They come in various designs and sizes.

Style Serving: Gorgeous grey checked poncho plus luscious  navy blue jeggings crowned with classic ankle boots

2. Jeggings

Since most of the ponchos are oversized, combining them with something more fitting like jeggings works really well. It balances the look which works very well for curvy women. The beauty about jeggings is that they are super comfy and warm.

navy blue jeggings

3. Ankle Boots

This look gives you that undoubtedly classic charm when you complete the ensemble with ankle boots. The additional benefit of investing in ankle boots is that they go well with almost all attires.


Outfit details

I got the Poncho from Jade Collections. The heavy Jeggings are from Midland Boutique at Monrovia Street, Nairobi and the Ankle Boots were sourced from Heel to Toe

Its amazing how this look can give you warmth but still make you feel super cute and comfy. Have a great day.


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