If we're being honest, I'm not too fond of TikTok trends. They expedite fast fashion. What is popular this week is "cheugy" next week - I hate that word - and in the world of a fashion blogger that is NOT how I (or any other fashion blogger) operates. While I firmly believe there is nothing wrong with trying to keep up with the trends, as a fashion blogger my number one goal is to stay true to my own personal style first and foremost.
I would consider myself a maximalist. What's a maximalist you ask? The opposite of the popular minimalist trend. Instead of dressing in nudes, neutrals and black, I love to explore color, pattern, textures and prints. Mixing patterns is literally my jam! Let me start off by saying there is nothing wrong with being a minimalist. But whenever I inform someone that my style is that of a maximalist, I always receive negative feedback. I guess they assume that I am constantly feeding into the trends or that I'm not dressing "sustainable" another popular buzzword that has grown out of the TikTok fashion era.
People tend to associate minimalism with timeless trends that one can wear year after year, and therefore being the more sustainable way to dress. Maximalism, or basically dressing outside of the standard jean jacket, riding boot, skinny jean and turtleneck each and every season is not viewed as dressing sustainably...because obviously the action of one person surpasses the actions of major corporations that makes hundreds of millions of dollars per year. I dress "sustainably." I shop secondhand, constantly find gems at thrift stores, or from fellow fashion bloggers own closet. I donate items from my closet often, or resell them on my Mercari/Depop. I mean I'm beauty AND brains...I have an ecology and evolutionary biology degree, and care more about preserving the planet than the average person. So how could I still have people telling me that my actions as a fashion blogger is a leading contributing factor to damaging the environment?
That was a long rant; here is the take home message - dress how you want, and I'll dress how I want. Shop at the stores you wish, and wear the trends you want to wear. Shop small, or shop at the popular bix box clothing stores. Just do whatever makes you the happiest.
Enjoy this photo of me wearing a sweater dress, a popular TikTok trend.
XOXO, Chelsea Nicole
The Mod Little Melanin
Let’s talk life babes. I needed a break from Instagram. For many, Instagram doesn’t play a large role in their life, and the content they create isn’t a make or break to their finances.
But as a blogger, Instagram and creating content is my job. And it has quickly become a source of income for me as a podiatry student. I’ve established incredible connections on this app, worked with big brands, met amazing people and have had opportunities extended to me that I only once dreamed of.
But it’s much harder to grow now on Instagram, and it’s even harder to grow as a Black and Native content creator. POC creatives are paid much less than their counterparts, and our content is often stolen without credit. Instagram buries creatives, and no longer shows post in a chronological order. So unless you have a large following well over 50,000 you probably won’t see likes over 1,000 unless you hustle for those likes or share your content on another platform. And the people that followed me weren’t really interacting with my content in the way that I wanted them to.
I know I post stellar content. But with the growth of influencer culture - which I am not a part of - fashion bloggers and other niche bloggers aren’t succeeding. They aren’t growing, and I became frustrated with my lack of growth. So I purged my following and removed nearly 400 followers that never interacted with my content and didn’t have content similar to mine, and took a break. Crazy right?
I’m feeling refreshed after my break and ready to create quality content over quantity. I’ll probably drop under 2,000 followers by the end of the day. But I’m starting to care less and less about my follower count. I’ve even hidden the likes of other accounts so I compare myself less to other content creators. Surprisingly, it’s helped me enjoy Instagram more over the last several months.
So whether you engage with my content or not, I’m still going to create what I like, regardless of the “likes” I get. I refuse to create reels for growth or hire a manager to tell me how to post. Or whatever else they’re saying we have to do to grow now. I’d rather just be me, freely. #themodlittlemelanin
The return of the wrap skirt
No, I’m not wearing a swimsuit coverup, although I’m sure many suspected that’s what it was…it’s actually a tie skirt! This tie skirt adds the perfect pop of color and texture to a basic outfit. I layered it above a lace romper, which was underneath a oversized t-shirt.
Now normally I’m all for layers of an outfit. It helps to transition those nighttime pieces into daytime effortlessly. But I didn’t check the weather before walking out the door, and on a day where the heat index is 103, this outfit (and obviously) the boots weren’t practical.
But let’s be honest, is my style ever practical? #themodlittlemelanin
This hairstyle looked a lot cuter before the humidity hit.
How are we feeling about the return of Y2K inspired hairstyles? Hair accessories have always been a favorite of mine, and I love added eclectic and unique hair accessories to top off my look.
Your local beauty supply story will have tons of options! But I’ve gotten pretty lucky finding things at my local Dollar Tree and Shein lately.
I’ll have links to my favorite hair accessories and these boots up on my LTK by the end of the week! #themodlittlemelanin
I’m forever mixing high end pieces with bargain finds, and sometimes even thrift store finds. Style is all about how well you can mix your pieces to create your unique look.
Some may believe the price tag on your clothing correlates to how well you can dress. Just because you’re wearing Fendi from head to toe doesn’t mean you can dress well. And if we’re being honest, the way many celebrities dress without their stylist doesn’t not give what it was supposed to have gave. I won’t name drop any but a certain rapper does come to mind…
This outfit alone with worth a little over $1000, with the most expensive piece being my stretch sandal by Bottega Veneta, and the most affordable piece being this bodysuit I found at Shein for $5. The jeans are from Nasty Gal and were under $20. Maybe you could’ve guessed that, or maybe you couldn’t have. Either way, the way you style your pieces it what makes your outfit look expensive. #themodlittlemelanin
The Mod Little Melanin
The Mod Little Melanin
A Fashion Blog by Chelsea Nicole.