StylingSeries: Naomi Elizée

Naomi Elizée, fashion editor & podcast host, discusses the excitement of colorful dressing, her mission to uplift & amplify Black women, and the ways she is balancing the joys & challenges of today’s fashion world.
StylingSeries: Naomi Elizée

How would you describe your personal style and the power of fashion? 

I’m a chameleon in my style. I tend to style myself for the mood I’m in. Fashion is about expressing who you are, and I’m constantly ever-changing. I pride myself on taking on different styles. It can look totally different from one morning to the next, but I always approach fashion with a sense of fun. You can’t be too serious, or you’ll lose the excitement.” 

“I’m going to be the grandma who’s wearing wacky pants and crazy color in her hair; who is constantly having fun. Color will always be a thing for me. I have green hair now, and as soon as I had the confidence to do that, I thought, I want to have the whole rainbow in my hair. I’ve found that it makes you more approachable, too.” 

NAOMI WEARS THE TRIANGLE IN CLAY

How do you hunt for and invest in statement pieces? 

It’s all about shopping in terms of longevity and your interests. Will this item give you instant happiness? Or is it going to last for the coming years? Can you hand it down to your children or your friends? Through the generations?” 

I want to invest in pieces I can wear for ten or fifteen years, especially as I’m trying to reduce the waste of my wardrobe. That's been a big journey for me. Now, when I’m purchasing, I look to second-hand or vintage shops to get those statement pieces that last me for a long time. 

NAOMI WEARS THE PLUNGE IN LEOPARD

How has the Black Lives Matter movement reshaped the way that you think about the fashion industry and your role in it?

The past few weeks have shifted the way that I look at the fashion industry as a whole – as an editor, but also as a consumer. As an editor, I’m being more mindful of the influence that I hold while holding myself accountable to use my platform to uplift my community. As a consumer, I’m making sure that I'm putting my money into companies and brands that support the movement and the growth of the Black community. Now, more than ever, I recognize the power of my wallet and the impact of supporting Black-owned businesses and brands.

 

 

NAOMI WEARS THE TRIANGLE IN CLAY

How are you balancing the joy of personal dressing with a collective effort to change the landscape?

This past month has been tough. This is the first week I began to feel joy around getting dressed again. I’m still figuring how to navigate it, because there is so much going on in both my personal and professional life. It’s difficult to want to throw on a pretty dress or wear a top I purchased before quarantine, but I’ve really looked to my mentors for advice on how to kind of stay centered during this challenging time. I’m making sure to not focus too much on black trauma, but instead focusing on black joy. 

 

NAOMI WEARS THE TRIANGLE IN CLAY

How did you style your first look? 

I got these boots off The RealReal. I wanted a solid statement boot. When I came across this pair, I had to have them. They quickly became a bold statement in my wardrobe. I wear them with everything. Cheetah is a neutral for me, which is a bit wild to say, but I’ll wear it with anything. Even cheetah on cheetah. So, I was instantly drawn to this [leopard CUUP set]. I love how it’s a little bit sheer and makes you feel sexy. It’s a little bit more playful than your usual leopard set. And it just fits so well.

NAOMI WEARS THE TRIANGLE IN CLAY

How did you style your second look? 

This suit shows off my personality: that I mean business, but can laugh about it. For me, it is the perfect example of femininity and masculinity, especially when I’m wearing this bra underneath it. It’s a powerhouse look that I can wear to meet friends, or when I’m having a self-care day for myself. I picked Clay, because I love the pop of fun color. Letting your bra show through, wearing your bra outside, can be such a style statement.”  

 

NAOMI WEARS THE TRIANGLE IN CLAY

What would you like your legacy to be – in fashion and the world at large? 

I want to offer mentorship, guidance and resources to younger people wanting to start careers in industries they don’t recognize themselves in. One of the main reasons I started my podcast, So...What Do You Do Again? was to showcase women of color in the industry. When I was growing up, I never saw anyone who looked like me in these positions of power in the fashion industry. 

The fashion industry can be very exclusive. It’s daunting to infiltrate. I’ve been there: wondering how I can be a part, let alone make my mark. I want my legacy to be helping others realize their power and worth. 



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