yagazieemezi:

I LOVE PRINTS!!! Growing up in Nigeria, I got stuck with school uniforms, hand-me-downs and the ‘mother hand-picked this for me’ clothes. But I was surrounded daily by vibrant traditional clothes worn by others around me as they bustled about their everyday routines; which perhaps explains my attraction to patterns. Moving to the States as a teen fueled the already present desire to fit in, to blend in, but the more I believed I was doing just that, the more I felt myself crippling with body-consciousness and self-esteem issues. So at some point during my college years, I simply let myself be and started to wear what my eyes were drawn to in order to express myself.

As fond as I am of my dark colors, I cannot get enough of my printed items because with their jumble of patterns and designs, they seem to represent who I am on the outside - Yagazie