D: Hey there! I’m Devin, a Las Vegas native who’s studying Theatre Performance out in the Midwest. I like people, love ice cream and adore thrift shopping.
What is your style philosophy?
D: If you want to wear it, wear it! If that pair of pants with the crazy pattern makes you feel beautiful, go for it. Just because other people can’t pull the look off doesn’t mean you can’t. You’re different, so why should your style be the same as everyone else’s?
How would you describe your sense of style?
D: Groovy, sometimes offbeat. I want to turn heads, so I pick one piece of an outfit to stand out. I’ll get wacky stuff and statement pieces, usually from a secondhand place, then combine it with more standard things. I love finding throwback pieces from my mom’s closet or local thrift places, but I also invest in solid basics so I can mix and match with ease.
What is your process of deciding what to wear in the morning?
D: It’s always changing! Sometimes I’ll plan an outfit out the night before. I’ll consider where I’m going, how much walking will be involved (heels can be a struggle if I’m tottering around town for six hours,) if it’s a casual day with the family or a chance to strut around and have fun. Other times I’ll be lazy, so I’ll pick basics I love and throw them together, then I’ll toss in a cool pair of shoes or a bright lipstick color.
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
D: I have a pair of strappy black wedges that I adore. I got them at Target, they make me 6’1, they’re super comfortable and go with everything. Also, I recently bought a red circle skirt for five bucks — high waisted, flows well, super versatile. Lastly, my mom gave me this gorgeous, floor-length, silver dress that she wore when she was my age. It’s different than anything girls are wearing downtown, so I can’t wait to toss an over-sized blazer with it and break it out to some fancy party or dinner!
What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and accessories?
D: Like I said, I love getting great basics — it makes my life easier. H&M is fantastic for that; they also happen to be in my price range. New York and Company has a lot of business attire, but it’s perfect for bold colors and classic silhouettes. CottonOn opened up near me recently, and they’re great for cheap shoes/tees/skirts. Most of my accessories are thrifted, but you can’t go wrong with Forever21 for jewelry that’s affordable — not to mention there’s a lot of it. When I’ve got some extra cash in my pocket I’ll browse TopShop, especially for the shoes.
Still, I’m always thrifting and trying to find unique stuff for cheap. Savers, Salvation Army and Goodwill never fail me!
How long have you been natural?
D: I’ve been natural since my sophomore year of high school, so about four years.
How and why did you transition into natural hair?
D: I transitioned because a few close friends of mine (the only ones I would let see my hair back in the day,) convinced me to. It was more of a dare, really, but I gave it a shot. Once people started complimenting my curls, I realized that spending all of my time and energy keeping it flattened was silly.
I hadn’t done much chemical treatment to my hair, so transitioning wasn’t too rough of an experience. I tossed out my straightening iron, started washing it much more often and went through a search for the right product for months. My curls started out stringier, more like waves. Eventually, after trims, time and some proper care, they came out full force.
What is your signature hairstyle?
D: Definitely my afro — it’s big, corkscrew‑y and wild. I’ve had friends recognize me from across campus based on my hair alone.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
D: Every day is a blur of waking up, showering, towel dry and product application. Right now I’m using an olive oil serum that was originally meant for heat protection, but moisturizes my hair like crazy and smells like candy. I put in a few palmfuls (I have a lot of hair!) scrunch, massage it in, separate certain pieces to frame my face and let my hair nearly dry. Once it’s in a good place, I take an afro pick to it to get it at the right size. From there I can leave it as a fro, toss it up in a ponytail, use clips to make a frohawk — possibilites are endless!
For the nighttime, I’m sure to pick my hair out thoroughly to rid myself of any tangles. Then I toss it up in a bun and sleep.
Thankfully, my hair is low maintenance — it just needs the right product and to be combed out on a regular basis.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
D: Absolutely! You can find all of my outfits and a hair tutorial at devinwearsclothes.tumblr.com