Maintaining a diet and lifestyle for flawless, clear skin with little to no makeup? Check. Sporting a natural hairdo? Check. Growing natural and healthy nails? Check. Achieving a head-to-toe natural look, complete with wardrobe picks to complement that “naturalist” mentality? Well…
Not to worry, aspiring “naturalists” and “naturalistas.” Fortunately, there are ways to exhibit an inclusive commitment to a natural way of life, even when it comes to fashion.
“Once I transitioned to natural hair, skin care and nutrition, I became more culturally aware and wanted attire that complimented my natural lifestyle,” said Tamica Lalor of Lauderhill, FL, who sports a natural mane and defines her style as “afro-chic, cultural, ethnic and unique.”
Below are three trends for grooming a natural style:
1) Accessories, accessories, accessories! Accessorizing flavors an outfit and adds a personal flare that is specific to the wearer’s style. South Florida has embraced the craze of natural accessories utilizing Florida’s own ecosystem for design ideas, from shell-beaded earrings and necklaces to earth-toned leather bracelets and organic stone rings.
The best part is that most accessory suppliers usually carry a section of designs that use “Mother Nature” as its muse, including shops such as the Fresh Produce store located on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard.
With natural resources at their finger tips, Floridians may easily obtain exotic, cultural and “green” designs such as those provided by JYNX, a jewelry supplier who hand-crafts ethnic and beach-inspired costume jewelry. Orders can be placed by contacting (954) 297-5704.
Eco and ethnic jewelry and accessories lace S. Florida’s shopping arena, as west as Sawgrass Mills and as east as Ft. Lauderdale’s Swap Shop.
2) Fabrics. Wearing stylish, comfortable clothing made with natural and eco-friendly fibers such as organic cotton, linen (flax), bamboo, and silk is also a way to live a naturalist’s mind-set.
Aside from ecological benefits, natural fibers offer more temperature control, antimicrobial properties, durability, breathability, and water absorption – all highly advantageous for Florida’s climate.
A close runner-up to natural fibers are man-made eco-friendly fibers, including bamboo (yes, it can actually be a fabric). Bamboo is surprisingly softer than cotton and generally hypoallergenic, making it a good option for the environment and the body.
3) Fashion Style. The good news is that most “naturalists” and “naturalistas” fit a “boho-chic” style of fashion, which is always on-trend, as it is often evolving and encompasses varying looks, including casual, ethnic, 70s hippie and vintage. With a mix of natural, creative, and era pieces, individuals can define a style specific to them. This involves ethnic prints alongside warm, earth-toned and flesh-toned colors.
As it stands, one of the current raves are maxi dresses and maxi skirts - perfect for naturalistas! And for any gender, the oh-so-popular messenger bags in earth tones and ethnic prints are classic ways to accentuate a natural look. Both men and women will find that dressing to complete their head-to-toe natural beauty can be both fun and cool when they engage prints, patterns, golds, silver, beads, and rich textures.
“You are already making a statement that draws people’s attention when you wear your hair natural. So a funky but chic fashion sense serves to compliment my cultural and colorful lifestyle,” said Lalor. “I want to make sure that my statement says I’m into hair care, natural eating, skin care, and that I’m on a natural vibe that sets me apart in a more beautiful and appealing way.”