Style Counsel: Niyah Jackson


Occupation: DAAP fashion design student and style blogger, Inexpensive Chic
Her Style: Athletically breezy

Niyah Jackson DAAP fashion design student and style blogger

Photograph by Annette Navarro

Where does a style blogger find style inspiration? In design school we’re taught not to look at fashion for inspiration. In my trend forecasting class, for example, we don’t talk about fashion trends. We’re looking at sociocultural trends, home and family trends, beauty trends.

So what are you noticing? There are a lot of educational disparities in the black community, so I was looking at where we’re headed. Black women are actually the leading entrepreneurs right now. I was trying to connect the dots, and I think it’s the way black parents are raising their children. They’re raising them to feel proud of their culture. Daily affirmations are something that’s been popping up lately, where daughters and fathers are looking in the mirror and repeating mantras. Different things like that can lead to the success of black people.

Does this sort of academic approach inform your blog at all? As far as my blog, Instagram is a big source of inspiration. In terms of my own personal style, I really like the Afro-centricity element, so there are some people I follow who do that. I just like quirky style where people mix and match.

You seem to be a natural in front of the camera, but you describe yourself as an introvert. I’m an introvert, but I’m pretty confident and intuitive and very creative. An introvert to me just means I think things through in my head more than I speak them out loud. I have time to marinate all my thoughts so when it’s time to present them they’re more clear and concise.

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