What I'm Wearing: Jacket: Forever 21, Shirt: H&M, Pants: Forever 21, Shoes: H&M
I wanted to wear an outfit that reflects how I feel. I go back and forth in my head from a James Dean attitude, to a wide eyed boy who's desperately in love. I love classic and modern male film and literature influences. From Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles to Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, I'm somewhere in between. I'm so in between that I came up with a James Dean/Michael Jackson "Bad" era outfit.
Let's break it down and talk about love, how love can make you feel, and sharing that love you receive with the world.
This outfit is right up my lane. As a performer this is the kind of outfit you would see me rock on stage. I love leather jackets. There is something about putting on a leather jacket and feeling like a badass. For me I put it on and say, "I got that James Dean daydream look in my eye" and "I got chills... they're multiplying". Anyways, I've always been a fan of a great fitted leather jacket. A leather jacket and me go hand in hand, it's a staple of my wardrobe and my personality. Obviously when I feel like I'm falling in love I'm gonna bring out my James Dean side and rock a good leather jacket. I paired the jacket with a simple maroon button dress shirt. I've done a red look and a pink look for Valentines day, so I wanted this years outfit to be settle with an edge. Maroon is a color staple for fall and winter. It's the perfect darker color for a Valentines day look, it works well with the whole vibe i'm going for here. I paired up the top portion of this look with some black skinny fit pants from Forever 21. I felt that the maroon along with the location of the shoot would be enough to bring out the V'day feeling, so that's why I went with black. Black matches anything, including Valentines Day attire. I'm not a fan of baggy pants, the more fitted the better. These pants here are exactly what I wanted and needed for this outfit and shoot. Lastly, I am wearing some kicks from H&M. I was in a rush to find some shoes and I knew H&M would have what I'm looking for. I love the suede on the shoes. I like the softness of it because every dark thing has to have light to even it out. For me the suede is the thing that evens out the dark black of the shoes and gives it a softer side. The shoes has this heel on the back that made me stand taller and truly feel like I was a rebel without a cause. I hope you guys like this years Valentines Day outfit. Please let me know what you think of this outfit in the comments below. I would love to know what you think! My next fashion related post will be up next month, but my first ever post in "Through My Eyes and Ears" will be up at the end of the month.
I titled this post "The Way You Make Me Feel" because this outfit and location is honestly how I feel. Do you get what I mean? I feel like I'm a prince or princess in a Disney classic living with an edge of Danny Zuko, a touch of Christian Grey ( a little of Ana too) , A flare of Elvis, and the passion of Michael Jackson. Loving me is like loving a bit of everything. I genuinely have love for basically everything. Life and love is a rollercoaster. We fight with our partners and we make up. Because we know that time apart isn't true to who we both are. When I think of Valentines Day, I celebrate being happy. I celebrate love and I celebrate being in love and the feeling of love in general. But I also celebrate the people not in a relationship. The people who aren't in love and just love life and don't need a relationship to define this holiday we celebrate every year. You don't have to be in love to celebrate a day about love. I believe you can go out there and spread love to the world. Be the beating heart for the ones who need love. I was once like that, but even now being in love I still feel that way, I still want to share love with the world. I never knew what it felt like to really celebrate Valentines day until now, I like this feeling. I like the way it feels. I feel like I have 10x more love to share with the world with all the love I am receiving. I can't really sum it up and describe it. But as MJ said, I never felt so in love before, just promise baby, you'll love me forevermore. If you do love me forevermore, I can't wait to inspire the world and share and spread the love I am receiving with everyone.
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler