As you create and learn to own your image, think beyond the merely serviceable (suit, skirt and blazer with One Obligatory Accessory) to curating a closet of garments that you love and with which you actually feel a connection.
It will change something ineffable about your presence, and all for the good.
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Here is the Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School and author of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction To The Woman Of The Torah and Of The Throne (Westminster) (among others), who does a lot of preaching, teaching and speaking gigs. I love following Wil’s looks because she loves and cares about clothes and invests in wonderful pieces through which I get a vicarious thrill.
Here is Dr. Wil giving the Schooler Lecture at Ohio at “Methesco” (Methodist Theological School in Ohio). I love the green against the natural wood– it all feels so organic and warm. Wil scored the green duster at a haute couture consignment shop and styled it as a wrap dress. It’s a substantial jersey fabric which gives it a rich, luxe feel and look. She paired it with a silk paisley scarf — and being paisely obsessed myself, I was thrilled to learn (from Wil) that paisley is an ancient representation of paradise in Muslim art. Now, we haven’t researched this so if you know more, please do tell.
Bold red lip in either Kat Von D or Sephora brand long-lasting lipcolor, and Wil also recommends Fenty lipstick for a nice red. And I’m sorry that you and I will never have hair this awesome but that’s life and God does not bestow hair blessings equally upon us all.
Peep the green onyx ring, too: