The Fashion-Focused Local Behind “Traveling Cocoa Girls” , What Denise Osei Wearing
Denise Osei discharges aides committed to changing the impression of how dark ladies travel.
Denise Osei, a 26-year-old Ghanaian American, was brought up in Takoma Park. A specialized expert for Destination DC, they are likewise a way of life and travel blogger and one of the brains behind Traveling Cocoa Girls—a stage they helped to establish with their sister and their closest companion that tries to “change the view of how dark ladies travel.”
As of now living in Upper Marlboro, Osei says that when they are not at their work area, they invests her energy investigating the District and helping travel writers experience the “genuine DC;” or, they are arranging the following excursion for their movement guides—in view of style, obviously.
Growing up, Osei says she would often scrounge through her mom’s storeroom and consolidate pieces from Ghana into her closet. “My style is a mix of bold glam and minimalism with a hint of trendy and vintage feels,” they says. “I love monochrome, color blocking, and of course, denim. Bold colors and prints that make my skin tone and curves pop are my jam.”
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Rihanna. “A conversation about fashion without mentioning her name can’t exist,” says Osei. “Most recently, she has taken the fashion industry by storm with her Fenty and Savage Fenty lines. I appreciate how her line is dedicated to being diverse and inclusive by creating fashion for people of all sizes and shapes.”
“Structured blazers in a vibrant color, printed mid-length dresses, and high-waisted pants and skirts are my go-to for interviews or big meetings. If all eyes are going to be on me, I want to give folks a stylish outfit to look at.”
Most loved thing of garments
“High-waisted denim jeans will always be my favorite. From fitted flare to mom jeans—I have a pair in almost every wash. They go with everything. When I’m having a hard time putting together an outfit, they always come to the rescue.”
Most loved spot to search around town
“My mother owns her own boutique, Per-fit African, filled with African clothing and fabric right outside the city in Beltsville. I’m able to get first dibs on fabric for custom made outfits. Also, I’m an avid online shopper, but when I decide to hit the town for shopping, Georgetown and Metro Center never fail because I can pop into Zara, Nordstrom Rack, or H&M during sale season for the best bargains.”
Most loved style pattern
“Although West African print fabric, also known as Ankara, has always been in style in my world, I enjoy seeing mainstream celebrities celebrate West African culture by wearing colorful, funky Ankara fabric and designs by African designers. My favorite example is Tracee Ellis Ross’ blue and orange Lavie gown by Claude Kameni that she wore while hosting the 2018 American Music Awards.”
Best style deal you’ve found in DC
“An MCM crossbody bag I found in a consignment shop a few years ago for less than $20. The original price was about $300.”
“It’s not about what you wear, but how you wear it. Wear it with confidence, grace, and joy. Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you’re used to wearing tons of black, challenge yourself by buying a piece of clothing in a vivacious color you’ve never worn before. Color looks good on everyone.”
John Williamson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a bookseller before shifting to reporter. He lives in New York City and is tall for no reason. He contributes in Digest Express as an editor.
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