My aesthetic can be broken down into 3 words: leather, black, and more black. I have some pieces that I casually weave into my ensembles to add a splash of color. I am appreciative of avant garde fashion and I like taking risks. I think it be fun to share what Will wears. Disclaimer I would rather be caught dead than in salmon shorts, plaid shirts, Birkenstocks, or any of that preppy mess. If you wear that, well that's a decision you made.
I take credit for introducing the poncho to Geneva, NY, no matter what anyone says. I served this look first and the freshest. I think the poncho is an amazing piece for anyone's wardrobe because it adds flair to all you do. When you walk you leave a trail and when you wave it's a spectacle. Just look at how couture I look, you can't even tell I couldn't afford most of these clothes.
Another signature piece of mine is wearing leather jackets, especially when the weather would advise otherwise. I also indulge in the occasional fur vest, but that's when I'm really being extra. Leather jackets are classic L.A. and I think they work for all occasions. Dinner, parties, quinceneras, birthdays, hell I think I even wore this jacket to a funeral once. As for the fur, I think fur is a very sleek thing to wear. When you're wearing fur your saying, 'I am better than you and I can buy your life.' I think it's the ultimate bougie piece to have in your closet, so of course I had to get one.
Another essential to the Will wardrobe, which of course is in black, is the scarf! This scarf will not keep you warm, it will probably get in the way of your mobility, but it will make you look so bougie. I love it! I love these loose fitting scarves because of the versatility they offer. You can wear them in a knot, a simple fold like the one I have have, or even wear them loose. I think the last one works best if you aren't wearing all black because otherwise it won't pop when juxtaposed to a primary color.
You may be asking yourself, 'Will why do you hate the color salmon?' or 'Why do you hate preppy clothes?' The answer is simple. The type of people who adorn those ensembles. Most of the time when I meet someone wearing boat shoes I can assume something about them. They are from the east coast or they have a lake house, or something like that. When I see Lily Pulitzer I think of how many other people have that same dress. These pastel colored clothes make people look like carbon copies of each other.
Also, don't get me started on Chubbies! Literally the ugliest things I've ever seen in my 19 years of life. I just think that the east coast fashion, if it can be called that, lacks a certain flavor to it. If I were to give it a flavor it be plain vanilla. No toppings. It doesn't excite me, there's no texture, and there's no real history to it. I mean there is, but as you know that history isn't a pretty one.
If you're ready to be bold and make everyone say, "Who is that?" when you walk into a room then these are my tips: leather, fur, black, poncho, and more black. Ditch the Sperry's and dig into some Steve Maddens.
Author William Samayoa
Marketer by profession and storyteller by passion. L.A. raised, proud Latino, and pop culture enthusiast.