Street Wear Chicks, what’s good?! My name is Mel and I’m an atheleisure lover from Toronto, Ontario. You can find me on the gram @_______mel (That’s 7 underscores. Don’t ask lol). First of all, I’d like to thank Anissa so much for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing community. I can’t wait for what’s to come.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, I immigrated to Toronto in April of 1996. Dressed in a frilly tulle monstrosity, I stood outside Pearson Airport waiting for my dad to bring the car around. The only thing on my mind, “Why in the world did we come to a place where I can see my breath and have to second guess the real value of my favorite dress.” Growing up I was the quintessential girly girl. All pink everything; all my shoes were patent leather with a chunky little heel; I had a real hate for jeans and pants in general.
Fast forward 20 years and I’ve shed that girly skin and morphed into a sensibly eclectic badass. I was never blessed with the curves I was promised puberty would provide, so I never found myself sexy when I got dressed. I remember thinking the key to sexy was showing skin and wearing heels. But when I tried those looks for myself I just felt uncomfortable, out of place, and that I was trying far too hard. Eventually I realized sexy was a state of mind. It’s more so about how my clothes make me feel about myself, and understanding what works for my friends can’t dictate my own personal style.
Most days you’ll find me in a pair of Jordan 1s that I mix and match with just about everything. Sweatsuits, dresses, day wear, night wear, onsies, leather, sequins; you name it, I rock it with my 1s. With my icy blonde hair against my dark skin, and an undercut that has taken on a life of its own, I’m often mistaken for a young man. I used to get offended, but I’ve learned to embrace it. I’ve found power in my androgyny and harness it with a vengeance. I find pleasure in the look of confusion when both men and women stare at me, not quite able to decide how their attraction to me makes them feel. It’s amazing how a well fitting leather jacket, an oversized wool dress, and some sneakers can cause so many double looks lol.
I follow 3 simple rules when getting dressed, that have served me well for as long as I can remember: (1) One oversized item, (2) everything else fits well, and (3) if it makes sense with a sneaker and a heel, it’s a LOOK! I feel ten times sexier in a pair of slim joggers and a deep v-neck than I ever have in any little black dress.
I feel the movement Anissa is starting is so powerful. As women we get to reclaim what we consider sexy and feminine. Whether that’s dipping into men’s wear or pulling up in a bodycon with a hip-high slit; we get to define who we are and what makes us feel empowered. For all the current Street Wear Chicks, and the ones to come, I wish us all nothing but good vibes and fresh kicks; Balanced skin and flawless looks; And most of all, the confidence to pull anything off.
Your girl Mel.