by Nakia P. Thomas
September 18

IMG_0006I’m beginning to love Throwback Thursday, since it presents so many creative ways in which one can re-purpose “less fresh” material. For example: Thursday is the day on which I will re publish particularly good content that was previously published on StyleChile’s predecessor site; and, like today, Thursday is the day on which I will introduce content that was created in the past, but that is still relevant. These photos were taken a little more than a year ago, last summer, by Philadelphia Daily News’ street style photographer Reuben Harley, affectionately known as Big Rube to all those who love him—he of Street Gazing fame.IMG_0027

IMG_0080In truth, I was reminded of these photos two days ago as I was getting dressed for dinner and ended up wearing almost the same outfit featured here, but updated for fall. In the next coming days, I plan to share photos of how today’s outfit can be re purposed generally with current trends in mind, and more specifically for cooler fall weather.IMG_0093cropAs you can see from the photos, I’m never not quite comfortable in front of the camera. My comfort zone is decidedly behind the lens! But, every purported fashion blogger worth her salt knows that outfit posts are an unavoidable necessity, so you can expect to see more photos like these, and like these—the only other outfit post featured on this site—as I reluctantly release hundreds of photos that were shot by the talented Kesha Lambert of Lash to Lens, T.G. Anderson of Ubara Photo and Big Rube. I suspect that sooner or later I will become more comfortable with having my pictures taken, as I now have many hours of practice under my belt  (and you, dear reader, will really start to hate me then)!IMG_0045

IMG_0050The outfit featured here is an amped up version of my weekend uniform. As much as I love clothes and styling, you will often see me running errands in Rittenhouse Square wearing comfy staples in subdued colors, often black and white. My apartment, however, is outfitted with spectacular displays of sequined clothing, brightly colored jewelry picked up during my travels, and museum worthy shoes. I do wear these on occasion, but not often. Wait until you see me now though. I’m secretly loving the freedom and flexibility in outfit choices that blogging affords me, and am embracing my wardrobe with a new found affection as I seek to inspire others with creative outfit choices. Don’t believe me? Just watch. Stay tuned for more!IMG_0655
IMG_0663Lovely, comfy, relaxed and figure flattering “Dillon” pleated maxi skirt by BCBG is sold out in black, but is available in red or yellow. A similar skirt is available here; shoes by Sergio Rossi, similar versions may be purchased here and here; “Rocco” duffel by Alexander Wang; tank by H&M; silver lame bandeau by American Apparel; bracelets by Tiffany & Co.; sunnies by Tom Ford purchased at Blink; and a favorite lipstick of last summer “Brazen Berry” by Maybelline from its color sensation vivids line; necklace from Ann Taylor.

Article by Naki; Photos by Reuben “Big Rube” Harley; Hair by Sophia Alston with hair styling by KMass Hair.

Nakia works as a corporate lawyer for a Fortune 500 company, and as a fashion and lifestyle consultant — providing styling, lifestyle management and concierge services for brands and individuals along the Northeast Corridor, from her home base in New York City via Nakia Thomas Creative. Nakia also provides legal and advisory services to clients in the fashion, art and entertainment industries via Stelle Legal, and appears in that capacity as a cast member in WeTv’s Money.Power.Respect., a docu-series focusing on lawyers in New York City. Nakia is a member of the Board of Directors of Bronx Legal Services, and was previously on an Advisory Board for Moore College of Art & Design. Visit for more information.

  1. Michi chassagne


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      Thanks, Hottie! Right? We can shop our closets with clear consciences 🙂

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