This past Saturday My Skills Pay The Bills shirt. Aurora James, the founder of sustainable accessories brand Brother Vellies, was sitting on her porch and talking to a friend on the phone about the George Floyd protests sweeping through U.S. cities. The conversation quickly turned to more pragmatic ways in which the fashion industry could be of service, beyond the Black Lives Matter statements that were beginning to hit Instagram feeds.
A smart person would pack basics to travel with—yet I, for some reason, chose to pack my loudest printed shirts. I have been wearing them every day to clock in, as though it is a classic black blazer My Skills Pay The Bills shirt. Every sunrise, I slip on one of these maximalist pieces, ready to shock and awe my coworkers on Zoom. A blinding flame-print shirt one day! A trippy patchwork paisley the next! Since Zoom is all about what you wear on your upper-half, my statement tops have also been a clever distraction to the fact that, right now, I actually own very little clothing. This week, I documented five days of these bold, brazen tops (Minimalists, beware.) I had fun dressing them up with some of my favorite summer pieces—from cargo shorts to sleek sunglasses and jewelry. Below, a look at how I got dressed for WFH.