“Dressing Up Can Be An Act Of Graciousness & Respect…”- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was recently featured in the Spring 2015 issue of New York Magazine  ‘The Cut’

In the feature focused on Fashion Trends titled ‘4 Women on the Outfits They Feel Best In’, Adichie was featured alongside Fashion Designer Carolina Herrera, Actress Lola Kirke and Seventh-grader Alice Attal, the daughter of actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Below is what Adichie said about the clothes she feels the best in and why.

“I do think dressing up can be an act of graciousness and respect not only to yourself but to other human beings with whom you interact.”

Why did you pick this outfit? This—mid-length, sleeves, high heels—is my favorite silhouette, the silhouette in which I feel most comfortable. Not physically comfortable, by the way—as I quite happily wear clothes that inhibit breathing (this dress does not, though)—but emotionally comfortable.

Where did you get this dress? My mother bought the fabric for me from Nsukka, where she lives in southeastern Nigeria. I designed the dress, and my tailor Razak made it in Lagos.

Do you prefer being dressed up or dressed down? Dressed up. Perhaps this is a consequence of being Nigerian, where we take appearance seriously, or of having been raised by my mother, for whom dressing up is almost a moral imperative.

Do you get complimented on your clothing a lot? At a recent event in Paris, a woman from Martinique wearing a gorgeous headwrap said to me, “You own your style.” Which pleased my vanity very much! I think I give more compliments than I get. I have a policy of “never admire quietly.”



Photo Credit: Lakin Ogunbanwo | Credit: NY Mag- The Cut 






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