Combination of photos showing Aaliyah Hinds in different styles.

The holidays get more festive when you take your style to the next level and embrace your passion for fashion. As a new year approaches, many people develop a strong urge to upgrade their style and improve their fashion sense. Thinking about what clothes to buy, how to get them, and putting together outfits can be very stressful. Aaliyah Hinds, digital marketer, creative director, stylist and designer, helps OBSERVER ONLINE break down the latest fashion trends and the best alternative fashion styles to try just in time for Christmas.

“Alternative fashion is about being yourself, standing out and not being afraid of what other people have to say. It’s about wearing what you want, doing what makes you happy and showing us your real colours,” said Hinds who, together with video director Yannick Reid and artists like Protoje, Koffee, Sevana, Lila Iké and many more, has built a strong network around alternative fashion.

Hinds highlighted five alternative fashion styles this Christmas season.

Trend colors

This season, pastel colors like mint green, periwinkle and baby pink dominate the scene. These colors can bring out anything from hair, boots, dresses, jackets and more. They are often used as accent colors over neutral colors like black, gray, brown and white to create contrast. Ginger and dark red colored hair has also become widely popular this season among black women who are tired of the standard black or brown haired look. Art shows, pop-up fashion boutiques and coffee shop dates are the perfect places to debut these colors.

Fabrics

Leather and silk are making waves in almost all garments such as dresses, tops, jumpsuits and jackets. Clothes where different types of fabrics are sewn together have also become very chic. This is called patchwork.

“You can see it a lot more with brands like Shein and Fashion Nova doing a lot of color blocking,” Hinds explained.

These online fashion brands have become well known to Jamaicans, so this option should be much easier to explore. Classy dinners out at night, paint-and-sip events, and brunch outings work best with these fabrics.

Style combinations

The most dominant outfit combination of late has been an upgraded version of 90s baggy pants with cropped tops or very small shirts.

“Crop tops never really went out of style, but fashion has found so many new ways to reinvent it,” Hinds says.

Graphic t-shirts with baggy pants have also become common these days for a more casual look. These pants tend to be made of materials such as denim, chiffon, silk, and khaki. The best places to show off this style include the movies, picnics in the park, and trips to the zoo with friends.

Hairstyles

Fashionable cuts, low cuts and undercuts have also started to develop in recent times. If you want to be more adventurous with your hair, the best time to start is now. These hairstyles are perfect for any occasion where you want a bolder or fiercer look.

Body modifications

Nose piercings, extra ear piercings, sleeve tattoos, calf tattoos, and full leg tattoos are also ingrained in alternative fashion right now. Feel free to express yourself with creative piercings and tattoos that speak to your soul.

Alternative fashion takes everyday casual attire like jeans and a t-shirt or a simple dress to another level by fusing vintage styles with fresh, vibrant fabric. The Collective Moda, The New Wave Celebrity Closet, Thrift Nature JA and Back on the Rack are all great places to start trying alternative fashion.

“Some of these outlets donate to charity, and you can even find pieces that cost less than a thousand dollars,” Hinds said.

You can also attend “Fashion Night Out” and various catwalk events during Fashion Week to get some fashion inspiration for yourself. Pinterest is also a platform where you can search for alternative outfits and be inspired by them.

Although Hinds has accomplished a lot in the fashion industry, she aspires to own a Jamaican fashion house, create a clothing line and do styling for several artists.

“I also want to have a whole art that encompasses all the arts. Ultimately, fashion itself includes a lot of these arts such as painting, drawing, and even 3D printing,” Hinds said.

As an artist in every way with skills such as painting, modeling and photography, she will definitely work even harder to cement herself as a local fashion icon who loves her career.

“I can do what I really love to do and I have a sense of accomplishment after finishing a project. I have the opportunity to work with many local and international artists, meet new people and learning new things Hinds shared.

Aaliyah Hinds wears a handmade black spandex swimsuit paired with a hot pink windbreaker and a barbed wire necklace.

Hinds dressed in a pink bandana top paired with pink chiffon pants.

Hinds wears an Adidas SoleDXB jacket with a black turtleneck crop top, mom jeans and Adidas sneakers with a white beanie and gold accessories.

Hinds dressed in a graphic tee, baggy jeans with converse sneakers and a mustard dad hat.


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