I just do my best to be the best version of myself __Igee Okafor
Name: Igwedinma Okafor
Country: United States
Career: Style Enthusiast/Blogger
Fashion Icon: Nick Wooster
Tell us a bit about how your blog started and what its about:
The idea of starting a blog was something that I came up with around my tenth grade year in high school. As far as I can remember, that was when I really took up personal style as an interest. At that time, I was in the stages of trying to individualize myself and when I would check the internet for references to give me a sense of direction, I found that the outlets for men’s fashion and men’s blogs were very limited. I just knew that I wanted to start a blog to help change that but it just remained an idea. In the summer of 2013, I was approached by an African female blogger who gave me the opportunity to be a contributing author for the men’s section of her blog. It was a learning experience as it helped improve my writing and visual skills. I started to pick up on quality. However, due to time and distance reasons, l was unable to continue with her. I had plans to start my own blog but I wanted a partner. I was also struggling with blog names and content. At the time, popular bloggers weren’t using their own names for their blog titles so I wanted to follow in their light and that held things back from taking off. Around February 2014, my mom encouraged me to do it on my own and that was it for me. I was not fully sure what my content was going to be but I wanted to go for it, which also resulted, to me deciding to use my name for the title. I launched the blog in March 2014 and since then, it has gone through various changes for the good. The purpose of the blog is to give males across the world a sense of variety and identity as it pertains to the lifestyle most of us want to live.
Biggest challenge of being a blogger?
Everything is a challenge. Maintaining an audience, double checking writing tones, brainstorming photo shoot locations, Making sure you stick to timetables for blog posts on top of your personal schedule, promoting the blog and the list goes on but from what I have observed from some bloggers, I would say that dedication is the biggest challenge.
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
My favorite thing about blogging is getting to showcase my take on a particular subject and getting to teach people in the process.
You have a cool way of defining your style and they stand out how did you master that art?
Thank you. When I put clothes together, standing out is not something I usually focus on. I just do my best to be the best version of myself in the best way I can. That has come from years of experimenting and trying different styles. Knowing what works and being humble enough to acknowledge when I tried something that did not.
How did your environment change how you saw fashion in regards to men fashion in particular?
Before moving to New York, I thought I had a very decent idea of what fashion was. When I moved to New York, I was exposed to a variety of culture and status. Here, you see different characters everyday. Characters who sometimes serve, as inspiration because of the quality of their presentation and that was when it clicked. Fashion is universal.
One wardrobe item piece you have that you think is timeless.
My Constantin Vacheron Wrist Watch.
I do not have any favorites. I adore most of the working designers in the industry but I will say, I love what Dean and Dan Caten does for men.
What is your favorite trend this season for males?
I do not really follow trends but from attending this past New York Fashion Week, I noticed more men are taking advantage of bold prints and color. That makes me happy.
Fun fact about you
I love Morgan Stewart from the Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.
Any upcoming projects?
You never know, You will just have to stay tuned.
Your fashion rule/advice?
Always be yourself but do not be oblivious to constructive criticism and growth.