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Welcome to Binienu

We are Binienu! We believe in the limitlessness of a curious soul. We believe that you are enough and that in your “enoughness”, you can be even more. We want you to reach for the stars, see, conquer… We cater to the actualization of self.

We design for the woman with a rebellious streak, perfectly balancing out her ladylike sophistication with her edgy defiance to mediocrity.

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Category: Style tips

Curating the best style tips for the fashion forward woman. We focus on creative ways to turn heads without breaking a sweat.

Binienu-It-Woman: September

It is the time of the month when we celebrate a woman we admire, who inspires us in style and Life. It’s the Binienu-it-woman.
Today, we feature Lebanese-British beauty, Amal Clooney!


Many of us had our hearts broken to hear gorgeous George was off the market. We were ready to hate on whoever she was, but alas, we couldn’t keep up. Her effortless grace, style, beauty, and commanding presence captured our hearts.


As a successful human rights lawyer, professor and philanthropist, her beauty is not without brains. Having lectured in Columbia Law school, Law School of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and The Hague Academy of International Law amongst others, she has also had as clients, founder of WikiLeaks, Jullian Assange in his fight against extradition, Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives and Al Jazeera English journalist, Mohamed Fahmy. She had also been nominated for a UN commission.


Her sense of style is just as strong as her career, earning her a recognition from the British Fashion Awards, proving that you can look amazing while saving the world. Whether corporate, street style or night time looks, she is constantly serving as a style inspiration. We are beyond proud to feature her as our ‘it-woman’ this month.

Enough talk, let us indulge in some of our best ‘Amal’ looks.

 

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xo,

Kosy

Back to Work!

The last days of summer are upon us. Many of us are resuming school and/or work from vacation and you probably want to kill it the first week in Binienu style. This is where we come in, we’re offering a couple of style inspirations we believe would make you stand out while still -maybe barely- staying within the rules of the workplace.

Monday

Start the week with a punch. Go red. They didn’t see this one coming! Hit ’em with the ultimate power colour.

 

Tuesday

They’d still be reeling from your unmistakable presence from yesterday. Help them recover a bit…only a bit. Pair a statement black skirt with a classic white shirt or blouse.

 

Wednesday

We’re toning down the “fierce” a bit because it’s hump day. Let’s celebrate! Pull out that floral piece and bloom.

Thursday

At this point, we’re really just waiting for the weekend to roll by. We’d be counting down in dungarees! Yes, dungarees can absolutely be work appropriate.

Friday

The weekend is here, oh joy! Here in Lagos, there’s somewhat of an unwritten rule that calls for African prints. In skirts, gowns, shorts or jackets, the fun prints, and sometimes quirky styles seem to usher in the weekend with their own little party.

Do you have a go-to “return to work/school” outfit? We’d love to know in the comments below.

A major key to looking amazing is dressing for your body type. Subscribe to our mailing list and receive our “Body Type Style Guide”, completely free of charge. You’ll get it delivered right to your email. Click here.

xo,

Kosy

LEATHER LADY

Here at Binienu, we love leather. Truthfully, we would occasionally love a style first just because it’s leather or incorporates leather one way or the other, then our love for cuts, pattern and details seals the deal. A well cut and styled leather piece is gold!

Leather resonates with the rebel in us, daring us to challenge norms and push boundaries, it’s no wonder it’s almost always featured in our collections.

Styled with ultra feminine pieces/ fabrics like lace, silk, tulle or florals, it always creates a juxtaposition of romantic elegance and rebellion; feminine delicacy and strength.

Its highly versatile nature keeps us coming back for more. Laser cut or embellished, from skirts to jackets, shoulder detailing or dress cutouts, the options are endless. This is definitely a trend to have as a wardrobe staple. The vegan or environmentally conscious is not left out. The faux pieces are just as great

How do you feel about leather? What’s your favourite way to style your favourite piece? Leave a comment below.

A major key to looking amazing is dressing for your body type. Subscribe to our mailing list and receive our “Body Type Style Guide”, completely free of charge. You’ll get it delivered right to your email. Click here.

xo,
Kosy

COLOUR CRUSH: EMERALD

Colours can make or break a style, enhance an event and even influence moods. Today we would be immersing ourselves in the luxurious hues of one of the jewel tones, Emerald.

This bold colour is named after the precious stone “Emerald” and is a shade of green. It is often used to depict luxury, life, growth and wealth.

As a fashion piece, it can be styled with either contrasting colours of the same hue or complimentary colours in a lighter/softer tint. Perfect for evenings, it is primarily paired with gold or silver accessories, gold often being the preferred option.

In fabrics like velvet and brocade, this colour is absolutely stunning! Satin and Silk commands the same luxurious attention with the subtle shimmer that reflects with the movement of the wearer.

When it comes to styling Emerald for a day look, ‘the dark to light’ rule, where you pair a dark colour with a light colour, can act as a guide to help create a balance. Mustard, Burgundy, Cranberry, Plum and Navy are some of the darker colours often paired with Emerald that create a striking palette. Softer shades like Blush, peach and Champagne beautifully complements the rich dark colour of Emerald.

How do you feel about Emerald? Are you crushing on it like we are? What has been your favourite “glam moment” with this statement hue? Comment in the comment section below.

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xo,

Kosy

RAIN CHIC

“Rain rain go away come again another day…”

While some parts of the world are experiencing a heat wave with the highest temperatures measured yet in history, in this part of the world (Lagos, Nigeria), it seems like we cannot have enough of the rain. It’s either raining or about to rain or just rained. Either way, having an umbrella is always a wise choice. Unfortunately, we cannot all decide to stay snuggled, warm and dry indoors. There’s the world to dominate, rain or not, and we have got to do it in style.

Stepping out in the rain can be messy and often discouraging to glam up, which is where we come in. Style does not have to go when the rains come. Read on to find out how to look chic in the rain.

 

RAINCOATS

Who says raincoats are only for children. They are perfect to throw on when your hands are too busy for an umbrella, when you just can’t be bothered with one or when you are trying to cut down on costs from having to buy them ever so often since you keep forgetting them all over the place.

 

Raincoats don’t have to be a boring sad mess. They can be fitted and stylish or transparent to show off your envious style or bright and colourful to chase away the gloom of a rainy day.

WELLIES/RAIN BOOTS

Like the raincoat, these are not so popular with adults. Also, like the raincoat, it should have a place in your wardrobe. Wellies are a must-have, they keep your feet dry, warm and safe from the soggy mess caused by the rain.

JELLY SHOES

If wellies are absolutely not your thing, there is the Jelly shoe to invest in. They come in different beautiful styles and are on trend right now. With them, you don’t have to worry about what the rain would do to the lifespan of your leather shoes.

 

UMBRELLAS

Umbrellas! These are the ultimate rain saviours! Unfortunately, they can be really ugly and boring. Fear not though, there are plenty of chic options to choose from. Patterns, bold colours, transparent bubble styled umbrellas…you can stand out of the sea of basic boring black “brollies”.

 

Looking this fabulous, we’d be singing in the rain in no time.

How do you stay cheerful and style inspired this rainy season? we’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below.

 

One more thing, a major key to looking amazing is dressing for your body type. Subscribe to our mailing list and receive our “Body Type Style Guide”, completely free of charge. You’ll get it delivered right to your email. Click here.

xo,

Kosy

CURRENT TRENDS AND YOUR BODY

You may have seen that fabulous piece of clothing on models on the runway and fantasized how they would be the perfect fit for your next important occasion. Fast forward to weeks before the occasion, you have made your purchase or have gone for a fitting and the outfit just doesn’t sit quite right or fails to flatter you as it had the model. Problem? The style may not be right for your body.

Below are two items that have remained top trends over the last year and how you can work them for your body type.

Confused about what body type you fall under? You can get a copy of our free guide here. Once you are sure of your body type, we can jump right into this.

CULOTTES

Culottes come in different shapes and sizes and should be a staple in every wardrobe.

For the apple and pear-shaped ladies, a well-structured high rise pair with a more pronounced flare cinched in just above the waistline is key. This glides over the mid-section and flares at the bottom, creating a balanced silhouette. Little or no front detailing at the waist is encouraged as heavy detailing would draw attention to the mid-section.

Pleated culottes work great for the rectangle shaped ladies. They create the right kind of drama and volume needed to accentuate the minimal curves characteristic of the athletic figure or give an illusion of wider hips.

Culottes cut to have a more defined straight leg appearance work great for the hourglass figure. With a cinched waist lined, curves are easily highlighted.

As a general rule, these wide fitting pants are better paired with form-fitting tops to create a balanced look.

 

CROP TOPS

With skin or no skin, this trend can be worn by the daring or not so daring. Whichever category you fall under, let’s find the best style for your body.

The apple figure with the characteristic heavier torso can pull this look off by staying clear of turtleneck crops which over emphasis the busts. Crop tops with lower necklines and are fitted beneath the bust offer a more flattering look.

The hourglass figures with its proportional curves are more likely to experiment with wider varieties of styles. Loose fitting or body-hugging, longer styles that just graze over the top of a skirt or pants, the options are endless.

With a slimmer top frame, the pear and rectangle shaped bodies should opt for more flamboyantly styled crop tops that add a bit of drama. Pair with high waist pants that accentuates the waist or skinny jeans that draws more emphasis to the bust area.

What ways have been your favourites to style your crops or culottes? please share with us in the comments below.

 

We have a more detailed guide to knowing what to wear for your body type. A major key to looking amazing is dressing for your body type. Click here to receive our “Body Type Style Guide”, completely free of charge. You’ll get it delivered right to your email.

 

With love,

Kosy

 

Colours and first impressions

You know what they say about first impressions. We don’t usually get a second chance to portray ourselves in our preferred light. Every time we meet someone, we make an impression. Impressions tell a story of sorts about us.

Colours are a huge part of this impression and have a story or two to tell. We’re talking today on these colours and what it is we say when we meet people.

RED- Red is the colour of blood and fire, the colour of passion. It is associated with romance, strength, willpower and determination.

ORANGE- The colour of the sunrise.  One of the least occurring colour in nature, playful, energetic

YELLOW- The wearer has been known to feel happy and friendly.

GREEN- Observers view wearer as natural and stable.

BLUE- This colour often symbolizes calmness, contemplation and we advice blue when meeting the in-laws for the first time.

PURPLE- One word- BINIENU! Some other words- Regal, Luxury, Mystery and Romance are associated with the wearers of this colour.

One last thing.

Have a pitch to investors or a job interview? Take over that board room in this off-the-shoulder blouse till we meet again. Get it here

A major key to looking amazing is dressing for your body type. Click here to receive our “Body Type Style Guide”, completely free of charge. You’ll get it delivered right to your email.

Transition with Ease

We have to tell you about transitional pieces. You may or may not have heard of them. You may have heard of them but still not know what they are.

Transitional pieces do as the name implies- “transition”. Formerly, they used to refer to clothing that could be worn in more than one season but these days, they transition in terms of functionality.

Basically, it is one of those pieces you could wear to work and then take off your jacket and wear for drinks with the girls or for date night.

Why you need transitional pieces.

Transitional pieces afford you the luxury of having mostly wearable pieces in our wardrobe. They may be pricey but they are always “occasion-appropriate”. It’s like buying four-in-one trousers in one fell swoop.

 

 

 

 

Choose your approach. With her blouse tucked in and a drape jacket thrown over it, she can pitch to investors in this look.

 

 

 

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So let us know what you think. Leave us a comment on your transition ideas and send us pictures of you transitioning your pieces on info@binienu.com to get featured on our page.

So you know we have to ask- Ibinigo?*

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*Ibo word that means “Have you risen?”

xo

Kaeto