I know usually you read Afrobella for information and opinions I’m sharing, but right now I could use some collective fashion advice. Bellas, I got an exciting invitation to attend the glam events during the 12th Annual BET Awards weekend! I’ll be riding along with Cadillac, to drink in all the music and culture. This year Samuel L. Jackson is hosting, and the members of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will recieve the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award! Kanye and the whole GOOD Music crew will be performing! And D’ANGELO IS BACK, Y’ALL!!!!! AND they’re saying Cissy Houston will be lifting Whitney up in song. Clearly I’ll be needing waterproof mascara.

Anyway! I’m pretty excited, but with any amazing event comes new fashion challenges. I have no idea what to wear to the BET Awards, I’ve got TWO fabulous events coming up that weekend, and I need to make a decision ASAP.

I have some GORGEOUS dresses by Igigi with me, that you’ll see in an upcoming shoot! But they’re all a bit too formal for the awards show itself, I think. Right now I’m checking out sites like Asos, eShakti and Sonsi (which has a vast selection). Ideally I’d go rocking an indie designer — you know my steez. In a perfect world it’d be someone from the islands but time is of the essence and that probably won’t work out in time to be honest. So here’s what I’m daydreaming about right now. Tell me what you think!

When I think BET Awards, I think short, body con, flashy. In other words, not exactly me or anything that I own. I’m an indie designer, maxi dress kind of girl and I feel kinda out of my element here. For example.

Lately I’ve been obsessed with Brooklyn based indie label NakaMuli INC. Designer Tennille McMillan also makes plus sizes, and I’m OBSESSED with her relax tee/dress!

Her Sunlight Water Dress is something I could see myself rocking. That is, until I shared it with Luvvie. “This is too formal. The BET awards is where you rock jeans, a DOPE top and FIERCE shoes.”

But I really like this dress, and I don’t wear heels, either. HELP A BELLA OUT HERE. I still LOVE that NakaMuli dress and it’s in my mind as a possibility.

Another dress that I think would be HOT for the BET Awards would be by Shavonne Dorsey designs. It’s even called the Bella dress (how apropos, no?) This dress apparently sold out with a quickness at Boutique Larrieux during the Shavonne Dorsey trunk show. I could rock these with a cute, wearable wedge. What do you think?

I could also totally see myself rocking the heck out of a Monif C.’s “Hilary” slit sleeve jumpsuit – that would be so easy, so fabulous and so ME. I would bang it out with killer jewelry and a bright shoe and clutch for a pop of color would complete the look.

The BET Awards will air July 1, 2012 and you can follow my tweets with the hashtag #CadillacBET.

What look would you go for, if you were me?



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