shegotstyle: Styling Bo Jackson's Air Trainer SC 1s on his birthday (because I'm a narcissist)

November 30th is a special date. Yes, it is the last day of a somewhat odd, depressing month but more importantly - it's Bo Jackson's birthday. So naturally, I'm going to do the narcissistic stylist thing and showcase myself while attempting to pay tribute to the infamous athlete. 

I picked up this pair while in New York during the summer of 2013. I had wanted a pair FOREVER given that Bo Jackson was one of my favorite athletes growing up and that it's such a classic silhouette. The "Auburn" colorway pays tribute to Jackson's time at aforementioned Auburn University where he won a little award called the Heisman Trophy and was a two-time All-American. Jackson is the only athlete to be an All-Star in two sports leagues - the NFL and the MLB (sorry, MJ). The trainer is unique as it's multidiscipline shoe perfect for a freak athlete like Jackson. Also: top five Nike ad campaign ever, especially from a wardrobe/art direction standpoint. 

I grew up playing all kinds of sports (terribly) so the shoe's always appealed to me - I'm the kid that won effort awards for trying hard and never quitting or shutting the hell up. However, the silhouette is a bit bulky and high and given that I am also short AND bulky, it's a little difficult to style.

I decided to go with a feminine silhouette using sportier and more urban textiles and designs. The neoprene skirt, made for both the runway and the water (in theory) mixed with bright Auburn-esque lace bodysuit and a different kind of jean jacket is a different way to wear a trainer than say leggings and a tee. Pro tip: the a-line shape of the skirt and the shorter herm while wearing it at my natural waist and a body hugging bodysuit balances me out while making my legs look longer than they are so they aren't dwarfed by serious sneakers. Touchdown, homerun or both? You decide!

Credits

This photo set was shot by my friend Jennifer Toole for Kicks on Fire back in January 2014. You should totally hire her and my make-up artist Bronwen, they're both so great.

  • Photographer: Jennifer Toole
  • Make-up/Hair: Bronwen Weiderick 
  • Stylist/"Model": Me
  • Shot on location: ...at my apartment.

Wardrobe

  • Oak NYC black leather cap
  • Olivier Theyskens' Theory bleached blue denim motorcycle jacket
  • Kenzo orange lace bodysuit
  • La Perla balconette bra
  • T by Alexander Wang black pleated neoprene skirt
  • Nike Air Trainer SC "Auburn" (grade school sizing) - 2013 drop
  • Maison Martin Margiela, H&M, Material Girl, Ralph Lauren, Vintage Chanel necklaces and rings
  • Nike gold Fuelband SE