By LAJU ARENYEKA
“Khaki no be leather,” the average Nigerian man will say. And he’d be absolutely right. Not just literally, but in actual sense of the word.
Not just in the difference between the stretchy material made from animal hide, and the synthetic fibre that shrinks when washed, but also in the fact that the latter represents a symbol of the Nigerian graduate, a National Youth Service Corps member…one who may not be spoiled for fashion choice on the day she wears her uniform. What’s a corps member to do? Nothing, apart from follow these simple steps:
Cleanliness first: This cannot be overrated. With only colours white and green to work with, you don’t have much of a choice. Spotless shoes, socks and everything else makes number one fashion sense!
The right size: If you want to keep on wearing your khaki at least till the end of your service year, do bear in mind that it shrinks when washed. So even though you want to slim fit it till you get the right size, you might want to loosen up a little.
Jewelry and make up: Please don’t overdo the jewelry, maintain the sanctity of the uniform! But your face! It’s yours baby! Go overboard…just a little, that’s almost all you have to work with.
A touch of mascara, and eye shadow (it doesn’t have to be green) will do fine around the eyes. Stay off the brown powder except in extreme circumstances for the sake of the white tee shirts around.
Hair: Won’t it be great to do a new hairstyle every time you have to wear your uniform? Well, that’s almost impossible, so go the extra mile with whatever you have on at the moment. Beautiful hair accessories will make all the difference here!