Grammy nominations? Check. BET award winner? Double check. Multiple Billboard Hot 100 entries? Check. Writing credit on Beyonce’s Renaissance album? Check. Performing at sold-out summer festivals? Check. Catch the attention of the fashion world thereby scoring collabs with Tommy Hilfiger Jeans and Reebok? Double-check
Nigerian rave of the moment, Tems is everywhere and has seemingly done it all in her short span of career. So naturally it’s time for me to beam my searchlight on her style and uncover for humanity’s sake, the deepest darkest secrets behind the sartorial choices of the enigma that is Temilade Openiyi.
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But seriously, her style has undergone some subtle but significant changes the last few years. There are three major things I think she’s been doing differently
1. She’s showing more skin:
2. She’s wearing more colour
Exhibit one, this bright yellow fur coat she wore when she joined Wizkid on stage at the 02 in December last year.
3. She’s wearing more dresses
Exhibit one: This custom Dilara Findikoglu dress she wore to the BET Awards aka my personal favourite Tems style moment. The dress, the hair, everything screams 90s African-American RnB diva and I love it.
According to her stylist Dunsin Wright, the 27-year-old plans to keep experimenting with her style and it would be exciting to see what she tries next : ‘Tems aesthetic can be described as pretty casual, classic but always chic. She leans towards darker, muted tones generally.
‘She loves layering and balance, so like an oversized jacket with a crop or sheer top underneath, or a cute co-ord. We have been experimenting a lot more lately with different styles and silhouettes, her style is constantly evolving, which for me reflects the dynamism in her music’ she told Billboard in June.