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New York-based fashion stylist Kelly Augustine believes fashion can be liberating. "People treat fashion like it’s very frivolous, and it’s not," she says.  "How I’m treated as a Black person very much depends on how I’m dressed. Even as a fat woman, if you don’t wear shapewear, people are going to assume that you’re sloppy and it’s like, 'Maybe I just want to breathe tonight.'" That's why she's dedicated to taking a stand for who she is. "There’s liberation [in fashion], and I love what’s happening with Black designers [who’re saying], 'I want to wear gold fronts and rollers in my hair.' I’m going to be who I am, and you’re going to take me as I am." Here are 8 fashion items on her most-wanted wish list this fall. - Jamilah Lewis-Horton 

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1. Hanifa Olivia Maxi Dress in Bright Lime, $179

 

 

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2. Skims Sculpting Bodysuit with Snaps, $62

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3. Brandon Blackwood Bamboo B Tote, $375

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4. Elisa Johnson Jane Sunglasses in Gold Metal, $145

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5. Nanushka Black Woven Juhi Bucket Hat, $226

 

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6. Pyer Moss The Sculpt Sneakers, $595

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7. Chic Geeks Faux Crocodile iPhone Case in Cobalt, $50

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8. Gypsy By Knature Divine Feminine Necklace, $92

Top Photo: Trévon James

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2021 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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