Style Logs: Welcome Will W. Walker Jr.

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Will W. Walker Jr. Photo: Olivia Obineme

Let me first start off by apologizing to the incredible readers of Strangers with Style! This blog post is approximately three months overdue, but I hope it’s well worth the wait!

When Double O (that’s what I call Olivia) approached me to participate in the Style Logs series, I was completely shocked and excited, but terrified and a bit self-conscious, all at once! I mean, seriously!

​Me, of all people? Write a blog about my own personal style?

​It dawned on me that my time spent blogging on Water-N-Oxygen and A Good Supply was a reflection of my take on the trends and brands that I thought were dope at the time, however, they were not a representation of my personal style. Then it hit me…do I even have a personal style? How could something so simple be so hard to answer?

Photo: Olivia Obineme

I wrestled with this question for the next few days! Low key, I wasn’t confident in the daily outfit choices that I made; I was constantly second-guessing my decisions as I got ready prepared during the week. I felt like I couldn’t be the flyest me that I knew I could be! Now that I’m writing this post I can’t help but laugh at my behavior at the time, but it made me realize that most people place a huge emphasis on their appearance. Even though I’m having a good laugh about this, it also puts into perspective how the fashion and personal care industries amass billions of dollars every year. Ultimately I realize that people want to look good! When you look good, you feel good; and when you feel good, your confidence is on KANYE.

Photo: Olivia Obineme

​Seriously, let me regain my focus and get back to this topic of style and if I possess any! To do so, I had to do my best Marty McFly impersonation and hop back into the DeLorean to when I first became “style conscious.” My first time becoming really style aware would have to be 1994! This was my first year at Warrensville Heights Middle School, which coincidentally was also my first year in public school. Prior to that, I’d spent my previous elementary school years in Catholic school where we wore a uniform for 5 days out of the week. The only gear I was worried about was sports gear for whichever football, basketball or baseball team I played for at the time. Needless to say, I got a crash course in fashion and style real quick, not to mention I didn’t understand the difference between the two, until years later. But I can honestly say this was the beginning of my passion for fashion and my flirtations with many styles!

Photo: Olivia Obineme

​I realize that I’m filled with many memories regarding the impact of fashion on my life! Some of these memories are good, bad and even hilarious, but they are experiences that ultimately had an impact on how I cultivated my style over the years. Make sure you stay tuned and set up your feeds to track Strangers with Style and the Style Logs as I dive into the development of my style and its evolution through the years!

Later,
WWW Jr.

Will is a Cleveland, Ohio native who now calls Baltimore home. He’s a full time engineer; however, when he’s not making the world a better place he spends his time as a member of Treason Toting Co., planning events and populating their social media accounts. In addition to these efforts he’s an aspiring chef and also runs a mentoring program that introduces Baltimore City middle school students to S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiatives and careers. He moved to Baltimore over a decade ago to attend Morgan State University and has since fallen for the appeal of Charm City. You can keep up with him through social media as he tries his best to pursue his dreams, goals and enjoy life all while trying to "Make it in Baltimore" (for all of those fans of the HBO series Make it in America)!