Stop worrying about your identity and concern yourself with the people you care about, ideas that matter to you, beliefs you can stand by, tickets you can run on. Intelligent humans make those choices with their brain and hearts and they make them alone. The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful…and decide what you want and need and must do. It’s a tough, unimaginably lonely and complicated way to be in the world. But that’s the deal: you have to live; you can’t live by slogans, dead ideas, clichés, or national flags. Finding an identity is easy. It’s the easy way out.
– Zadie Smith, On Beauty
In honor of my current read – On Beauty (I’ve been reading at a snails pace lately, so, yes, I am still reading this awesome book), I am featuring Zadie Smith as my “style crush Sunday” pick.
Zadie Smith is not only the author of On Beauty, she’s written and published three additional novels plus a novella, a book of essays, and has edited se
veral short story compilations. She is currently a tenured professor of fiction at NYU. On top of her list of academic and literary accolades, she knows a thing or two about beauty and accessorizing.
From fresh pops of color to her bold and quirky spectacles, Zadie Smith is a true style inspiration. It’s really wonderful to see an author whose personal style is just as vibrant as her literary craftsmanship.
Here are the top five reasons I love Zadie Smith’s style –
She doesn’t wear a lot of make-up, and as a result, she always looks fresh faced and exhibits a true but understated beauty.
She rocks a head scarf some days, but other days lets her hair down.
She typically wears rich colors and bold patterns.
She wears thick rimmed glasses that give her an academic chic look.
And finally, even though many literary scholars like to separate the author from their work, Zadie Smith’s personal style somehow aligns nicely with the content of her work, which is primarily interested in the richness and complexity of family life, culture, and identity. In her clothing style, I can see glimpses of her characters and their unique and vibrant identities. Reading her style is in some ways like reading her books:
so thanks Zadie, for creating bright, colorful narratives and for being what I can only assume, is a bright and colorful person.
Happy Sunday readers! Do you have any style crushes?