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You Have To Wear Something

You Have To Wear Something

By Nicole Briggs
You can't go naked right? Nicole Briggs explores those wardrobe decisions we make everyday and educates, empowers and entertains culturally through fashion history, business and style trends. Nicole is a creative bridge builder with a mission to elevate marginalized voices and individuals.
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Black Women Are Interior Designers too! Meet Candice Luter...

You Have To Wear Something

Black Women Are Interior Designers too! Meet Candice Luter...
Nicole chats with self-taught Iowa-based fiber and interior designer Candice Luter about her pandemic awakening, leaving corporate America and growing an interiors business from the ground up by "going with your gut. 
September 01, 2022
Does Your Dress Code Pass the Diversity Test?
There’s a ton of DEI work being done in the workplace but a huge oversight is the policing of marginalized bodies and beings through dress code policies.
August 06, 2022
App Dating Sucks, But Still Iron Your Shirt👕
Serial app daters Meg and Nicole discuss their journey trying to date in L.A. and how to balance expectations between overly casual men and the hyper-glamorization of women. What's the compromise?
May 30, 2022
Why We Wear Black to a Funeral🖤
Nicole reflects on her time off to grieve her mother and why what you wear to grieve is so important.
May 20, 2022
Birks, Blahniks & Baggy Jeans
Nicole catches up on all things style and fashion including current events.
March 25, 2022
It's BHM Y'all! "And Just Like That"...A Flawed Reboot
Quintin joins Nicole once again to close out their "Just Like That" recaps with some acknowledgments around Black History Month. Rest in Power Thierry Mugler.
February 16, 2022
Farewell A.L.T. & “Just Like That” Recap
May Andre Leon Talley rest…Nicole catches us up on “Just Like That” strengths and weaknesses.
January 28, 2022
🚨Nerd Alert: Fashion Enters The Metaverse
Nicole does her best to keep up with how fast fashion is entering the world of the metaverse, NFTs, and Web3 overall. She is “virtually” confused.
January 09, 2022
“And Just Like That” It’s the Last Show of 2021
Happy new year everyone Nicole and Quintin are back to recap “And Just Like That” And why we may be over it.
December 31, 2021
I’m Not Crying, Goodbye Insecure
Nicole reflects on an the end of an era, the emotional and cultural impact of Issa Rae’s Insecure.
December 28, 2021
“Just Like That” & That Peloton Clapback!
Nicole brings Quintin Roper-Sirvent back For a chat about the Sex and the City reboot and that Peloton PR snafu.
December 15, 2021
Virgil Was Here and Everywhere
Nicole shares a stream of consciousness and thoughts on the passing of Virgil Abloh From the perspective of a Black Chicago creative.
December 02, 2021
Meet Culture Goddess Samia Grand-Pierre Co-Founder of Snobette
Nicole interviews Samia about all things streetwear, fashion business and the importance of cultural intelligence. A must listen!
October 29, 2021
Why We Keep Stealing Your Hoodie
Nicole deep dives on the history of the hoodie and it’s social, political and cultural impact.
October 25, 2021
Black Perfumers Exist: Meet Keta, Cofounder of Aspen Apothecary
Nicole interviews Keta Cofounder of Aspen Apothecary, a CBD infused clean perfume made entirely in America. Learn their origin story and the ups and downs of being Black women entrepreneurs in an elitist industry.
October 06, 2021
Big Mad About The Met Gala
Nicole discusses the negative response to The Met Gala and why it is an absolute necessary medium and expression of art.
September 15, 2021
Dolce & GabbaNO! & “The Hype” Finale Missed The Mark
Nicole is in a salty mood and reminds us how racist Dolce & Gabbana still are while breaking down why The Hype missed the mark in its finale.
September 06, 2021
Unicorn No More: Meet the Black Tailor behind Sustainable Menswear Line Maison Brandon Earl
Nicole interviews Brandon Earl about his sustainable menswear company, his journey as a Black tailor from Ralph Lauren to creating the future of sustainable made to measure.
August 24, 2021
Watching “The Hype” or is it Hmm?
Nicole reviews the new competition show “The Hype” streaming exclusively on HBO Max. While it’s great that streetwear is getting the recognition it deserves, in some ways the show may leave out the very culture that created it.
August 18, 2021
Goodbye Going Live, Hello Live Commerce
Nicole shares why live commerce is the next wave of the e-commerce revolution and why all retailers should master it now. 
August 11, 2021
Yerrr! Meet The Bronx Native Owner Amaurys Grullon
After meeting Bronx Native owner in his store, Nicole circles back with a not-to-be-missed interview with Amaurys Grullon to discuss entrepreneurship, community advocacy and surviving Covid as a small business in the final frontier of anti-gentrification; the Bronx.
July 20, 2021
That Pyer Moss Show‼️
Kerby-Jean Raymond becomes the first Black designer to present a couture show under his eponymous Pyer Moss label paying homage to Black inventors.
July 12, 2021
🚨Nerd Alert: WTF is Material Literacy?
We keep seeing this term material literacy floating around the sustainable movement in fashion and other industries. But before it becomes word salad: what is material literacy?
June 28, 2021
Meet Black Jewelry Designer Alicia Goodwin of Lingua Nigra
*Through Mercury Retro tech fits…Nicole chats with the founder of Lingua Nigra, Alicia Goodwin about what it’s really like to be a Black jewelry designer and why supporting Black business should not be a trend.
June 14, 2021
More Than A Mask: Meet Celeb Designer “Fresh” of HENRY Mask & RTW Line RichFresh
This is a not-to-be-missed important conversation with one of the most pivotal designer stories to come out of 2020. “Fresh” of HENRY mask and luxury brand Rich Fresh shares his meteoric rise to fame against impossible odds.
June 08, 2021
Black Fashion Publicists Exist: Meet Tyree Robinson
Nicole discusses the highs and lows of being a Black man in fashion PR. Tyree Robinson is cracking ceilings while evolving within a changing industry. There’s room for everyone.
June 02, 2021
Makeup is For Men
ARod rides the JLo Glow by launching his own line of makeup specifically a blur stick concealer. Will wearing make up become normalized for cis straight men? It seems that way.
May 28, 2021
Fashion in Prison is a Real Thing
Nicole chats about the uncelebrated culture of fashion in prison and that fashion show that went viral recently on TikTok.
May 18, 2021
Be The CEO of Your Art Now with Cortney Herron
Nicole has an engaging conversation with L.A. based visual artist Cortney Herron about being fulfilled, managing your art business like a boss and the importance of Black joy.
May 08, 2021
If You’re Going To The Streets, Wear This
If you are vaxxed, waxed and ready to hit these post-Covid streets there are a few attainable runway styles on repeat.
April 18, 2021
Memoricide: How Your Summer Dress Appropriates Palestinian Culture
We’ve all bought a BoHo chic dress from Free People or Anthropologie without knowing the origin of keffiyeh or tatreez, A symbol of Palestinian struggle that’s falling victim to fashion.
March 27, 2021
Meghan Markle Is A Mood
Nicole joins...well everybody in her style-first critique of Oprah’s interview with Megan Markle. There are more symbols than you realize.
March 11, 2021
Fast Fashion is Still Not A Flex & Brands are Today’s Colonial Masters
Brands are still today’s colonial masters. The biggest world polluter next to oil is clothing. Learn about Kantamanto, the worlds largest secondhand market in Ghana. Let’s stop sending our “Dead White Man’s Clothing.”
March 07, 2021
Michelle O’s Look Still Lives In My Mind Rent Free
Nicole loves where things come from and all the little details that go with it. This Black History Month learn about the mini contributions of Black designers. Do we smell a series?
February 20, 2021
“Black Girl Happy Hour” Chicago Edition
Nicole chats with three of her favorite people from Chicago; Tina, Sadie and her cousin Keli. A great chat and homage to Chicago, things get spicy indeed!
February 12, 2021
THAT Kamala Cover + 2021 is 2020 with Bangs?
Nicole gives her two cents in a mini rant on the Vogue cover of vice president elect Kamala Harris, the problem with it and the fashion drama kicking off 2021.
January 18, 2021
Gifts of Covid: Unpopular Opinion 2020 Wasn’t Trash??
Nicole joins life coach Linda Leising for a third time to wrap up the year with gratitude discussing the gifts of Covid and the positive highlights we could take away from a tumultuous unprecedented year.
December 27, 2020
All Things CBD with Sarah Rose Botanicals
Nicole discusses the the many differences, applications, and politics around CBD, THC and hemp products with holistic health coach and cannabis consultant Sarah Sykes; owner of Sarah Rose Botanicals.
December 02, 2020
Beyond Crochet with Designer Dionne Fraser-Carter
Nicole chats with Dionne about her crochet expertise, native traditions, entrepreneurial acumen and her art collective in Atlanta.
November 17, 2020
Eery Election Day with A Black Lady and Some Gays
Nicole manages her election day manic moods with two friends in Palm Springs.
November 05, 2020
From Side Hustle to Full Time Bustle with Avesha Michael Ceramics
Nicole chats with Avesha Michael about her journey as an artist from almost becoming a lawyer to turning her love for pottery into a business. If you expanded your side hustle this year, this interview is for you.
October 16, 2020
Getting To The Heart of Hair with Yolanda Trejo
Nicole chats with Chicago hairstylist and shop owner Yolanda Trejo about all things hair, growing a business in a pandemic and the continued importance of diversity.
October 12, 2020
Zoom Style to Impress & Designers go Genderless
Nicole addresses how the way we dress will forever be changed thanks to the pandemic but how to remain professional over Zoom and maintaining the comforts of working from home.
October 10, 2020
RBG Dressed for Dissent
Nicole covers the secret messages in Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s collars and how some Emmy winners dressed for protest and dissent.
September 23, 2020
Mysogynoir Mulled Over with Tina Walker
Nicole and longtime friend and educational leader Tina Walker discuss and dissect the complexities of mysogynoir; the hatred of Black women and how stereotypes continue to fuel its existence. 
September 14, 2020
Artists are Activists in 2020 with Travis Phillips
Nicole covers race, culture, activism and advocacy with Travis Phillips, creator of the “Wake Up and Vote Initiative” plus a custom song written by him.
September 11, 2020
Political Fashion, Verzuz & Goodbye Chadwick Boseman
Whether we realize it or not style and fashion is political and can bring awareness or infuse more hate. Nicole critiques the style moments of the week with a thought about cyberbullying.
September 02, 2020
We Get Woo Woo Again with Reiki Healer Melanie Marco
Nicole chats about all things Reiki with Rising Heart owner and healer Melanie Marco. 2020 has been a challenge for us all and here is how Reiki helps.
August 22, 2020
“Remix: Hip-Hop x Fashion” is the BIPOC All Female Love Fest We Needed
Quintin returns to the show to discuss documentary “Remix: Hip-Hop x Fashion” and why black creatives continue to be marginalized.
August 10, 2020
BLACK IS KING in Every Way, Here’s My 2 Cents
Beyoncé once again uses her power to create a wave of opportunity to support, collaborate and promote Black creatives and creates a masterpiece to boot!
August 07, 2020
Meet L.A. Artist Celina Pereira Who Knows That Representation Matters
Nicole chats with L.A. based artist Celina Pereira of Brazilian descent about her use of Black people and culture in her graphic work. Find her most recent work in The Atlantic.
July 26, 2020
Portland is a Police State & A Look at PDX Racist Past with Tami Wood
Nicole chats with Portland native Tami Wood about the current police state they are in and why Portland is so white.
July 23, 2020
Luxury Leather Designer Sampson Hill Shares Where “It” Bags Really Come From
Nicole chats with Sampson Hill about being a luxury leather artisan in the fashion business, the environment and what the future looks like for the garment industry.
July 18, 2020
Uncorked with Terrence Low of Black-owned Wine Label Michael Lavelle
Nicole chats with Terrence Low one of three black owners of the wine label Michael Lavelle about the difference between supporting black businesses and giving charity.
July 11, 2020
Why Kanye Why?
July 4th hit differently this year, retailers take the 15% pledge and why Kanye why?!
July 06, 2020
Should Juneteenth replace July 4th? And the Revolution continues...
Nicole gives her two cents on the sudden interest in Juneteenth, a holiday that represents freedom better than July 4th.
June 24, 2020
Black Mental Health Matters with Linda Leising
Nicole discusses the current Black Lives Matter movement and maintaining mental with life coach Linda Leising, a true ally.
June 12, 2020
Black Businesses Matter
Americans finally understand that black lives matter. But at a deeper level, in a capitalist country built on the backs of slaves, in lieu of reparations, what we really need is investment in and support of black owned businesses.
June 07, 2020
When Peace Fails, Protest Prevails
Through the eyes of a black woman Nicole gives her two cents on the latest of nationwide protests against the death of George Floyd.
June 02, 2020
Meet Chicago-based TRUE ARTIST Sadie Woods
Nicole chats it up with longtime friend and collaborator Sadie Woods a Chicago-based artist and activist.
May 26, 2020
Fashion Dies and Black People Need Allies
As the fashion industry tries to survive and change, the black community suffers incredible losses big and small.
May 17, 2020
$1200 Masks & What Really Makes #BlackAF a hit
Nicole chats all things quarantine, $1200 masks, the death of the department store and all the drip on #BlackAF
April 26, 2020
Masks are Mandatory, Here’s Where to Get Yours
A mandatory order that everyone has to wear a mask in public has been passed in L. A. and other cities and states are to follow. Here are some sustainable female owned companies to buy yours.
April 13, 2020
That Escalated Quickly, Designers Make Clothing For The Medical Community Fighting Covid 19
Many designers like Burberry and Christian Siriano repurpose their production to produce personal protective equipment for the suffering medical community on the front lines of coronavirus.
March 28, 2020
Coronavirus Cancels Fashion
Nicole gives her two cents on the global impact of coronavirus on fashion especially goods that were made in China. YOU HAVE TO WEAR SOMETHING but do you have to wear a hazmat suit?
March 14, 2020
Nicole sits down with PR Chicago Maven Adrena Trice of 1:11 PR
Nicole chats with Adrena Trice about all things All Star Weekend in Chicago...hypebeast or not give it a listen!
February 21, 2020
Rapper Style or lack thereof according to amazing artist Alfred Nomad
Nicole chats all things style and music with Alfred Nomad while still lo key celebrating Black History Month. Listen to My Muse on Spotify!!
February 12, 2020
Dechel Mckillian of Galerie L.A. is the ultimate sustainable queen.
Nicole chats with Dechel Mckillian owner of Gallery L. A. about all things female founder, retail woes and the problem with sustainable fashion.
February 01, 2020
2019 A Year In Review
Goodbye 2019 hello 2020 and cheers to a new decade. Nicole reviews her favorite highlights and hi lows of the year.
January 05, 2020
Is Lizzo Our New Mammie & The Death of Streetwear
Nicole mini rants about Lizzo as a modern Mammie archetype, Virgil Abloh predicts the death of streetwear and did Kim K blackfish us?
December 22, 2019
Nic and Q experience “black day” and the legacy of Cross Colours
Quintin and Nicole enjoy a day of spending at only black businesses plus the Legacy of Cross Colours, on display now at CAAM.
December 09, 2019
Nic and Q talk Queen & Slim
Queen and Slim is the most stylish film of the year and it stays blackity black. Quintin and Nicole discuss it plus holiday dressing...
December 03, 2019
Goodbye Barney’s, Hello Gucci Mane
Nicole mini rants about Barneys...Gucci Mane’s glow up and why you should hide your kids from Depop.
November 25, 2019
From Halloween to Hallelujah
Nicole catches up with y’all on creepy costumes, sweater weather and of course Ye’s latest album merch.
November 03, 2019
September is the January of Fashion Part Deux
We’re at peak popularity for inclusion and diversity but some brands are faking it.
September 23, 2019
September is the January of Fashion
Nicole reflects on the first week of September and mini rants about how to not promote diversity.
September 08, 2019
Before You Cancel Gucci or Jay Z Consider This
Nicole critiques cancel culture against racist brands and praises Dapper Dan for setting the example of turning controversy into opportunity.
August 18, 2019
A Sunday with Ye
Nicole attends Sunday Service with Surfboard C for a one of a kind church experience.
July 28, 2019
Out with Cool Dads, in With Art Dads
Nicole chats with Surfboard C about what it means to have Art Dad style and much more...
July 07, 2019
Another YHTWS Woo Woo Sunday with Erin Julianna and why affirmations don’t suck.
Repeat After Me with Erin Julianna plus we have a little something for you in honor of the full moon so listen up!
June 16, 2019
Get Your Wardrobe Organized Beyond Kondoing
Nicole chats with master organizer Jasmin Norman on getting your life back thru an organized wardrobe.
May 20, 2019
Before You Become A Fashion Designer Listen To This
Nicole chats with Kim Mackin of Soft Milk about all things design, tailoring and healing.
May 19, 2019
Black mom style gets banned from schools.
Nicole addresses a new trend of dress codes for parents that seem anti-black.
May 06, 2019
Ancient Beauty Methods: What’s Real & What Has No Chill
Nicole fulfills a listener’s request of Ancient beauty regimens that work.
April 30, 2019
Yeah, Don’t Wear That to a Wedding
It’s wedding season so Nicole gives a mini rant on what to never wear as a guest.
April 19, 2019
Virgil Abloh gets checked by his employer, Louis Vuitton
Virgil’s not cancelled but his tribute to Michael Jackson collection is. Louis Vuitton lets Virgil know who’s the boss.
March 26, 2019
Solange reclaims black girl style and culture in WHEN I GET HOME
Nicole discusses the significance of Solange’s WHEN I GET HOME visual album in comparison to “baddie IG” culture.
March 18, 2019
You Have To Wear Something on Your Head, Sometimes
Nicole chats with Alexander Cooper about hatmaking, millinery and why to never buy a fedora at the mall!
February 20, 2019
Happy Blackface Month
Why brands like Gucci fail to avoid or see the problem with blackface.
February 16, 2019
The MAGA hat is not “just a cap” and the power of color in clothes.
Nicole chats briefly about the psychological power of color in politics.
January 31, 2019
Is Found & Fostered the Future of Sustainable Shopping?
Nicole chats with the Creators of Found & Fostered about vintage and sustainable fashion.
January 19, 2019
We Get Woo Woo AF with The Conjure Cleaner
Nicole covers all things hoodoo, energy cleansing and ancestral homage with James Stewart The Conjure Cleaner
January 08, 2019
Did Fashion Evolve Culturally in 2018?
2018 was a good year for inclusion and diversity but we have a long way to go.
December 31, 2018
Leave it or Keep it: 2018
Style should be eternal but some trends should stay in 2018.
December 28, 2018
Bras Best for Your Boobs
With so many new bra companies Nicole reviews the best options.
December 13, 2018
Why Agencies Still Matter for Fashion Today
Jordan Laudadio schools us on what agencies really do for fashion today.
November 12, 2018
A chat with iconic artist Christopher Lee Sauve
How to REALLY start your t-shirt line
November 03, 2018
Hate It or Love It Halloween
Nicole discusses the do’s and don’ts of Halloween style.
October 31, 2018
Happy Fall Y’all
Nicole’s been traveling but she’s back and excited for fashion’s most important season.
September 30, 2018
Yes it’s still bad to be black in fashion
Dominique is back to chat about real life in the fashion industry.
September 03, 2018
What To Wear Woo Woo Edition
Nicole chats about the attitude you "wear" and how to improve it.
August 26, 2018
Dude Keep it Simple
The best brands for a stylish guy that hates shopping.
August 13, 2018
A Chat with Kahmune Shoes
Meet Jamila Acheampong creator of inclusive shoe company Kahmune
July 23, 2018
Couture week but who cares?
Why Haute Couture is more relevant than you think.
July 04, 2018
The Gospel According to Andre; The Guarded Icon
Nicole gets in her feelings about Andre Leon Talley and who could ever take his place.
June 18, 2018
Meghan Markle is Married & Why You Should Care
Meghan’s historic wedding is more important than you realize.
May 20, 2018
Pray & Slay at The Met Gala
Dominique of returns to chat about the bosses and losses at this year’s Met Gala.
May 10, 2018
Erin Julianna of Jimi Jewels talks Jeans
Nicole and @ErinJulianna of @JimiJewelsVintage discuss all things vintage denim.
May 08, 2018
Best NBA Style Playoff Season
The battle is really off the court via outfits!
April 29, 2018
Coachella has a new name, Beychella
Besides being very pro-black Beyonce’s Coachella performance was a symbolic masterpiece.
April 16, 2018
Festival Season is here so what are you wearing?
Nicole advises on simple and practical festival dressing before you start shopping.
April 07, 2018
Virgil Abloh Heads Up LV Menswear: Hope or Hype?
Louis Vuitton names Virgil Abloh as its new menswear designer but will it be a proper takeover or is this classic tokenism?
April 01, 2018
Man Bun. Friend or foe?
An Uber driver corners Nicole with a question.
March 24, 2018
What To Wear When You Host Geeeeeez
What not to wear when you host for a living.
March 20, 2018
The Look of “Wokeness”
Quintin Roper-Sirvent of Quintensity and Podcast Nobody Dances Here discusses whether “wokeness” has a wardrobe or is it all just wack?
March 11, 2018
My 2 Cents on the Oscars
Nicole reviews the Oscar oufits of winners and repeat offenders.
March 08, 2018
Dom’s Back and the month is still Black
We catch up with Dominique post travels to Paris and London and what they wore on the street.
February 27, 2018
Inclusive AF
Diversity & inclusion in fashion improved in 2017. Will we see more of this in 2018?
February 27, 2018
Black Designers Killing It
Before we close out this Black History Month let's celebrate a few key black and African designers.
February 25, 2018
Golden Globe Blackout
Everyone wears black in solidarity and H&M makes a boo boo.
February 24, 2018
You’re Engaged! Now What?
Nicole welcomes guest host and bridal coach Linda Leising to discuss how to begin shopping for your bridal gown.
February 09, 2018
Wear What To Black Panther?
Nicole and Dominique talk about Black Panther fashion, hype, it\u2019s cultural impact and what to wear on opening day.
February 06, 2018
Kim K. Cashcrops Again
Kim Kardashian refers to her braids as \u201cBo Derek\u201d despite the African history of cornrows.
January 31, 2018
A Chat about the Grammys
Dominique of returns to chat about the Grammys.
January 30, 2018
To My Ni*#as in Paris
Its fashion week in Paris and a designer sends a faux pas note.
January 27, 2018
Do you subscribe?
Fashion gets faster with automation aka subscriptions
January 24, 2018
Fashion = Every Other Medium
A quick quote on fashion from Paola Antonelli curator at MOMA.
January 18, 2018
Wear art to art thingies
A few thoughts on the LA Art Show
January 15, 2018
A Chat about Critics Choice
Guest host Dominique Richardson joins us in reviewing looks from Critics Choice Awards
January 13, 2018
Blackout at Golden Globes?
Many plan to wear all black in solidarity at the Golden Globes to protest sexual harrassment in the industry.
January 07, 2018
Hate it, Love it? 2017 Review☯️
Nicole reviews 2017 trends that worked and others that should be left behind.
January 06, 2018
Reuse, Recycle & Invest💵
More editing never hurt any closet & ways to stay cute even if it\u2019s cold.
January 04, 2018
Who the hell is Nicole Briggs?
A bit about the host and why you should care about her opinion.
January 03, 2018
💅🏽Festive ‘Fits & Proper Purges
What are you wearing to party this season? Painful but it\u2019s time to purge.
December 30, 2017
😳That Damn Brooch
Princess Michael Kent wears a Blackamoor brooch to meet Meghan Markle
December 26, 2017
Welcome to YHTWS
Welcome to You Have To Wear Something
December 24, 2017