– CONNECTOR, COMMUNITY MAGICIAN
The internet has a way of connecting you with people you identify with in miraculous ways. You find your tribe, and cultivate a community where you feel free to flaunt all of the colors that make up your personal crayon box. Morgan Pitts knows a thing or two about that. As the founder of Black Girls Who Blog and someone who has a genuine passion for uplifting women, Pitts is the supportive cheerleader you never knew you needed–but with great style. We spent the day exploring the frigid Upper East Side as if we were in an episode of Gossip Girl, until we retreated to her midtown apartment. Upon entrance, were taken aback and enamored by her expressly curated abode. It’s the equivalent of a small museum; full of nostalgia, with colorful fashion and personal treasures you become eager to dissect the story behind. She’s another one of my style spirit animals, joining the ranks of Solange Knowles, Giovanna Battaglia, Erykah Badu and the sartorial phenoms featured on DREAM IN HD. Pitts is luxe in all of the right ways–but we all know there is really no wrong way to be.
What's the most personal element about your style? Does it have a direct connection to a person, place or thing?
It’s funny; my parents were picking me up the Friday night before Christmas from Union Station back in D.C. to spend the holiday at home, and my dad had his denim jacket buttoned all the way with the collar popped. I’d never seen anyone wear it that way and was instantly inspired. In fact, I don’t think I’d ever been so enamored by someone’s personal style in my life. I’m not even joking. It was just so unexpected yet genuine and effortless. My dad has been a GQ magazine subscriber since he was 16-years-old, and I have been a Vogue subscriber since I was 18. Prior to that, I was subscribed to Teen Vogue but thought that once I was a legal adult, I needed to upgrade my subscription to its “grown and sexy,” mature counterpart. Anyway, my dad is both a tailored suit connoisseur and athleisure enthusiast.
I am so jealous that my older brother got 99% of his hand-me-downs, but thankfully, I was able to snag one or two for myself. I also have to give my mom major props for dressing me in everything from floral dresses with lace-trimmed socks and patent leather Mary Jane’s to swishy sweat suits and sneakers. Regardless of which end of the spectrum my outfit was on that particular day, I felt equally beautiful, happy, confident and comfortable. My mom really instilled in me that ladies can be feminine and fly in articles of clothing that were typically associated with being masculine.
Describe your style trajectory. How has it changed through the years? Where are you now on your style journey?
Wow, so I kind of already touched on how my mom dressed me as a kid, but I also want to note that having an older brother affected my childhood style because some of the clothes he outgrew were passed down to me. If I had an older sister, was the oldest myself or an only child, this might have changed things a little—not much though, I don’t think. When I started dressing myself, my mom really gave me creative freedom and didn’t negatively criticize my outfits, which I’m thankful for. I wanted to look like the characters on my favorite Nickelodeon and Disney Channel shows. I was also obsessed with Limited Too, so that was an entire era for me. I then discovered stores like Forever 21, dEliA*s and Aeropostale, which I got more into during middle school. In high school, I was really into Ralph Lauren, Urban Outfitters and H&M. I’d say this carried over into college for my first three years.
I was like a style chameleon, looking like a Harajuku girl one day and an equestrian the next. This lasted until I was a senior and became over it all. I was just ready to graduate and wore sweatpants every day unless I absolutely couldn’t, due to presentations for class, meetings for organizations I served on the executive board for, programs for my sorority, etc. Today, I don’t really know how to describe my style; I just wear what I like. I do think that there’s an element of refinement, and living in New York City for the past three years has definitely caused me to dress all the more for comfort. I work in the corporate office of a luxury fashion house, so while I must look polished, a lot of my work and play clothes are interchangeable–which is a blessing!
Has Instagram's dominance influenced your style at all?
Yes, of course! I follow so many accounts that inspire me, and if I said that Instagram didn’t at all cross my mind when shopping or getting dressed, I’d be lying. It’s not like, “Oh, I’m going to buy this so I can flex on the ‘Gram,” because I was into getting these ‘fits off before social media existed. However, it’s more like, “I love this. I want this. It makes me happy, and I’d love to share this extension of myself and expression of personal style with others.”
How have you dealt with struggle and learned to overcome it while on your path? Or would you say it’s ongoing learning experience?
I have a really loving support system that has encouraged me during times of struggle, which I thank God for. It is an ongoing experience for sure, but I’ve learned to trust the timing of my life and give thanks for everything that I have already accomplished. Having an attitude of gratitude really helps.
When going through a rough patch in life, do you tend to overdress or underdress?
I want to say that I underdress, but I’m not sure that’s accurate. I could be in the best mood ever and still want to wear sweats, and I could be in a funk and still put together “a look” if it comes to me–especially if I’m going to work or somewhere that I have to look halfway decent.
What do most people assume about you based on the way you dress?
I don’t know. *laughs* I actually have no idea, other than guys think that I’d only date a baller who made lots of money and drove a luxury vehicle. I’ve literally been told that, but I don’t know if it comes from the way that I dress or more so the way that I carry myself. I’m so confused by this assumption because if I had nice things before you, what makes you think I won’t have nice things during and after you?
Do you think you have a clear idea of what your style identity is? Why or why not?
I think my style identity is parallel to my identity as a person in that I’m multi-dimensional—so it’s not clear in terms of categorizing or putting a label on, but it is clear to me because my style is a summation of everything that makes me, me.
Aside from personal style, what other forms of self-expression do you indulge in? How does it alter your style, if at all?
I enjoy art, home interiors and beauty. I have a little, baby art collection and love supporting black artists—especially black women. I am really into making my living space beautiful and have had people tell me that my room is like a museum of me; I totally agree. Beauty is something I don’t express myself very often beyond skincare, but when I do, I like experimenting with different makeup looks and products. I think all of these forms of self-expression are intertwined and extensions of myself that innately alter one another.
How do you DREAM IN HD?
I DREAM IN HD by taking life day by day, doing my best and being intentional.