Whether it’s singing, creating stellar music videos, running a business, or maintaining her blog, My White T, Jessi Malay does everything effortlessly. Born and based in Los Angeles, Malay is a style blogger, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and an all-around superwoman in her own world. What links together everything she does is her personal style that she strongly believes you should stay true to. Malay’s authenticity shines through not only her extraordinary work in the music industry, but also in the world of fashion. She has elevated a sense of style that sums up the definition of a girl-on-the-go who has places to be and people to see. Malay’s style has been featured in the press of NYFW, Allure Magazine, Calvin Klein, Dita, Nasty Gal, Ray Ban, and plenty of others. She has collaborated with numerous brands all while representing herself through her priceless style. Get to know more about Jessi Malay, where she gains inspiration, and what personal style means to her.
Cliché: What inspired you to create a blog and share your style with the world?
Jessi Malay: As an artist, fashion and personal style have always gone hand in hand with my music. While I was signed to Warner Bros. Records, they would always tell me I had to be more eccentric, dress more extreme like Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj, but that’s just not me. I’ve always been more attracted to street style and women that just do great fashion on an everyday basis, which is what initially inspired me to start a blog. I wanted to talk about what real women love and wear, what sets each of us apart in subtle ways. Flash forward to a year later, and the production company I started with my best friend got a gig covering events for New York Fashion Week. I had the chance to sit down with Diane Von Furstenberg and interview her one-on-one about her latest collection and what inspires her to keep creating. It really motivated me to dig deeper, to become a student of fashion, and now I really use my blog as a space to curate all that I learn and see on runways and make it wearable for every woman.
How do you go about curating inspiration for your style posts?
A lot of what I post on the blog are looks that have been inspired by trends that I’m seeing on the runway that I mix into my personal style, which is a hybrid of ‘70s glam and modern street style. I also try to do a lot of high/low price points, show how to pair a $30 jacket from H&M with a great bag and shoes and make it all look really expensive.
We all have those “I don’t know what to wear” days. What is your go-to look for a day like this?My everyday uniform, whether it be for a lunch meeting, day at the office/studio, or location scout, is a great pair of high-waisted and ripped skinny jeans, deep plunge silk cross front blouse (I have a tailor, and I’ve had her make one for me in every color), and statement heels. I like to have fun with my shoes and bags! Colors, fringe, straps—I’m into all of that! I think it also really helps to have staple jewelry pieces that you wear every day. What I love about fine jewelry is that it becomes a part of you almost. I have a ring on every finger, and I never take them off! Each one has a special meaning attached and they instantly make every outfit look like me.
Do you have any fashion icons who you gain style inspiration from?
Absolutely! I’m obsessed with Brigitte Bardot and her unapologetically sexy yet relaxed style. Also Bianca Jagger via Studio 54 Days for how dramatic and glamorous she was.