Put A Hat On It!

So in keeping with my “Being Winter Savvy” series of blog posts, I cannot ignore the amazing headwear trends for Fall/Winter 2015. Hats in my opinion give ones look a whole new vibe. Drab to fab in seconds. The latest hat trends seem to be everywhere so this blog post is focusing on my favourite styles and how to style them.

Beanies are one of my favourites.

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They remind me of my childhood winters and are really easy to wear. This season sees numerous retro updates, girly pom poms (my favourite of course) and grunge styles on the market. I love pairing beanies with skinny jeans and sneakers. Downtown L.A. vibes right here in the heart of Johannesburg.

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From wide-brim hats to floppy felt hats, the options are pretty much endless when it comes to structured hats.

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A structured hat can easily be paired with heels, boots or sneakers and it adds a feminine touch to any outfit. For a statement look, why not match your hat to your lip colour and keep the rest of the ensemble easy and simple (my winter favourite is deep red shades). I am obsessed with ankle boots and floppy felt hats. Look out for a full outfit post incorporating my faves!

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Aaaaah and then there is the beret (oh how French).

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I remember berets being so on point whilst I was growing up and then they somehow disappeared. But they are definitely making a comeback this season. Paired either with skirts or trousers (well paired with basically any bottom), berets give ones look a modern fresh feel. My ultimate chic beret styling? Skirt with a knitted tunic and a leather jacket!

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And just like that, Winter is about to get the fab factor!!

xoxoxoxo

Winter Coats

Given that we moving into the colder seasons of the year, I thought it would be rather informative to do a few posts on how to become winter savvy. The first post in this series deals with finding a timeless winter coat that you’ll love year after year. Being a summer baby, I find winter long and harsh. However, I must admit that the fashion trends throughout the colder months are amazeballs.

I am especially fond of winter coats. When selecting a coat, functionality for me is of utmost importance. I always look for versatility and warmth. Ideally, I believe that every wardrobe should have an outerwear jacket and a longer length coat. Jackets work best for casual occasions, while coats often add a dressier feel to ones look. And then to move onto the warmth factor. On a recent trip to Europe (which was during the height of winter) I learnt that the warmest coat you can find is down-filled. When shopping in South Africa, you probably won’t find down-filled coats in abundance so my suggestion is to find a coat which is padded.

Winter is always full of rich colour. Think berry and green tones which are envisaged to be huge this winter. I am however all about key neutrals (grey, black, navy and cream). And my reason for this is that the key neutrals generally match a wider range of clothing. Unless you have an endless money supply, the chances of owning a coat for every ensemble is rather slim, so rather invest in pieces which you get the most wear out of.

Always remember that quality is key when purchasing a coat. I find a coat purchase usually being an investment piece as I like to wear it over a few years. As such, if you share the same sentiment, rather spend a bit more on your coat so that it lasts for the desired time frame.

If you are tall, you are blessed as your body can handle almost any silhouette. If you are buying a longer length coat, make sure that it stops just at the top of your knees for the most flattering fit.

If you are plus sized and/or have wide hips, tailored, straight lines are your most flattering option. Stay away from wide, belted styles. Also, three quarter length jackets are better suited to your frame than short jackets that tend to chop the body in half.

If you’re short, follow the same advice given for plus sized individuals above. And lastly, if you have a large bust you want to minimize stay away from puffy, short jackets that accentuate the upper torso and baby doll empire styles that add volume from the bust down.

My ultimate favourite colour for a winter coat is navy as seen in my outfit post below. I find it dressy, slimming (what a bonus) and works perfectly for day and evening looks.

 

Coat – Ted Baker

Blouse – Forever New

Jeans – Armani Exchange

Shoes – Poetry

Happy Winter Shopping 🙂

xoxoxoxo

Purply Blues

I love purple. Its extremely flattering on most skin tones and an extremely versatile colour. So of course when I came across this purple and nude beauty, I needed to have it. I find the nude and purple colour combination really complimentary and delicate. Given that purple is a mix of blue and red, both these shades look amazing when paired with purple. Hence I chose a navy pair of shoes and a navy and cream handbag to accessorise my look.

 

Dress: Jo Borkett

Shoes: Zara

Bag: Zulu Lulu

HAPPY HUMP DAY EVERYONE!

xoxoxo