Aaaaah the maxi dress!!! And, yes I acknowledge that most maxi dresses aren’t extremely winter friendly, unless you layer up (leggings underneath, coat and scarf on top). However, I am still a firm believer that when aiming to look effortlessly put together, you can’t put a foot wrong with a maxi dress.
So let’s get straight to it. Maxi dresses should make you feel gorgeous. I also find that with maxi dresses, go for something timeless. This should be an item of clothing you keep reusing whenever you are looking for something bold. The style I have invested in is one which flatters my body type. Firstly, I am short, so the stripes create an illusion that I am actually taller than I really am. Secondly, my waist is the smallest part of my body so a long dress cinched at the waist draws attention away from my problem areas.
And no, there is no formula to the perfect maxi dress, just like finding the right man, you will find your perfect style and fit, after trying on a few.
Dress – Zulu Lulu
Belt – Forever New
Shoes – Rage
Much Love xxx
Everyone who knows me, knows that I love flats. Had I not been a corporate working class girl, my closet would’ve probably comprised solely of flats. So with the imminent occurrence of winter, I needed a few items to update my wardrobe (which is usually the case on an annual basis). And this year, ankle boots were number one on my list. There are just so many beautiful styles to choose from however none ‘spoke’ to me.
That was until I walked into Nine West (for a very different reason might I add). I found the most ideal pair of ankle boots in the store and Murphy’s law, they don’t have it in my size. The sales assistant goes on to tell me they are basically sold out of this style across South Africa. Oh the horror! Anyways, being my determined self, I still left my details just in case by some miracle a pair could be sourced. And as they say, the rest is history! I am now the proud owner of the most amazing ankle boots.
I will be doing a series of posts incorporating these boots into my looks so keep an eye out for them. And ladies remember, you don’t need these exact pairs to create gorgeous looks. My looks are purely inspiration for you to get out your boots and style them to perfection.
My first look incorporates rolled jeans. I love letting a bit of my ankle show between my jeans and boots, highlighting the thinnest part of my legs so that I don’t look like I have wide ankles. This look works best with skinny jeans. Other styles of jeans tend to shorten your legs when rolled. I’ve paired these jeans with a loose fitting shirt for a comfortable yet stylish weekend look.
Shirt – Zara
Jeans – Zara
Boots – Nine West
Sunglasses – Cotton On
I’m always excited to receive invites in the mail. This time was no different. Of course I am excited at the prospect of attending an elegant event. Well, until I get to the dress code. And that’s where my issues begin.
Issue 1 – I am one of those people who don’t really know what cocktail attire means. Issue 2 – How does one dress winter appropriately and still pull of cocktail attire. So you guys now understand my dilemma. Black tie, white tie, semi-formal, business, business casual, smart casual, casual and then you still get cocktail! All these vague sartorial rules and regulations are enough to make my head spin.
And so naturally, I think black. You can never go wrong with black. And typically, I’d say a LBD would be ideal, however I am in Johanneburg and the evenings are pretty chilly. And I decided to put a little spin on cocktail attire. The outfit shall be elegant, dressy and weather appropriate. Tailored pants and a long sleeved waterfall coat teamed with statement heels and metallic accessories. Whether or not this actually equates to cocktail attire, I still have no clue. But in all honesty, I do feel fabulous. Isn’t that what individuality is about after all.
Waterfall Trench – Zulu Lulu
Tunic – Bershka
Pants – Forever New
Belt – Zulu Lulu
Clutch – Aldo
Shoes – Aminah Jillil
Happy Midweek readers!!
Every winter, I buy an item of clothing with waterfall traits. Each year sees me buying a different colour and style, all in aid of building up my personal collection. This year is no different. And, in my opinion, the waterfall style trenches and cardigans are a winter wardrobe staple. In all its elegance and flattery, the draped collar looks amazing with just about everything.
I tend to find that the waterfall design is somewhat oversized, which is why I suggest always pairing this piece with a belt around the waist. However, that being said, each to her own. Waterfall outerwear also looks amazing left loose for a more boho-chic look.
In today’s look, I have styled my oversized felt waterfall coat with skinny jeans, a waist belt and heels. I have kept my look pretty simple and weekend friendly. But of course you can also style these pieces with pencil skirts and dresses for office glam. The options are endless. Lookout for my post on how I style my waterfall coat during the week. Coming soon!!!
Waterfall coat – Zulu Lulu
Tunic – Woolworths
Jeans – Armani Exchange
Shoes – Zara
Handbag – Guess