Maxi Dresses

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

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Cocktail Glamour

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.

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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.

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Waterfall Trench – Zulu Lulu

Tunic – Bershka

Pants – Forever New

Belt – Zulu Lulu

Clutch – Aldo

Shoes – Aminah Jillil

Happy Midweek readers!!

Much Love

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

The Bodysuit

Aaaah, the bodysuit. How chic and fabulous! Forget about all the horrible pictures you’ve seen of your mom donning her bodysuit in the 80’s (high cut terribleness), our generations version is just amazing! I am obsessed with the way a blouse looks neatly tucked into a pencil skirt, with nothing puffing out over the waistband. So of course, as soon as I came across this bodysuit shirt, I had to have it, to achieve the neatly tucken in awesomeness.

 

And in all honesty, bodysuits don’t need to be restricted to just corporate wear. Why not try it out with high-waisted jeans or shorts on the weekend? So yes, it has a g-string bottom (care for bum floss anyone), which can be off-putting for most woman, but trust me, that’s one of the nicest features, no untidy tell-tale panty lines. I can get use to that!

 

Shirt – Zara

Skirt – Forever New

Shoes – Zara

Handbag – Zulu Lulu

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!!!

xoxoxo

Cobalt and Pleats

There’s just no escaping it. Pleated skirts are amazing. No matter the length or fabric, they are forgiving, flattering, ultra-feminine and a perfect way to update one’s look.

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Let’s just get over the connotations associated with pleats – school uniforms, old school secretary getups, you get the point. Pleated skirts work in all shades so best you get your hands on yours before the best ones sell out!

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Blouse – Topshop

Skirt – Zara

Belt – Forever New

Shoes – Vincci

Happy Midweek Evereyone!

xoxoxoxo

Black and White

Black and White Tuesday! I’ve tried to keep my look today quite classic (lets rather say tres chic) with a black and white colour combination. And well, quite a few of my favourite things in life, happen to be black and white, so its rather fitting. The chanel logo, houndstooth prints, ying and yang.

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Top – Woolworths

Skirt – Forever New

Shoes – Woolworths

Stockings – Zulu Lulu

HAVE AN AMAZING DAY EVERYONE!!!

xoxoxoxox

Obsessed with Pockets

I love functionality. And functionality in clothes has to be my ultimate! I love pockets! Especially for formal clothing. I am always needing space for my access card or cellphone and pockets are perfect. That being said, my look today incorprates a skirt with pockets.

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Shirt – Forever New

Skirt – Jo Borkett

Stockings – Falke

Shoes – Woolworths

Bag – Guess

Have an amazing week everyone!

xoxoxoxox