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
I love feathers! And they seem to be everywhere in the fashion world the past few years. They aren’t just confined to prints on fabric, they have been forming part of jewellery and hair extensions too! So no, feathers aren’t just part of costumes on Strictly Come Dancing, in my opinion, they are totally mainstream. And they are the perfect print for winter this season.
Yes I know that its a rather bold print but it makes such a statement with little effort. Why not challenge yourself to add a feather inspired piece into your wardrobe this season, be it a piece of jewellery or an item of clothing. You’ll be surprised at how versatile this design is.
My look today incorporates a feather print dress, sheer stockings and ankle boots. And in all honesty, I wish I could sleep in this ensemble.
Dress – Zulu Lulu
Hat – Zulu Lulu
Boots – Zoom
The only thing I love about winter is layering up in luxe looks. And this season, nothing says chic quite like the “cape coat”. I have seen so many cape coats on the runways that I’ve actually now lost count. And of course I would take notice of these amazing pieces of fashion architecture! In my humble opinion, cape coats are a fashion forward look to die for.
For me, the ultimate is that these coats transform the simplest of outfits into something special with almost minimal effort. Skinny jeans paired with riding boots and a cape coat. Bull’s eye. Nuff said.
Cape coat – Zulu Lulu
Jeggings – Zara
Boots – Country Road
Have an amazing day beautiful readers!!!
The recent uprisings in our country are proof that we still have a long way to go in terms of growth as a nation. When has it become ok to reconcile our gripes through violence? Let’s not forget that we are all foreigners somewhere. Africa isn’t just our birth land, it is our being. Let’s unite. One nation. One Africa.
When did we become such selfish beings? We continually look for divide and I in my personal capacity condemn such behaviour. We emphasise the differences between blacks and whites. Yet at the same token, we keep calling for change. Change starts with us. Think about the recent actions of our people bringing down statues. Have we forgotten that some of these people (Mahatma Gandhi for instance) fought for the peace in our land? Are we so driven by anger and hatred that we forget the ability to think?
Let’s remember, our country was first plagued by Apartheid. Now we find ourselves turning on our fellow Africans. Let’s unite before we start turning on our very own South Africans. This is a circle of destruction. I am fortunate enough to interact with people of all races and nationalities; with each one contributing in some way to where I am today. To move forward, we need each other. Let us as the younger South African generation, aid social unity and illustrate to the world the true spirit of UBUNTU.
Let’s make a difference, a difference together. Don’t just sit back, be the change. If you would like to contribute blankets, food and/or clothing for victims of xenophobia please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange. If you are in the Johannesburg area, a refugee camp has been set up at Christ Church Mayfair, corner Park Drive and Main Reef Road and all donations are welcome.
Hat – Zulu Lulu
Shirt – Woolworths
Jumper – H&M
Leggings – Bershka
Sneakers – Converse
May this week be a peaceful one!!