I must say I was a little sad when the season began to change here in Cape Town, I mean who doesn’t want a 12 month long beach season, but the chiller evenings combined with oversized sweaters and red wine have definitely started convincing me that a change of season isn’t all bad but rather something to be welcomed and enjoyed. As a good friend of mine always reminds me “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.”
Which brings me to the mention of my new footgear – the Baylith boots – black, slick and uber comfortable. Forget the classic ankle boot, the true trend this fall is a pair of chunky and flat military-inspired boots. Think 80’s Berlin.
Paired perfectly with my favourite winter garment – an oversized mohair sweater (there’s nothing cosier) – a pair of cords and my new Thalia Strates sheep skin handbag strap. Even my bag gets to dress up this fall.
Something that’s a little more transeasonal that I can never get enough of is a matching suit. This one I got for a steal when I was traveling through Barcelona last year. They the easiest clothing items to play around with. Dress em up with heels and a sexy lace bra underneath for a night out or keep it cool by playing around with layers – such as a logo tee (pictured below) or perhaps a turtle neck for a chilly evening out.
Flatforms – anyone tried them? I love the instant ‘jazz‘ they add to any look, think nineties Spice Girls. Despite their ugly undertones, flatforms are surprisingly versatile and of course, lend you a couple of extra inches which never hurt anyone.
*Shot in collaboration with Call It Spring. All views and opinions are my own.
Styling & Creative
Emma Jane Menteath
With temperatures starting to drop it’s no secret that Winter is right around the corner… and what’s a must for every Winter? A pair of boots of course.
Skimping on proper good quality footwear is never an option, especially during Winter. No matter how many pairs of boots I own I still find myself browsing the stores trying to find that perfect pair of boots that are a.) Waterproof. I cannot stand wet socks! b.) Durable c.) comfortable and d.) of course stylish.
Layering is key during the colder months and I’ve teamed my cosy turtle neck with the ultimate double breasted military coat, a pair of fish nets (yes you heard me right, when was the last time you wore a pair of fishnets?) maroon Chelsea rain boots, a classic gumboot with a sleek style upgrade, and a simple clutch.
There’s something rather sleek about carrying around a clutch bag instead of a tote or cross-body. They form an essential part of any wardrobe, and can transform your look from classic to cool in a flash. Or course I opted for the more minimal clutch, though I did make sure that they matched my boots. The Perry Clutch from Witchery also comes in black and it’s on sale.
For a classic take on the Seventies I teamed a navy turtle neck (because sometimes it’s nice to take a break from black.) with a pair of cropped, frayed denims and tan leather accessories: the skinny belt and block studded heels, the two must have accessories this winter.
Belts are often the go to accessory to enhance the seasons latest trend. For an evening look add a velvet or bejewelled belt. For a feminine look and a way to enhance your figure when wearing a winter knit or your favourite winter coat add a waist belt that helps clinch in the waist line. Or for a simple, minimal update add a thin tan or black belt to your look.
Let’s talk about the block heel. Seen on the runway thanks to designers such as Anthony Vaccarello and Dior, the block heel is a comfortable and reliable heel. This particular pair has some added flair with it’s gold studs and double buckles. What’s not to love?
What’s your must have accessories for this Winter?
Two weekends ago I was at the Design Indaba at the CTICC in Cape Town just browsing through everyone’s stalls. I wasn’t really in a shopping mood until I came across Adriaan Kuiters’ stall. I’ve been looking for a dress covered in eyes for ages now so I was over the moon with excitement when I saw Adriaan Kuiters selling eye dresses. I didn’t even try it on, just bought it and came straight home 🙂
It really is one of my most comfortable pieces. Loose and baggy and yet still stylish as hell. It’s the perfect dress to have dinner in, that way at the end of your meal, after stuffing your face, no one can see your ‘food baby’ haha. (Seriously! I had a six course meal and I was thanking my stars that I had decided to wear this dress to dinner.)
p.s what do you think about my new pink tips? Love or hate?
Shot by Justin Polkey in Knysna.
“Women think of all colours except the absence of colour. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” ~ Coco Chanel, Chanel.
Whenever I am in an absolute fix and simply can not decide what to wear or how I feel I pull out anything in my wardrobe which is black. Why?
Black is simple. If you want to be elegant you will be elegant. If you want to be gothic you will be gothic and if you want to be sexy you will be sexy. Black adapts to your needs, be it any shape or form.
Wearing blacks helps you to look taller and skinner, and what girl doesn’t love that! Every women should own a pair of black jeans, a black leather jacket and a LBD. Timeless pieces which you’ll keep forever.
This season at New York Spring 2013 fashion shows we saw a wide variety of black and white pieces. From Marc Jacobs to Thakoon, each designer creating their own unique pieces.
But hey, not all of use like to go all black, so why not accessorise with some black fashion statements such as a chunky bag, matte nail polish or classy ankle boots?
Below are some of my favourite black accessories for the season. Hopefully they help you find some inspiration.