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
Has anyone else felt like March has been an insanely emotionally challenging month? My personal life has felt like a pan of scrambled eggs. Everything from work deadlines to challenging health obstacles I’ve never so eagerly awaited the end of a month as much as I have with March 2018. (Not that the end of a month solves anything but you know, clean slate just helps things mentally.)
At least seasons are changing and I’m grateful for that. I just adore transeasonal dressing. More layers = more fun!
Speaking of transeasonal, is there anything more versatile than a denim jacket? This one has a dark black wash and finished with light brushing and abrasions for a beautiful lived-in feel. I was clearly inspired by the 70’s and the flower power kids, embracing my inner hippy with a floral maxi dress paired with some comfy trainers for the perfect effortless street style look.
Country Road maxi dress
Country Road black denim jacket
Country Road leather handbag
Lucy Williams x Missoma mini fang necklace
Adam Soloman x Le Spec sunglasses via MatchesFashion
Denim overalls – the ultimate off-duty style. A.k.a coffee hunting outfit. Comfortable and adaptable for any situation or style. Also having a major crush on beret’s at the moment ever since I discovered they the perfect beanie alternative, they really do keep your ears warm!
Which look do you prefer? L.A chic flower power gal or wannabe Parisian painter?
*Shot in collaboration with Country Road. All views and opinions are my own.
Styling & Creative
Emma Jane Menteath
On the 28th February H&M will reveal their new Studio collection in true style at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs during Paris Fashion Week. A collection inspired and revolved around Japan’s minimalistic design and quiet grace.
In line with their new Studio collection H&M will also be sponsoring a major exhibition about Japan at Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The exhibition will open later in the year and celebrate 150 years of cultural exchange between France and Japan, plus explore Japan’s influence in Western culture.
A collection featuring clean silhouettes, head-to-toe prints and bright colours while still embracing an overall relaxed feel. Think flowing full-length dresses, easy tunics worn over trousers, utilitarian tailoring and statement knits.
The collection will be available in the Sandton City store on the 1st of March 2018.
There’s something just so comforting about slipping on a pair of good quality socks. The way they hug your feet as if to say “I’ll take care of you today.”
This year one of the accessory trends to steal the limelight on the runway was heels with socks – yes you heard me right- replacing the typical ankle boot. From Mulberry’s fluffy mohair socks to Isabel Marant’s glitter goodness it’s a trend that’s bound to hit the high steet soon.
With Christmas right around the corner we teamed up with Falke to spoil 3 lucky readers with a gift box set with 3 pairs of beautifully crafted mercerised cotton socks. I adore these anklets and wear them every other day no matter the occasion. Whether I’m heading out to dinner with heels or going to the office with my loafers.
All you got to do to stand a chance of winning one of these gift sets is to follow Falke South Africa on Facebook and leave a comment on this blog post letting me know which of the three socks you prefer the best: Does yellow float your boat, maybe dark navy is your vibe or perhaps baby blue suits you better? For an extra entry share this competition on Facebook.
Competition closes 18 December 2017. Open to South Africa citizens only.
Good Luck 🙂
Creative & styling: Emma Jane Menteath
Photography: Justin Polkey
* In collaboration with Falke. All views and opinions are my own.