If white cotton shirts are my Summer staple, then knitwear is my Winter addiction. I can’t get enough, no matter how high my knitwear pile grows (yes, my clothing is categorised…) I just don’t stop buying more.
There’s just something so cosy about wearing a slightly oversized knit with a pair of denims or trousers and your favourite Winter scarf while you run out to go grab your mid day coffee.
This Winter I’ll be wrapping up in this warm wool-blend knit with a roll neck and extra long sleeves from Witchery. Keeping things on the more masculine side with baggy trousers and a pair of loafers. For a feminine approach, style your knit with skinny jeans and a pair of ankle boots.
Your alarm buzzes for the umpteenth time and you realise you only have 15min to get ready and on top of the rush you have no idea what to wear.
We’ve all been in above situation many times before and one of my go-to’s in such situation is the ever so loyal twinset. From the Wimbledon courts to a high street must, the twinset makes getting ready in the morning a whole lot easier.
I’ve kept my outfit casual with a pair of grey slip on’s but if you wondering how to pull this look off for work simply add a pair of heels and a loose bun.
There’s no reason not to get cosy this Winter.
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?
Recently I’ve been staying in the most unbelievable house in Cape Town that I never want to leave. Every morning , as the sun rises, I am greeted with an unobstructed view of the full length of Table Mountain (One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World) and feel, excuse the hashtag, utterly #blessed.
Lately I’ve been feeling uninspired by work and life in general but I think this house may just have ignited my ambition, perseverance and creative juices. Fingers crossed it’s a permanent thing…
When it comes to ease, nothing beats a twinset. Your outfit is already paired together for you and all you got to do is add a pair of shoes and an accessory or two and you good to go because we all know that taking over the World requires our full attention.
Today we celebrating local design duo Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen, also know as AKJP. Apart from designing their own clothing line, Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen also own the AKJP Collective. A concept store in Cape Town brought to you to showcase local SA design at its best.
The duo was one of three local South African designers to be selected as one of the finalists in the Who Is On Next? Dubai scouting project launched by Vogue Italia and dedicating to discovering design talent from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
I recently attended AKJP’s AW’16 fashion show and opted to wear something from the designers themselves. A shirt dress (which I actually think is a longer length tee from the guys section) from one of their previous collections. I wanted an overall athleisure look so teamed the tee with the new “it” sneaker from adidas Originals, the NMD’s, and knotted hair instead of boxer braids. My final touch was my dark lip, Plum and Base, courtesy of Catrice.
With the duo making waves in the design industry both locally and abroad I think we can expect some extraordinary things from Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen.
Photos by Justin Polkey