I’m currently sitting in one of my favourite London coffee shops, Clerkenwell Grind, putting this post together before having to rush off to the airport for a few days of work in Portugal. I had the most magical time road tripping through Portugal last year so I am excited to see what the country has in store for me this time around.
Ever heard of the Chaos Theory? Well it basically states that every single decade now influences our current sartorial choices. The 70’s are a trend but so are the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s.
My look in today’s post was definitely inspired by a little 70’s courtesy of my canary yellow flared trousers and aviator sunglasses, with a touch of 90’s thanks to my beaded sweetie bag and Nike Air Max 95’s. Chaos Theory.
Speaking of beaded bags, I’m so into my new one from Mango! It reminds me of my childhood days – mini plastic or beaded handbags filled with handfuls of sweets, my mom’s leftover lip ice and perhaps a Puppy in my Pocket or two. Now my beaded bag is home to my iPhone, a pack of gum and a Chanel powder palette. I guess that mean’s I’m a grown up now.
Checked blazer | Mango
Yellow linen trousers | Mango
Cream turtle neck knit | Mango
Trainers | Nike
Beaded bag | Mango
Sunglasses | Ray-Ban
Necklace | Mango
Shot by Justin Polkey
I couldn’t be happier with the latest fashion trends that have emerged from fashion week’s around the world. Miss-match prints, overtly bright colours and bold I don’t give a damn cuts, my inner child is squealing with delight.
I first started noticing this shift in trends during Copenhagen Fashion Week (CFW), no minimal scandi designs but rather a delightful array of bright pinks and greens teamed with Havaianas (yes, they having a comeback folks!) or sleek cowboy boots. Anything went at CFW.
I remember having a conversation a few months back where someone asked me what my style was and to be honest, I’ve never really had one. I dress how I feel when I wake up in the mornings and tend to enjoy flowing with the trends. However, with that being said I’ve always felt this desire to dress like the 5 year old girls I see in the playground when I walk my dog. Carefree, miss-match prints paired with a tulle skirt and a pair of bunny ears because why the hell not. CFW was a sophisticated version of that 5 year old girl.
So this weekend, in honour of my inner child, I decided to wear all the leopard print, my brightly coloured socks and baggy overalls leaving room for a cinnamon bun (or two). Here’s to my 5 year old self.
Shot by Justin Polkey
First of all, greetings from London, I’ve been here for just over a month now and I am still busy adapting to it’s fast paced lifestyle even though I’ve been coming here for the past 10 years. It’s the complete opposite to Cape Town in so many ways which has me feeling overly excited and eager about things but at the same time anxious and homesick. I guess I’m a true gemini.
I’m a bit late in posting this look to the blog – as I am with most of my posts to be 100% honest – hashtag #priority – it’s the one major problem I face since my blog isn’t my only job, more of a hobby really to explore creative fields and learn new things about myself but I’m not going to get too deep into that topic just yet.
Throwback to our blissful stay at Bosjes Farm out in the Breede Valley in South Africa, a 2 hour drive from Cape Town offering the perfect weekend getaway filled with hearty meals, bottles of wine and plenty of peaceful bird watching. (I wrote a full blog post about it, see here.)
I packed my vacation suitcase in such a last minute flurry that I ended up with an eclectic mix of prints (polka dots and leopard print), brightly coloured jackets and plenty of straw items. It worked out well in the end, I mean maybe a bit glamorous for ‘farmyard wanderings’, but I’ll take a page from Beyonce’s book and own that sh*t.
Me&B bodice top
Gucci Jordaan leather loafers
Bo & Luca Giza earrings
Lack of Color straw boater hat
Carry Ann Gracie woven bag
Missoma mini fang necklace
Gigi Hadid x Vogue Eyewear sunglasses
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