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
My Life in Pink teamed up with Marks & Spencer to deliver one of the key trends this Autumn: Head-to-toe knitwear. For my readers in the Southern hemisphere going into Spring and still expericening some chilly morning and evenings, these trends can totally apply to you too, because who doesn’t love wooly textures and oversized layering.
Here are five ways to rock the old knitwear trend with a new and refreshing spin.
THE NEW SPORTY:
Add a sporty spin to your knitwear by playing around with chunky socks and tying an additional knit around your waist or shoulders. Adding that extra knit as an accessory instantly updates your outfit with a cool edge and when the sun sets and things get cooler, layer on up.
Last season we saw countless oversize, chunky knit designs stealing the limelight during fashion week. This season the latest knitwear essential is the jersey dress as seen at Céline, Chloe and Stella McCartney. Play it cool with a pair of simple sneakers or dress it up with a waist belt to accentuate your waistline and a pair of ankle boots. Don’t be afraid to play with layers either.
Do you ever wake up in the morning and struggle to decide what to wear? From the Wimbledon courts to a high street must, the twinset makes getting ready in the morning a whole lot easier. The addition of a skirt slit and bell sleeves adds a modern seventies touch to your everyday twinset. An outfit that is easy to take from day to night with the addition of a pair of heels and a red lip.
One way to face the coming Winter months head on is with the good old classics: knitted beanies and scarves, as seen at Gucci and Anna Sui. There’s no denying that the key to Winter dressing is to layer, layer and layer again. Team your jersey dress with a pair of tights and thigh high boots for extra warmth.
JUST OUT OF BED:
One way to mimic the latest laid back look, “just-out-of-bed”, is with a Seattle neo-grunge vibe. Think alternative sweatpants, long-line cardigans and cut off gloves. Play around with different textures and silhouettes when layering your knits. Think 90’s cool kids.
You can shop all my knitwear outfits online at Marks & Spenser here.
Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and an even better week ahead.
Lately I’ve felt like no matter where I travel to I simply can not escape the cold. Right now I am lying in bed with a box of tissues and a scarf, I’m in Hamburg, it’s 8 degrees oh and apparently it’s Summer… yeah right.
My oversized parka coat from Levi’s has been my best friend, protecting me from the icy winds and cold rains. One of my favourite things about this particular coat is the fact that you can change it up. The faux fur hoodie is detachable and so is the inner sheepskin lining. This way when things start to warm up a little I can adapt my coat to the weather.
For today’s look post I paired my coat with a summery dress from Country Road and one of my fave cotton knits from Zara for a bit of feminine flow.
Photos by Justin Polkey
I finally have a new look post for you guys! So as you may know, if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (@emmajanementeath, emmamenteath), I was in Paris last week with ELLE South Africa for some exciting projects, a.ka. shooting and interviewing Kristina Bazan and now I am in London running around meeting clients. So life has been a bit of a whirl wind.
Today’s look features two of my current must haves:
1.) My leather thigh highs from Witchery which a.) never fall down the leg like most annoying pairs of thigh highs and b.) are so comfortable I could wear them all day without my feet hurting. I’ve been searching for a pair of thigh highs for years now and I’m glad to say I finally found my dream pair. (p.s they come in grey too.)
2.) My second must have is this pleather skirt from local fashion blogger, Brett Robson, latest collection. The mesh detail adds that extra touch that’ll take your outfit to the next level. I’ve worn mine to castings with a simple black tee, I’ve worn it to work with turtle necks and I’ve worn it to parties with a tight lace top and a leather jacket. It’s a versatile piece that can be worn in so many ways.
For today’s look I teamed my thigh high’s and pleather skirt with a cotton knit from Zara for a casual yet elegant look. It’s a look that is formal enough to wear to the office but at the same time casual enough to wear to lunch with friends.
Tip: Make sure you show a little skin between your boots and your skirt, it adds just the right amount of sexiness.
Shot by Justin Polkey