WINTER IS COMING.

So winter is slowly creeping up on us – well at least in some parts of the country. However, knowing Cape Town it could be pouring with rain/freezing cold/dark and gloomy/all of the above by 5pm today. So I think it is time we start preparing for it. And by preparing, I mean shopping. DUH, WHAT ELSE?

Fashion Month is over and there are several key trends coming off the runways: black is back – as it always is – winter whites are a huge trend; LEATHER ANYTHING aka the entire Balmain Paris collection, patterns, prints and textures a la D&G were seen all over Fashion Weeks and street stylers, and menswear for women returned as a must-do for A/W 14. Plus, there is the increasingly popular throwback to 90s grunge and a return of tartan. If you want to have a further look, check out my faaaaaave WGSN.

Now, here is something I have (had to) learn over the years: just because it’s a trend does not mean you should wear it. Trends are guidelines, nothing more. I know everyone, aka designers, magazines and bloggers, always says it but too many people aren’t listening. For example, crop tops were pretty much the biggest trend of summer but I cannot and did not wear any because they just do not suit my body type. That is to say I would fall/burst out of a crop top and blind everyone walking past me (and let us not even mention how RUH-VOTING I would look sitting down). So for winter, as much as it is a trend, I probably won’t be wearing tartan purely because I don’t really like it – and that is perfectly fine. You don’t have to love or agree with everything the designers put out (personally, I absolutely HATED Jeremy Scott for Moschino. Gasp).

So here are the trends/looks I will be trying out and having fun with this winter season: black on black on black, tailored dressing (I have a new found love affair with this look now that I am a workin’ gal), some fabulous kind of below-the-knew coat, chunky knits because I love to be cosy, wide-brimmed hats and beanies because I love them/my ears get really cold in winter, rich textures and bold colours like oxblood, navy, plum (especially in lipstick) and my all-time favourite colour, grey, leopard print because why the hell not, and, finally, an envelope clutch that is either insanely textured or extravagantly embellished. Shoes-wise I am currently dying over flat, pointy leather ankle boots like my studded black pair from Zara. They’re so chic and go with everything which is not only easy to incorporate into an existing wardrobe but also cost-effective (win). And they’re great for work, too!

PS. For those in-between days, do yourself a favour and invest in a kaftan. Cotton On has a divine selection of patterns, colours and materials (lightweight and knit) – I already have three and that’s only because I lost the fourth. Ponchos are also great for throwing on/wrapping yourself in – I have one from two seasons ago from Woolworths and it is still as good as new and my go-to winter warmer.

Seriously, fashion is about wearing what makes YOU feel good and look good and shouldn’t be a difficult thing (if it is, you’re trying too hard. Sorry sweetheart but it’s true). Play with colours, textures and prints or stick to monochromatic, simple cuts. Basically, whatever floats your fashion boat. Take a risk, try it out or keep with what you know, the main thing is to enjoy yourself. It’s fashion, not brain surgery.

And just in case you’re feeling uninspired or dreading the onset of cold, rainy days (my best), here is some visual stimulation courtesy of Pinterest and those wonderful souls who capture fashion in all its fantastical fancy. Plus, a lot of these looks are available in store in most of our local (or locally based international) retailers so there really is no excuse.

DO EPIC CHIC.

xxx until next time

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this outfit is EVERYTHING (and more)
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this gold velvet clutch? I DIE
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there she goes again with that gold velvet clutch. never mind how obsessed I am with the rest of the outfit
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there is a hat exactly like this one at RVCA stores here so please can someone buy it for me like right now? thanks
I WILL find these ahhhmazing boots and I WILL buy them and they WILL form the base of my winter wardrobe
I WILL find these ahhhmazing boots and I WILL buy them and they WILL form the base of my winter wardrobe

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the chicest backpack in the whole wide world
the chicest backpack in the whole wide world
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the embellished clutch of my dreams
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LOVE everything about this outfit
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Mr Price has the exact same shoes (if not actually slightly cooler ones) in store now so you’re welcome
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this skirt is in Mr Price too just bee tee dubs
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OBVS Karlie Kloss is killing it in monochrome and those sneaky non-sleeve sleeves

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OBSESSED with the pattern and texture on these knits
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this hat and coat (never mind the shoes I am dying over)
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be two cooler pals, I dare you
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at least three of my favourite winter trends DONE RIGHT in one outfit (aka not overkill): winter whites, the statement coat and some leopard print texture
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EVERYTHING (and my love affair with kaftans)
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and again

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this cinched grey poncho and that bright orange stripe I actually can't
this cinched grey poncho and those bright orange stripes? I actually can’t
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absolutely adore this pop of colour for winter
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similar to Elle Fanning’s smash hit pea green coat and a nice way to break the dark colours of the season
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leopard print is a colour in my eyes and my eyes are in love with this

And finally, the EXQUISITE ensemble from the one and only  Olivia Palermo:

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100 out of 10 OP
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