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