I’m definitely more of a summer girl, there’s just no denying it. But there’s something that happens around this time of year when I begin to get a little excited as we anticipate the cooler months. I love seeing the leaves slowly change colour and if you live in Cape Town and have witnessed one of our regions worst droughts over the last 3 years, see our grass slowly restored back to its former green glory!
But more than that I love that I get to pull my long knitted jerseys out from the top shelf. I love the layering of clothing that starts to happen as we enter April and May and that by June, it’s full steam ahead with chunky jerseys and winter coats, complete with ankle boots and thick tights. I love that feeling of walking the city streets in the icy cold and finding cover and comfort in one of the many trendy little coffee shops that populate the sidewalk. I can sit in a widow booth for hours and watch all the trendily-dressed people walk by and feel inspired to wear beautiful clothes in a more creative way. Cape Town you folk are a pretty hip bunch I’ll have you know!
Every year I tell myself I’m going to be a little bit more adventurous with my wardrobe and almost every year I succumb to the Plain Jane in me, opting for more subtle tones and styles. My excuse being that I prefer to shop for things that won’t date or that aren’t subject to a certain dress code. I think I’ve managed to fall a little bit too far into the boring category though and I’m feeling freshly inspired to turn things up a notch this season. So here are a few AW19 looks (some are slightly older but are quite timeless) I’m swooning over and more importantly my top 10 fashion finds to help you get the look.
I think it’s important to remember that catwalk fashion and street/everyday fashion are two very different things and also that just because something is trending, it certainly doesn’t in away mean it’s going to 1. look good on you or 2. Suite your personal sense of style. you need to do what feels right for you and incorporate things that suite your personality and body shape, don’t just follow a trend because its a trend. To be honest there are some trends that I feel need to be burned to the ground before the rest of the world catch on to it too quickly. For example, this look below. Just because it’s Vogue and straight off the runway does not give every one the liberty of dressing like freak. Unless that’s your thing. Then by all means don’t let me stop you!
Some looks I love ….
⇑ Lots of layering and different textures going on here… Perfect to be worn with flat boots, high boots or sneakers. Thick scarves, torn jeans, oversized jerseys and tweed jackets. Whats not to love?
I’ve always loved this look and it’s still going to be pretty hot this season I reckon. I realise white may not be the most practical colour as a mom of three but I think for those work meetings, dinners out with the girls or weekends away with the hubs, these are the perfect combos that are stylish yet oh so comfortable.
⇑ Don’t you just LOVE these gorgeous earthy tones that can be mixed and matched with warmer and brighter colours for more dramatic look? I would love to invest in a beautiful beige trench coat like this. It’s super versatile and can be dressed up or down, depending on your mood or occasion.
⇑ For a more casual look… hoodies, oversized jerseys, waterfall cardies and a fitted leather jacket. I already have a great leather jacket from Old Khaki that I paid a small fortune for me but trust me ladies, if there is one thing I think you need to invest in in terms of clothing, it’s a great pair of jeans and good quality leather jacket. I love that you can wear a leather jacket with jeans, skirts, and even dresses. They are perfect for layering in winter time or just for an extra layer on warmer nights. I love this look with sneakers and the more loafer style pull-on featured here. You can find a very similar pair over at Saint & Summer…. also in a leopard print. (Featured below)
More casual looks I love….
For a more girly/feminine look that still has the funk! A cute skirt!
These are all quite different looks, I love the middle one because it’s has a little boho touch to it. I love the one on the right because it’s a bit more chic, especially with the leather jacket and I love the one on the left because well, LEOPARD PRINT! Need I say more?
So now that I’ve rounded up my favourite looks I thought I would try and see who is stocking these sorts of items and a get a good idea of what our options are in terms of variety, style and price.
SHOP THE TRENCH COAT
Woolworths has a great selection of coats, with so many style and colour options. These are my top four:
LEFT: Woolworths Faux Suede Waterfall Trench from:R 899.00, RIGHT: Asymmetric Buttons Melton Coat in Charcoal, from:R 950.00 (Comes in back and natural)
LEFT: Woolworths Belted Sateen Trench Coat From:R 950.00 RIGHT: WOOLWORTHS Melange Waterfall Melton CoatFrom:R 899 GREY MELANGE
I also loved these two jackets that Woolworths are stocking at the moment, just to add a bit more flare and funk to your wardrobe.
LEFT: Embroidery Lace Kimono Top From:R 550.00 RIGHT: TRENERY Check Wool Blend Duffle Coat R 2,999.00
⇑ I adore this Melton coat – grey STYLE REPUBLIC R499 (Superbalist)
Zando also have a really great and affordable range of trench coats worth checking out:
⇑ LEFT: NEW LOOK BAILEY COAT RED from Zando R 459 Retail price:R 899 (Huge saving and this colour is to die for! ) MIDDLE: NEW LOOK REVERE COLLAR JACKET STONE R 449 RIGHT: LONDON HUB FASHION LEOPARD PRINT BELTED TRENCH COAT BROWN R 649
⇑ LEFT: UTOPIA MELTON COAT BLACK R 399 MIDDLE: UTOPIA MELTON COAT BROWN R 399 RIGHT: ASSUILI LONG COAT WITH BUTTONS BLACK R 1699
And one of my favourites has to be this one from Zando : FOREVER NEW JULIANA LONG TEXTURED NAVY R 1499 ⇓
SHOP THE JERSEY
⇑ LEFT: Cropped pointelle jersey – rust COTTON ON R549 (Superbalist) MIDDLE: Woolworths Hi-Low Fluffy V-Neck Jumper From:R 499.00. RIGHT : TRENERY Curved Hem Cotton Knit R 799.00
SHOP THE LEATHER JACKET
LEFT: Supebalist MIDDLE: Fall short faux leather jacket – black VERO MODA R999 RIGHT: COUNTRY ROAD Washed Moto Leather Jacket R 4,999.00 RIGHT : HOUSE OF LB SERENA LEATHER JACKET BROWN R 3799
Once again Zando has an incredible collection of leather jackets, most of the genuine leather ones coming in at R3799…
SHOP THE HOODIES AND TRACK TOPS
SHOP THE TEE
Of course, a wardrobe staple throughout the year should always be a few great t-shirts. Most of you will already own your favourite or have a specific trusted brand, but you may want to check these out from T-shirts For Change as most of them are on sale! I’m ordering one myself! They range from R200-280
And last but not least…..
SHOP THE SHOES!!!!
LEFT: ENVY (BEE) R799 Saint & Summer AW19 RIGHT: EBONY Saint & Summer AW19 R799
RIGHT AND LEFT: : ELUDE Saint & Summer AW R799
If boots are more your thing…
TOP LEFT: AWOL LACE UP ANKLE BOOTS TAN R 449 TOP RIGHT: NEW LOOK BUCKEROO WESTERN POINTED CHELSEA BOOTS TAN R 649, Both Zando. BOTTOM LEFT: Round Buckle Ankle Boots R 450.00 BOTTOM RIGHT: Cut Out Low Boots R 450.00, both Woolworths.
If sporty sneakers are more your thing….
LEFT: Nike from Zando R949. RIGHT: Adidas Originals R1899 both available on Zando.
Shew!!! So there you have it guys! In hind sight I should have broken this post up into categories buy hey! Next time I’lll bring you my favourite headwear, bags and jewellery!
*This is not a sponsored post nor have I received any products in exchange for mention here. I have however been gifted a pair of Saint & Summer shoes as part of a separate campaign I’m working with them on. They have however been one of my favourite brands for the last 3 years.