SA LOOKBOOK

LOOK 1

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An easy to wear dress is always a great idea in the heat. You want something which is easy to just put on and just looks great. This particular dress is from ASOS and I did decide to belt it to give it a slightly more polished vibe. If you were after a more casual look, it would look great loose as well.

  • Dress: ASOS
  • Belt: Versus Versace 
  • Bag: Topshop 
  • Sunglasses: Ray-Ban 
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LOOK 2 

These loose fitting striped culottes are a definite must-have for any summer wardrobe. Mine are from Zara and I have to say that they have definitely paid for themselves. I wear them so often and find them so easy to wear and comfy. Stick on a pair of flats and you've got yourself an epic casual look. Stick on a pair of heels and you're evening ready. 

  • Culottes: Zara
  • T-shirt (left): Missguided 
  • T-shirt (right): Mr Price
  • Slides: Primark
  • Sunnies: Ray-Ban 
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LOOK 3

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Let's be honest, a little white dress or a little black dress is always a good idea. This particular dress is from a South African shop called YDE (Young Designers Emporium). 

I absolutely love this one with its frill across the top as it just adds a little extra to an otherwise very simple outfit. 

  • Dress: YDE 
  • Belt: Versus Versace 
  • Shoes: River Island 
  • Handbag: Topshop 

 

LOOK 4

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What could possibly be better in summer than a bright sunny yellow, summery dress?

I absolutely love this one all easy going and flowy. I also love the extra bit of detail with the addition of the extra straps. 

I wore this on a Sunday with some slides snd it was incredibly easy-wearing and comfortable. 

  • Dress: ASOS
  • Belt: Versus Versace
  • Sunnies: Ray-Ban 

LAYER ME UP

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There is only one way to manage the ever changing english weather and that is layering (and being prepared for rain at any and all times). England is all well and good during winter when the weather remains fairly stable throughout the day, only changing really a few degrees day to night. Then, you pretty much know what you're doing and dressing for the day is (in general) not a problem. 

Here's a problem I have found though. Whilst throughout the day the temperature may remain fairly stable, first thing in the morning is cold and the evenings, with us drawing ever nearer to Autumn, are also much cooler. So, thats a basic outline of weather (which I'm sure you were all really enjoying reading). Another issue comes around when you're commuting, if you use the morning train, its air conditioned and thus you will end up cold. If you use tubes (undergrounds), you  will soon realise that they're really hot. Its great when you're coming from your morning train and are more or less frozen solid but about 5 minutes in, it quickly becomes an issue. 

So, here's where I come in. My suggestions are as follows:

If the weather says that there will be no rain: DO NOT BELIEVE IT

England is famous for rain and it almost certainly will and always when you least expect it. I recommend keeping an umbrella with you at all times and one in absolutely every single place you can think of. This means making sure that there is always one in the handbag you're using, one at your desk, one in your car (if you have one) etc...

If the weather is around 20 degrees and partly cloudy:

Think light layers. If you're wearing jeans or pants, you want those with a pair of shoes of your choosing, basically whatever works and doesn't totally kill you when you're busy walking the streets of London. Then add a T-shirt and on top of that a jersey. Easy to take on and off in the case of cold trains or hot tubes also light enough to pop in a bag should you need to do so. If you want to wear a dress or skirt, the basic principle is the same, light dress or skirt and t-shirt (can be sleeveless) and then a jersey on top of that (can be in the form of a pull-on jumper or a cardigan). Easy peasy. 

If the day seems a bit colder, you can add a light blazer or jacket on top of that. As it gets colder, a coat with no lining should do for Autumn progressing to a trench coat for colder Autumn days and winter. The t-shirt can change from short sleeved to long sleeved depending on the weather. 

And that is the easiest way to layer.  

Also, a quick note: If you have a favourite pair of pants but they're too light for Autumn/Winter or even a colder day, get some leggings and layer up that way. You can also still show off ankle and shoes and the bonus with leggings is that you get no stocking hugging from your pants!

 

AN OUTFIT FOR TRAVEL, FASHION AND COMFORT....

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Recently, I took my yearly trip with my parents to Umhlanga. I always loved Umhlanga but recently, my love for the place has grown exponentially as it has become more built up and buzzy (i'm a city girl). 

This outfit was what I wore the day we road-tripped back from Umhlanga to Johannesburg which is a 6 hour trip. It's a long time to be sitting in the car and thus you have to choose your clothes carefully. 

The first and most major thing to consider is the weather. In order to be comfortable both in and out of the car you need to make sure you know what the weather is all along the way at stops as well as at the final destination. It was a hot day reaching 30 odd degrees Celsius in both Umhlanga and Durban. However, the midway point where we stop for lunch (Harrismith) was only around 20 degrees. That's a big temperature difference. 

You also want to be comfortable enough to sit in the car, maybe lie down and sleep if you're that way inclined on long journeys. While you do that, you don't want to end up with extremely creased clothes when you exit the car. For me, style is very important and I always want to look good even when travelling. 

I specifically didn't want to wear jeans for this trip because of the temperature and i wasn't sure about how a dress would wear after a few hours of sitting in the car. So I decided against the wearing of a dress. 

Instead, this was the outfit that I chose. It is a bit of a step out of the box for me as (for unknown reasons) I have never worn these pants with anything other than a white t-shirt. I actually love the tee that I chose here so much though. It's from Mr Price and one of those really soft and easy-to-wear materials that just scream comfort as soon as you put them on your body. It is a pale pink and says 'Hollywood' across the front. The pants from Zara are absolutely one of the most comfortable and easy wearing thing you can put on your body. They slip on and off really easily (which is amazing for long car trips) and they're flowy enough to be comfortable and look super easy-going. They still have that pop and make a bit of a statement though. Essentially the 'pants' are actually long length culottes. The piece that I have tied on the side as a 'belt' is acyually the front bit of fabric that creates the 'skirt'. I tied it with a hair band and it works. I actually like these more worn as pants than as culottes. 

My sunnies are my prescription Ray-Bans and the shoes are a nice, comfortable and practical heel from River Island. The bag is vintage Louis Vuitton and I am in love with it. 

 

So yeah, that's my outfit. I will try to find similar pieces and link them for you below.

 

SOME LINKS: 

MY PANTS ARE FROM ZARA: https://www.zara.com/uk/

SIMILAR: https://www.spree.co.za/edit-smart-culottes-black/product/DQA69ZL?ref_catid=293

IF YOU WANT YOUR PANTS TO BE A BIT MORE: https://www.spree.co.za/afrodizzy-anakara-sunburst-printed-cullottes-mid-brown/product/71746N5?ref_catid=293

MANGO ALSO HAVE A COOL VERSION (ON SALE): https://www.spree.co.za/mango-front-tie-detail-cropped-pant-stone/product/28Z6188?ref_catid=293

A BIT OF A WIDER FLARE (AND CHEAPER - ON SALE): https://www.spree.co.za/style-republic-culottes-with-pleats-dark-red/product/T5565YY?ref_catid=293

MY TEE IS FROM MR PRICE: 

SIMILAR: https://www.mrp.com/en_za/floral-t-shirt-1108510301

SIMILAR: https://www.mrp.com/en_za/statement-t-shirt-1108510294

MANGO STATEMENT TEE: https://www.spree.co.za/mango-glitter-print-t-shirt-white/product/6U5V6W7?ref_catid=1383

MY SHOES (FROM RIVER ISLAND) 

SIMILAR (FROM MR PRICE): https://www.mrp.com/en_za/metalic-block-heel-8802010389

SIMILAR FROM SPREE: https://www.spree.co.za/mango-clara-patent-block-heel-shoes-black/product/8S7T776

MY BAG IS LOUIS VUITTON: http://eu.louisvuitton.com/eng-e1/homepage?campaign=sem_GG-ZA-ENG-SH-BRAN-BREX

SUNNIES: http://www.ray-ban.com/southafrica