Winter is coming. And Nikki and I have been furiously and fiercely pinning and preparing for our autumn capsule wardrobe posts. Shopping and shooting whenever we get a chance. But looking at the pins I absolutely LOVED vs what I actually wear, left a few inconsistencies that made me wonder what my personal style actually is. Then Nikki in her brilliance gave me the answer. We’ve spoken about personal uniforms for a while – this is your tried-and-tested, true-to-you fashion. You usually need to sit still and examine your wardrobe to see what you wear on a daily basis. But in a nutshell, it is your signature look. Fashion that makes you feel the most comfortable and confident and more like ‘you’. Fashion you gravitate towards time after time. Nikki is a bottoms and top person while I tend to steer towards dresses. But I’ve wanted to switch things up for a while.
I am an extroverted introvert, meaning that one day I may be the life of the party in canary yellow, and the other need some down time in grey tees and jeans. In a social situation I’ll be energised by the surrounding ambience, people and music but in a more formal setting I just want to blend in and not draw too much attention. Strangely enough, the ‘outgoing’ side of myself shows up when I’m shopping. I’m drawn to asymmetrical shapes, oddly chunky knits, bold prints, designs that would never go together and layering I wouldn’t usually consider.
I don’t know what has been holding me back, though. Usually, I’ll say to myself, “That’s not my personality.” Or “If I wear that it’ll open a can of questions I might not have the energy to answer.” And then the age-old, “I don’t think it’ll suit my body shape nonsense!” (I’m so tired of that!). In 2015, I lost about 23 kilos and I still had this nagging “no, mam, put that down, not your style” voice in my head. So it’s definitely a mind shift that’s needed.
With Two Babes on a Budget, I am probably to most experimental and confident than I’ve ever been. In my body, in my choices, in my sense of self. I’ve reached for items I never would’ve looked at before. Something the incomparable Tanesha from Girl with Curves mentioned, has stuck in my head, “My journey to body confidence and self-love fuels my entire reason for starting Girl with Curves, to show womxn you can look and feel amazing… at any size… you are beautiful exactly as you are.”
In the past, I’d stand in front of my wardrobe for hours in summer saying, “I have nothing to wear, I can’t wait for winter.” Then, I’d shop for the daring knits and vibrant colours only to lose all nerve to wear them when winter actually reared its head. Now, I’m gonna do it.
To decide on the 10 items on my winter wishlist, I first had to find inspo of the kind of style want to wear. And here they are.
As you can see it’s lively chunky knits and textured, pleated or printed skirts. A year ago I never would’ve thought to wear a skirt beyond summer or throw a bulky knit over a dress or to spruce it up with a moonbag and pointy mules. I love this look because you can easily match it with platform or classic sneakers for a more chilled look, or leggings and boots on really cold days. It’s perfect for the workplace or after-work fun.
So here are the 10 items on my wishlist:
I raced to my favorite fashion stores for range and price, namely, Mr Price, Superbalist and H&M. And all items are in store now.
I adore Superbalist. Their range is extensive and constantly updated as trends change, plus at any given time you have a 40% off promo code to stock up on your favorite fashion. They’re currently having an up to 70% off sale so get those fingers ready for some shopping. I also love their ‘Cash on Delivery’ option so even when you’re strapped for cash, you don’t need to miss out on your favorite items. You can just order and choose delivery on payday. These textured skirts add interest to any ensemble. I simply love them!
Mr Price wins in my book when it comes to purse-friendly, easy-to-pair items. Their skirts start from just R50! Orange isn’t a colour I would go for but in the spirit of bravery, I’m looking forward to trying it. It’s an autumn must-have in my book!
H&M doesn’t have an online store in South Africa, which drives me to drink! But recently I popped in and bookmarked these numbers in my mind. That red skirt? Skirt-Gasm.
Do pop in; there prices are extremely reasonable and they often have a sale on. And i cannot wait until it’s cool enough outside to slip into those heavenly knits.
Let us know what your aspirational uniform is and what’s on your wishlist and feel free to tag us on instagram.