Come through, Pep! I have been dying to write this blog post for days! Pep recently sent Nikki and I a few fab must-have pieces for summer and to be honest, we have been LIVING in them. It’s as if they scoured our page, got to know our personal style and sent items they knew we’d love – items we promise you will love to.
Updating your summer wardrobe can be such a mission. Firstly, it’s finding your personal style and fashion that suits it, doing a closet clear out, and then of course finding money in the budget to get a few pieces that match your taste levels and your pocket.
Pep has been the home of affordable clothing for my entire life – the perfect spot to pick up your school gear, PE takkies, and basics that won’t cost you and arm and a leg. And recently, while shopping, I spotted a few sweet surprises that I would happily add to my closet today (and did!)
Kim’s PEP treasures
THE PERFECT SUMMER DRESS
Guuuus, I am IN LOVE with this dress! I actually spotted it at Pep and was about to buy it when Nikki’s Whatsapp message came through. I got it two weeks ago and have worn it four times. The material is weighty enough to withstand Cape Town’s howling South Easter, yet kitten soft and breathable enough to keep you cool and fashionable. I love the vertical candy stripes and adorable belt – it offers that coveted hourglass silhouette. And I never thought that I’d been so excited by faux buttons – there are no buttonholes which means you aren’t checking the “ladies” every few minutes to see if one decided to peek out. It’s so simple to style – I adore pairing dresses with sneakers and a denim jacket because it’s trendy yet understated. These strappy sandals at Pep, issa vibe that’ll perfectly capture that summer feeling – from R54.99!!
THE STRIPED SHIRT DRESS
Is there anything more sensational and versatile than a simple shirt dress? It’s a complete ensemble and all you need to do is slip on some affordable accessories and you’re good to go. Sneakers, sandals, brogues are marry well with shirt dresses and it’s the one piece that’s office ready, date night ready and play time ready. This retails for R139.99 South African ronds – when was the last time you could spend that on an entire outfit? I paired it with a mustard button-down skirt I found at China Town for R190.
THE OH-MY-GOODNESS-THOSE-OF-COMFY JEGGINGS
I cannot explain to how comfortable these jeggings are; if I could sleep in them, I would! The waistband is made form some sort of miraculous elastic – before when I wore jeggings this would dig into my belly and have me shifting and squirming all day. But THIS, fits like a fashionable wetsuit. I’ve worn it a few times and the dark wash has remained. There’s enough stretch to fit in another leg and I’m in love with the legs – it just fits perfectly. More surprisingly, is the price – just R119.99. My sister tried them on, got into her car, and bought herself a black pair. I’ve teamed it with the shirt dress for a smart meets casual vibe but Nikki and I will do the ultimate jeans edit real soon.
Nikki’s PEP treasures
The Floral Fitted Dress
There are so many ways to wear this dress. I love it so much. The fit is snug and flattering. The fabric is soft and light. It is the perfect summer dress. Whether you choose to wear it to work or to brunch with friends, it’s one of those attention-grabbing frocks. I’m completely in love.
Toss a denim jacket or shirt over for those chilly nights. Side note, this shirt is ALSO from the Pep summer range.
One of the easier ways to breath life into an old favourite (dress) is to toss a tee over it. Here I have just thrown on one of my basic white tees and knotted it. I love the way this looks!
THE CROPPED DENIM SHIRT
If you saw me last summer and told me that I would be wearing cropped tops this summer I would have LAUGHED RIGHT INTO YOUR FACE. I am one of those people who struggle to accept their tummies and you can see it in the pictures I take and the poses I strike, but I have worn this shirt so many times and I love it. It’s not too tight, and the denim is soft and breathable. A huge win for me!
I am still new to the wonderful world of cropped tops so I am still playing around with the styling, if you have any ideas beyond jeans and skirts, shoot them my way!
Pep’s mantra right now is Summer for Way Less and it’s one we can get behind. One of the main reasons we started this blog is to show you that you can live a beautiful life without spending every cent you have. Pep is the Greatest Of All Time when it comes to budget fashion that wins in style and versatility. Head over to you local Pep and browse around, have a look at the awesome summer range and see how huge the possibilities are!
Thank you to Pep for these amaaaazing finds. xx
The items worn in this post were gifted to us by Pep Stores.