Did anyone else feel like March was a GREAT shopping month? Aside from the fact that there were plenty of wonderful sales, I also discovered a few rad products I had never tried before.
Today I am going to be sharing five moments that cover the diversity of my work life and my current wardrobe. Dressing for work can feel like a challenge but since I started dressing to a “personal uniform”, it’s a challenge I have been comfortable rising to.
One of the things I love about living in Cape Town is winter. I love that it gets frigidly cold, but I can still get away with wearing a dress and stockings. Our wonderful climate gives my summer wardrobe amazing longevity. All it takes is a bit Pinteresting and a little creativity.
This in between stage of the seasons is always hardest for me. I never know what to wear and in Cape Town, where we experience all seasons in one day, it is especially difficult. I am a winter person but I also get hot often so I cannot layer too much. When shopping for jerseys and coats, I usually lean towards the lighter knits and weaves. I am desperate for a new coat and like most of you, I just cannot spend thousands on it. So I went to peep at my favourite online stores and a few that you had recommended as well, to see what was available.
I was rather nervous to write this blog post. Whenever you think of investment pieces it’s usually something that is worth buying because it may be useful in the future, give you tons of wear and thus more bang for your buck, but it often comes with a price tag only the Kardashians have seen and bought. Think leather boots, a quality trench coat and thick, durable denims. All of this doesn’t seem to sit around the same campfire as a budget blog where you’re showing people how to stay fashionable even when they’re broke as hell. So I did a little investigation. Can you buy investment pieces at a time when you’re siphoning petrol from your lawnmover? Let’s see.
TRENDS SCHMENDS. AMIRITE? I once went to a Li Edelkoort talk and she said “if you think you’ve bought something on trend, that trend has already died”. The truth is, by the time most of the fashion week trends hit mainstream stores, they’ve crested the peak of trendiness. I suppose the real question is, who cares? I have always, (ALWAYS) believed that the only trends worth following are the ones that work for you, your body and your lifestyle. While I absolutely love fashion, I’m really quite on the fence about trendspotting and trend following. Having said that, there are a few key trends that have emerged at the various fashion weeks that excite me massively. Let’s dive in.
Date night. Last year, after not going on a formal date for almost two years, my husband Will and I made a box of date night ideas. The idea was to close your eyes, grab a slip of paper from the box, and do just that. No objections. I don’t think I need to explain to parents why we didn’t touch that box again! (LOL, but also crying face emoji). Apart from learning just how important it is to hold hands on days where you’re not each carrying a kid, pushing a trolley or carrying groceries, I learnt the significance of putting in a little effort for each other – I mean putting on a bra, getting your hurr did, make up, plucking, perfume, high heels, a tie, shiny shoes, shaving, cologne, the works! But so many times, a dinner at a fancy restaurant will set you back anywhere between R300 and R1500 depending on whether the spot uses Helvetica on their menu or not. While date night is the perfect time to dial up …
When you’re shopping for plus size clothing, you generally can’t find anything for under R300. This is so true. As a plus size babe myself, I related. But, I also wanted to test the theory. So I headed to my favourite places to shop _ Superbalist, MrP, Jet and Donna – and looked through their inventory. To my surprise, there were many, many items priced under R200!
On Monday, Nikki shared 3 different ways to wear a basic tee found at Pick n Pay for just R59.99! I had a total #momcrush thereafter. She really is such a snack. I loved every outfit she put together and she really encompassed what a budget wardrobe is all about. Finding not only an affordable item, but one that plays well with everything in your wardrobe. Something that you can wear in several different ways – that transforms from desk to date night in a sec. It’s a must read so if you haven’t checked it out, here it is. She styled the v-neck and challenged me to the crew neck basic tee. Trawling for a basic tee – whether in store or on Pinterest – usually left me with one thought. “I can’t. I can’t “give up” and wear a simple tee to work, I can’t be as fab as that Pinterest model, I can’t pull off a cropped denim jacket. I can’t. I can’t. But womxn, we really can do and wear whatever the hell …
One need only engage in a little light Pinterest action to fully grasp the versatility of the white tee. I am an absolute fan and I believe that whether you work in a corporate office or environmental NGO, the white tee can work for you. I have put together 3 looks using a white v-neck tee from Pick n Pay.