Walk on the wild side

When it comes to fashion, or home decor, no look is complete without a little animal print.
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Adding a hint of the wild to your home is as easy as adding a leopard print scatter fusion or two, a zebra print ottoman, or an animal print rug. Less is more in this instance, but animal print really takes up the glam factor in any home.

All images via. All animal print fabric from Tessa Sonik Fabrics.

Versatile menswear – boots

From work to play, collars and cuffs to t-shirts, and everything in between, no man should be without a classic pair of boots. Suitable no matter what your style (preppy? hipster? rugged?), a classic pair of boots is a fair-safe wardrobe essential for all men. Wearing boots also has no age limit (and no gender requirement! Masculine boots on a women look outrageously good!).
The low-top Chelsea boot can easily be incorporated into both casual and formal looks, and even go with a neatly tailored suit, while the high-top work boot, stronger and more practically made, can take a while to break in, but gives outfits a striking finish.
We love proudly South African brand Six Kings, who hand-craft all their boots from sole to lace-up in their local workshop. They more you wear them, the better they become!
 
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All images via Pinterest.

Timeless Classics

We love the winter range from Alexandra Classics. Filled with everyday essentials, which you’ll be wearing for years to come, to a capsule collection under the name Alexandra Limited, which is a small range of statement pieces.
Sandra Sin, who is the brain behind the brand, has been dressing women and working in fashion since 1987.  Over the years her pop-ups have been closely guarded secrets by those in the know, but now with the launch of her online shop, we’re all able to get a few classics into our wardrobes.
Below are few of our favourite pieces. Shop the range over here.
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Molly Goddard

I may be a bit late to this party, but I saw an image of Susie Bubble on Instagram, wearing a Molly Goddard dress, and I fell a little in love.  I have a thing for tulle myself – the pretty-prettiness of it – and Molly Goddard’s dresses are full fantasy and wild feminine abandon.
I think I’d go with ultimate contrast – wearing the sweetest of tulle dresses with sneakers, jeans, and old t-shirts – to downplay all that whimsy.

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ASOS did a collaboration with Molly a while back (which sadly I missed).  Hopefully there is another coming soon.  The dresses were sheer, delicate and the ultimate layering items.  The ASOS styling is a little too pretty for me, but Susie’s styling wins, as usual.


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Anna Rosholt

I really think that South Africa has some of the best jewellery design talent around!  I’m always discovering new designers I love, and today found Anna Rosholt.  I’m a fan of the beetles, bees and bananas (bananas about the beetles and bees?).





A uniform

I’ve been thinking more and more that life would be simpler if I just stuck to a weekday uniform.  I find it more and more difficult to buy clothes these days – harder to find things I really love that are worth shelving out hard earned cash – and although I’ve been fairly ruthless about getting rid of clothes I no longer wear, or that I don’t love wearing, I still have a heap of clothes hanging in my wardrobe (only to default to wanting to throw on the same thing I wore yesterday).
At the moment I just want to wear my current favourite pair of black or dark blue skinny jeans, a white shirt or t-shirt, or a stripey tee, and shoes that match my mood.  We’re lucky with the weather in South Africa, so much of the year, bare arms will suffice.  Weekends and nights out are a different story – hello colour and pattern, and maybe some bare legs – but it’s the daytime version of a man’s suit (or chinos and collared shirt) that I’m dreaming about.
I think these would make a very good place to start – Summer Uniform 101:

Smart black trousers (ZARA)


A white boyfriend shirt that’s not too sheer or too fitted (JCREW)


White shirt with some beautiful detail (ZARA)


Stripey tee (ZARA)


White t-shirt (ZARA)


Oversized grey t-shirt (ZARA)


Stripe funnelneck tank (MADEWELL)


Basic skinny, dark rinse jeans (ZARA)


Coated black skinny jeans (MADEWELL)


Slim boyfriend jeans (MADEWELL)


One in each colour of these basic scoop neck t-shirts (COTTON ON)


Flat smart shoes (ZARA)


Leopard flats (MADEWELL)


White sneakers (ASOS)