A/W17 Fashion Inspo

The warm weather of summer is just on the horizon and many of us are focused on what we’ll be wearing to keep cool. But there are those who have gone beyond that and determined the fashion trends for Autumn/Winter’17.

Chunky knits, wide-leg pants, off-the-shoulder garments, double denim, leather, metallics and the sexy slip dress were just some of the strong, wearable trends to come from SA Fashion Week (SAFW) held in Joburg recently.
I break down these top trends and suggest how best you wear them.

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Brand: Afrikanswiss

1. Double Denim: This has been trending for a while and is not going anywhere. The key here is to pair similar shades of denim to avoid a major fashion faux pas. Afrikanswiss presented a number of denim-on-denim looks which included low crotch denim pants, dungarees, shirts and jackets that can be worn as separates or layered. Wear it as a daytime street-style look with sneakers or pair it with heels or pumps for a sophisticated look.

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Brand: Atelier Dajee

2. Metallics: Metallic hues that look like they are straight out of a sci-fi movie are hot for summer and the winter months. The attention-grabbing fabric in metal or gold are available in skirts, sneakers, jackets or as a dress, such as this metallic dress by Atelier Dajee. In summer pair it with equally shiny accessories for a playful disco look or tone it down in winter by pairing it with with wool, denim or chiffon.

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Brand: Clive Rundle

3. The Cold- Shoulder: Just because it’s cold it won’t mean that you will have to cover every inch of skin. There is something elegant about bare shoulders for both summer and the colder winter months. Clive Rundle’s layered cape dress is perfect for showing a little skin while still keeping warm. Whether in tops, tees or dresses, just about anyone can pull off the off-the-shoulder look. Dainty necklaces that rest on the collarbone will finish this sexy look.

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Brand: Colleen Eitzen

4. Slip Dress: The slip dress trend is picking up speed. Classic and seductive, this dress that almost resembles an underslip is versatile depending on your mood. Colleen Eitzen v-neck dress comes in soft lines that will rest on your feminine curves. The fabrics are often flimsy for winter, so you might want to wear the dress with an ankle-length coat or bomber jacket for a casual look.

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Brand: Esnoko

5. Colour: Even the dark and cold of winter calls for splashes of colour to brighten up a day. From saturated earth colours to pastel hues, such as this Esnoko double-breasted coat and pants, don’t be afraid to pair clashing colours.

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Brand: Heart and Heritage

6. Chunky knits: Forget the cardigan and skinny scarves. Cosy, chunky knits will be winter’s must-have accessories. This luxurious scarf by  Heart and Heritage can be worn with just about anything, from a suit to a sweater dress.

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Brand:  Mieke

7. Wide-legged pants: Vintage wide-leg trousers, especially high-waisted pants are classic and elegant. The wider silhouettes come in Culottes, which are just below the knee, or at ankle length, such as these pants by Mieke . Styling these pants can be tricky so keep it simple with a tucked shirt that will accentuate your figure or a crop top for an edgy look. Heels look better with long, wide-legged pants, while flats can be worn with those at below-the-knee length.

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Brand: Vintage Zionist

8. Leather: One can never go wrong with a tailored leather or faux leather garment. This Vintage Zionist jumpsuit is both rebellious and chic. Paired with flats and a beanie, this look is party ready and will work as daytime chic.

All images are by SA Fashion Week: http://www.safashionweek.co.za/

This feature was first published in the Cape Argus on October 7 2016. 

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat: @Nontando58. 

 

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AW 16, the H&M South Africa way

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Shamiel and I are wearing H& M South Africa

 

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Shamiel wears boots from H& M South Africa and I am wearing their knit dress. The rest of the clothes are our own. 

The cold winter months are here. I am not particular a fan of winter shopping but I do enjoy layering, a long stylish coat and knits. Shamiel Hagee (model and stylist, find him on Instagram: @Shamielsham) and I recently did a really cool streetstyle photo shoot with photographer Ashley Robertson (IG handle: @Majesticaash06).

Wearing the latest H& M South Africa AW16 (http://www.hm.com/za/)  range, we took over the beautiful streets of Cape Town. Here are the dope images we produced. Happy shopping Fashionistas!!!

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How amazing is this dress?!! The fit and material is just perfect. Dress by H&M South Africa.

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Dress and sequins jacket by H& M South Africa.

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Shamiel and I are wearing bomber jackets by H& M South Africa.

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Bomber jacket and knit dress by H& M South Africa

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Jacket and dress by H& M South Africa.

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This is my favourite shot. Until next time SLAY!! Find me on Snapchat: Nontando58.

Gender neutral is the new male on SA’s catwalks . SAMW Highlights

Imprint by Mzukisi Mbane

Imprint by Mzukisi Mbane

Pictures your boyfriend wearing dresses and pussy-bow blouses in chiffon and lace. The trend is called “androgyny” on catwalks across the world.

The word describes the fashion-conscious man who is not afraid to embrace his feminine side. We have seen it in recent menswear weeks in Milan and London.

The biannual South African Menswear Week, which took place over the weekend, showed that the new trend was finding a home on our shores.

The affair, held at Cape Town Stadium, featured top designers from around Africa showcasing their Spring and Summer (SS15/16) collections.

Designers like Terrence Bray, Rich Mnisi, Kim Gush and Lukhanyo Mdingi led the way in gender-fluid fashion. Their designs mixed masculine and feminine characteristics that could be worn by men and women.

African prints, leather, army aesthetics, stripes, shades of bold colours and neutral hues also dominated the catwalk. Industry experts, bloggers and fashion influencers from around the country gathered for three days of networking and schmoozing.

The nights were long as event-goers partied after the shows in various clubs around the city.

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Presidential Shirt

Presidential Shirt

Presidential Shirt

Presidential Shirt: Made famous by former president Nelson Mandela, the afrocentric “Madiba Shirt” is recognised around the globe. Designers presented a revamped collection suitable for younger men. The shirts and suits are hand-painted with delicate
embroidery silks and cotton.

Fundudzi Man by Craig Jacobs

Fundudzi Man by Craig Jacobs

Fundudzi Man by Craig Jacobs

Fundudzi Man by Craig Jacobs

Fundudzi Man by Craig Jacobs: Craig Jacobs presented models in
bold tribal make-up who strutted down the runway in extended T-shirts, reversible dresses and creative backpacks that became bomber jackets – a real show-stealer.

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MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

MaXhosa By Laduma

Maxhosa by Laduma: Laduma Ngxokolo has showcased in
top fashion weeks in Berlin and London. Ngxokolo, who incorporates his Xhosa culture into knitwear designs, presented breathable and reversible sweaters, joggers and shorts in bold patterns and colours.

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Rich Mnisi

Terrence Bray

Terrence Bray

Palse Homme

Palse Homme

Palse Homme

Palse Homme

Show Presentation: Designers went all out this year. Men in
gold beards by Palse Homme were a hit. Projecto Mental’s designer dressed models on the runway. In Magents’s show, titled Afrikarise, the audience clapped and sang as the “social konscious army” of
models took to the runway in urban streetwear.

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Projecto Mental

Projecto Mental

Projecto Mental

Projecto Mental

Projecto Mental

 

This feature was first published in the Cape Argus on July 14 2015. All the pictures are by SDR Photos.

Top African designers will be displaying their SS16 collections at the South Africa Menswear Week.

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Fundudzi picture by SDR Photo 

Leading  African designers will be displaying their wares on and off the catwalk at the second South African Menswear Week (SAMW), the only menswearfocused fashion platform in Africa showcasing homegrown spring/summer (SS16) collections.

Over 28 African designers, including fashion labels from Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Angola, will present their SS16 collections from July 2 to 4 at the Cape Town Stadium. The designers who will present their creations in over 18 shows include FMBCJ by Craig Jacobs, Nguni Shades, Maxhosa by Laduma, Imprint by
Mzukisi Mbane, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Rich Mnisi and Projecto Mental from Angola.

Following a successful inaugural affair in February, one of the event’s organiser Simon Deiner says the event will feature a selection of new talent, as well as leaders of modern African design such as Laduma Ngxokolo and Orange Culture.

“SA Menswear Week is all about educating consumers to the sheer availability, quality, and design of local menswear against imported brands,” says Deiner.

“The focus of the event is to put viable, locally-made designs at the forefront of consumers… showing them that it is available, cost-effective and a real option.

“The shows will feature the best male models and world-class show production. We are excited about new elements, such as a trends presentation by Nicola Cooper, the young designers and the intern up-skilling programme, and things such as MAC and ghd showcasing the latest grooming trends,” says Deiner.

I spoke to three designers about their SS16 collections for the SAMW.

Jenevieve Lyons. Pic by SDR Photos.

Jenevieve Lyons. Pic by SDR Photos.

Jenevieve Lyons Cape Town-based designer

Tell us about your SS16 collection? Named Alabaster SS16, the collection draws on the minimal side of the brand with a clever use of print, texture and details. Zipped insets offer a morphed metamorphism on some garments, as well as extended lengths or shortened lengths as desired. While drawstrings tie the hoods to the anoraks, ribbing seams together sweater tops.

An interest is shown in sheer poly-cotton long length tees and shirts that are layered under and over garments. The collection sports a “warmer” colour palette – taking on the tonal values of granite: dark burnt orange, khaki, tobacco, toasted colours paired with cool whites, suited printed thick satins and seamen neoprenes – bonded and unbound. The materials were selected as they complement the season, lead themselves to interpreting different shapes and add texture as well as tonal values.

Jenevieve Lyons. By SDR Photos

Jenevieve Lyons. By SDR Photos

What was the inspiration behind the designs? Alabaster takes inspiration from the fine-grained texture found within golden brown granite, with often sparks of milky white texture in between. It is of this texture that a print was born that is emphasised throughout the collection. The collection speaks to the spring/summer season linking onto the misty sprigs of spring, with the use of smart minimal light layering and double and single layered anorak throughout.

How would you describe your collection in four words? Textured, minimal, tonal, and layered.

When and how did you first fall in love with fashion design? At a young age I fell in love with collecting “un-beautiful” and strange things; which then developed into a process of sketching these objects/ideas in different ways. I became interested in following a career in fashion as I saw it as a way to take my sketches to an actual tangible state and give them a functional purpose.

Describe the person you are designing for? Fashion-forward and fashion-conscious consumers.

Jenevieve Lyons by SDR Photo

Jenevieve Lyons by SDR Photo

The best spring/summer must-haves? An anorak.

What sets your brand apart from the others? The aesthetic that the brand carries: conceptual minimalism – garments are often built three dimensionally: inwards and outwards and the process of the brand reinterpreting the runway collections into prêt-a-porter ready to wear.

If you had the choice of all designers in the world to work with/for, who would that be?
This is a tough one. I’d choose to collaborate with a young upcoming designer such as Korean designer Byungmun Seo.

Does your brand reflect your personal fashion taste? Can you describe your
style? Both are minimally articulated.

What are your plans for the future? Continue on the process of growing the brand at a steady pace, tap into the physical in store retail space and installation, as well as complete my masters degree in fashion design at the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.

Kim Gush by SDR Photo

Kim Gush by SDR Photo

Kim Gush Joburg-based designer of label KIM/GUSH. 

Tell us about your SS16 collection? We are going back to basics – clean silhouettes and little fuss. Less is more after all, especially in summer.

What were your inspirations for the designs?
The simplicity of outlines and foundations.

How would you describe your collection in four words? Ghetto, fetish, sports luxe.

When and how did you first fall in love with fashion design? I’ve always been intrigued by film and while working in that industry my love for costume and clothing drew me closer to the fashion industry.

Describe the person you are designing for? Open-minded and confident individual with a need for luxurious, edgy and comfortable hybrid.

The best spring/summer must-haves? Luxury oversized tees and some bad-ass sneakers.

What sets your brand apart from the others? We all have a different story to tell.

If you had the choice of all designers in the world to work with/for, who would that be? Mentor – Master Yohji Yamamoto. Collaboration – Alexander Wang.

Does your brand reflect your personal fashion taste? Can you describe your style?
I love the ranges I create but I do not personally always wear them. You have to focus on your consumer and how you can deliver to their needs while sticking to your brand ethics and vision.

What are your plans for the future? Right now we want to make KIM/GUSH as accessible and available to the consumer as possible. Our online store will be up soon after SAMW and we are working on more tangible points of access across the country as well as globally.

We will also be adding some more women-focused garments amongst our collections to combine with the already androgynous garments we present at menswear weeks.

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Abrantie The Gentleman by SDR Photo

Abrantie The Gentleman by SDR Photo

Designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal of Orange Culture. Pic is supplied.

Designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal of Orange Culture. Pic is supplied.

Adebayo Oke-Lawal Orange Culture, a Lagos, Nigeria-based fashion label.

Tell us about your upcoming SAMW SS16 collection? I am super excited to be a part of South Africa Menswear Week – celebrating men’s fashion in Africa.

My collection is battling the ideology of the African man – that stereotype which has always been a thing for my brand. We explore delicate sensual fabrics matched with light but sporty fabrics to execute our Orange Culture tale of the fisherman and his beautiful journey.

Orange Culture. The picture is supplied.

Orange Culture. The picture is supplied.

What were your inspirations for the designs? My inspiration was drawn from
the amazing fishermen I spoke to. Growing up I would see them fishing under the third mainland bridge in Lagos, dressed in the most stylish gear. I wanted to explore the beautiful journey of these men and their relationships.

How would you describe your collection in four words? Androgynous, light, sensual and Nigerian

When and how did you first fall in love with fashion design? When I was 10-yearsold and my teachers realised all my notebooks in school were covered with fashion sketches…Fashion helped me to find myself.

Describe the person you are designing for? I design for the modern day nomad who is not afraid to explore his feminine side, and who is in love with the idea of individuality. He loves clothes that tell a story… a story that breaks stereotypes.

The best spring/summer must-haves? Anything from the Orange Culture SS16collection and a smile.

What sets your brand apart from the others? My label is self-inspired. It represents my unique experiences and I feel that’s what makes it stand out – my story.

If you had the choice of all designers in the world to work with/for, who would that be? Karl Lagerfeld – to learn more about the business side of things, matched with his creativity. Does your brand reflect your personal fashion taste?

Can you describe your style? It does, my style is quite light but unique. I love exploring almost sensual silhouettes.

What are your plans for the future? To take over the world one step at a time, but, in the short-term, find a stockist in South Africa.

Orange Culture image by OBI SOMTO

Orange Culture image by OBI SOMTO

The SA Menswear Week takes place from July 2 2015  to the 4th. Tickets are available on WebTickets (www.webtickets.co.za) for selected shows. All ticket holders will have access to the blue carpet VIP fashion event taking place on Saturday, July 4. All shows will be streamed live and image galleries will be uploaded immediately to http://www.menswearweek.co.za

This feature first appeared in the Cape Argus on June 25 2015.

Hot styles to ward off the winter chill

picture by Bheki Radebe

picture by Bheki Radebe

Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you have to drown yourself in unflattering layers of clothing or invest in a whole new wardrobe. Are you wondering which winter styles will not only keep you warm, but leave you looking stylish and fabulous? Here are four inspiring looks to get you through the long winter months in style.

Picture by Bheki Radebe

Picture by Bheki Radebe

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Picture by Bheki Radebe 

Five essentials for your winter wardrobe

1. Invest in a good quality long black coat that will last you for many winter seasons. It is comfortable, warm and, most importantly, it immediately glams up any outfit.

2. From ankle boots to those in a knee-high slouchy style, boots are a must-have for your winter wardrobe. Wear them with tights, slim-fitting jeans or a shift dress. Guys, a tan ankle boot will go with just about anything in your wardrobe. Don’t just stick to black.

3. Hats are the ideal accessory to finish off any outfit. Cold-weather caps have evolved beyond the classic beanie and a wide selection of traditional hats are now on offer for both
women and men. From gentlemanly fedoras and flat caps to the women’s bucket hat, the right head-gear can make your overall outfit look more fashionable.

4. Layering black and grey remains one of the biggest trends, not just for the winter months but throughout the year. That being said don’t be afraid to add a pop of colour to brighten up your outfit.

5.Tweed is back in style and so are all those soft to the touch fabrics such as leather and fluffy wool coats to snuggle into. Tartan and animal prints are also a hit this winter, so don’t be afraid to explore.

Picture by Bheki Radebe

Picture by Bheki Radebe

The models, Shelton Chibanda and Carmen Van Wyk are wearing Woolworths SA and Jet Mart. Styling by Nontando Mposo and Shamiel Hagee.

This editorial was first published in the Cape Argus on June 19 2015.

Model and Blogger Emma Jane Menteath of My Life in Pink

Picture by Justin Polkey

Picture by Justin Polkey

Social media has brought on the rise of the “fashion influencer”, making it possible for fashion bloggers to earn a living through their blogs and social media accounts. More and more brands are investing in these self-styled tastemakers, not only for product review but to align themselves with a certain market.

Picture by Justin Polkey

Picture by Justin Polkey

Model and fashion blogger Emma Jane Menteath, whose blog “My Life in Pink” is a go-to source for fresh fashion ideas and inspiration, is one of a few who has developed a winning formula.

“I started generating an income two months after launching my blog. I think it’s mostly because I’m very business-oriented. I had a business-like way of approaching clients and letting people know who I was. It’s important to know how to market yourself in a correct way.

Sometimes people see you as self-centred if you are pushing yourself and your brand, but if you don’t market yourself who else is going to do it?” says Menteath.

My Life in Pink is not only a fashion blog but it documents Menteath’s travels and love of food. Fashion blogs are visually driven and most bloggers often lose readers’ interest with low quality content and pictures, says Menteath.

With one of South Africa’s top fashion and portrait photographers Justin Polkey taking photographs of Menteath at home and abroad, her posts are professional and a feast of creativity and ideas.

“That is partly why my blog succeeded so fast. Putting my modelling aside, I have a top photographer working with me and shooting my stuff… we make quite a good team.

Picture by Justin Polkey

Picture by Justin Polkey

“South African bloggers need to focus more on the quality of their images. If the quality of your images is better, you can demand more from brands that want to work with you. Blogging has been a big industry for a while now and everyone wants to get involved, but a lot of people don’t really know how to go about doing it.

“It’s great when you start out, but if you have a blog that is good quality and you are producing quality images it shouldn’t be free. You are providing clients with content and advertising… bloggers shouldn’t be afraid to stand up and ask for something in return,” says Menteath during our interviewat a coffee spot in Kloof Nek, with Polkey in tow.

Freebies and exclusive invites to events are all part of a blogger’s life, but bloggers should be more selective of the brands and products they align themselves with, says Menteath.

“I find that most bloggers are scared to ask for things. If a client approaches them with some free things, they just say yes and not like ‘here is my rate card if you want to work with me’. A lot of clients know that they can get away with offering bloggers nothing but free products.”

Pictures by Justine Polkey

Pictures by Justine Polkey

Menteath, whose favourite local bloggers include Trevor Stuurman, New Hipster and Niquita Bento, started My Life in Pink as a Tumblr site about five years ago to keep her parents updated on her travels.

“Instagram became this huge thing and I realised that there is this online environment that allows you to be creative and where you are able to share a part of you with the world.

“I named it My Life in Pink because I was obsessed with the colour pink at the time. I like what the colour symbolises – happiness and fun… I don’t wear it that much but I love it,” says Menteath, whose favourite international bloggers are Margaret Zhang, Kayture and the Oracle Fox Blog.

Picture by Justin Polkey

Picture by Justin Polkey

When the 23-year-old Bachelor of Business Administration student at Unisa is not shooting for fashion editorials and campaigns for local and international clients, she is in Europe or the US.

“My favourite city to visit is Istanbul in Turkey; it’s so special. The people there have such an energy about them. The city is so real and so alive with culture, tastes and smells.”

A model with Outlaws Model Agency, she was spotted by a scout at 17 during her matric year at Parel Vallei High School in Somerset West.

“I started modelling in my final year of school and as soon as I finished school I went overseas. Secretly I wanted to be a model in my teens, but I was the ugly duckling at school. I was very odd looking, extremely pale and had pimples everywhere. Before I was scouted I had approached modelling agencies and they had turned me down… when I decided to give up on it, it happened.”

Picture by Justin Polkey

Picture by Justin Polkey

Menteath made her debut appearance at the New York Fashion Week last year after she was scouted by an agent for The Lions Model Management .

“I always thought that Cape Town was more fashion forward than Johannesburg,
but when I was in Joburg recently I was impressed; people there are looking good.

“I do think we (South Africa) still have a lot to learn when it comes to fashion, but that is understandable because we were excluded from the world for a long time. Social media has definitely opened up the world for people to see what is happening (everywhere). I am
impressed with what SA’s young designers are doing.

“It’s a little sad because you see these young designers during fashion weeks for two or three seasons and because of finances their lines don’t continue. It will be really exciting if corporates or people could support them (so)… they could carry on showing.”

Menteath’s advice for young models is to have a back-up plan because the
industry is unpredictable and fickle.

“I would never recommend anyone do full-time modelling if they only stay in South Africa. It’s fine to model full-time if you are going to travel because you will be opening yourself up to other markets and new clients.

Picture by Justin Polkey

Picture by Justin Polkey

“As a model I was just an ingredient in the whole creation of something beautiful, a fashion editorial or a TV ad. But now, I model, style and art direct the whole blog look post. I’m not just an ingredient anymore; I am involved in the creation process.”

Picture by Justin Polkey

Picture by Justin Polkey

Menteath’s 5 must-have winter items:
1. The “it-shoe”, knee high boots: Flat sole or block heel, the knee high boot is a must-have this season. Show some skin for a touch of sexiness by teaming it with a mini skirt.

2. Sweater up: For a more modern take on the knit, try the oversize chunky polar neck teamed with a button-up mini skirt.

3. Top coat: Be it the shelling jacket or glamorous faux fur, it’s time to embrace this warm and fuzzy trend.

4. A touch of Seventies: It’s time to shelve those skinnies and embrace the flare. Add a touch of fringe or layer your polar necks underneath your dresses and dungarees. It’s the retro revival.

5. Keep it simple: Think clean lines, neutral palettes and white sneakers. We can all learn a thing or two from the Scandinavians this season.

This feature was first published in the Cape Argus on June 5 2015

Double up this winter: denim on denim

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WHETHER your preference in jeans is a wide leg, skinnies, flares, a
high waist, or anything else on offer, the world, it seems, will never tire of denim. It’s one of the most versatile fabrics available and a permanent feature for all seasons. Once a faux pas, even the doubledenim trend – often referred to as a Canadian tuxedo – has been seen on celebrity trendsetters like Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Kate Bosworth and Jennifer Lopez.

DENIM 2This winter you’re going to have many denim options to choose from, but putting the double-denim look together can be risky business. Here is how to rock denim-on-denim this winter without veering into rodeo territory.

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Double-Denim Dos and Don’ts

1. The old school classic dungaree is back with a vengeance:  Do dress them up by pairing them with a pair of heels or dress down withsneakers or combat boots. The key to transforming dungarees is to pair them with dressy pieces for a night out, such as a glitzy clutch and sparkly accessories.

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* Do keep it chic and casual with a slim-fitting top or denim shirt. The trick is not to look like a farmer after a hard
day’s work.

* Don’t wear a tight dungaree that clings around your thighs. Rather get one size bigger than your normal size to get
that loose-fitting look.

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2. Do finish your denim-on-denim look with a fringe bag or backpack.

3. Do cover up with a woollen beanie or get creative by wearing a scarf on your head in different ways. The winter months can be chilly.

4. Do mix up different shades of denim. Darker washes of denim will create a slimming effect, while lighter shades will draw attention to the areas you want to highlight.

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It’s all about knowing your body. Remember, mixing is best. When it’s all in one shade, head to toe, denim can look dull.

5. Don’t wear denim accessories such as a denim handbag, hat or shoes. It may be tempting, but you are not a denim Christmas tree.

Do keep it simple by wearing earring studs or something similar
that won’t draw the attention away from your outfit.

6. If you are not yet ready to brave the denim-on-denim trend, do fake the look by mixing signature pieces such as a denim dress, which you can dress up and down, or a dark blue denim shirt with casual pants or a skirt.

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This feature was first published in the Cape Argus newspaper on April 15, 2015. All pictures were taken by photographer Tracey Adams. The denim clothes are by Mr Price and G-Star Raw for the Oceans. The shoot is styled by Nontando Mposo.