As I type this post out, I experience a conundrum of different emotions that don’t particularly make sense: I am uncertain, overwhelmed, ecstatic and humbled in one breath. This article marks the first of a string of new blog posts that I have in store for you. It is also the first post that I am publishing on my brand new website – www.thefashionfactor.co.za. It was a long and gruelling process for me to choose a layout that I favoured for this site. I needed for the end result to be something that would seamlessly integrate fashion with food. A lot of people ask me why I don’t just focus on one or the other, but asking me that equates to asking me why I do not just wear pretty clothes and not bother to enjoy food in my life! Both are of equal importance to me, and I have fascinating stories of food and fashion to share with you all.
What immediately comes to your mind when you think of winter? In the fashion sense, the most prominent image that sets my brain in motion is the faux fur coat. I somehow can’t shake the feeling of stroking my fingers through the soft, fluffy bristles that give me the sense of being cuddled by my very own attire. Neither can I ignore the air of exclusivity exuded from the other street stylers, strutting around in their faux fur garments du jour. Even a fashion novice can recognize that the faux fur coat marks a sort of distinction between him/herself and the seriously fashionable.
Of course, fashion being the excessive ‘thing’ that it is, I do also have other winter favourites that spring for attention during this season. I imagine lavish suede knee-high boots of the most glamorous proportions, and luxurious ponchos yielding an endless composition of fabric that completely drowns my frame out. So too, do I love capes and trench coats with a military flare that beckon to days when fashion was about practicality and discipline. When the accessory racks of clothing stores are lined up with those adorable cloche hats, my excitement goes into overdrive for now I can shield my conditioned hair from Cape Town’s dreary rainfall, all while appearing chic. And what of the scarves? Why, cashmere, obviously!
I can’t even resist the urge to purchase my knitwear two sizes too large. The sensation of thick, warm fabric cocooning my skin in a large bubble is simply too brilliant to turn down. I love to feel stylishly secure, tucked away within the layers of my clothing. After all, winter dressing is all about throwing on pieces that provide protection against the harsh elements before you. I always look forward to being ‘covered up’ and I therefore realize that I’m quite the introvert, it seems.
And clothing is not all the preparation that you’ll need for the winter months ahead, mind you. Along with the characteristic depravation of sunshine, winter brings with it the onset of peeling skin, chapped lips, and with the cold comes – well – colds. Cue the following, in no particular order: cocoa butter, copious amounts of vitamin C, chapsticks aplenty and your mother’s homemade chicken soup (which you pretend to snub, but secretly look forward to). Seriously, though? Why don’t you just let the poor woman know that you appreciate her damn good chicken soup?! I digress…
If you analyze the specifics, winter is most definitely the season that requires more effort and planning than the warmer ones do. I just love this about winter. Does that make me sound absurd?! I mean, don’t get me wrong – the effortless summer look is great. However, I prefer polished winter style any old day to this, “oh, I literally just threw something on,” business.
And in keeping with my sentiment, I opted to go for a somewhat luxurious look for my first winter street style post; paying homage to the ultimate faux fur coat that I could find for the season. This coat is still available from the online Superbalist store. The colours are on point and make the coat so versatile – black, brown, mink and cream! You can wear this baby for day, night, formal or informal – anything goes!
When it comes to layering, I like to go for the unusual, but most importantly I do find that you should not blur the details out from one piece to the next. Each item boasts its own voice and individuality, and the idea with the faux fur is to celebrate that; not detract from it. I therefore kept my layers simple and paired the coat with a crisp white shirt and black, tailored culottes. I was originally going to choose pointed pumps to end off the look, but these black leather boots with block heels swayed my decision. I mean, anything with zips and buckles gives me the chills. Throw in some leather, and we are talking some seriously good stuff right there.
So chokers are all the rage at the moment, as I’m sure you are well aware of by now. What started out as a random trend, with famous fashionistas wrapping velvety ribbons around their necks, has now morphed into a fully-fledged revival of the 90s. I’m actually a 90s baby, so my enthusiasm for this trend has been dipping into other factions of 90s culture. Just recently, my ancient Aqua album saw itself emerging from the depths of a shabby box entitled, “Junk”. I’ll have you know that I reminisce fondly of myself traipsing around our old living room, singing along, and seriously believing, “I’m a Barbie girl…”
The choker I wore with this outfit has a fascinating mood stone that acts as a pendant hanging from the velvet strip. Who of you can recall mood stones? This mood stone gave me a major flash of nostalgia; ‘conjuring’ up memories of watching recorded episodes of Charmed on the weekends with my mother (who, I’m convinced, invented this whole thing of binge-watching series). Anyway, my point here is that I can’t get enough of this trend because it’s the one I can relate with the most – I’ve actually lived it, and I couldn’t think of a better way to add the ‘magic’ finishing touch to my ensemble.
But most importantly, what do you think of this outfit and what would you pair your favourite faux fur with? Do you have any interesting winter pieces that you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments below!
Lots of love,
Outfit Details: –
Faux fur coat – Superbalist
White shirt – Mango; available at Spree
Culotte pants – Foschini
Block-heel Ankle Boots – Forever 21
Velvet choker – Lovisa
Watch – Michel Herbelin
Eben Photography, based in Cape Town
Make-up Artist: –
TiaHoney Makeup by Tiara Swartz, based in Cape Town