If you need inspiration, some of SA’s style icons are nailing it: the ever cool Maps Maponye, the Afro-chic Trevor Stuurman and the ultra-modern Rich Mnisi. On the women’s front, Lulama Wolf exemplifies effortless elegance, Kwenya Baloyi exemplifies print and colour like no other and while Mantha Ribane can teach us all a thing or two about bold, almost otherworldly minimalism. What do they all have in common? They’re not afraid to show us who they are, irrespective of the time of year.
With so many trends on the horizon, it’s often hard to know which are truly en vogue or which of them is right for you. The good news is this: ’tis the season of cherry picking’, so the name of the game is essentially to take the best parts of everything – from runway trends to street style, sneaker culture and beyond – and mix it all together in an edgy and irreverent way that speaks to your personality. Your identity is the most exciting thing right now so let your fashion bring it to the fore.
THE DARK FLORAL DRESS: Dark background colours illuminate pretty flower patterns, adding a touch of mystery to floral. Pair with ankle boots to walk all-over autumn trends. Shop here.
THE BRIGHTLY-COLOURED PUFFER JACKET: This trend will extend well into winter so some would say it’s worth the investment. Wear it with a knit dress or pair it with a strappy top and statement jeans – whether it’s worn off-the-shoulder or as a shrug, ultimately, it’s all about comfort. Shop here.
WHITE-BOOTS: Another autumn/winter winner, the white boot is a go-go this season, with a wink at rebellious retro glamour. Shop here.
POWER ACCESORIES: The beret is having a major moment, along with the biker hat. Now’s the time for bold, chunky pieces, big belts with statement buckles, across-the-body-bags and single or mismatched-earrings.
THE STATEMENT SWEATER: We’re not talking Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones – though that Rudolph jumper did make a statement – we’re talking artsy motifs, luxe details or an unusual textural embellishment.
STATEMENT JEANS: No ordinary jeans, these are super jeans that have flair, floral decals, stars, stripes, a tapered leg, busted knee, high waist or fraying. Even sequins are acceptable – sometimes.
THE UGLY SNEAKER: A global rebellion against sleek, streamlined kicks, ugly sneakers are all the rage, with big names like Balenciaga backing the revolt. Shop here.
STATEMENT TEES: Think fancy sleeves, bright colours, prints or slogans.
SUPER EMBELLISHED HANDBAGS: The fussier, the more fashionable: bring on the pearls, tassels, studs, sequins and faux fur.
LUXE JACKETS AND COATS: Live your most luxurious life with a beautifully tailored jacket or coat in a bold colour or chic fabric.
STRIPES: Especially when combined with other prints like floral. Shop here.
THE POWER SUIT: Go for a flared, looser trouser for a statuesque silhouette. Add romantic details – like ribbon down the side of the jacket or a beret accessory.
FRILLS, LACE, RIBBONS AND FLOUNCES: Because more is more this season. Shop here.
OTT SUNGLASSES: Hello Jackie Kennedy.
VINYL, LATEX AND LEATHER: Tone down ’50 shades’ associations by pairing leather or latex with softer knitwear to combine hard and soft effects. Think of a ruffle vinyl pencil skirt or pleated leather midi.
All these trends and more are available at Superbalist.com.