The diversification of my wardrobe has been long overdue, and thanks to my studies and travels, I’ve had to start collecting a few items which have been pleasant additions that I’d love to share with you.
Just like with my corporate wardrobe, I love adding timeless pieces that can go with “anything”. Dressing up is definitely a way to express yourself and I love to keep my message consistent across all styles which is- clean, classic and confident.
I purchased my latest addition which as you can tell, my Old Skool Vans in classic black and white in preparation for my trip across Africa. I was told I’d have 2 weeks to comprehensively cover trends in 4 African countries so I had to make sure that when I was working I was comfortable (and trendy… don’t forget trendy). My sister and I had recently travelled to Europe and throughout the trip, she religiously chose her Vans for sightseeing activities and highly recommended them, while I on the other hand had a few ailments around my NMDs, which came with a steeper price tag to the VANS (almost 3 times the cost of a pair of Vans)… so I though what the heck, let me try them out, and boy was it the best purchase! if you can get me in sneakers on an ordinary day, you must know that I love them and they are comfortable; and my Vans are definitely ticking this box! Thanks Ole 🙂
I love my Vans so much that I decided to write a blog post about them, so you must know, the love is real! Plus, you get so much value for your money so what is there not to love!? oh the jacket….? that’s a story for another day 🙂
What are your favorite pair of casual shoes that you take everywhere? I’d love to know so I can add them to my collection.
Depending on how adventurous you are or the culture in your workplace is, one might find themselves feeling a little out-of-place if they step out of the black, blue or grey trend in the office. I recently bought a pair of Burgundy shoes from Zara which have been receiving raving compliments at work and here is why.
As mentioned before, my wardrobe consists of predominantly black clothes and shoes, it’s what I feel most comfortable in. However, very recently I decided to step out of my mould. My wardrobe needed some color and a new pair of shoes so I thought why not, let’s go ox blood-red/ burgundy!
Because of the style of the shoe, which has quite a low heel, I have found my shoes to very easily be adaptable to both formal semi formal and casual attires which I love. One day you’ll find me wearing them with a pair of chinos and the next day with a pair of distressed jeans, maxing out that ROI I tell you!
One of the ways I love wearing them though is with my soft pink cigarette pants (as seen below) which I pair with an off white blouse. I feel this look is quite different to my constant black, but also very soft and feminine while maintaining the professional look which I like.
What do you love to wear when you want to take a break/ diversify your corporate look?
When it comes to clothing, there are two things I love wearing. Black, and anything else that goes with it. Some days I get lucky and my wardrobe spews out top to toe monochrome and I am ready and out the door in 45 minutes and other days I end up looking like a chess board or a waitress. But I am happy to say that most days than not I get it right and look elegant and sophisticated with minimal effort.
As you know, living life in the 21st century is fast, emotionally and physically draining. Most of us have so many other things going on besides a 9-5 such as furthering studies, running NPOs or trying to monetize blogs. Unless you’re trying to break into the fashion industry, it really isn’t practical to spend more than 30 minutes trying to figure out how to put an outfit together on Monday morning while trying to make it to an 8am meeting in peak Jozi traffic.
I frequently receive compliments on how I put my outfits together which is sometimes surprising as I don’t have a million pieces in my wardrobe. My number one secret is visualization (I have an idea of the image I want the clothes I wear to portray and create a theme around it thus always looking consistent and I don’t have to be in Ralph Lauren or Zara everyday). Something else that I do, which is very important when I buy clothing, is to make sure that my pieces can slot into multiple wears, thus ensuring that I maximize the ROI of my wardrobe, giving me more wear per item and versatility in the outfits I put together.
Here are a few pics of an outfit I put together which I have worn in the office. 3 simple pieces put together in a sophisticated way that works every time together, but most importantly, with other items in my wardrobe:
What is your favorite color to wear to work? I just love black because it’s both powerful and forgiving, and we all need a bit of both from time to time!