10 FASHION STAPLES I CAN’T SURVIVE WINTER WITHOUT



With Winter in full swing the only way to beat it is to invest in good quality Winter Wardrobe Essentials and get very good at layering. I must admit, I really do love Winter Fashion. I’ve compiled 10 essentials for a fabulous fall wardrobe. For me, winter is all about quality fabrics and layering. These are the key pieces I definitely couldn’t get through winter without…

The Perfect Coat

A stylish outerwear is the first thing we all hurry to invest in as the cold months arrive, and while trends come and go a classic coat is always there to bundle you up in style.  Whether you love long or oversized coats, monochrome or checkered options, capes, pea coats or ones with military influences, go for the best options that flatter your figure and put the focus on your personal style.  A statement-making coat can be the core of almost all your winter looks, and the way you style it can certainly help you create various styles and moods.


Jeans, Jeans, Jeans!

If in summer it’s all about the perfect pair of denim shorts, I love the winter months for it lets us wear our favorite jeans. Skinny, high-waisted, bell-bottom or vintage, jeans are really timeless and we can hardly imagine the fashion world without them. It’s their practicality, versatility and ultimate wearability that makes us adore jeans. Well, and of course we all know how to wear jeans, since they have no basic rules and you can be as creative and innovative as you can!




Leather Pants

They are edgy, sexy and cool and can be mixed and matched with various tops for creating one-of-a-kind looks.  I couldn’t live without leather leggings or leather pants. They’re so versatile and they keep you really warm. Plus it can be worn casually during the day or dressed up for evening.  Pay attention to the colour and the form of the leather pants you choose, picking the best options for your own body shape. 



Chunky Knit Sweater

Good quality knits should make up a significant portion of your winter wardrobe. Fine knits are perfect for layering underneath blazers, coats and even dresses while chunkier knit sweaters are great for throwing on over your casual outfits. Choose them in colours and cuts that best suit your personal style.


The Gilet

The winter Gilet, your new wardrobe essential. This luxe layering piece adds texture to any look. The great thing about a gilet is its versatility as a piece of clothing. You can wear just about anything underneath a gilet. Work it with sleeveless tops and jeans, then pop it over knitwear when the chill sets in. The gilet works great as both an outer layer and a mid-layer to be worn under a jacket or a coat.




Ankle Boots
A winter must-have. You can do whatever heel you want whether it’s a flat or a high heel but definitely ankle boots. We can never underestimate the power of a stylish pair of boots, which can spice up even the dullest winter looks. They can elongate the legs of petite women and when it comes to the possible stylish combinations created with them, you have endless options to choose from. Ankle boots look cool with any types of pants, skirts, dresses and coats, so why not get a pair?





A Knit Sweater dress
Just like the knit sweaters, knit sweater dresses are also among the best winter wardrobe essentials that every woman needs to get. There are days when you are not into layering and mix and matching tops and bottoms, so slipping into a relaxed knit sweater dress. Wear it with ankle or knee-high boots, pick a scarf to add lots of personality to your look and don’t forget the coat when you walk out the door!




A pair of stockings

Thick tights or stockings are perfect for wearing with dress or a skirt in winter, there’s nothing better than stockings to complete your look and keep you a little bit away from the cold. So buy a pair of stocking this season to gloss up your look and wear the clothes that you want!



A Bright, Printed Scarf
Whether you choose a classic leopard printed scarf or one adorned with abstract motifs, you definitely need this stylish accessory for styling your winter looks. It’ll keep your neck warm, while brightening up even the most boring looks and taking your styling skills to a whole new level. 




Beanies

Beanies and hats are a necessity for keeping your head toasty warm in winter. There are plenty of different styles of beanies available, from fitted to slouchy styles and simple to novelty designs. I find that a basic black or grey beanie that can be folded to sit firmly on the head or worn slouchy and pushed back is a versatile wardrobe option.





Tell me – what are your winter wardrobe staples?
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RAW DENIM BUYING GUIDE


Raw denim isn’t for everyone, but it just might be for you. For many, raw denim is the best jean—the best fit, the best look, and the best feel.  We are all familiar with the recognizable indigo textile made famous by Levi Strauss in the 1850s, these were hard wearing workman trousers now affectionately known as ‘jeans’. Today I’m talking about the denim artisan culture that has made a huge comeback in recent years, not so big is South Africa, but fast gaining momentum. Denim used to be made raw and unwashed in its early days, and now we are seeing manufactures going back to their roots and producing denim in its purest form.

If you are thinking of getting into raw denims here are a few pointers to start your denim journey.

1. These artisan jeans are cut and made up without the processing.  Raw denim means the cotton of the jeans has been dyed, but left unwashed. 


2. If you’re willing to make the time investment, you’ll get a great fitting (and looking!) pair of pants. And, if you’re willing to make the financial investment, you may actually end up saving a bit over time. Though raw denim can be a little pricey up front, it can be worn day in and day out—from casual wear to formal occasions—with little rotation. In fact, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up loving your raw denim so much, it will become your go-to pair of jeans.  



3. The beauty of raw denims is that through the natural wear and tear process, they are molded according to your shape, and the appeal of having your jeans gradually fade on their own makes the process that much more worth it.  Raw denim, even when it has a bit of stretch, starts out on the uncomfortable side until it’s broken in.

4.  Watch out for Shrinkage.  You need to check if your new pair of jeans has been pre-shrunk (sanforized) during the manufacturing process. If your raw denim is not pre-shrunk (un-sanforized), it will shrink drastically -approximately 5cm in length and waist – after its first wash.  You could imagine how annoyed you'd be if after months of wear, you give your denim a proper wash, and your hard-earned fades had shifted 5cm higher!  So, if your denim is un-sanforized you need to give them a post-purchase, pre-wear soak, following these simple steps: 

1. Fill your bathtub with 5-7cm of hot, but not boiling water. Bear in mind that the hotter the water, the more indigo will be lost. To optimize the post-soak fit you can sit in the bathtub wearing your denim. 

2. Flip your raw denim inside out and lay them flat in the tub for 1-2 hours, with something heavy-ish resting on top of them to keep them submerged. Do not try to shake or move your denim too much, otherwise you will risk losing more indigo. 

3. Remove your jeans from the water and hang them out to dry upside down. This also helps reduce the shrinkage.




5. Time is important with raw denim, which means you shouldn’t wash them for at least six months. This is the toughest thing people find with raw denim for most is wearing them a lot and washing them very little. The reality though is that the more denim is worn (some denim heads even sleep in them), the faster you will create those personalized, vivid fades. whereas washing prematurely will not give you enough time to achieve those strong, contrasting creases.

6.  As you'll be wearing your raw denim on a daily basis and not washing them for six months, you will undoubtedly run into minor hygiene problems. They won’t work up a stench, unless you’re really sweating in them for a good amount of time. And if you do, you can hang ’em outside for a day just to air out. I have heard of people placing there jeans into the freezer to kill any bacteria.

WHERE TO SHOP

South Africa’s raw denim game is still in its early days, so most of my suggestions will be online store guides to great Raw denim jeans.
1. LEE Jeans raw denim
3. Denham
4. Nudie Jeans co.
5. Pure Blue Japan
6.  G-Star Raw

Hoping to see more raws on the streets of Durban!














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