How to wear Pretty Pastels

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WEARING PASTELS

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It’s true what they say; all things old become new again and isn’t that true for the timeless, ever-so feminine and beautifully classic pastel trend. Pastels always find their way onto our radar at this time of year. Pale, romantic and pretty pastels are a simple yet playful colour palette to keep in your closet. Soft and gentle, pastels can give you the ultimate feminine look. Pastels are a reoccurring feature in summer fashion so it's no great surprise that they are back on the high street again. However, this year sees even paler tones.

Look for colours such as pale yellow, blush pink, icy blue, or light lavender, it's both pretty and appropriate for the season. Feminine and pristine this trend is probably one of the most suited to summer as it looks beautiful combined with subtle ditsy floral prints. This trend will ensure that you look cool, girly and stylish. 


Here are just a few fashion tips to help you wear this popular trend:


I am a massive fan of casual dresses which come up in pastel hues for that luxe carefree look. If you’re looking for the ideal way to look sweet and pretty, then aim for a solid pastel dress. A delicate pastel piece can be used in a variety of ways and is unbelievably versatile. Add a tan bag for the perfect finishing touch.


One of the easiest ways to wear pastels is wearing prints, if you prefer not to go for an all-over print choose one pastel printed item such as a skirt and team this with a neutral coloured top with no print! 

You can separate an all over pastel outfit by keeping neutral shades in your accessories. Turn to tan or grey in particular with belts, shoes, handbags and hats. These break up the colour and help you avoid looking washed out.


Pastels can be mixed with darker colours such as navy and grey. These muted tones are a great slimming technique if you’re worried pastels highlight problem areas.  

Wearing pastel coloured pants would be the most timeless option. It can easily be worn with a neutral top; white, grey, black, etc. All depending on the chosen colour! try wearing your trousers with pumps of the same colour but in a darker shade. 

Choose one colour and stick with it throughout your outfit. Pastel coloured clothing itself looks good without too many finishes – the simpler your pastel tone clothing, the better.

You can never go wrong with denim, and pairing your pastel top with a pair of jeans, it adds a touch of sweetness and modernity to the look. A darker wash will give it a more formal look, so if you want something fresher, a lighter wash like chambray will do the trick.

Wear Pastels as Accessories, Wear a neutral outfit-it makes pale accessories really pop.  Choose a statement necklace or a light-coloured handbag. Cream and beige tones are the most versatile of all the pastel shades. They go with any other pastel or neutral shade. 

Yet another way to tackle the pastel trend is to colourblock.  Wear Pastels with Other Pales but Make sure all your pieces are in the same colour family and Make sure that pastel tones you pick do not look like a continuation of your skin.

The most important rule of pastel shades is not to overdo it with all the sweetness. Instead, try to tone it down by accessorising your pastel clothes with pieces in black, white or other neutral tones. Beige and grey shades will also help you balance things out.  


Here are a few chic pastel pieces that will ensure you are on trend this season.



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ASOS UK Cord Jacket in Pastel Blue
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ASOS UK - Pastel Stripe Rib ruffle bodysuit top
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ASOS UK Pimkie Pastel Pink Ripped Detail Skinny Jeans

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Zeagoo Women's Loose Ruffle Sleeveless Chiffon Pastel Blouse
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AX PARIS Bodycon Midi Dress Pink
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DOLCIS BEATRIX Sandal Pastel Pink
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CALL IT SPRING Mateare Sandals Blue

For a little more inspiration, take a look at how these fashion bloggers are styling their pastel colour this season.


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I hope these style tips on wearing pastel colours has given you some inspiration! Till' next time xo





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Editors notes:  This post was originally posted in August 2012 and has been updated



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Top Six Ankle Boots under R750

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Wear Ankle Boots With Everything


Ankle boots are no longer only appropriate for Winter, we're wearing them all year round.   Ankle boots are a popular boot trend again this season and the style rules of how to wear them have gone out the window. Ankle boots are a chic, edgy alternative to thigh-high boots, and this season's must-have shoe. There are so many fun ones out there: wedge, heel, flat, cut-out, laced, buckled, and the list could go on. 

They are the most convenient shoe you could wear this time of year, and the fact you can get them in so many different styles and colours means there is a perfect boot for everyone. 

They work with floaty, floral, white and pretty pieces to toughen them up, they literally go with everything you wear, so you can buy one new pair this season and wear them with your work wardrobe, weekend uniform, and everything in between.  

Consider some of my favourites for this season.

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 BATA Weave Detail Ankle Boot Black R 699
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MISS BLACK NATZ Platform Boot Brown R 439
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JEEP SAFFRON Ankle Boots Black R 589
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ZAH LOLA Heeled Flat Ankle Boots Black R 419
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MADISON Luann Ankle Boot Tan R 449
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DOLCIS BETH Boot Tan R 619

For a little more inspiration, take a look at how these fashion bloggers are styling their animal prints this season.

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I hope these ankle boot styles have given you some inspiration! Till' next time xo






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Editors notes:  This post was originally posted in April 2016 and has been updated





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Animal Prints - A Timeless fashion print


A TIMELESS CLASSIC THAT NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE


When someone says ‘animal print’ the first thing that comes to our mind is the leopard and when worn in a classic silhouette, it adds a visual interest and a bit of glamour to your look.  Even though it seems as if animal print comes in and out of style every couple of years, it's always in and always highly glamorous.

Earlier animal prints were born out of the skin and fur of select animals, they were used by men and women as it offered protection from the elements. Throughout history, kings and other high-ranking people have worn animal skin and use animal rugs as a sign of status and power. In the 20th century, fashion designers, high-ranking people, Hollywood stars, and celebrities turned it into a fashion trend. Nowadays, many famous brands, like Prada, Betsey Johnson, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior are big supporters of animal print. Supermodels, Hollywood stars, and celebrities are also big fans of animal print.


animal-print-quotedAnimal print is a fashion style that is made to resemble the pattern of the skin and fur of an animal such as leopard, cheetah, zebra, tiger, and giraffe.  Animal prints are similar to a neutral—they’re made up of brown, beige, and black, after all.  They’re seasonless, and you can wear them with almost anything, plus, they add a little edge to your wardrobe.

These wild prints can create attention anywhere you go. So going overboard won't make you more fashionable. Remember, It is always a good idea to start small and keep it simple, less is more when it comes to animal prints. Simply adding animal-print inspired jewellery, a key accessory (scarf, shoes or handbag) or one wardrobe piece (blouse or jacket) is all you need to spice up your look.

Add bright spots of colour with animal print to make a bold statement. When used in moderation this pattern is an exotic and elegant addition to our wardrobe and an edgy, yet classic, addition to our outfit.

These days animal print dresses are worn with chunky earrings are perfect for a night out. You can also opt in for cardigans with animal prints rocked with a shirt and a dark coloured trouser or a jean or a scarf to keep it stylish and subtle.

Animal print can really look great on anyone, It’s one of those timeless patterns that can work for any season.  Here are a few chic animal print pieces that will ensure you are on trend this season.


BY MALENE BIRGER Animal Print Knit Cardigan


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Balmain Animal Print Skirt 
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MARC BY MARC JACOBS Animal Print Pullover

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BLACKCHERRY Bag Ladies Fashion Clutch Bag Animal Print
LILY & ROSE Ladies Animal Skin Detail Wallet Blue

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ALEXIS BITTAR Animal Print Lucite Earrings

For a little more inspiration, take a look at how these fashion bloggers are styling their animal prints this season.


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I hope these animal print style tips have given you some inspiration! Till' next time xo



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Editors notes:  This post was originally posted in July 2015 and has been updated



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