One look two ways, for events or everyday
Words: Annette Minnaar + Akim Jardine | Images: Jacobus Snyman
What is a wardrobe wonder and how do you find it? Some say it’s a piece of clothing that encapsulates the season’s trends, some say it precedes them. Either way, what’s certain is that it’s a multitasking miracle. An item that can be dressed up or down and worn multiple ways. A clothing chameleon, if you will. It’s the hero in your closet that you can get away with wearing many times a week – and no one will notice. And it gets by with a little help from its friends: styling and accessories.
Wardrobes that work (after hours and weekends included) house looks that seamlessly transition between dress codes and seasons. It’s unrealistic to buy new pieces for every single birthday, night out or wedding. The very same piece that shouts “I’m booked and busy” on some days can dial it down for an office A-game day or all the way down for casual and easy “I woke up like this” dressing. Trust us.
The pantsuit took its seat at the sartorial table in the late 1960s and we’ve never met a reason to stop wearing it all over the place for a touch of finely tailored design.
DRESS IT UP: Take it out to dinner party paired with kitten heels and a sheer blouse.
DIAL IT DOWN: Wear it to work with smart flats and contrast its structured fabrication with a soft, satin shirt.
THE ROMANTIC MINI
If you’re ever looking to add a carefree feel to your day, how about a playful, summery dress?
DRESS IT UP: Summer outdoor weddings sorted, with some strappy sandals. Throw a blazer over your shoulders if things take a slightly cool turn.
DIAL IT DOWN: Hello sundowner season. Pair with a collegiate sneaker and a good time.
THE MINIMALIST MIDI
Part of qualifying as a wardrobe wonder means being comfortable and easy to wear. A mid-length dress requires minimal styling and works for end-of-year functions as well as casual markets.
DRESS IT UP: Wear with stiletto heels to celebrate another year of being work goals with your colleagues.
DIAL IT DOWN: Pair it with ankle-tie sandals and geometric sunnies for a day out at your local market.
THE GARDEN PARTY FROCK
Frocks with frills and ballooned silhouettes epitomise summer and are your answer to feeling great on a hot day, almost always.
DRESS IT UP: At an outdoor birthday party along with chunky sneakers.
DIAL IT DOWN: At the beach as an effortless cover-up.
THE SOFT BLOUSE
Few pieces of clothing transition from work to play as well as a soft blouse. Its flowing fit adds a romantic air to any look and it perfectly contrasts with tailored pieces at the office or with an exposed bralette after hours.
DRESS IT UP: For a night out, pair it with a pleated skirt and heels.
DIAL IT DOWN: Make it part of your meetings with tailored trousers and smart brogues.