If you follow my movements on social media you would have caught me complaining on Instagram the other day with regards to the fact that Durban is such a chill city. Obviously that’s not a bad thing, however it does make fashion choices rather limiting which is where my complaining came in. #FirstWorldProblems. No one should ever change their own personal style or clothes of choice due to what people will think of you or anything to that extent, but there is such a thing as dressing appropriately to suit the occasion. The same way you wouldn’t go to a formal evening event in slops and sweatpants, you wouldn’t go to brunch on the beach in heels and jeans. For this reason I struggle to ‘dress down’ living here in Durbs as more often than not I am needing to be dressed chill. Thank goodness for this blog that allows me to still show off some of my favourite trends to you all, even if I haven’t had a chance to wear them anywhere yet.
My favourite element in fashion to play around with would have to be different textures, patterns and little intricacies that make an item stand out. Off the top of my head; velvet, tulle, glitter, lace and frills come to mind. This blouse definitely had that ‘have-to-have’ impact on me the moment I saw it. It’s the type of blouse that demands attention from you and forces you to look twice. I love how dramatic and oversized the frills are, they give life to the entire look as well as a bit of movement and playfulness. I paired this stripped number with simple semi-high waisted (I feel like there is proper terminology that I am not using here) shorts to even out the busy-ness going on with the blouse.
Overall I played down the rest of the outfit as I wanted the frills to steal the show for everyone the way they did for me, although these divine peep-toe heels came in at a close second. They have a lot more height than what I usually will wear; we’ve discussed this before, I’m rather tall, but sometimes I get so over it and just go with it. It’s been a while since I’ve rocked a decent heel so walking took a minute to adjust. Once the initial shakiness wore off I was very comfortable and forgot I was even in heels. This pair featured here are from Aldo, but I have seen an identical pair at Call-it-Spring for half the price, so be sure to shop around before purchasing a pair.
We’re fast approaching that awkward time of year where season’s are changing and you never know quite what to wear. At least with an outfit like this it is super adaptable and doesn’t really categorise as either summer or winter wear. Worn as is, is a perfect combination of both hot and cold, giving your arms coverage and legs freedom to breath. For a more fresh take on this look, roll up the sleeves half way and tie your hair in a neat bun, finishing it off with some stylish sunnies. For a cosy option, throw on some ripped black denim jeans and add a cropped jacket of sorts to fight the chill – even swap out the peep-toes for some ankle boots if you are really feeling the cold.
Frill blouse – Zara
Black shorts – Zara
Heels – Aldo
Bag – Forever New
Earrings – Lovisa
Gold ring – Swarovski
When I first started my blog, it was a lot more undercover back then, I remember talking about how apprehensive I felt to share personal details of my life and allow whomever stumbles upon my blog an inside look into my thoughts. Over the last few months a lot of change has been going on for me personally which I have felt slightly guilty about as I haven’t really made this public to my followers. Not because I have been going out of my way to hide anything but because not only am I still trying to get a hang of this ‘sharing my life’ thing but because I haven’t really known what to say. I find writing to be a very therapeutic tool. It is a way to micro manage your thoughts and get a better understanding of whichever situation you are in; this applies to all area’s of life. With that being said, a lot is still up in the air for me and I’m not quite ready to put it all out there, but once I am, I promise you will all be the first to know about it. Sit tight, lots more coming to The Kayleigh Khronicles soon.