Independent thinkers, independent dressers

The world consists of two types of people: independent thinkers and conformists. Independent thinkers are consequentially independent dressers as they have a careless disregard for what’s ‘trending’. Instead, they wear clothes that resonate with their personal style aesthetics and don’t take pop-culture fad’s to heart (like my friend who wears scrunchies haha).

Considering that this is a fashion blog means that’s pretty hypocritical but leeeet’s be real – it’s true.

There’s this guy that I always see at gym who is a hipster in the best of times and while he dresses in head-to-toe tight black Nike (a bit too tight though, if you know what I mean) – he has the most insane beard. It’s perfectly groomed and is as ginger as my neighbour’s cat, but the fact that he just owns it is impressive. Even though I’m absolutely not a fan of facial hair in any regard and am incapable of such testosterone-induced feats myself – I think that we need more people that are comfortable enough with themselves to grow an orange beard and be proud of it.

Since living in Cape Town I’ve learnt that there’s a beauty in other people’s individuality. Of course the conservative part of me is constantly shocked by some people’s eccentric choices of clothing – but I now have an appreciation for people who will outspokenly dress like a bohemian dancer or maybe even a gypsy – because their non-conformist approach to fashion is rare.


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Pineapples.

All of a sudden the world exploded with pineapple-obsessed people. WHY?

But I must admit that perhaps I’m somewhat of an unconventional hipster myself because I hated pineapples when they were trending, and now that they’re fading in popularity I’m actually starting to like them haha. FYI – It’s really hard balancing a pineapple on your head.

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Photo cred to the phenomenal Kelly Mac. I think onlookers were also wondering “why pineapples?”.


Sometimes it seems that the fashion industry is filled with conformists who are just jumping on any trend’s bandwagon – and yet other times I’m in awe at the industry’s ability to reinvent the ordinary and take a step back from what’s trending to invent something new and fresh. The slit dress is an example of the latter.

Considering the fact that women are less afraid to show off what their mama gave them, as well as the fact that we all got introduced to Angeline Jolie’s awkward leg at the 2012 Oscars – the slit dress is back baby! It took some time to get used to, but I quite like it.

Spring is my favourite season and it’s roughly 3 weeks away – which means that we can slowly trade in our jeans for dresses. Long dresses/skirts can be a little boring and so therefore I suppose this is its sexiest approach.

High slit skirts have become a part of fashion that every woman can use to show off her feminine side that she contrasts with her professional self. It’s chic – but it’s also serious. High slits can be paired with everything from a leather jacket to a silk blouse which is an extra bonus (I personally think a casual leather Jacket is perfect).


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Photographed by Kelly Mac

Dress: Woolworths (on sale, only R225!), Watch: Guess Man, Shoes: Cotton On.


P.S While slits offer lots of sex appeal and look phenomenal – they should come with a warning –  as a wardrobe malfunction is VERY likely. Be careful 😉

Check out more photos by Kelly Mac here: http://www.viewbug.com/member/kellyautumn

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Priceless

As a society that’s driven largely by consumption, it’s ironic that the items that provide us with the most reward are in fact priceless.

My mum received a few of my grandmother’s jewellery pieces when she passed away and I’ve only gone through them all just recently. I came across a fob watch (still actually have no idea what that is – all I know is that it’s worth almost as much as my car and yet is smaller than the palm of my hand ). As I sat on the bed surrounded by my gran’s beautiful pieces, I was struck by the realisation that these fragments of her history have so much more value to me than the most expensive piece of jewellery I could ever buy.

 I held it in my hand I wondered what it’d seen, where it’d been and whom it’d met. My grandmother was the embodiment of elegance and lived the most glamourous life, she’s always been like Princess Diana to me – and this little pendant was like a fragment of her life that was still left on earth.

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I love that about some items of clothing or jewellery – the best ones are the ones with a secret history that still have a future. I’ve never been an avid shopper for vintage clothing because quite frankly it can be really gross – but maybe I should try it out.  As cliche’d as it sounds,  in the agitation to just needlessly consume we actually lose sight of the things that hold the most value that money just can’t equate with.

Whatcha think?

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New kicks made me think

I’ve been looking at buying a new pair of trainers for a while now- and I realised that in actual fact I don’t really wear many shoes apart from my sneakers.

Are we the new generation of girl-sneaker-wearers where we edge closer into the male section of clothing stores? Take my Nike Roshe Runs for example, when I asked an attendant if they were for Males or for Females (all running shoes look the same to me) he looked at me like I was the most deficient human being he’d ever met and replied smugly that they were in fact “unisex”. Apart from feeling like an ignorant fool – I realised that I have slowly but surely been edging closer to male clothing – and it was weird.

The frenzy around the “Androgynous style” has been prominent in almost every fashion week – from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and even Gucci. But I never really considered myself to be anything close to that – yet here I was, sitting on the seat of the Nike store with the epiphany that I was in fact androgynous whether I liked to admit it or not. But anyway – I think that’s the thing about fashion – it reflects not only your style, but your sense of character too. I love the femininity and delicacy of women’s fashion – but I also love to chill with the guys and watch a good game of rugby.

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So anyway getting back to the shoes I bought – I chose a special edition, white-on-white pair of Roshe runs and quite frankly, I couldn’t be more stoked about them!

Whatcha think?

Praise for Pernille

Pernille Teisbaek is a model / stylist / blogger who’s increasingly been cropping up on my radar as one to watch..

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It’s easy to wear an oversized shirt and look like you’re drowning in a heap of extra material – but I think that she has reinvented it to not only appear feminine but comfortable as well.

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What she wore to the recent Paris Fashion Week is actually my favourite one – she always looks like she casually put her outfit together at the last minute but yet looks polished. Perfectshunnnn

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She merges the essence of a fun tomboy with a modern city gal and somehow manages to look sophisticated and refined all the more for it.

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Another thing she’s a master at is pulling of her perfectly imperfect blonde hair. But I’m definitely carrying a case of fashion envy because she’s got one kick-ass wardrobe!

Whatcha think?

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Theeeenks

Today I was shocked when I heard the familiar ‘bing’ of an email from WordPress – congratulating me for having this blog, today, for exactly 2 years.

You guys have been phenomenal.

I started off blogging because it was required as a University project – and much like most love affairs I was of course hooked from the get-go! I try not to think too much when writing my posts – I prefer for them to come naturally rather than be a forced attempt to appeal to a mass audience… So what you see is very much what you get – this is me! So every response / comment / message / follow etc is thoroughly appreciated and infinitely rewarding.

I was meant to be in London this year studying fashion – which I reluctantly turned down but I’m stoked I kept this blog.

I send the love straight back to you!

Holly eooouut

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Fashion on the move: Where ya going?

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“A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.” Charlie Chaplin

I love a good adventure and I am regularly up for spontaneous missions to places that I haven’t been to before. What is the symbol of this incessant desire in all humans to travel and to discover?

Your bag.

Your bag isn’t just a few flaps of material that have been sewn together with a handle on top. Your bag shows where you’re going and perhaps where you’ve been. It shows how well prepared you are (or possibly how paranoid you are) and is a statement of your style.

I really like these briefcase bags.

Where you going with your bag?

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