Things you ought to know

London is a notorious concoction of culture and class – I absolutely love it! Everything about it just takes my breath away – and the fashion is something to truly behold.

I could walk down the tube station absolutely stark naked and no one would think twice, they’d probably just nod at me and then proceed on to their next destination. So while I’ve been walking along cobbled streets and little red telephone booths – armed with my South African accent and a Laminated map torn out of my “Tour guide to London” – I’ve been aggressively ticking off things on my London to-do list. Through my pub-hopping escapades, exhaustative exploring and countless trips on the tube, I can’t help but establish a distinguished style that correlates throughout most Brits. My love of lists has therefore encouraged yet another one:

Things you ought to know before you come to London.

Disclaimer: the following list is highly opinionated and stereotypical. If you don’t agree – that’s totally up to you !

 

  1. Never judge a confident London Lass.

The ones who are willing to flaunt their legs in an H&M miniskirt when the temperature is close to snow-fall and the wind is howling directly into their face. Support them. Back them. They have more confidence than you could probably ever hope for in your wildest dreams! Let them be.

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My friend Paula and I trying to get a good shot of the London Eye – clearly we both failed haha

 

  1. Coats.

To be honest I absolutely couldn’t give a blue moon what I look like when I’m in 1’C weather– just as long as I’m warm. I started out wearing 2 layers of thermals (double top AND double bottom), a down-feather jacket, a woolen scarf and my dad’s 30 year old army jacket – and guess what? I was still shivering cold and grumpy as hell. I’m a wuss in the cold, don’t judge, but nothing can quite prepare you for the horrorful wind-breeze that sweeps through London. It’s a cold that hits you to your bones – and then eventually hits you right in the center of your soul. Therefore – do yourself a favour and get a good coat, one lined with animal fur and hot water bottles and even thermal underwear.

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Buckingham Palace Baby! To be honest I found this to be rather disappointing in real life!

 

  1. British men dress well; appreciate it.

Sitting on the tube is like fashion week in itself and I can’t help but be super impressed with the level of eloquence with which British men dress. Most of them have got the rugged-tailored-gentleman look down to a tee– it’s remarkable. As I sat in the tube last week I couldn’t help but acknowledge that British men just do it well – from the quality shoes they wear to the impeccable coats that complete their outfits, it’s a job well done indeed. Tailored clothing is for British men what cigarettes and coffee are for British women.

 

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Portobello Road, Notting Hill

  1. Guys can wear scarfs, too!

I remember when my mum bought my brother a scarf a few years ago – oh dear lord did she get shut down! My brother flat out refused to wear it. Here, it’s more a necessity than anything and it looks so incredible and work-chic.

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Westminister Station

  1. No more flip flops, thanks!

British men have a serious thing for shoes – that much is clear. The uber British lad is always adorned with his leather loafers and perhaps this is a slight improvement to the guys back in SA who wear flip flops even though they clearly shouldn’t let any ray of sunlight see their gruesome toe-nails. I’ll never forget my favourite English teacher in Grade 12 telling us all how she actually left a guy on a date because his feet were just so disgusting, haha I will ALWAYS remember her telling us the story!

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St Paul’s Cathedral

  1. British women don’t care.

There’s a carefree confidence that British women behold that distinguishes them apart from the rest of the world. Since being in London I’ve acknowledged that there is indeed a sense of judgmentalism that is ever-apparent in South African fashion. British women are stoked to wear whatever the heck they want – and I really like that. They unashamedly exhibit their personalities through their clothing, it’s absolutely refreshing to be in a city that just doesn’t hold back.

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Even the Lampposts in London are feasts for the eyes

In all honesty – I have been horrified at some of the atrocities I’ve seen people wear. But I quite like that, too.  London has taught me to shake off my judgmental attitude and learn to appreciate the eccentrics of fashion that London displays to its inhabitants day in, day out. Come here with an open mind (and a large wallet, might I add!) and London will be sure to show you a good time.

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Movers and Shakers

I’ve always regarded choosing coats as I do my mates: they must be loyal, have your back and provide good support when the going gets tough. Coats function as all of the above (if you choose wisely!).

When it’s 10 degrees, pouring with rain and you’re covered in goosebumps – making sure that your outfit is on point is the last thing you feel like. Investing in a good coat is therefore like investing in a good car – you’re pretty much screwed if you don’t choose well.

For some reason I chose to get out of my coat-comfort-zone and buy something a little bit more outlandish than I usually would – a two-toned half leather/half trench coat. The first night I wore it was to a good friend’s surprise birthday – I guarded it from any stains and was so proud that no one had surreptitiously scarred my beautiful warm possession. But then I was disappointed to discover that it’s all fun and games when a whole bunch of you decide to put gold face paint on (yes we’re 21 years olds, hold your judgement) until it’s permanently on one of your winter coats that you were planning on maybe keeping forever. 

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Photographed by Jason Broderick

Cap: Cotton On, Coat: Zara, Watch: Lacoste Man, Leggings: Cotton On Body, Trainers: Nike.

(Side note: I was actually a quivering imbecile when this photo was taken haha!)

But all jokes aside, when it comes to winter coats in 2015 – don’t care about all the ‘how-to-wear-rules’ – wear them with anything. If the coat fits well and you like it – style it to your own look.  You can wear a smart suit with a parka coat or even your gym outfit with an elegant coat. I alwayyyyys wear my Nike’s with my coat. Don’t take yourself too seriously, wear your coat with whatever you want 🙂

 I personally think that a good coat is worth every cent – Zara and Topshop have the best range of coats out there for Winter.

Choose wiseeeeely

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend 🙂

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Yes.

I know this is a rather unglamorous shot by most fashion bloggers’ standards (I took this selifie before varsity and had no makeup on haha) and I hope you’re not cringing as badly as I am.. But I am pretty stoked to have this new purchase hanging in my wardrobe at the moment — it certainly won’t protect me from the cold but at least winter won’t make me look like a blonde grizzly bear. I got it a few days ago from Zara (my parents and their credit cards were in town!) and I think I would advise anyone to save up and get it too – there are so many ways you can wear it and I have a feeling that this trend will have a lengthy duration on the streets of Cape Town!

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Coat: Zara

Whatcha think?

HH x

It’s all about the sleeveless coat

Here in Cape Town it’s that awkward time just before winter where it’s too hot to wear a jacket but too nippy to be without something warm. The solution? The sleeveless coat.

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It’s a chic alternative to the sweater and is easily dressed up or down – effectively working just as well with a cocktail dress as it does with jeans and ankle boots à la Olivia Palermo.

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Polite in my Polo polneck

Jackie Kennedy Onassis in a polo neck

Although no one can do it quite like Jackie O, I think that investing in a chunky Polo neck sweater is essential to create a timeless and classic look this winter. Not only is it trending this season – but it is something that you can wear forever. love love loooove

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Wishing everyone an easter weekend full of love, happiness and faith.

Holly Hocks x

Ripping it up

It’s bright as a summer daisy here in South Africa but still I am coveting these winter trends in Europe.  This always happens..

IF it were winter here, then I would be wearing ripped jeans – because whyyy not? Life is too short, wear ripped jeans and own it. And you can turn those old jeans into new jeans through some DIY cutting here and there.

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Shirts but dresses.

These are fresh! It’s still winter here in Cape Town but a gal can only dream of long hot summer days and showing a bit leg.

I like shirt-dresses because it looks almost like you rocked up in your boyfriends’ baggy shirt and you can play it up with nice hair and makeup. 

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