We live in a time of fast fashion, constantly chasing trends, from fringe to frayed jeans and flared sleeves. And look, I like following fresh fashion ideas as much as the next girl, but I also think there needs to be a balance. For me, a wardrobe should be built on great quality staples that can outlive seasons, and that can be transformed with one or two new trend pieces.
Style is not about shopping the latest pieces but instead about being creative with the items you already own.
A while ago Skip approached me to take part in the #SkipCareChallenge and show people that it is better to care for and re-wear your clothes. The challenge was to wear one piece of clothing to three different outings, each time styling it in a new way. If you mix gentle care with creativity you can wear your favourite pieces again and again.
I love this message because, firstly, I think most South Africans don’t have enough spending power to afford all the things we buy (I definitely don’t), and yet we’re constantly lured to splurge on more. And secondly, fast fashion retailers aren’t always doing an eco-friendly job (I’ll leave you to quickly Google that).
The point is, I think we need to rethink fashion.
Skip also teamed up with South African celebrity and fashion icon, Enhle Mbali, who was brave enough to sport the same bright blue Gert Johan Coetzee dress at three different high profile events. These parties are all about showing off, getting snapped in hot new designer pieces and getting the perfect pics for your social media platforms. So the fact that a Enhle, with her 300K Instagram followers chose to show you could re-wear a the same dress is huge!
This challenge forced me to rethink my wardrobe. I chose a shirt dress that I’ve had for a while, and has given me so much love over the last few years. For our visit to Kamers/Makers in Stellenbosch I styled it over jeans, with a thick wrap-around belt around my middle. The second date was a review of Boschendal at Oude Bank, also in Stellenbosch. It was a scorcher of a day so I wore the dress as is, loose and flowing with a straw hat and sandals. And for the third look we headed to review Si Cantina Sociale at the Silo District in Cape Town, where I styled the dress over high-waist shorts and a slogan T, with my favourite espadrilles.
What do you think?
WE CAN WIN A TRIP TO LONDON FASHION WEEK! Don't just buy something new! Instead, take care and re-wear your favourite pieces. I am taking part in the #SkipCareChallenge where I'll be styling the same piece of clothing in 3 different ways. Join in the fun and you could win a trip to London Fashion Week with me! Enter the challenge by snapping images or a video documenting your three different looks in one week. Post these to either Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #SKIPCARECHALLENGE and tag @9livesza . Entries close 05 December 2017 at 00:00. If we win, we'll be going to London Fashion Week Festival 2018! This includes return flights to London, 6 nights accommodation, tickets to London Fashion Week and R10 000 spending money! Make sure you read all the terms & conditions – posted in my Notes on the 9Lives Facebook Page. . . . #9LivesStyle #SkipCareChallenge #NewerForLonger @skipsouthafrica #StyleBlogger #fashionblogger #slowfashion #fashion #ootd #outfitoftheday #outfit #outfitideas #outfitinspiration #style
Take 2 on my dress for the #SkipCareChallenge , where I am styling one dress in three ways. We’re exploring Stellenbosch today so this loose shirt dress is perfect to beat the heat. Take part in the challenge, tag @9livesza , and we can win a trip to London Fashion Week Festival 2018! Wear one piece, styled in three ways and share it on Instagram or Facebook. #newerforlonger . . . #9LivesStyle #SkipCareChallenge #NewerForLonger @skipsouthafrica #StyleBlogger #styleinspo #styleinspiration #fashionblogger #slowfashion #fashion #ootd #outfitoftheday #outfit #outfitideas #outfitinspiration #style #stellenbosch #capetown #southafrica #sheisnotlost #lovezabuyza
Take 3. Scroll down on my feed to see more ways to wear one dress. Take part in the #SkipCareChallenge and together we can win a trip to London Fashion Week 2018! All you have to do is style 1 piece in 3 ways and share your pics on Instagram or Facebook. Remember to tag @9livesza and use #SkipCareChallenge . I can’t wait to see your looks! . Head to the 9Lives Facebook page for the Ts&Cs . 📸 @danielmal . . #9LivesStyle #SkipCareChallenge #NewerForLonger @skipsouthafrica #StyleBlogger #styleinspo #styleinspiration #fashionblogger #slowfashion #fashion #ootd #outfitoftheday #outfit #outfitideas #outfitinspiration #style #stellenbosch #capetown #southafrica #sheisnotlost #lovezabuyza