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I am incredibly excited about the Autumn/Winter collections that have started to filter into the stores. It is all about wrapping up, with ponchos and scarves layered over chunky knits, accessorized with broad-brimmed felt hats and leather boots.

I love the combination of Bohemian styles, South-American influences as well as delicate Eastern flourishes. I am seeing a lot of delicate embroidery on button-up shirts, kimonos and coats, as well as tribal patterning on wraps and scarves. I really think that this is the season to spend on some beautiful investment pieces.

My favourite part about this season is layering, which is both snug and practical. You need to be able to shrug off your heavy coats when the sun starts to peek out, and trow it back on as the clouds creep in. A little while ago we stayed in a mountain lodge in the Karoo, and had precisely this kind of weather – magnificent thunderstorms crashed through the night and sheets of rain poured down into the valley all through the morning, with moments of scattered sunshine between.

When the weather had cleared a little we headed down to the river to take a couple of pics, and it was brilliant to be close to the rushing water, with drops falling down from the giant poplar trees and the smell of wet soil around us. I can’t wait for more chilly weather!

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I believe that your winter wardrobe should include a pair of sturdy leather boots – they are a lifelong investment if you take care of them properly. The pair I’m wearing here is by Green Cross, and they are insanely comfortable and beautiful.

My cores staples also include a snug, chunky sweater, and a thick poncho that I can throw on when there is a breath of cold air. It is so comforting! Poetry has a particularly gorgeous selection this season so check that out. And finally, no wardrobe is complete without the perfect pair of jeans, and my go-to is the Levi’s 711.

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Bobble Turtle Neck Top R799 and Geometric Pattern Reversible Wrap Poncho R499,, Levi’s 721 skinny jeans, R1199; Tan leather boots R2999, Green Cross

What are your staples for the season? Pop your ideas in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.


I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.

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  1. Beautiful, Liezel! I love a good chunky scarf and boots for Autumn. It is definitely my favourite season x

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