Bow ties and smiles

A life without accessories is incomplete. And like it or not, a bow tie is one of the season’s hottest accessories. It’s so much hotter since we started to recognise it as a unisex trend. It can transform a simple corporate look into a compliment magnet. I’m crazy about how it can take you from the office and land you at an award show with ease.

Banded bow ties are especially wonderful because they’re easy to wear compared to traditional ones that our fathers would wear. That’s a plus if you’re like me and can’t make a tie to save your life. Two-tone bow ties are my favourite. I rocked a black and white one here. With the right ensemble, polka dots and pinstripe bow ties are a great option too. Play around with different fabrics and pops of colour if you dare to unleash your inner style diva.

I paired a black peplum pencil skirt with a white button-up shirt with a bow tie with both colours. For this look, I shot my fashion arrow past singer Janelle Monae; who in my mind doesn’t exist without a bow tie. Local beauty Noni Gasa has also worn this look well. But to me, this is Janelle’s signature look – a closet-worthy one at that.

See pictures below. And yes, there are no smiles…The irony!


By Phathu Musitha

In their Sunday best

Sundays are dress up days and a fashionista like me marvels at the sight of stylish young people. This past Sunday I spotted quite a few people that were dressed to the nines and started snapping away.

First up is Mosa Kekana. I love how he paired a pair of black skinnies with a crisp white shirt (every man needs to own a crisp white shirt by the way), black tie and a checked black and white short sleeved blazer, which he bought from a botique in downtown Jozi.

Guys, if you don’t have a fitted blazer with an interesting pattern, it’s time to search for one. These help make a bold fashionable statement

I loved how my friend Veronica Majola paired  this blue figure-flattering  dress from YDE with nude heels, a gold clutch and of course, a fabulous hair do. I feel a chunky necklace and bangles would have done wonders for the dress but that’s just me. Your thoughts?

My paparazzi camera also spotted another good friend of Metelia Sibanda, who went with a striped baby dolls dress, gorgeous snake skin clutch bag, stockings for that something extra and a pair of black lace up heels to complete the look. Best of all, this look can take your from church to lunch with the girls.

What’s your fave look?

By Miliswa

Flattering body con? Yes please!

If you aren’t receiving compliments, you probably just aren’t dressed right. Okay, that’s mean – and it’s not completely true. But we do love the stroke of the fashion ego.

Our friend Ncedi Mgubuli wore this detailed two-tone body con dress – and boy did she wear it! She was rolling in the deep as far as complimemts are concerned. She went all out and added a leather belt to the already flattering dress. Girlfriend has a figure and she knows it. This ensemble is great to wear on a date or out with friends. Add a blazer and you’re good to sit in the boardroom.

Ncedi says: I decided to wear this today because it was cold but also the two-tone dresses seem to be the most popular look for the Autum/Winter season. This dress is slimming because of the black sections around the waist and arms – that’s a huge bonus. The red jacket breaks the monotony of the black and white.