Suiting up in a shirt dress

The occasion was the second Grazia Night at the Oscars event. I skipped the evening dress and rocked something a little less conventional on the red carpet.

A white shirt dress and black sleeveless blazer are one of fashion’s hottest couples right now. I can bet they’ll be getting plenty of attention this Autumn.

I love a classy look, so I wore my shirt dress and blazer with a bow-tie, a wide-brim hat and faux-leather gloves, keeping it clean and monochromatic. Red heels broke away from the black and white look and introduced a fierce pop of colour; which I’m about.

So, did I do well?



By Phathu (Instagram)

Inside The Closet: Mili

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Mili’s bubbly persona matches her ever-evolving fashion sense, which she constantly uses a way of self-expression. A girl whose bright makeup bag is her best friend. You won’t catch her looking drab; she’d rather arrive fashionably late, which in itself is no crime really.

What’s your signature style?

It’s comfy, edgy and sometimes funky. I follow trends but I also mix and match my own clothes and come up with outfits that are ‘me’, feminine and show off my best assets.

Who’s your style icon?

My late aunt, who was forever stylish, a ‘10’ as Phathu and I would say. She’d rock anything from a flowy maxi dress to skinny jeans with a crisp white shirt. Her taste was timeless – most of my style is what she wore. She silently taught me that a woman could wear anything and just be awesome.

Fave item of clothes:

Generally, I’d pick a dress, but I’m crazy about a stunning black lace detail jumpsuit, which I bought last year. It’s sexy, trendy and exquisitely feminine.

What trend have you been meaning to try?

I’ve been meaning to try the sports-luxe trend with sneakers. The problem is I can’t function in flats; I’d need a great pair of sneakers to persuade me.

Which beauty products can’t you live without? 

It’s Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse for keeping me flawless. I’m also a fan of Rimmel mascara, which pumps up my lashes. My Yardley matte red lipstick offers long-lasting wear – love it!

Follow Mili on Instagram to peek more of her style.

Slip on those skater shoes

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I’m having a tiny bit of an obsession with my new black skater shoes or slip-ons, which is pretty unusual for a heels advocate like me. These are from Foschini and I love that they’re super comfortable and can be … Continue reading

Monochrome Monday

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In honour of ‘Monochrome Monday’, Mili went schoolgirl on us. She donned a black dungaree dress from Haile’s boutique, black and white shirt from Jet, and black leather block heels from Foschini. A mint leather handbag from Edgars was the perfect arm candy. … Continue reading

Casual chic: Valentine’s look

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For most people Valentine’s Day means dressing in reds, pinks and slipping on a pair of the highest heels. This year I became a fashion rebel and rocked this casual look. I chose to be pretty but a comfy with … Continue reading

Classy pleats? Yes, please!

Pleated skirts are a classic look any girl can rock to practically anywhere. Agreed? We love our navy pleated midi skirts from Foschini. The black and white sports elasticated waistband adds an edge to it, yum. It’s also perfect if the sports luxe trend is your thing. Midi skirts are great transitional items – really easy to wear. Jersey, shirt, crop top, vest – if you can name it, you can wear it.


Phathu ( kept the top part dark, opting for a black vest and a sheer black sleeveless shirt, which she tied by the waist. A pair of pointy nude heels were ideal to break the dark colours. Jewellery was kept at a minimum (yes, minimum to Phathu ;-)) and a long hanging gold necklace did the trick. Talk about a simple but effective office look.

Mili ( contrasted her look with a light wash denim shirt. She also wore a blue beaded neckpiece and light blue studs. For an exquisite needed lift, her leather and suede navy leather ankle boots, also from Foschini, came in handy. This look goes down as one of Mili’s ‘look good, feel good looks’ of the year so far.


** How do you wear your pleats?

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By Phathu & Mili

Fashion Friends invade Foschini head office

After a glam, exciting two-day fashion shoot, we invaded the Foschini head offices in Parow yesterday, along with our fellow Fashion Friends. We were welcomed with yummy cupcakes and coffee in a black and white Coco Chanel inspired room, our fashion hearts leaped up to heaven. We each introduced ourselves to the Foschini buyers, planners, marketing team and the MD himself. Someone say nerve wracking?

Possibly the highlight of the visit was chatting with buyers and going through the latest and upcoming trends. We also played fashion consultants, giving our opinions on all the different garments and sharing suggestions on spicing things up. Talk about being blessed! The day ended with some rather sad goodbyes at the airport. We loved our brief modelling stint and can’t wait to share everything with you come April 16! We also can’t wait to walk in stores and spot ourselves. No, seriously.

Phathu & Mili.

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