There are many items in our wardrobes that don’t date well and that we either consign to the back of the cupboard or get rid of. But then there are those timeless pieces that can be restyled – think staple items but with a twist. This trend sees designers and fashionistas adding a dramatic and unpredictable, but fabulous, touch to favourites such as a summer dress, jeans or a shirt.
We see more tailoring in outfits, interesting silhouettes and elaborately patterned or embellished fabrics – the trend is all about adding just a little more without overwhelming the your classic item.
We look to SA’s most stylish for inspiration on how to rock the new trend!
@olwe2lesh: We love how Olwethu has put a modern twist on the LBD by donning a gorgeous scarf and pairing it with a headwrap to add an African touch.
@kefilwe_mabote: Kefilwe Mabote takes an old favourite, pleats, and adds a twist by wearing a metallic version. This outfit is chic and simple yet by no means boring.
@stylealertsa: We adore Thuli Mola’s use of colour and texture in this outfit, which perfectly demonstrates how to elevate a simple jeans-and-shirt look. Take a page out of her book by pairing ripped jeans with a silk shirt.
@willkatelady: This trend is about finding the balance between minimalism and maximalism, and Kamo Mafokwane elegantly demonstrates how to do just this with her sports luxe look with a tailored twist.
@yoliswa_xo: We’re major fans of using a kimono to take an otherwise plain outfit to the next level. Yoliswa Mqoco is a master of pairing luxuriously printed kimonos with striking accessories. It’s a stunning look that will have everyone doing a double take.
@siyabunny: This playful and colourful number is perfect for those who lean more to the maximalism end of the style spectrum. This ensemble has a simple, clean silhouette but the printed silk fabric adds drama and style.
@bonang_m: We adore Queen B’s tickled pink ensemble. No stranger to the elevated everyday outfit, Bonang, Matheba shows us how to rock this trend with the use of colour and texture. Pair a leather jacket and pleated skirt, but throw in some colour and do a head-to-toe look.
@nunurans: Nunu Mhlahlo’s use of colour and prints is right up this trend’s ally. Embellished or printed denims are a great way to take a simple jeans-and-T-shirt look up a level. We love how she pulls off an otherwise casual look by adding texture with a velvet top and a great pair of heels.