Be it a trend-focused outfit or something completely unexpected, Pantshwa manages to bring an authentic element to every outfit.
We are major fans of her #ChicWorkChick Instagram series, in which she lets us in on her secrets to marrying style and the corporate world.
We recently had a chat with Pantshwa about style, her mother being one of her style icons and why she thinks bright colours are an important part of one’s winter wardrobe.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Fun- loving. Quirky. Family-orientated. A God-fearing free spirit still finding her place in life.
What do you do for a living?
I work in the finance department of major beauty company, L’Oréal SA.
What makes a person stylish?
Style isn’t necessarily about the clothes, the labels or the brands, but about the spirit in which the clothes are worn. A stylish person is able to express who they are and what they’re about without having to say a word. They are also not slaves to fashion.
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How would you describe your style?
My style is ever-changing and emotive. It is based on stages in my life and experiences to which I’ve been exposed. It is rooted in minimalism, and very emotive. You can usually tell how I’m feeling by the way I choose to get dressed in the morning.
Who are your style icon/s?
My mother. She is the epitome of style, grace and elegance. I learnt everything I know about fashion and style from her. She takes fashion risks and I live vicariously through her choices.
I also look up to Tracee Ellis Ross for her boho sensibilities, with a high fashion twist. It’s effortless and I love watching what she does.
What are five fashion items every woman should have?
- The “confidence” dress – the one dress that makes you beam when you wear it and is your go-to for any occasion.
- A tailored suit.
- A neutral winter coat.
- Comfortable (and stylish) neutral heels that go with everything in your wardrobe.
- A signature scent – this is often overlooked.
What are three beauty products you cannot live without?
- Lancôme Doll Eyes Mascara. I rarely wear makeup, so I usually focus on my eyes for dramatic effect.
- DCT/La Mer lipbalm. Cracked lips can easily ruin a face. Add a lipstick for a pop of colour.
- My signature scent – Lancôme: La Vie Est Belle.
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Favourite item in your wardrobe currently?
A brocade two-piece pant suit that I “borrowed” from my mother’s closet.
Shoes or bags?
Shoes, wonderful shoes! I wear a size two – looking for shoes to fit my tiny, slim feet is a challenge. Trying to find a pair is often an adventure, but when I finally do, it’s such a rewarding feeling!
What’s your fashion advice for the upcoming winter season?
You don’t have to conform to “societal norms” of wearing darker colours in winter. Layering brights and pastels is just as fun and you’ll stand out in a crowd of greys, mauves and blacks. Wear whatever you want – just stay warm while you’re at it.
These are some of our favourite Paula Pantshwa looks:
Images: Instagram – @PaulaPantshwa