5 Ways to revamp
The founder of Fundudzi is renowned for his creative, sustainable designs. Here, he shares the secrets to glamour.
1 Try these trends
Exaggerated lines are huge right now – literally and metaphorically! Looking like you’re being swallowed by your clothes isn’t for everyone, but give the trend a curtsy via a big parka or blouse with dramatic sleeves.
The ’80s are in (again!). Try black kohl liner, chokers, slogan sweaters, skinny jeans and platform sneakers.
Another key trend is the exposed shoulder, whether it’s a one-shoulder design or an off-the-shoulder gown. Just apply the golden rule: exposed on top needs covering below.
Green is blooming for winter, and Pantone chose Greenery as their hue of the year. Wear it in the form of accessories and jewellery.
2 Invest in these must-haves
• A patterned cotton dress with a cinched waist and full skirt is a perennial. And an African print is bound to get you noticed, especially when travelling overseas.
• A shirt with striking sleeve details is a big trend, and it looks great with ’70s-style flared jeans or trousers.
• Heels with ankle straps and ribbons are feminine, flirty and fashionable.
• When it comes to bags, the side-handle clutch, as shown at Dior and Louis Vuitton, is a key style for the season.
3 Go from day to night like this
A structured jacket is great for the transition from day to night. Look for a singlebutton, lightly tailored blazer in a jewel tone – emerald or cobalt blue work nicely. Look for a fabric with stretch, as it will fit better and is less likely to crease. And look out for a geometric-print scarf – it will be one of the most versatile pieces you own. Plump it up and put in the top pocket of your jacket, tie it around your waist in place of a belt or wrap it around your wrist like a bracelet.
4 Check what lies below
The right lingerie is a crucial part of looking good, so head to the department store to get fitted every few years, as your body and your support needs change over time.
5 Get over these
Cut-out jean styles are a look I’d like to see left behind in 2016 – they took DIY too far! Rather wear vintage denim and appliqué details to show that you’ve moved with the times. I’m also not a fan of tulip skirts – they don’t flatter most women.