Want to make your wardrobe go further?
Need to change your look without changing your entire wardrobe? Stylist, entrepreneur and GLAMOUR’S Most GLAMOUROUS 2016 winner, Bronwyn Day shares her best insider secrets and tips.
Former GLAMOUR fashion director and founder of Cape Town’s elite designer showroom, The Showspace, Bronwyn Day knows a thing or two about how to make wardrobes work.
“The key is working with your body shape and not being a slave to the trends – especially trends that don’t flatter you.”
Read on for more style tips from a pro in the know.
What three items should every woman invest in?
A silk shirt, because it’s classy and will never date. A good-quality (not too shiny) leather biker jacket, because it goes with anything – from a maxi dress and boots to skinnies and an off-the-shoulder crop top. And leather ankle boots with a block heel, because they’re stylish and comfy.
What’s the best bargain buy?
I love inexpensive and sparkly jewellery. Gold hoops always look classy – especially if they’re not too big – and they don’t cost a fortune. A chunky gold chain is great for work, especially when worn with a white shirt and tailored trousers or with distressed denims, a T-shirt and leather jacket for a night out.
What’s the best way to upgrade your wardrobe on a tight budget?
If you’re adding a few essentials, look for plain items in rich jewel tones – like red, green and purple – or warm earthy shades, like camel, brown and orange. Avoid neons, as they date quickly and people will notice if you wear them again and again. Burgundy is very fashionable this season, and can look really luxe without costing the earth.
An oversized scarf is another great addition as it feels luxurious and is very versatile – wear it with a shirt and jacket for work or with jeans, a polo neck and a parka on the weekend.
Patent accessories – like shiny brogues or a handbag – add character and class to a simple outfit. Go for oxblood, red, mustard, yellow, navy or black.
What’s an easy, affordable way to make an outfit awesome?
Find a print that complements your skin tone and personal style – think leopard print, red checks or metallics – and use it as an accent to make a basic outfit more glamorous or interesting. Just be careful not to overdo it: you’re aiming for hints, not head to toe.
What’s the one key piece every woman should have in her wardrobe?
Black skinny jeans. I wear them to meetings with a tailored blazer and kitten heels, to dinner with a slinky camisole and biker jacket, or with ankle boots and a men’s-style shirt over weekends for a relaxed, comfy look. (See Kate Moss’ outfits left for inspiration). And always wash your black skinnies inside out so that the colour lasts longer.