13 Ac­ces­sory style DOS

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamourama -

gavin Gage, head of de­sign and cre­ative at Witch­ery, has been a leader in the fash­ion in­dus­try for over 20 years, so lis­ten in for his styling tips if sim­ple and so­phis­ti­cated is your favourite look.

What are your favourite new trends? Flo­ral prints, which showed on many run­ways, bring fem­i­nin­ity to a wardrobe and they’re easy to wear, day or night. For a dressy feel, add nude or black heels and a black clutch. If you’re go­ing more ca­sual, pair a sim­ple flo­ral dress with san­dals or sneak­ers.

My next favourite is the com­bi­na­tion of a sweater, midi skirt and over-the-knee boots. The sweater brings warmth and com­fort, and the skirt and boots have a cool ur­ban edge.

Fi­nally, a calf-length coat in melange grey, bot­tle green or check is in­cred­i­bly chic and worth the in­vest­ment.

What is the big shop­ping mis­take? Miss­ing the sea­son launch. Some of the most cov­etable trends are in the stores at the start of the sea­son, so don’t wait for later.

What’s the best style buy? Per­fect fit­ting jeans. Den­ims are a highly per­sonal buy; you have to love the fit, how they make your body (and bot­tom) look, and the wash and colour. So when you find that great pair, buy two – one to wear of­ten and one for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

Which looks are al­ways on trend? Out­er­wear, like blaz­ers, wool coats and faux-fur gilets, are in­cred­i­bly stylish and they re­ally fin­ish off a look.

Which shoes should every stylish woman have in her wardrobe? 1 A kit­ten heel is ver­sa­tile, func­tional and com­fort­able. 2 An­kle boots as a win­ter go-to. 3 Over-the-knee boots in black suede. 4 Metal­lic boots are fun and play­ful, and you’ll be sur­prised by how much wear you get out of them. 5 White sneak­ers are per­fect for week­ends, with den­ims, util­ity trousers and ca­sual dresses.

What is the key jew­ellery piece for this sea­son? State­ment ear­rings – the big­ger the bet­ter!

Fi­nally, what’s your ad­vice for GLAM­OUR read­ers? En­joy fash­ion! It’s there to be fun, so don’t take it too se­ri­ously. And en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence, from shop­ping to wear­ing what you love, what­ever makes you feel won­der­ful.

Avail­able at Witch­ery in Wool­worths na­tion­wide.

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