Style cropped gingham trousers with a linen blouse and stack loads of jewellery for a chic summer vibe.Ok I’m going to lay it down for you. The brutal truth. These photos weren’t taken in London. Nor were they taken recently. I considered pretending they were from the bank holiday weekend; indeed, the balmy conditions might have assisted with my little white lie. How easily one could conceive of a balcony on South Bank, the turquoise of the Thames brought to bear by a nifty Instagram filter, suds as pretty as white horses.

Style cropped gingham trousers with a linen blouse and stack loads of jewellery for a chic summer vibe.

The palm trees perhaps explained by way of the recent pop-up beach craze in our capital city. Lorries carrying sand from a quarry in Grantham have emptied their bellies onto a riverside carpark and you’re charged handsomely for the pleasure of digging your toes into it. It’s BYOB but you’ve forgotten the corkscrew, so the afternoon is spent attempting to open the wine with a car-key and picking bits of cork from your warm rosé-filled plastic cup. (You’d be mistaken for assuming I don’t enjoy these urban beach experiences).

Clashing prints - pair check trousers with animal print accessories for a fun, summer vibe

But no! I’m an honest soul, so I thought I’d tell the truth. And with summer well on the way, it seems an apt time to cover this off. They were taken in Cape Town (no surprises there) in December, back when I took the sunshine and palm trees for granted. Sure, I was showering in a bucket, but at least I had great wine and a corkscrew. These photos were, in fact, taken in one of the stunning properties (on Clifton Beach) for rent through Cape Concierge – if you’re someone who enjoys indulgent holidays this company is for you. As this weekend has reminded us, the good weather here won’t last forever and Cape Town is the best place in the world to be December through to March.

Clashing prints - pair check trousers with animal print accessories for a fun, summer vibe

I bought the cropped gingham trousers and long sleeve linen blouse in a boutique called Desray in Newlands, one of the only shops to have escaped the boho trend time warp that is the Cape Town shopping scene. The rest of the city was drowning in floral, kaftan-style, floaty stuff that does nothing for me, physically or emotionally. Cropped trousers look fantastic on long legs but do take care with getting the right length – anything that finishes around the widest part of your calf is going to be unflattering. I have included pairs from J Crew and Long Tall Sally below this post which are right on the money.

A shirt with a Picasso face? Yes please.

Shirt, POA, ArteM

The creator of this beautiful shirt, pictured above, with a Picasso-esque face printed onto the back is Adele Stein (of ArteM), she of silk shirt fame from my previous post on South African design. Striking, one-off pieces of luxury you desperately want in your wardrobe but will likely never own. Sigh. It was a true pleasure to have worn a few of her pieces for this shoot.

Styling cropped gingham trousers for summer

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Thank you to Cape Concierge for the shoot location.

All jewellery by Soul Design

Hair & Makeup by Jacqui Viljoen

Photographs by Jarryd Hans Tiltman