This is one of the rare occasions I will write about an outfit that could be worn both in London and Cape Town on the same day – a print wrap maxi skirt and denim jacket combo that will work perfectly in either. I hear the UK is having something of an Indian Summer, while here we’re in the volatile throws of early spring. Spring in Cape Town generally means sunny days, the likes of which would instigate the emptying of Waitrose deli counters UK-wide, interspersed with extraordinarily windy, rather chilly ones.
With this kind of changeable mild weather, a lightweight and versatile jacket comes in handy. I have two jackets with me in Cape Town which would also be the staple of my London wardrobe right now – my favourite Acne denim number and a transitional leather one. For the chillier moments I also have my trusty Hammam Havlu towel which has variously been used as a beach towel, a shawl and a scarf, depending on the temperature; a gorgeous, versatile item I would highly recommend for any avid travellers.
You may have noticed I have a thing about high waisted styles. This is because I like to draw attention away from my hips to where I’m slimmest. Plus, as we mentioned last week, breaking an outfit with skin (sliver of stomach, skirt slit etc) is a great way to prevent the elongating effects of print maxi skirts and dresses.
This beautiful maxi skirt actually belongs to my wonderful stylist friend, Emy Giffard-Taylor of Bees & Taylor. The brand is Alexis, known for its beautiful prints; Neiman Marcus has a fantastic collection, like these floral print and polka dot wrap maxi skirts, which would look fantastic with a transitional leather jacket. Also check out Revolve. All retailers stocking Alexis are worth a browse as the brand tends to work very well for us tall ones.
I styled the print maxi skirt with an old cropped t-shirt from ASOS. It doesn’t have to be black – white or grey would work equally well – but it should be long enough so that the sliver of skin is indeed just a sliver and not an entirely bare midriff. This t-shirt at £9 from ASOS would work perfectly well. For footwear, sandals or, if it’s getting too chilly, plain white pumps like Superga will both look great. I’m wearing my Andypola sandals which I have had an extraordinary, and rather unexpected, amount of use out of this summer. Anyone who struggles to find shoes big enough check out the huge range on their website.
Off now to enjoy my sunny day, because who knows what tomorrow has in store. Happy Indian Summer!
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