David & Radcliffe

#OOTD

StyleZainab Slemang

'What's your every day style like?', 'Why don't you post more often?' and other questions ...

Although this site is still in its infancy, I've already received a number of questions regarding my every day style, posting habits and social media activity, amongst others. My answers to these questions are not easily articulated.

Firstly, it might prove useful to point out that this web site — or blog or whatever else you might like to call my little plot of real estate on the internet — began a mere two months ago. Mostly as an outlet for the creativity that's been stifled for too long by endless years of studies (I'm still in the throes of completing my MA in Media Theory and Practice); lengthy days of management, writing and editing (to pay the bills, I'm an editor of a women's lifestyle magazine);  and often confused number-crunching as my husband and I try to make ends meet while paying off study loans and other debt (I am 100% behind the ongoing #FeesMustFall debate because although Zuma declared a zero percent increase in 2016 fees, what about the following year or the many more years that my siblings – I have four that are between grades 8 and first-year, their peers and those who are yet to enter institutes of learning have ahead of them?).

Since life frequently hands us circumstances we haven't been expecting and despite my best attempts at scheduling weekly posts, I often skip a week or two for the mere reason that I prefer to produce quality content above quantities that often don't resonate with my core audience or me. The same goes for my social media channels. 

When it comes to my every day style, I like to think that the webitorial posts I've created thus far echo my day-to-day wardrobe choices. However, as you may have noticed, I've never been one for an outfit post... Until now. 

'HELLO FRIDAY, I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU...'
Boots are my weakness and these pair well with everything — even this crazy bright
dress. My trusty biker keeps the look simple yet chic for a casual Friday office look.

The Bridal Edit dress, Cotton on jacket, Ciani Jewellers diamond ring, Topshop boots

David & Radcliffe – #OOTD

 

 

'SIMPLICITY IS THE ULTIMATE SOPHISTICATION' – LEONARDO DA VINCI 
A simple jumpsuit is such an investment piece for summer and never goes out of style – I'm racking up quite the collection! You can dress it up with heels and jewels for a night out, or add a pair of flats to keep cool in the heat while at home or running errands on a Saturday. 

The Bridal Edit jumpsuit, Zuri ear cuff, Ciani Jewellers diamond ring, Gino Paoli sandals

David & Radcliffe – #OOTD
David & Radcliffe – #OOTD

 

'SWEAT. SMILE. REPEAT' 
I often shoot my webitorials or get in some study time on Sundays. But whether I'm working, studying or the weather keeps me indoors, I usually squeeze in a double workout (it also gives me the opportunity to skip one session during a week when I'm particularly busy). Gym gear, such as leggings and a vest, are also pretty comfy for couch surfing. Simply throw on a denim jacket if you're heading outdoors.

Cotton On vest, Forever 21 jacket, Minkpink leggings, Nike sneakers

David & Radcliffe – #OOTD

'IT'S MONDAY, BUT IT'S OKAY...' 
I love simple silhouettes as well as classic pieces that never go out of style. This shirt (a gift from my boy back when we were still dating) has become a staple in my closet because of its great shape and the way it instantly elevates a simple pair of trousers — whether worn with heels or flats! I also love the print and even though it's not in my usual colour scheme (black, grey, white or nude), it goes with nearly everything else in my closet.

Diesel shirt, Cotton On trousers, Country Road heels, Sass Diva bracelet

David & Radcliffe – #OOTD

 

 

'BLACK HAS IT ALL. WHITE TOO. THEIR BEAUTY IS ABSOLUTE. IT IS THE PERFECT HARMONY' – COCO CHANEL 
I've always loved neutral colours — my entire style philosophy is based around it. And since the majority of my wardrobe consists of black and white basics, it's not that difficult to get dressed in the morning. However, I also love a good detail. And when you're wearing basic colours, something as quiet as an intricately cut piece can be the difference between ordinary and extraordinary.

The Brial Edit top, Cotton On trousers, Zara heels

David & Radcliffe – #OOTD
David & Radcliffe – #OOTD

'ON WEDNESDAYS, WE WEAR... PANTS?' 
I love my skinny trousers. They make my legs look longer and go with absolutely everything, including an oversized shirt that looks terrible unless worn by itself as a mini dress. Recently though, there's been a move away from skinnies to everything else — joggers, flares, culottes, palazzo, wide-leg... But since I'm such a sucker for minimal with a hint of detail (two completely contradictory concepts that somehow work together in my world), I had to find a pair that's a little different. These straight-legged crossover trousers do the job (and are a great conversation starter too ;). 

Cotton On shirt, The Bridal Edit trousers, Sass Diva bar and cross rings, Ciani Jewellers diamond ring, Nine West wedges, Bebe handbag

'PLAYING DRESS UP BEGINS AT AGE FIVE AND NEVER TRULY ENDS' – KATE SPADE
Although I agree with Kate Spade, it has to be said that for many of us, playing dress up begins a lot earlier too. And boy, do I love a good outfit! However, it being Thursday and with the weekend in sight, I'm in a casual mood — but I still have meetings and launches on my schedule. So with the addition of a blazer, wedges and some gold cosmetic jewellery, my comfy jeans and T-shirt combo gets a quick makeover. Instant business-casual!

Cotton On T-shirt, Mango blazer, Diesel jeans, Nine West wedges, Lovisa bangles and bracelet

Photography by Samantha Pinto