Friday 7 June 2013


My relationship with clothes started with my maternal grandmother, whose love for fashionable clothes and acute awareness of being well groomed, made a lasting impression on me, firmly imprinted into my memory. She would dress me like a mannequin, and taught me to turn around in the mirror to view my outfit from all angles. I always endeavour to put it to good use when deciding whether a particular style or cut suits my body type or not. Even though I would love to, it is exactly why I do not wear skinnies, as it is not flattering to pear shapes, and hence the straight leg pants as opposed to skinnies, living up to my concept of dressing your body type instead of your age. These printed pants immediately caught my attention, and being a rather straight cut, I find them a little more flattering! The beauty of straight leg cuts is that it elongates your legs if you are on the short side. If you want to take it to the next level, step out in high heels, adding instant illusions of height!

Jacket - Reserved Clothing
Pants - H & M
Shoes - Zara
Bag - Louis Vuitton
Bracelet - Hermes
Sunglasses - Hermanus Street Market Find
Turtle Neck - Primark (Old)


  1. You are right, these pants suit you well and I love them styled with the neon jacket!
    Don't Call Me Fashion Blogger

  2. I love this touch of neon Yellow with B/W!!!!
    Super stylish!!!!!

  3. Classy and chic... Great look!!


  4. Love this bag!!!

    New post on the blog:

  5. Those are very cute, and I like the pattern mixing you've done between the shoes and pants.

  6. Amazing color combination! I love the look:)

  7. Straight legs are the most flattering pants for me too. I like them long as well as cropped for warmer weather.
    Very chic look and colozr combination, Nicolene!

    Lady of Style

  8. My legs are definitely on the short side, so thank you so much for your tip, Nicolene♥♥♥

  9. Beautiful! great blazer and pants!
    Kisses from Miami,

  10. Those are great pants! I love the pattern! The straight cut looks great on you, and I really appreciate the notion of dressing to flatter what body type someone has. All too often I try to force something on me because it looks beautiful, but it just doesn't work for my body type! Your grandmother seemed like a very fashionable woman herself too!
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. You look so chic! Love your bag too. I also take a lot of inspiration from my grandmother.

  12. Hello, Nicolene! Lovely look, and wise advice. I'm keen on printed skinnies, and am much happier with the way they look than I thought I'd be. But the key point you make is correct: you won't know how something will work (or not!) until you try on in front of a mirror.
    You also beautifully demonstrate that a straight leg pant, especially in a print looks more sophisticated than skinnies, and for women our age of any body type, that can be a supreme advantage.
    Seems like a lot of us were influenced by our grandmothers! You might identify with at least some of what I wrote in a blog from last year. My grandmother was a tailor, and she was a huge influence on my tastes ... not necessarily what I actually wind up wearing! You can see it at:

    So glad to have met you, and look forward to whatever you come up with next!

  13. Love the use of black from head to toe--always slimming--and then the pop of a bright blazer. Thanks for the tip about straight leg pants. Best wishes, Susan