HOW TO WEAR SKINNY JEANS
Don’t be a ninny, go skinny! Skinny jeans, unlike jeggings, feature a solid denim texture and typically have real pockets on the rear. A good fit is snug but has a little stretch in any places that need it. They’re acceptable anywhere jeans are, and the dark wash rule still applies for dressier occasions. Since celebrities have been rocking tapered jeans since the ‘50s, it’s pretty safe to say skinny jeans have past the trend phase and become a wardrobe staple.
For Every Shape
Skinny jeans aren’t just for skinny bodies. You can have curves and wear skinnies. It’s just a matter of trying different brands and styles to find the perfect fit for your body type. Even slim jeans should keep everything contained, so check for muffin top before buying.
At Every Age
It’s all about how you wear skinny jeans, not how old you are when wearing them. Keep your entire ensemble, including jewelry or accessories, age-appropriate and you’ll look as young as you feel.
Short or tight shirts are not recommended, unless you’ve got the model-thin abs. Long, loose-fitting tops are a fashionable choice that effectively hide potential problem areas. Tunics work well, as does belting a long blouse. Mix it up with something different like long, asymmetrical tees.
With Every Step
Ankle booties and pumps are great with skinny jeans because they elongate your legs. You’ll be a showstopper on the street in slingbacks or cage sandals. If you prefer longer boots, the skinny jean should easily slip inside. Flats offer a comfortably classic look but won’t give your legs the same oomph as heels. For more foot support, opt out of athletic shoes and go for a stylish oxford. Just keep the footwear sleek to maximize the jean’s slenderizing effect.
HOW TO WEAR LEGGINGS
It’s all about legs, baby. Leggings have made a comeback but not as they were in the 80s. Today’s fashionable woman avoids the shiny fabrics and neon colors of the past. Instead, she turns to a thicker, more solid legging without shine that conceals rather than reveals.
Solid or Print?
Solid leggings can be worn under other solid colors or prints. Leggings with a print or pattern typically look best when coupled with a solid color. You certainly don’t want to wear prints that compete with each other and confuse the eyes. In the summer, a bright, printed legging is stunning under a white tunic top.
Jackets and Sweaters
Enjoy layering up your leggings with comfortable cover ups. Long cardigans (at least mid-thigh length) look great with leggings and a curt top underneath. A short jacket or blazer can be just as charming with leggings, just be sure the shirt is long enough to cover your bum if the jacket isn’t. Denim jackets and leggings also go well with shorter-length dresses or skirts. Scarves are the go-to accessory for all of the above.
Tunics and Long Tops
Without a cover up, leggings work well under tunics, chemises, long tops and dresses. When wearing cotton leggings, the trick is to pick silky fabrics that won’t stick or catch on your legs while you walk. Don’t skimp on the fabric softener and all should be well.
Leggings can have a great minimizing effect when well-accessorized. If your goal is to keep eyes off your midsection, raise the focal point of onlookers with a cute scarf, eye-catching earrings or short necklaces. With long sweaters, vests and tops, adding a wide belt can turn a simple outfit into the image of chic. Plus, you’ll be creating an hourglass figure on your own terms.
With casual knit leggings, cute flats are a comfortable way to complete your look. With a layered look, boots are also optimal.
right style and length to compliment your outfit.
When choosing your boots, consider your outfit. The hemline of full, loose-fitting skirts and dresses should gently drape over the top of your boots. Shorter, tighter skirts and dresses should allow for a couple inches or more between the hem and the boot.
Ankle-Length Boots & Booties
Studded, sequined or sexy black ankle boots are perfect for parties or a night out on the town. Short booties look great with leggings, ankle pants or even jeans. Stately, simple ankle boots can be work appropriate, particularly when worn with tailored pants.
Country Chic Boots
Nothing says country chic like denim jeans or a cotton dress and a sturdy pair of boots. Boots inspired by wild western culture or the farm life of the Midwest look appropriately traditional when partnered with denim and cotton.
High-heels add a little power in every step. High-heeled boots, particularly in leather or suede, are often dressy enough for work or the weekend. For a business casual work environment, consider wearing boots with shirt dresses or a collared shirt and tailored skirt. For the weekend, try wearing boots with a belted tunic.
Classic Height Boots
Transition your favorite lightweight summer dresses into the fall season with a pair of classic length boots and your cover up of choice. Use this trick again at winter’s end to bring out spring dresses a little early when the weather warms up but still has a chill in the air.
Turning heads is easy in a pair of thigh highs. If you’re dying to wear a mini skirt or shorts, thigh-length boots are the way to go. Black leather used to be synonymous with the nightclub scene, but designers are putting out classy thigh high designs in black and other neutrals like brown, grey or white to be worn at any time of day. As with any tall boot, remember to put on tights or long socks to protect both your legs and your boots from wear.
Cape Town Fashion Festival
Since its inception in 2002, the Cape Town Fashion Festival has played a major role in promoting all aspects of the South African fashion industry. It has distinguished itself from other fashion events in that it promotes only South African products, gives a voice to workers and highlights fair labour practices, has a strong focus on fashion manufacturing in addition to design, draws tens of thousands of participants through its link with workers in the industry, and draws together stakeholders from industry, retail, labour, government, designers, and the media.
The Cape Town Fashion Festival has uniquely incorporated all players in the fashion pipeline, from the designers, tailors and dressmakers through to the CMTs, manufacturers, retailers and the consumer. The Fashion Festival's main objectives since its inception have been to:
- Assist the development of sustainable, high value-added exports through the creation of a robust domestic market
- Encourage and support design and fashion innovation
- Showcase innovation of the industry value chain
- Provide mentorship, training and development for industry
- Promote investment in the industry and the geographic region
- Create and maintain quality jobs in South Africa
- Encourage skills development for workers and designers
- Highlight the role and contribution of the workers in the industry
- Showcase Cape Town and the Western Cape as an innovative and creative hub for fashion development
Events of The Fashion Festival
The City Catwalk is outdoors, free and great fun. Professional models and clothing and textile workers participate in the Catwalk wearing locally designed and produced fashion, while local musicians, such as Judith Sephuma and Jamali, entertain.
The Fashion Imbizo creates a platform for industry leaders to discuss pressing issues and the development of the industry. Lately issues like the China Quotas and the Customised Sector Programme have been on the agenda. The discussions are followed by fashion shows that highlight the innovative side of the industry.
Gala Fashion Night with the Cape Town Fashion Awards
The Gala Fashion Night is a sophisticated event containing the best of local fashion and music. Since 2006, the Fashion Awards have also been presented at this event. The awards recognise excellence in the clothing, textile, footwear and design sectors and promote public awareness of the achievements of the industry.
Shopping Centre Fashion Shows
The festival brings fashion to the people through fashion shows in shopping centres around Cape Town , including at Cavendish Square , the Promenade in Mitchell's Plain and the V&A Waterfront. These shows are linked with the retailers in the centres, where South African-made clothing can be bought.
CTFL SETA Graduation
Hundreds of workers receive their certificates at the learnership graduation ceremony hosted by SACTWU and the Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather SETA.
The ceremony highlights some of the positive aspects of the industry and helps to instil confidence and pride in ordinary workers who can celebrate their skills gains.
The annual SACTWU Spring Queen & Fashion Pageant, although much older than other Festival events, is an important part of the Festival. The Spring Queen sees clothing and textile workers in locally made fashion on the catwalk and the final draws thousands to the Good Hope Centre in November every year.