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There’s nothing like going back to the fundamentals, the “essence” of fashion, when putting an outfit together. Relying on that which has stood the style test of time in days gone by, and incorporating it into a look for today.


The brief to myself this day – to use an all black look to create a canvass for my recently acquired salmon pink jacket.


Against the wall


Wearing my spray on skinnies from Cotton On, together with my Dune London brogues and a black polo neck knit from TopMan, I had the black down waxed. These jeans are great and have just the right amount of stretch in them to allow a full, and comfortable, range of movement when worn. The stretch also allows them to be super tailored to your shape and compliment the black Dune London brogues. The black polo neck comes through just above the top of the jacket zip to continue the neat, crisp all black look.





I absolutely love this salmon pink jacket, which I recently found in a little shop at the bottom end of Long Street in Cape Town. It was one of those “I know that is for me” experiences as I entered the shop, then one-two-three and it was mine. Being somewhat bespoke, it requires careful outfit planning to ensure it is presented in its fullest glory.


The black canvass created by this outfit serves that purpose and as an overall look, this classically inspired outfit just works for me. Classic, but with a modern infusion of colour. To round off this look I added in my Mandela Bangle in silver. The bangles elegance compliments the overall look – but it’s more than a fashion statement, its an affirmation of my responsibility to our beautiful South Africa.




The Mandela Bangle is made in South Africa, from the bangle itself to the packaging. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the bangle go towards funding container libraries in schools. So by buying yourself, or a friend – they make great gifts, a Mandela Bangle, you help support early childhood literacy in South Africa. Now that is what I call responsible fashion. No glue is used in the box and all packaging is folded by local South Africans who battle to find employment due to being infected with HIV and AIDS.


Brand ambassadors for the Mandela Bangle include Winnie Mandela and Idris Elba, from the Long Walk to Freedom movie. Locally, Hlubi Mboya joins others in representing the Mandela Bangle. To date 22 container school libraries have been delivered and when you consider that, on average, over a thousand pupils attend each school, the impact of this worth-while project start to take form.


I enjoy wearing my Mandela Bangle and it goes with just about everything I put on. It is a constant reminder to me that we should all be making a change, every day, for our country, by doing our bit. The Mandela Bangle is one way in which everyone of us can achieve this. I’ve got mine, have you got yours?


Visit the Mandela Bangle website for a list of local retailers where you can purchase your bangle, either in copper, silver, gold or platinum. The bangles and other related merchandise is now also available in all Big Blue stores across the country.


Against the fence





Shot on location at the Mustard Seed Guesthouse in Sandton, Johannesburg. Contact Cheryl on +27 11 783 5034 for reservations and more information.


Photography by Lebz Skywalker, check him out on the web or on Instagram.






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