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My Durban July Weekend – Part i


The Durban July, Africa’s greatest horse-racing event, conjures up images of thoroughbred horses galloping towards the finish line while being observed by fashionista’s and social punters alike. The glamorous social soiree and fashion spectacular were planned for the first Saturday in July, and I was planning on being there.


But wait, I needed more than this. So I decided to hold my own fashion extravaganza, all weekend long. You can’t celebrate fashion on a once off basis, goodness me, where has everyone’s sense of adventure gone? So compiled for your reading pleasure, I present my five looks that saw me through My Durban July Weekend, part 1. Be sure to watch out for parts 2 and 3 for the full experience.


Planes, Trains and Rental Cars

For my travel look I opted for something comfortable, yet with an element of classic style. I used a combination of black and brown tones to style a look that would see me safely through my travels.


Durban July Travel Look on Gautrain Platform Fashion Look Book


Catching the Gautrain airport link, then on to my flight, I knew I would be doing a fair amount of walking, so comfortable foot wear was a must. These Iguana Boots from Jeep in light brown leather really did the trick and look great while continuing the brown theme in the two-toned Stone Harbour jumper I’m wearing.


Travel fashion look Durban July Look Book


The jumper can also be zipped up and worn as a polo neck should the weather take a turn for the worst. I love the polo neck as a classical style element and decided to pair it with the on-trend J Exchange puffer jacket in olive green. The contrasting styles give rise to an interesting outfit while the olive green compliments the two-tone browns of the jumper. The colour components were brought together with the black super skinny Guess jeans, which serve as a neutral palette and allow the other outfit elements to shine.


A stickler for detail, I finished off my travel outfit by selecting this Ferrari D50 Silver Round Leather watch. The double stitching on the brown leather strap continues my classic style elements theme and picks up on the boots to complete the look.



Ferrari watch for Durban July Fashion Look Book


Jimmy Choo Man was the fragrance of choice for my travels. This inaugural offering from the fashion house has a powerful freshness set amongst woody, aromatic notes which compliment a refined sense for detail and a rebellious sense of humour. Available at selected Edgars, Red Square, Foschini,Truworths and Stuttafords stores.


The Call of the Sea

Having arrived safely in Durban and dealt with the unpacking, I headed off to the beach. There is nothing like spending some time at the beach, especially for those of us who do not live on the coast (me). I had planned a late afternoon adventure, perfect for sundowners and beach strolling.


Standing on beach for Durban July Fashion Look Book


This outfit was such fun to put together. Durban being a bit of a shorts and tee kind of town, I wanted something that would fly in the face of convention down here. Again, I wanted to play with contrasting styles with elements of classic pieces in the overall look.


Sitting on the beach for Durban July Fashion Look Book


Mixing patterns, I selected a classic red and blue striped skinny tie from Signature together with this blue check shirt from Levi’s. The bold red stripe ensured the tie took its rightful place amongst the contrasting array of patterns in the outfit. The navy deconstructed blazer from Stone Harbour ensured the look remained relaxed and appropriate for beach wear, despite the tie and shirt combination.


Jeans and flipflops on the beach for Durban July Fashion Look Book


Paying homage to the Durban laid-back aesthetic, I paired my outfit with these Havaiana flip flops in dark green. A bit of tongue in cheek, they were perfect for strolling on the beach and even getting my feet wet. They also ensured that the overall look remained less than serious, perfect for a Friday afternoon outing. Rounding off the outfit these grey washed Aedan Slim Fit jeans from Tom Tailor Denim kept the look playful and informal.


Sitting on railing Durban Beach Fashion Look Book


My fragrance of choice for this look was Jaguar for Men, with its top notes of orange, lavender, bergamot and grapefruit, it compliments the feel of a leisurely Friday afternoon on the beach. Jaguar for Men is available at Clicks stores.


Running on the beach in Durban for Durban July Fashion Look Book


I finished off this look with my Lacoste black silicone strap watch with green detail (see another look here using this watch). The strap worked well with the overall mood of the outfit I had put together while the green detail on the watch face complimented the Havaiana’s. 


Lacoste watch on Durban Beach for Fashion Look Book


Find My Look

All clothing in this post (Stone Harbour, J Exchange, Signature, Levis, Tom Tailor Denim, Guess Jeans) as well as foot wear (Jeep, Havaiana’s) are from Edgars. All watches and fragrances are from Bacher & Co.


Win My Look

I have a R1 000 Edgars fashion voucher to give away to one lucky reader. What do you need to do to stand in line to win? Easy peasy. After each of the three posts in My Durban July Weekend series I will put up a tweet for the look. Retweet the look you like best.


Want another entry into the draw? Head on over to my Instagram account, like and comment on the look you like the most telling me why – be sure to give me a follow if you don’t already! Done, second entry into the draw sorted.


The nitty gritty

Please note that the giveaway is only open to South African readers living anywhere in South Africa. You may enter on Twitter and Instagram as many times as you like. The giveaway closes on Friday 15 July 2016 at 16h00. The winner will be announced on Saturday 16 July 2016 here on the blog.

And the Winner is…

The winner of the R1 000 Edgars voucher is Sharleen Deacon (@sharlsdeacon on Twitter), who entered via Twitter. Well done Sharleen!

Photography by Lebz Skywalker, on the web and Instagram.



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  1. Wow Ryan love the looks and the attention to detail using different textures and working with the elements and the mood of the day.

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