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My Durban July Weekend – Part ii


Onwards and upwards today as I continue my personal fashion extravaganza around the Durban July. Not sure what I am talking about, be sure to check out my first post in the series.


Saturday Market Day

I love Saturdays.


The feeling of freedom, that the stresses of the past week are temporarily on hold as you have the day to do as you please. Catch up on sleep, explore somewhere new or meet friends for brunch, Saturdays literally team with possibilities. While in Durban, I decided to explore the I heart Market with my newly found sense of freedom and adventure.


Shopping at the i heart market Durban for Durban July Fashion Look Book


In keeping with my feelings around Saturdays, I opted for a look that visually represented that which I was feeling inside. I wanted a dressed down and trendy combination which would retain a unique sense of my personal style. With this in mind I selected a pair of black J Exchange joggers paired with a plain white J Exchange button shirt and Signature blazer.


Full outfit with zip detail


The steel zip detail on the joggers were a great touch to ensure the outfit retained a sense of on-point style, which is further endorsed by the blazer. This combination set the scene for me to be a little more playful with the accessories I used to finish off the overall look. I put my black Nike cap on backwards and kept my black glasses on for the morning, giving an overall fun and playful look. Just what you need to check out the local market before that all important brunch session!


Adidas Jog Trainers for Durban July Fashion Look Book


To bring a pop of colour to an otherwise rather mono-chromatic look, I found these completely awesome Adidas Neo joggers. Nothing says Saturday Market Day like a bright pair of trainers, my most favourite part of this outfit.


The Vintager with My Lime Boots for Durban July Fashion Look Book


I selected this Guess Mens Blue Round leather watch to continue the tones of blue in my outfit, with the rose gold finish adding a classic touch. Speaking of classics, while at the I heart Market I met Amanda who owns a vintage shop in Durban called The Vintager. Found some really amazing pieces at her stand at the market. Be sure to check out my Instagram account and see what treasures I picked up. So awesome to meet you Amanda!


My fragrance of choice for this outing was Mont Blanc Legend Spirit, for the man with a truly independent spirit, only matched by his unique disposition. The fragrance revels in its top notes of pink peppercorn, bitter grapefruit and zesty bergamot, while simultaneously being complimented by the hypnotic lavender for a fragrance that reflected my independent state of mind that Saturday morning.



An Afternoon At The Races

The time had arrived for the main event of the weekend, the Vodacom Durban July. Held annually on the first Saturday of July since 1897 at Greyville Racecourse in Durban, the Durban July Handicap is South Africa’s premier horse racing event. A melting pot of fashionista’s and socialites alike, the event held the promise of a truly great afternoon at the races.


At the Durban July race track for Fashion Look Book


I am still unsure how to describe the colour of this stunning slim fit Signature suit I found at Edgars, one shade lighter than Petrol Blue is what I am sticking with. It is an updated take on a traditional look; the colour ensures your style pays homage to past classics while remaining on-point in 2016. The red striped tie, also from Signature, and bright red pocket chief from TM Lewin at Edgars made for interesting and bright accessories.


Fashionistas at the Durban July for Fashion Look Book


It is a great experience to attend an event where fellow patrons enjoy dressing up. Knowing the connection the Durban July has with fashion and the multitude interesting (and bright) outfits that would be on display, I opted for a firm classic in my outfit selection. Accessorised, however, with statement pieces. Such as these sand coloured Steve Madden tassel suede loafers.


Steve Madden tassel loafers for Durban July

Durban July race day fashion for Fashion Look Book


To round this outfit off I returned to a classic, my Hugo Boss Rose Gold Chronograph Aeroliner watch. See my previous post for another great look incorporating this watch. This vintage inspired watch brought my look together and ensured I was ready for race day in a big way.


Hugo Boss Aeroliner watch for Durban July fashion look book

Vodacom Durban July Main Race for Fashion look Book

Fireworks after Main Race Vodacom Durban July for Fashion Look Book


Find My Look

All clothing in this post (J Exchange, Signature, Nike, TM Lewin) as well as foot wear (Adidas, Steve Madden) 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. This has to be my favourite look I love the colours they work so well together. It’s very stylish. Commented on instagram @bcbalutto 🙂

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