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My Durban July Weekend – Part iii


As Nelly Furtado reminded us back in 2006, All Good Things Come To An End (end, end). And so it must be with this series, as I present to you the last instalment in My Durban July Weekend series. Be sure to check out part i and part ii for the full fashion extravaganza!


Exploring re-purposed areas was my aim this Sunday morning as I headed over to the Station Drive Precinct. I had been told about Durban’s first urban renewal and creative space by a few locals in the know, so I was itching to check it out and grab some brunch at the same time. To ensure I was suitably attired, I decided to incorporate fashion staples and see how I could “re-purpose” them to create a fresh look.


Station Drive repurposed look for fashion look book


Camouflage has been enjoying a fashion revival since 2013 with new takes on this now fashion staple. The traditional aim of camouflage is to blend in, but from a fashion point of view, your camouflage needs to be a statement, stand out piece. Be bold and venture forth.


And that is precisely what this J Exchange camouflage sweat top achieves. It is relaxed enough to be suitable for a Sunday morning session of exploring while at the same time statement enough to be the centre of attention in this outfit.


Station Precinct wall art for Durban July Look Book


Looking for another fashion staple to re-purpose and incorporate into this explorer look, I opted for these dark maroon Stone Harbour Heritage chinos. Often confused with khaki’s, the word chino simply refers to the country in which the pants were originally manufactured: China. The origins of chinos can be traced to the Spanish-American War, with American uniforms being produced in China during that time. 


The maroon wash to these chinos brings a crisp new edge to a fashion staple – bam second item re-purposed in my look.


Feiyue on train tracks for Durban July Fashion Look Book


Heritage continues in the Feiyue sneakers I have used in the outfit. The Chinese brand has been around since 1920 and are still produced in China to this day. The green detail on these sneakers picks up on the green and brown tones in the camouflage sweat top I am wearing, just to ensure continuity.


The final detail in my outfit was this stunning Guess Mens Rose Gold Round Leather watch. I just can’t get enough of Rose Gold these days, particularly in timepieces. It reminds me of a bygone era and adds an element of distinctive, classical style to just about any outfit.


Guess Mens Rose Gold watch for Durban July Fashion Look Book


My fragrance of choice for this re-purposed look was Abercrombie & Fitch Frist Instinct. Blended for the man who lives by his first instinct, this sensual fragrance boasts a layered array of notes that include a base of amber, pepper in the mid notes and gin and tonic to finish off the sensory experience. Available at Foschini, Truworths, Edgars, Red Square, Stuttafords and Clicks stores.


Station Drive Precinct With Love for Durban July Fashion Look Book


I really enjoyed my time in Durban, from the frivolity of sundowners on the beach in a tie to the glamour and hype of the Vodacom Durban July and the countless opportunities to explore, Durban has so much to offer. Not to mention the very mild winter climate, it’s a definite plus to escape the chilly Joburg winter – what better place?


Find My Look

All clothing in this post (J Exchange, Stone Harbour) as well as foot wear (Feiyue) are from Edgars. My watch and fragrance 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 Comment

  1. Loved reading your Dbn experiences and the outfits you put together was so fitting for each experience and venue.

    You took me ‘home’ again.

    There are definitely some pieces of the clothing anot especially the fragrances that are a must have for all men young and the more mature.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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