5 ITEMS TO BUY NOW AND WEAR FOREVER

The best part is you probably own at least one of these fashion items already! Here’s how to wear it again. And again.

1. THE FAUX LEOPARD PRINT COAT FOR HER

It actually totally defies all trends and print crazes and will always add that Jacki O glam to even your most basic outfit. Like a true loyal friend, it just makes everything better.

2. BALLET FLATS

They are a perfect ‘don’t have to think about it’ item that can always be relied upon. What more could you want from a shoe?

It was thanks to Brigitte Bardot that they pranced from dance studios to the bustling streets the world over. A former ballerina herself, the actress called upon famed Paris-based ballet shoe maker to make her a pair in scarlet for her role as Juliette the 1956 film And God Created Woman. Shortly after, the ballet shoe went into commercial production and has been extremely popular ever since! The oh so comfy ballet flat enjoyed another moment of fame in 2003, when Kate Moss sported a now-iconic outfit of ballet flats, white denim mini skirt and a slogan jumper. Thus, the joy of the slip-on was passed on to the next generation. This season they are worn with a cropped trouser for an air of French chic. What’s not to love?

Try these fine Canal Walk stores to find your perfect pair:  Edgars, MrP, Cotton on, Foschini, Woolworths and Dune.

3. THE POLO NECK FOR HIM AND HER

This wear-with anything winter must-have was the staple go-to item from beatniks to hipsters, and it’s pretty much still a core item for every wardrobe. This season the polo neck is all about layering. Worn with a suit in menswear or under a pretty slip in womenswear or simply paired with a high-waist A-line skirt or tailored flares in a nod to the currently unstoppable 70s trend, the message is clear…do not attempt winter with out it.

Fashion fact: The black polo neck was a signature piece for the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who always wore his with a pair of stonewashed jeans.

Try these fine Canal Walk stores to find this wardrobe staple: Woolworths, Markham, Cotton on, Stuttafords, Foschini, Queenspark, MrP.

4. THE DENIM SHIRT FOR HIM AND HER

Thanks to icons like James Dean and Marlon Brando, Denim became a symbol of defiant, non-conformist style and made its way from cowboys to catwalks in a flash. Called a “boomerang” item, the denim shirt just keeps on coming back, obviously because it’s a hardwearing, easy to wear and even easier to care for essential.

But today you can thank Alexa Chung and friends, and David Beckham for its most recent resurgence, of the once-much-mocked ‘double denim’ look beloved of the 80s repackaged and given a stylish new standing; a pale denim shirt worn with a pair of darker-wash jeans is the contemporary shortcut to effortless style – and who doesn’t want to channel that?

Try these fine Canal Walk stores to find your perfect denim shirt: Cotton On, Levis, Old Khaki, Diesel, Edgars, Markham, Re_ at Woolworths.

5. THE UNSTRUCTURED NAVY BLAZER FOR HIM

Do not underestimate the marvel of the unstructured navy blazer. Defined by its lack of padding and lining, it’s especially practical in the warm months because it feels more like a shirt than a coat. It’s also meant to be a little bit rumpled and wrinkled (bonus!), so you don’t have to worry about keeping it pristine.

In short, it’s perfect and you should own one. At least one.  And preferably a navy one, which, makes good sense for the guy who works in an office. It looks fantastic with a T-shirt and jeans, but it looks just as good with chinos, slim cargo pants and even shorts. If you’re a basic guy with a lot of straightforward items in your wardrobe, this jacket will take a lot of what you own to all new levels of stylish.

Try these fine Canal Walk stores to find your perfect blazer:
Markham, Fabiani, Edgars, MrP, Woolworths, Cotton On, Carducci, Stuttafords, Topman.

Article source: telegraph.co.uk/fashion; theessentialman.com/the-essentials-the-navy-blazer/
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