This editorial is in collaboration with womenswear brand, Mango.
A recent reintroduction to Mango had me head over heels in a matter of minutes. Scrolling the online store, then later actually physically visiting a store, the brand’s impeccable attention to detail and craftsmanship in womenswear was instantly evident.
The first look I debuted in collaboration with Mango features a light brown blazer in an oversize fit, and is very much the perfect layering piece during Autumn/Winter. I bunched up the sleeves to avert the eye to the bow tie detail on the cuffs of my white blouse. These small adjustments elevate an otherwise basic office-wear inspired white shirt & black trouser look, as is typical for a #mangogirl.
Light brown blazer, Bow-tie-sleeve blouse, & Trousers | MANGO
2. The Printed Blazer
A lthough probably better suited to the Autumn season than a rainy winter’s day, Cape Town’s unpredictable weather calls for such a look when the temp hits mid 20’s. Brisk winds bring life to wide leg trousers and bedhead hair.
Prints paired with neutrals – coupled with a handwoven basket bag of course – are a nod to that effortless Parisian style.
Print blazer and White blouse | MANGO
3. The Parisian’s uniform
Head-to-toe black speaks volumes and needs little effort to do so. Finding shades of black that work together requires a basic understanding and use of different textures in order for the look to work harmoniously. I chose a ribbed sweater as a soft break between the harder fabrics of the blazer and pants.
Blazer, Jersey & Fitted pants | MANGO
Color Meets Print
W hile the two almost never appear together on yours truly, there are exceptions where print and color can coexist in one outfit with subtlety. Choosing a bold but versatile hue like red, I chose to offset the vibrancy of it with monochromatic check – compliments of thE flattering asymmetrical skirt worn below. To keep the overall look unified, I opted for similar fabrics for both pieces which almost replicate one another in fit and movement. Whether it’s a quick shoe change from ankle boots to heels (see THESE), or pointy flats (like THESE), even a cropped leather jacket decorating one’s shoulders – these are the simple changes it takes to adapt this look to any of life’s adventures. It’s effortless style, every time.
It’s the kind of look a #mangogirl would wear to brunch, to work, or a romantic dinner for two.
Check print skirt & Red blouse | MANGO