Cosmopolitan.com http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za Cosmopolitan.com http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za/images/cosmo_logo_toolbox.gif Money en-us catherined at cosmopolitan dot co dot za Copyright 2009 Steal Her Style: Kim Kardashian http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/steal-her-style-kim-kardashian Our favourite monochrome look of the day belongs to the lovely Kim Kardashian. We love this structured, patent blazer that lends this look an ultra-modern edge and when paired with the fitted pencil skirt; creates the perfect balance between sexy and sophisticated.

With the right wardrobe basics, you can pull-off this winning look with ease.

COSMO TIP: When working an all-black ensemble, add some interest to your outfit by including standout textures such as patent leather, faux fur or quilting.




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Blazer, R150, Mr. Price
Cami, R35, 99, Mr. Price
Skirt, R999, Witchery
Sunnies, R99,95, Woolworths
Clutch, R359, Zoom
Heel, R299, Zando



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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Weekend Must-Have: The Perfect Party Dress http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/weekend-must-have-the-perfect-party-dress
To pull off the perfect party look, all you need is the perfect party dress. We have picked the winning party dress for the weekend that will keep you on that best-dressed list from morning till night.

Our pick of the day: This easy to wear, cross-front dress from Witchery. The dress features a wrapped panel neckline that is feminine and always flattering and the elasticated waistline adds curves without sacrificing your comfort. This dress is the ultimate day-to-night number – perfect for relaxed daywear and chic evening dressing.





1 Dress & 3 Ways To Work It



Champagne Breakfast

For a morning look, pair your dress with statement accessorizing that will add a metallic touch to dress it up a bit. Metallic gladiators and chunky neckpieces are your go-to pieces.



Dress, R849, Witchery
Shoes, R249, Zoom
Bag, R849, Witchery
Necklaces, from R49,99, Mr. Price










Sundowners

A slight change of accessories will help you transition from day dressing to sexy sunset dressing. Dress it up with a pair of wedges that will take your look to new heights and opt for a stacked wrist, which remains a big trend for the season.








Dress, R849, Witchery
Wedges, R695, Madison
Bangles, R249 per set, Witchery
Clutch, R259, Zoom




 





Dancing Diva

For your final look of the day, add some edge to your party piece with a modern ankle boot and leather jacket. Black and gold accessory combos keep your look chic and fierce at the same time.






Dress, R849, Witchery
Jacket, R649, Zando
Earrings, R29,99, Mr. Price
Boots, R795, Zoom
Clutch, 299, Zoom






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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
6 Easy Steps To Strutting Like A Supermodel http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/6-easy-steps-to-strutting-like-a-supermodel
Step 1: Start with thin heels that are about 5cm high.


Step 2: Practise with your heels, walk on slippery floors and carpeted or textured floors. If you feel unsafe, put tape on the bottom of your shoe.



Step 3: Make sure that as you walk you place the heel down first, then transfer your weight to the ball of the foot. Keep your toes are pointed forward.



Step 4: Hold your arms slightly forward and bend the elbows. Maintain an erect but relaxed posture.



Step 5: Practise distributing your weight from foot to foot and exaggerate the movement of your hips for that sexy sway.



Step 6: Do not wear brand-new heels to a big event unless you have a good sense of balance. Break them in first.


Voilà!

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Checked Shirt: 3 Ways To Wear This Wardrobe Winner http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/checked-shirt-3-ways-to-wear-this-wardrobe-winner
Our favourite printed piece of the day is: THE CHECKED SHIRT

Not only do we love the statement colour-ways that are appearing this season, but also the checked shirt makes staying trendy both effortless and comfortable. Don’t limit this piece to casual down dressing – whether you’re a working lady or the life of the party, the checked shirt can be given a chic update too.



Here are 3 ways to style your checked piece:




Lunch Date

Nothing beats the comfort and effortless sexiness of the checked shirt and skinnies combo. Take this combo to greater heights with a pair of heeled ankle boots and have some fun with trendy accessories to make this look your own.






Shirt, R99,99, Mr, Price.
Skinnies, R849, Witchery
Tote, R399, Country Road
Ankle boot, R799, Luella
Hat, R220, Foschini






Girls Night Out


Balance the slightly boyish feel of the checked shirt with a flirty and feminine skater skirt. Style tip: To show off your curves, tuck your shirt in. This will also give your outfit a sophisticated feel. Complete your evening look with a touch of sparkle and patent heels for an outfit that is sexy and comfy at the same time.




Shirt, R99,99, Mr, Price.
Skirt, R329, Zando
Earrings, R39,99, Mr. Price
Shoes, R399, Foschini
Purse, R249, Witchery









Working Lady

The checked shirt is the perfect piece for desk dressing and with the right combinations; it can create stylish, work-appropriate looks that you will love. For a chic, ladylike look, pair your shirt with a flared skirt and the classic heeled court. Once again, opt for a tucked in shirt to create a sophisticated look.



Shirt, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Skirt, R120, Mr, Price
Court, R599, Woolworths
Bag, R1049, Charles and Keith
Earrings, R129, Witchery



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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
TREND REPORT: MODERN MILITARY http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/trend-report-modern-military
Key pieces include:

- The classic parka, updated with leather sleeves and finishes.
- Patchwork cargo pants with zip detailing and metal hardware.
- Chic combat boots
- Wardrobe basics updated in the much-loved camo print.



Although tough and edgy, the modern military trend of the season maintains a sophisticated, chic feel. Key pieces like ultra-feminine heels and chunky, statement jewellery add a strong feminine accent for a trend that is tough yet sexy at the same time.





SHOP THE TREND







1. R1 099, Wtichery
2. R109, Zando
3. R849, Witchery
4. R249, Witchery
5. R99,99, Mr. Price
6. R199, Witchery
7. R59,95, Woolworths
8. R1 799, Country Road
9. R1 299, Witchery




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Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Style Star of the Week- Emma Stone http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/style-star-of-the-week-emma-stone
Our favourite look is the beautifully proportioned Saint Laurent suit that she wore on Wednesday in London. Emma gracefully swings between a muted colour palette to bright, eye-catching colours and she is as comfortable in a suit as she is in a flirty floor length gown. Lucky for us, the Spider Man press tour is far from over and we are looking forward to more faultless looks from this hottie.

















Rocking a daytime stripes look in a Saint Laurent blouse and Rag & Bones Jeans in London yesterday.


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We love Emma's striped, lacy Chloe dress that she paired with Christian Louboutin heels in Sydney on 20 March.


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Emma was all sleek sophistication in this Saint Laurent oversized jacket and tailored trouser suit in London.


Rex

Plum is perfect for Emma's complexion. This Dior dress, paired with matching heels, is feminine and flawless.


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Emma is our Little Miss Sunshine in a canary yellow Atelier Versace dress. Emma debuted this old school glam look at last night's Amazing Spider Man 2 London premiere.


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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
TOP 6: STATEMENT SATCHELS http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/top-6-statement-satchels
From miniature styles to boxy, oversized shapes - satchels are your go-to handbag this season. This season we are seeing exiciting versions of this petite piece. Think: metallic finishes, textured animal skins, colour-blocked combos and interesting metal edging.

This season’s satchels take on a huge new life in a very small form.








Shop our favourite styles:





1. R2499, Mimco
2. R120, Mr. Price.
3. R1900, Zando
4. R899, Charles and Keith
5. R99,99, Mr. Price.
6. R2499, Mimco



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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Favourite 5: Bomber Jackets http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/favourite-5-bomber-jackets No item adds the perfect balance of tough-chic to your look quite like the bomber jacket and best of all, these stylish cover-ups are staging yet another comeback this season.

While some styles are sticking to the classic, sporty shapes that bombers are famous for, this season also brings along designs in a variety of ultra-luxe fabrics. Think: silk and mesh for a lightweight option and quilted leathers and knitted versions perfect for the cooler season. The winter season is the perfect time to invest in a cozy, textured option like the knitted version from Country Road. But, for a more season-friendly option, we love the lightweight slouchy take from Mr. Price that will be the perfect cover-up all year round.







OUR FAVOURITE FIVE 





1. R999, Country Road
2. R680, Foschini
3. R120, Mr. Price
4. R1499, Country Road
5. R1499, Zando





STYLING TIPS

Don’t let the casual-cool factor of the bomber fool you. For the perfect casual-chic ensemble, pair your bomber with a pencil skirt and courts for smart daytime look or swap the pencil skirt for a mini if you’re dressing for night out. But, if an off-duty look is what you’re going for, nothing quite beats the bomber and skinny combo for the perfect casual-cool look.




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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Midweek Must-Have: LUXE LEATHER http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/midweek-must-have-luxe-leather COSMO we are loving everything about this season's luxe leather buys. From classic leather accessories like bags and boots to trendy leather separates like boxy tees and jackets – now is the perfect time to work a full-leather look.

Although leather may be a major trend of the season, the versatility and longevity of good quality leather pieces makes us love this trend even more! So, if you’re looking for a good excuse to splurge, look no further a stylish leather investment. BUT, to keep your budget happy, faux leather will do just fine as well.








LEATHER MUST-HAVES







1. R495, Zoom
2. R1999, Witchery
3. R340, Vikson
4. R649, Country Road
5. R150, Mr. Price.
6. R180, Mr. Price.
7. R79,99, Mr. Price.
8. R1299, Witchery
9. R1599, Country Road
10. R330, Mr. Price.
11. R1200, Nine West




HOW TO WEAR LEATHER HEAD-TO-TOE


Whether you dress it up or down, leather pieces can be styled to create looks perfect for weekend activities and weekday work meetings (yes, this season’s leather has been upgraded to working class as well). Leather takes on a sophisticated, modern feel this season with key pieces displaying clean lines and simple design, perfect to create a classy head-to-toe ensemble.


For the office, pair a leather pencil skirt with a simple, leather boxy tee. Complete your look with a pair of chic leather courts and a structured bag for a fashionable, but professional look. For a casual look, go for a leather jogger shorts and jumper combo. A pair of leather pumps is the perfect finishing touch to this fuss-free, but statement outfit.




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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Steal Her Style: Khloe Kardashian http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/steal-her-style-khloe-kardashian What's not to love about the outgoing, vibrant and the always well-dressed Khloe Kardashian?

As a member of the chic, totally-awesome and popular Kardashian clan, there's no doubt that Khloe is one to watch both on the screen and in the fashion department as well. Whether it's on the Red Carpet or on the streets, this Kardashian sister is always spotted looking fashionably fierce. We love Khloe's sexy style that easily transforms from curvaceous glam-queen to edgy street style with a cool edge.


We have picked our favourite Khloe look of the day and have rounded-up the key pieces that you will need to style this look.

Why do we love this look?

This look is the perfect balance between sexy and sophisticated. The fitted skirt and smoking heels amp up the sex factor of this look. Khloe keeps it balanced by pairing these pieces with a looser, slightly oversized denim shirt, which keeps things cool and comfortable. And because a little sparkle never hurt anyone, a chunky neckpiece adds just enough bling to brighten things up. If you're looking for a fierce, yet fuss-free outfit - this is your go-to ensemble.



GET THE LOOK:


Source



Necklace, R449, Witchery
Denim shirt, R139,99, Mr. Price
Skirt, R549, Zando
Bag, R1999, Witchery
Heels, R1399, Topshop




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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
COSMO Has Some Fun With Adidas Originals http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/cosmo-has-some-fun-with-adidas-originals COSMO fashion team recently spent an exciting morning at the Adidas Originals SS14/FW14 Women’s Collection Media Day where we got to see, feel and play around with the ultra-cool upcoming Adidas Originals product.

Not only were we able to see first-hand what we can be expecting from this exciting brand in the upcoming seasons, but we all got to style our very own head-to-toe Adidas Originals looks with the product presented at the launch.


Take a look at the COSMO Fashion Teams unique looks:










Look1: Styled by Fashion Director, Poppy Evans





ZX 700 Contemp Sneakers - R899 (available now)
Jeremy Scott Shisha Fball Top - R4999 (available now) 
Jeremy Scott Leopard Shorts - R899 (available now)










Look 2: Styled by Fashion Editor, Bev Nates






Jeremy Scott Wing Dollar Track Top - R4499 (available now) 
Jeremy Scott Wing Dollar Track Pants - R3999 (available now) 
Jeremy Scott Wing Dollar Shirt - R999 (available now)











Look 3: Styled by Fashion Assistant, Brodi Deere





Blue Collection Long Jacket - R2599 (available now) 
Grunge Cap - R299 (available in August)





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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
COSMO Fashion Gets Punked Up! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/cosmo-fashion-gets-punked-up
Take a look at the video below, where we take you behind the scenes on our punk-inspired editorial and show you how to work this trend the COSMO way. And don’t forget to grab your copy of our new April issue of COSMO and turn to page 94 for 8 pretty punk looks.



Videographer: Roice Nel
Photographer: Richard Keppel Smith
Styled by: Bev Nates & Poppy Evans


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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Invest in Chunky Accessories http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/invest-in-chunky-accessories

Elevate an ordinary outfit with a chunky chain, a colour popping bag or even a felt hat to highlight your wardrobe.  We love pairing a chunky knit with statement accessories, or a bright beanie with a coat.


















Bling flatbill cap     R90      Mr. Price                       Floral stoned necklace     R139     Zando



Structured red bag  R595    Spree                          Yellow plated cuff    R159    Zando


Felt hat    R270   Spree                                               Geo drop earings  R20   Mr. Price

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
COSMO’s Must Have: Ultimate Sports Gear http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/cosmos-must-have-ultimate-sports-gear









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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Monday-to-Friday Fail Proof Work Outfits http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/monday-to-friday-fail-proof-work-outfits-
Here are 5 fail proof looks that will keep you looking trendy and professional from Monday to Friday:












MONDAY


For the start of the week, it’s essential to keep your look comfy and simple as you ease into the week ahead. For a look that is stylish, but super comfy as well, look no further than the on-trend jumper and pencil skirt.




Jumper, R599, Witchery
Skirt, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Necklace, R160, Woolworths
Bag, R949, Charles and Keith
Boot, R799, Luella











TUESDAY

When the morning rush creeps up on you, a fuss-free look is your best friend. For a trusted and always-reliable option, go for an all-black look. A head-to-toe black ensemble is simple and safe, but the beauty of a true classic never goes out of fashion!




Necklace, R49,99, Mr. Price.
Bag, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Pants, R119,99, Mr. Price.
Shirt, R499, Witchery
Belt, R199, Witchery
Shoe, R329, Zando












WEDNESDAY

For a feminine, yet powerful look that means business, opt for the matching pantsuit. One of the hottest items to own right now, the tailored pantsuit will get you noticed for all the right reasons.



Jacket, R119,99, Mr. Price.
Pants, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Necklace, R999, Mimco
Shirt, R599, Witchery
Bag, R899, Charles and Keith
Pump, R300, Zoom











THURSDAY

For a feminine, fashionable and totally work-appropriate look, be sure to add the flared skirt to your weekly wardrobe. Besides being a major player in the trend game this season, the flared skirt is a versatile piece that looks great with anything from a blazer to blouse. We love the skirt-and-knit combo!



Jersey, R699, Witchery
Skirt, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Earrings, R19,99, Mr. Price.
Sleeve, R299,25, Trenery
Boot, R1499, Witchery











FRIDAY

Wide-legged trousers are making a comeback this season and what’s not to love about an item that instantly lengthens our legs and creates a sleek silhouette? Because these trousers make enough of a statement on their own, keep the rest of your outfit simple for a look that is polished and put-together.





Blouse, R849, Witchery
Earrings, R699, Mimco
Bag, R799, Mimco
Heel, R399, Zando
Pants, R119,99, Mr. Price.





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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
4 Flats Every Girl Should Own http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/4-flats-every-girl-should-own And the great news is that flats have made a serious fashion comeback this season. So, if there ever was a perfect time to flaunt your flats, it is now!

From the true lady to the street-chic chick, here is our round up of the 4 must-have flats that every girl should own this season:













MUST-HAVE ITEMS




Ballet Flats

Ballet flats are the true classic when it comes to flats. Always reliable and always comfortable, ballet flats have the ability to work and look great with any look. Best of all, these beauties can easily be stashed away in your handbag and slipped on in those dreaded shoe emergencies. If you’re looking for feminine flats, opt for a pair of ballet pumps.





Gold pumps, R69,99, Mr. Price
Pink pumps, R699, Mimco
Nude pumps with chain, R295, Zoom








Pointed Flats

It comes as no surprise that this highly trendy shoe makes it to our list of must-have flats. At COSMO, we are loving the pointed flat this season. The traditional flat is taken to new lengths with an on-trend, chic point. Slip on a pair of pointed pumps to instantly add a sophisticated edge to your look. From studded to toe-capped, buckled to strappy and printed to embellished – pick your point!







Red pump, R119,99, Mr. Price
Studded pump, R400, Zoom
White pump, R849, Witchery
Black pump, R119,99, Mr. Price








Brogues

What’s not to love about the lovely lace-ups this season? We must admit that the brogue might not every COSMO girls favourite flat, but these stylish pairs can add a cool touch to any outfit. The slightly androgynous feel of the brogue adds the perfect balance to an ultra-feminine look. Pair your brogues with a floral dress and blazer for a look that is effortlessly stylish. This season we are loving the updated metallic finishes on brogues.





Black brogue, R400, Madison
Metallic brogues, R999, Trenery
Black and white brogues, R99,99, Mr. Price










Trainers

This season, we don’t need to be active to invest in a pair of trendy trainers. Sports-inspired pieces have made a huge comeback this season with classic pieces being updated with a seriously cool street style edge. Pair your must-have trainers with anything from feminine dresses to trendy joggers or jeans. The rule? When it comes to trainers, there are no rules! Mix it up to create a style that is all you.





Air Max, R1200, Nike
Adidas, R899, Adidas
Purple trainers, R649, Nike
Multi-coloured trainers, R149,99, Mr. Price




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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
4 Ways To Style Your Sweater http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/4-ways-to-style-your-sweater Despite reigning in the trends department, this item is winning when it comes to comfort, versatility and effortless cool. Perfect for cooler summer days and ideal for warm winter layering, every COSMO girl needs a sweater or two this season. Pair your go-to knit with anything from casual skinnies to flared skirts.



















Here are 4 stylish ways to work your statement sweater:



Fuss-free Feminine

The slightly sporty feel of the sweater creates the perfect balanced look when paired with the ultra-feminine flared skirt. Complete your look with statement accessories like the pointed ankle boot or a chunky neckpiece for a look that is effortlessly chic.




Jumper, R599, Witchery
Skirt, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Necklace, R1299, Mimco
Bag, R1999, Witchery
Boot, R1699, Mimco








Basic and Balanced

The statement sweater can make the simplest of outfits look uber stylish. Nothing beats the comfort of a skinny jeans and sweater combo. Balance your oversized sweater with a fitted pair of skinnies and glam heels to create a look that is stylishly cool and comfy.




Jumper, R599, Witchery
Skinnies, R159,99, Mr. Price.
Bag, R899, Charles and Keith
Heel, R1699, Mimco
Bracelet, R349, Witchery








Sporty with a touch of Glam

The sweater is your go-to item if you wish to create the perfect sports luxe-inspired ensemble. Pair your sweater with a pair of slip-on sneakers, which just happen to be one of the trendiest shoe styles for the season as well. A pencil skirt lends your look a feminine feel to create the perfect balance between sporty and sophisticated.




Jumper, R599, Witchery
Skirt, R79,99, Mr. Price.
Necklace, R39,99, Mr. Price.
Bag, R649, Country Road
Shoe, R339, Topshop








Tomboy Chic

For the perfect boy-meets-girl outfit, pair your sweater with a pair of tailored, cropped trousers. The fitted silhouette of the trousers keeps your look feminine, but not too girly. For shoes, opt for a pair of statement, metallic brogues to lend your look and ultra-modern edge.




Jumper, R599, Witchery
Trousers, R119,99, Mr. Price.
Coat, R850, Foschini
Belt, R149,25, Trenery
Brogues, R999, Trenery





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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
TOP 10 TAKE-IT EASY PIECES FOR THE WEEKEND http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/top-10-take-it-easy-pieces-for-the-weekend
Take your pick from oversized knits, trendy track pants, statement tees, cozy beanies and printed jumpers. Down dressing has never looked this good!
















TOP 10 TAKE-IT EASY PIECES





1. R249, Country Road
2. R99,99, Mr. Price.
3. R49,99, Mr. Price.
4. R59,99, Mr. Price.
5. R199, Adidas
6. R649, Witchery
7. R89,99, Mr. Price.
8. R219, Roxy
9. R849, Country Road
10. R999, Country Road


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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
The Best Fashion Buys For Under R200 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-best-fashion-buys-for-under-r200 COSMO, we are all about looking LUXE FOR LESS. The start of a new season brings with it some of the hottest trends that we simply cannot live without and the good news is that looking cool does not have to break the bank.

COSMO TIP OF THE DAY: When purchasing trend-driven pieces, be sure to shop around for the best priced pieces. Some trends only last a season, so treat yourself to reasonably priced pieces and rather invest in quality, classics that will take you from season to season.


We have compiled a list of the TOP TEN TRENDY pieces that will keep both you and your budget happy! Whether you’re looking for something sexy, printed or sparkly, we have the perfect piece for you.







KEEP IT COOL FOR UNDER R200


Something Warm


With the temperatures slowly dropping, it’s definitely time to invest in a statement cover-up. Updated sweatshirts are key cover-ups for the winter season and can create some ultra-cool looks. Make a statement in metallic!



R99,99, Mr. Price.







Something Trendy

Pointed pumps are major contenders in the shoe department this season. Perfect for comfy day dressing or sophisticated workwear, these beauties will keep you looking and feeling amazing.





Black pump, R159, Zando
Blue pump, R199, Zoom







Something Quirky

Every wardrobe needs a good dose of fun, quirky pieces. Cool and eccentric accessories are clever ways to add a lighter touch to your look. We love these robot drop earrings from Mr. Price.





R39,99, Mr. Price.









Something Bright

Bright splashes of colour work wonders to uplift any outfit. Go for solid, coloured pieces to really lift the mood or opt for vibrant accessories to ease into the colour party.





Scarf, R130, Woolworths









Something Sparkly

Sparkly pieces instantly add a sense of luxury and glamour to any outfit. A statement necklace is an effortless way to add shine and sparkle to an outfit. Go for something chunky and bejewelled for an evening look or play it cool with this season’s must-have statement necklace.





Bib necklace, R150, Woolworths
Chain necklace, R99,99, Woolworths
Cool necklace, R60, Fashion Express








Something Comfy

For those days when you want to look great with minimal effort, look no further than the slouchy tee. Pair your tee with cool denim cut-offs, sexy skinnies or tights for a look that is effortlessly cool. To dress it up: go for a jeans, tee and blazer combo.





R59,99, Mr. Price.










Something Ladylike

Every COSMO girl’s wardrobe needs an ultra-feminine touch every now and then. For an instant ladylike update, look no further than the trendy flared skirt. Available in solids colours, leather and graphic prints – the flared skirt is a key winter essential.






R119,99, Mr, Price.










Something Practical

A cross-body sling bag is the perfect combination of practical and stylish. Perfect for running errands, slipping on for a date or the carrier of party-night essentials – nothing beats the trusted sling bag.




Red bag, R199,95, Woolworths
 R199, VIKSON









Something Printed

Printed pieces are easy ways to create interesting, eye-catching outfits. Play it safe by adding one printed piece to your look or have fun and experiment with clashing, print-on-print combos.




R99,99, Mr. Price.










Something Sexy

Sleek, shiny leather screams sexy! Leather shorts are sexy investment pieces for both summer and winter. Pair your leather shorts with a simple tee and summer flats for a look that is effortlessly stylish or layer with a pair of stockings, boots and biker jacket for hot, winter ensemble.





R109,99, Mr. Price.




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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
The Working Girl’s Wardrobe Essentials http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-working-girls-wardrobe-essentials COSMO working girl needs those all-important wardrobe basics that will build a wardrobe that is both versatile and on-point with the latest trends. By investing in key workwear pieces will allow you to style trendy office-ready looks effortlessly.


From the always-trusted blazer and tailored trousers to key accessories, we have rounded up the 10 working wardrobe staples that every COSMO girl needs.




Coat, R850, Foschini
Bag, R2199, Trenery
Watch, R399, Woolworths
Court, R479, Madison
Pump, R119,99, Mr. Price.
White shirt, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Trousers, R699, Topshop
Ankle boots, R499, Zando
Skirt, R119,99, Mr. Price.
Blazer, R149,99, Mr. Price.




I have these pieces but how do I style them?

For more inspiration on how to work these pieces, be sure to grab an issue of our new COSMO May, where we have dedicated an entire editorial to bring you stylish workwear ensembles.



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Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Wear: Trophy Trousers http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/how-to-wear-trophy-trousers
Take your trousers from the desk to a date with these 3 looks:





























The Working Lady


Nothing says working lady better than a great pair of tailored trousers. And just because they’re for the office does not mean they need to be boring. Pair your trousers with a sophisticated silk blouse and a classic pair of heels to keep your look trendy and professional. Understated bling adds the perfect finishing touch.






Blouse, R482, Zando
Trousers, R699, Topshop
Tablet sleeve, R299,95, Woolworths
Necklace, R49,99, Mr. Price.
Heel, R499, Zoom









Lunch Date with the Girls

Trophy trousers are the perfect go-to item for a casual lunch date with the girls. Pair your trousers with comfortable, daytime pieces to create a look that is effortlessly stylish. Pointed flats keep your look on-trend, while a simple crop top adds the cool factor.




Crop top, R49,99, Mr. Price.
Trousers, R699, Topshop
Necklace, R60, Fashion Express
Bag, R1049, 25, Trenery
Pumps, R299, Zoom









Romantic Dinner Date

Take your trousers from the desk to your date by pairing them with evening essentials. Faux fur and a touch of sparkle add the glam-factor to your look, while a great pair of heels creates a look that is both chic and sexy.





Faux fur jacket, R349,99, Mr. Price.
Trousers, R699, Topshop
Clutch, R199, Zoom
Heel, R329, Zando
Earrings, R79,95, Woolworths.





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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
COSMO SHOE CRUSH: THE POINTED PUMP http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/cosmo-shoe-crush-the-pointed-pump COSMO shoe department – the pointed pump. Stay on point with trends this season and invest in a pair of mod-chic pointed flats.

The new flat is just as versatile as its ballet counterpart, but there’s something about the point that takes these flats to new heights. Pair your flats with tailored trousers for a stylish office-ready ensemble, a short shift dress for daytime dressing or a great pair of skinny jeans perfect for those slip-on-and-go moments.


GET THE LOOK













 

1. R720, Sam Star
2. R300, Zoom
3. R129,99, Mr. Price.
4. R119,99, Mr. Price.
5. R119,99, Mr. Price.
6. R299, Zoom
7. R69,99, Mr. Price.
8. R400, Zoom
9. R980, Cinnamon Shoes
10. R119,99, Mr. Price.


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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
ITEM OF THE MONTH: SILK BLOUSE http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/item-of-the-month-silk-blouse COSMO we show you 4 trendy ways to work the sexy, silk blouse. Perfect for the office or a night out on the town, this closet chameleon can be styled up and sexed up to suit your style. But just because it’s a classic, closet staple doesn’t mean the silk blouse isn’t on top of our list of winter essentials this season. Take your pick from solid shades or bold, standout prints. To add a sexy edge to your look, opt for a sheer blouse that will add that sexy allure to any outfit.


Here are our top 12 silk blouses to buy now (and we guarantee this is an investment to be made):


















 

1. R482, Zando
2. R89,99, Mr. Price.
3. R499, Zando
4. R299, Foschini
5. R899, Levis
6. R79,99, Mr. Price.
7. R79,99, Mr. Price.
8. R549, Zando
9. R699, Zando
10. R482, Zando
11. R79,99, Mr. Price
12. R280, Foschini


Don’t forget to grab your copy of COSMO May to see how you can make the silk blouse work for you this season!


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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
THE PINK COAT: A WINTER ESSENTIAL http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-pink-coat-a-winter-essential Miu Miu, Carven, Burberry and Celine, there’s no denying that powder pink coats are taking centre stage this season. Masculine, voluminous shapes are given a feminine feel in blushed and rosy pinks that lend this key piece a romantic, whimsical edge.


For our COSMO readers who might be reluctant to embrace this feminine shade, here are some tips to pull-off pink in a modern way:


1. When sporting a pink piece, keep your silhouettes sleek and tailored.
2. Pair pink pieces with neutrals like black, white and grey to keep your look modern.
3. When it comes to the pink coat, think OVERSIZED to keep things cool


The oversized pink coat should definitely be at the top of your winter wishlist!




RUNWAY INSPIRATION

For runway inspiration look no further than Miu Miu, Burberry and Carven.








GET THESE NOW!






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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Trends On The Streets- #MBFWJ http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/trends-on-the-streets-mbfwj local designers at MBFWJ, our hearts were very happy to see the street style, which was as on point as the collections themselves.

Here is a wrap up of some of our favourite looks from the long weekend.

The Statement Tee

Make sure your chest is getting the right kind of attention in a statement t-shirt. It's your fun and quirky wardrobe essential for this season.



Punk/Glam

Pay homage to the ‘70s as the punk trend revives itself yet again. This time round, punk gets a glam twist. Pair your tartan with leather for a super sexy edge.



Black To Black

When in doubt, we stick to black. Make sure your black is not boring by playing with textures and fabrics in the same look.


Romantic Revival

Florals are going nowhere this season. We love this baroque inspired look and that chunky headband is the cherry on top.



Local Loving

MBFWJ just proved how much talent South African designers have to offer. We saw local looks popping up all over the street scene and we love it!!! #localislekker




Little Ladies

Cinched in waists, lace and feminine skirts are all part of this trend that makes us feel like we have stepped straight out of the 50’s.




Modern Monotone

Our go to colour palette for nearly every event! Incorporate print into your black and white look for an on trend take on the classic combo.




Perfectly Pink

Pink is the ultimate hue for winter and we can’t get enough of it!!Take inspiration from these fashionistas and work with shades of pink from head to toe.




Image Source: Uyapo / SDR Photo
 
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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Steal Her Style- Jessica Alba http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/steal-her-style-jessica-alba dressed up a classic tee and black pants duo with all the right accessories. Follow suit by adding print and colour to this wardrobe staple. Our favourite part of this look is the colour palette, primary colour combo…yes puleasee! Done best when touches of blue, yellow and red are worn together, totally Dior AW/2014.

Tip: Accessorising right is the best way to turn an old outfit into a must-have look!



Shop The Look



Basic tee R39.99, Mr Price
Printed Blazer R1280, Zando
Pants R360, Foschini
Heels R999.95, Stylemology.com
Necklace R149, Zando
Watch R399, Woolworths
Clutch R659, Bloss and Co

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Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Shop The Trend: The New Ladylike http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/shop-the-trend-the-new-ladylike COSMO we are loving all things LADYLIKE. This season is all about embracing your girly-girl side, as fashion takes on an ultra-feminine feel. Fifties-inspired silhouettes, cinched-in waists and flared skirts give this modern trend a retro touch.

To add a touch of ladylike-glam to your look, invest in key items such as: flared skirts, classic courts, structured bags and prom-like dresses. Ankle boots, crop tops and bomber jackets lend a modern edge to this sophisticated trend.

Pretty, but definitely not prim, the modern lady is both sexy and demure.







GET THE LOOK








Jacket, R119,99, Mr. Price
Crop top, R49,99, Mr. Price
Skirt, R119,99, Mr. Price
Sunnies, R1240, Zando
Bag, R1800, Stuttafords
Court, R479, Madison
Boot, R799, Luella
Dress, R129,99, Mr. Price



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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Bag-it In Style With These Top 10 Bags http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/bag-it-in-style-with-these-top-10-bags
Seeing that you essentially carry your life in your bag, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do it STYLE! Whether you opt for a classic all-black piece, electric cobalt or trending tartan, these bags are perfect for your workwear ensemble and dressed-down weekend outfits. And on the plus side, your bag has the ability to effortlessly transform with every outfit. This season, when it comes to your stylish carryall, the BIGGER THE BETTER!

We have rounded-up our top ten bags that are massive in both size and style!


Bag-it In Style with these top 10 picks:







Prices from Left to Right

Top Row:
R649, Country Road
R1299, Nine West
R119,99, Mr. Price
R550, Blackcherry
R479, Zando


Bottom Row:
R900, Nine West
R149,99, Mr. Price
R849, Country Road
R459, Zando
R649, Country Road


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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Long Weekend Fashion Essentials http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/long-weekend-fashion-essentials COSMO long weekend essentials. From the sports enthusiast to the dancing queen, here are the key items that you will need to ensure you look your best all weekend long.











WEEKEND MUST-HAVES





Active Enthusiast

If your plan is to get active this weekend, do it in style with a pair of statement-making trainers and fun, slogan jumper.




Jumper, R69,99, Mr. Price
Trainer, R799, Adidas












Shopping Stylista

If a good dose of retail therapy is on the cards, look no further than a stylish, but always-comfortable t-shirt dress. Complete your look with a pair of hot-right-now pointed pumps for an outfit that is comfortable but trendy at the same time.






Dress, R49,99, Mr. Price
Pump, R300, Zoom












Beach Getaway

If your long weekend involves sun, sea and sipping on cocktails, be sure to invest in a versatile kimono that will keep you looking hot from beach to bar!



Kimono, R119,99, Mr. Price
Bikini top, R999, Seafolly
Bottoms, R799, Seafolly












Dancing Queen

Getting dressed up for a night out does not need to take hours. Transform your trusted LBD into a killer look with key accessories. Think: statement clutch and hot heels.




Heels, R799, Zoom
Clutch, R49,99, Mr. Price













Lazy Days

If your weekend plan is to do as little as possible, be sure to do it in style. Dress down and have some fun in quirky and ultra-comfy onesies.



Slogan onesie, R139,99, Mr. Price
Purple onesie, R799, Zando






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Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Shop Our Top 10 Ankle Boots http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/shop-our-top-10-ankle-boots From smoking heels to versatile flats - your wardrobe is not complete without these winter footwear essentials. Perfect to pair with feminine winter dresses or sexy leather skinnies and biker jackets - the ankle boot will take you from daytime dressing to evening glam.

















GET YOUR HANDS ON THESE WINTER ESSENTIALS










1. R499, Zando
2. R999, Woolworths
3. R1400, Sam Star
4. R399, Rage
5. R179,99, Mr. Price
6. R600, Zoom
7. R569, Madison
8. R799, Zoom
9. R1599, Country Road
10. R199,99, Mr. Price




From thigh-high boots, over-the-knee and ankle boots - get your hands on our April issue of COSMO and turn to page 28 for more of our top boot picks for the season!




For our COSMO shoe lovers, take a look at some of our latest articles for some serious shoe candy:


12 Shoes every COSMO girl should Own
We reveal the shoe you NEED this season
The 3 boots your winter wardrobe needs



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Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
It’s Time To Invest In The Statement-Making Knit http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/its-time-to-invest-in-the-statement-making-knit BUT the colder months are fast-approaching and at COSMO we want to ensure that you are fashionably prepared!

This winter sees the rise of the statement sweater. Perfect for those effortless, slip-on-and-go moments but with the potential to be styled up for an ultra cool look - the IT KNIT is definitely a winter season essential.

From quirky polka dot motifs to slogan prints, there is a lot of fun to be had with this trendy item.










SHOP THE TREND






Gold heart, R670, SASS
Tiger jumper, R200, Zando
Grey & white heart, R595, SASS
Originals, R699, Adidas Originals
Rose, R645, SASS
Polka dot, R399, Zando
Take it Easy, R119,99, Mr. Price
Checked jumper, R119,99, Mr. Price



Get your hands on our new April issue of COSMO and turn to page 24 for more hot-off-the-runway trends that your wardrobe needs!



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Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Say It With Stripes: Stripes Are Trending Now! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/say-it-with-stripes-stripes-are-trending-now STRIKING STRIPES!

Stripes are making their way onto must-have wardrobe essentials, from crop tops and skater skirts for summer to sexy skinny jeans and jumpers for the winter season. If you’re looking to ease into the striped trend, opt for striking accessories like striped bags and heels to keep your look on-trend.

At COSMO, we love the boldness of solid black and white striped pieces, but don’t be afraid to add some colour in striking, striped pieces.









SHOP THE TREND




Crop top, R49,99, Mr. Price.
Skirt, R119,99, Mr. Price.
Scarf, R140, Woolworths
Pump, R69,99, Mr. Price.
Clutch, R359, Zoom
Skinny jeans, R700, Slick
Bag, R380, Blackcherry
Jersey, R239, Zando
Heel, R450, Zoom



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Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Of The Strangest Shoes Ever http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/5-of-the-strangest-shoes-ever Here’s our roundup of the world’s strangest shoes:

Coffee by Kobi Levi

We get it – nice attempt but no-one wants to resemble the teapot from Beauty and the Beast.

Plush Animal Adidas by Jeremy Scott


Adidas usually gets it so right, but this is just wrong and somewhat inappropriate. Where is PETA or the SPCA?


Armadillo Shoes by Alexander McQueen


The late designer broke fashion boundaries with these shoes, which inspired a lot of women to walk taller. Lady Gaga rocked these McQueen heels show after show. Could you walk in these?

Chewing Gum by Kobi Levi


Perhaps Kobi Levi has an eye for the strange, but these bubblegum-heel sneakers are not the chicest ever made.

Feet-binding shoes


In Chinese tradition, having small feet is a sign of femininity. Many girls were subjected to having their toes and arches broken and bound in these ‘corrective shoes’.

Article appeared originally on Marie Claire


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Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
12 Shoes Every COSMO Girl Should Own http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/12-shoes-every-cosmo-girl-should-own


Here are the 12 trusted shoes that every girl should own:






MUST-HAVE ITEMS



Black Courts

If you are looking for a chic, sophisticated style, these are your go-to shoes.



R459, Zoom








Ankle Strap Heels

Besides topping our list of trending shoes right now, ankle straps lengthen your legs like no other style can. See our favourite ankle straps here.



R359, Zando








Ankle Boots

Perfect with a floral dress or a classic pair of jeans – ankle boots add an edgy feel to any look.




R1599, Charles and Keith








Ballet Flats

Every girl needs a pair of slip-on-and-go flats that can fit in your bag for those dreaded shoe emergencies. Invest in a pair of pointed flats to stay on-trend this season.






R849, Country Road








Animal Printed heels

From snakeskin to leopard print, animal print heels add a sultry side to your style. See more of our favourite animal printed accessories.





R500, Zoom








Metallic heels

For a nighttime outfit, look not further than metallic heels. But, what’s great is that these can be dressed down for a stylish daytime look as well.



 R479, Madison








Block heels

If you are looking for an inch of height without sacrificing your comfort, grab a pair of block heeled pumps or sandals.




R375, Woolworths









Wedges

Wedges are another great choice if you are looking for shoes that combine comfort and height! Invest in a neutral shade that you can mix and match from summer to winter.





R169,99, Mr. Price.









Trainers

Trainers have made a stylish, fashion comeback. No longer limited to the gym, these are hot items to have right now!




 R899, Adidas









Summer flats

Summer flats are a no-brainer, summer staple that every wardrobe needs.




R199, Zoom









Knee-high flat boots

Even heel-lovers need a stylish and timeless pair of reliable leather boots. Go for good quality, classic styles that will stay in good shape for a number of seasons to come.





R1799, Trenery









Biker boots

Perfect for those rainy, winter days, biker boots keep you feeling comfy and looking stylish at the same time.



R550, Foschini




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Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Trend To Try: Matching Separates http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/trend-to-try-matching-separates fashion matchmakers! Matching separates like graphic blouses and skirt sets and jacket and trouser combos are hot items to own right now.

We take style inspiration from one of our favourite style stars, Rita Ora, who has the match-making trend down! From matching suits to flirty skirt ensembles and ultra cool jumpers and joggers – Rita is true match making inspiration.




Source.



You can shop your very own matching ensembles online at Mr. Price, who have some exciting pieces to choose from
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All items available at Mr. Price.





Pair your matching suit with classic pieces such as a great pair of heels, statement accessories or a simple tee for a fashion match that can't go wrong!

 

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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Drool Worthy Handbags To Die For http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/drool-worthy-handbags-tdf-
Louis Vuitton Speedy
This bag is the ultimate classic. The likes of Audrey Hepburn have carried the Louis Vuitton Speedy. It is the perfect first designer handbag for any girl. Even though it has gone up in price over time, the bag is still relatively affordable compared to most designer bags. It is chic, stylish, doesn’t date, is extremely durable and, if anything, it looks better with age.
$900+ (over R9 000)


Chanel Classic Flap
Chanel’s iconic flap bag was first released in 1955 by mademoiselle Coco Chanel herself, and is indeed the ‘Holy Grail’ for many handbag lovers. Karl Lagerfeld revamped this infamous bag with its famous CC interlock in 1985, when he first took over as creative director at the House of Chanel. This bag is timeless and a celebrity favourite.
$4 000 + (over R40 000)


Céline Luggage Tote
Céline’s Luggage Tote is a modern day ‘It’ bag, with its edgy look making it so appealing. Created by former Chloé designer, Phoebe Philo, the bag has dramatically transformed Céline into one of the most popular designer labels. The Luggage Tote is very durable and extremely spacious. This bag is a favorite with the Kardashians, Naomi Campbell, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner.
$2 000 + (over R20 000)


Hermès Birkin Bag
The most expensive and exclusive of them all is the Hermès Birkin bag. Worn by celebrities everywhere, it is perhaps the most sought-after bag in the world. It is one thing to be able to afford this bag and another to actually find one. Hermès does not make it easy for a handbag lover to obtain this luxury piece, one must first prove that they are, in fact, loyal to the brand before even being invited to join the three-year waiting list.
$10 000 + (over R100 000)


Article appeared originally on Marie Claire


 
 
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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Trusted Pieces To Pair With Your Denims http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/trusted-pieces-to-pair-with-your-denims













The items your denims' need:






 

WARDROBE ESSENTIALS


Ankle boot = R399, Rage
Ankle boots and denims are the perfect summer and winter combo.


Loose Tee = R299, Topshop
Nothing beats the comfort of great jeans and the stylish tee.


Biker = R680, Foschini
Denims and a biker jacket are all you need for an edgy ensemble.


Coat = R850, Foschini
Printed or plain, a coat is the perfect touch for a winter look.


Button Down = R129,99, Mr. Price
Make statement with a denim-on-denim look.


Heels = R450, Zoom
Step-up your denims with a pair of hot heels.


Trainers = R339, Topshop
Trainers and jeans are the stylish answer to dressing down.


Blazer = R2800, Zando
Perfect for day and night, the blazer adds a formal touch.





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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
What To Wear This Weekend http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/what-to-wear-this-weekend Read our lips: whether you are picnicking (not for you Joburg girls!) or partying, this smooch worthy dress should be first on your shopping list.

Best of all, we have rounded up some super-hot accessories that will make your look irresistible. This weekend you should kiss and tell.

Xoxo




Dress R650, fashionhub.co.za




Red and White Purse R249, Woolworths
Silver Brogues R999, Trenery
Leather Jacket R8299, Diesel
Tassel Bag R699, The Lot
Ear Cuff R29.99, Mr Price
Ankle Boots R1399, Top Shop
Denim Jacket R149.99, Mr Price
Red Sling Backs R199.95, Woolworths

 
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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Accessory Report: The Shoe You Need This Season http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/accessory-report-the-shoe-you-need-this-season COSMO we love an item that keeps us looking and feeling hot and trendy at the same time. For our heel-lovers, this trend might take some convincing, but a fashion risk never hurt anyone and we guarantee that this is a risk worth taking!

The must-have shoe of the moment is the SLIP-ON SNEAKER.

The slip-on sneaker is slowly making it’s way to the top of the accessory hit list and we love how this comfy, chic shoe can create some great looks. From monochrome to bold brights, checks, metallics and statement animal prints – there’s a slip-on for every style.









STYLING TIPS


Pair your slip-ons with a great pair of skinnies and a simple tee for a relaxed, but ultra cool look. This outfit is great for summer, but can totally be styled for the winter months as well. Add an oversized coat or cozy knit in the mix and you are good to go. Don’t limit the slip-on to sporty styles – these look great when paired with a feminine summer dress to give an androgynous touch to a girly ensemble. Leather skinnies, camisole and a tailored blazer are also great items to style with your sneakers for a more dressed-up approach.



We stumbled upon this pair of sneakers at TOPSHOP. Get your hands on a pair for only R339!



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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
TOP 10 ANIMAL PRINT PIECES http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/top-10-animal-print-pieces COSMO girl needs in her wardrobe. And this season is once again a leopard-loving season. From smoking heels to trademark trousers and sunnies, this print is making it’s way onto key wardrobe pieces.

A touch of leopard print (big or small) is an effortless, but always-successful way to add a bold focal point to your look.





Live on the WILD SIDE with these top 10 printed buys:






Wedge, R969, Zando
Pants, R575, Zando
Pump, R179, Zando
Sunnies, R180, Woolworths
Tee, R79,99, Mr. Price.
Court, R460, Zoom
Necklace, R120, Woolworths
Clutch, R89,99, Mr. Price.
Watch, R250, Woolworths
Bracelet, R160, Vikson




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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Wear- Monochrome http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/how-to-wear-monochrome This is one trend that is here to stay. In fact Black and White is your go to colour combination for just about any occasion. We love it because it’s effortlessly chic and stylish but it’s so far from stuffy. Have fun with your back to basics colour palette by throwing in a print, or even two.

Here are some looks to inspire you. There are no 50 shades of grey here, black and white is all you need.



























Zoe Krawitz gives monochrome a playful edge at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards


Startracks Photo/Rex


Maria Bello is all sophistication in a black and white Tux at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards


Matt Baron/Rex

Peaches Geldof keeps her black and white look simple and on trend at Paris Fashion Week


Beretta/Sims/Rex


Monochrome Must Haves

Our Top 10 Black and White pieces for your wardrobe





1. White coat R390, Fashion Express,
2. Hat R220, Foschini
3. Strappy Heel R629, Zoom at Zando.co.za
4. Printed Pants R69.99, Mr Price
5. Ring R29.99, Mr Price
6. High Top Sneaker R399, Foschini
7. Top R499, Sissy Boy
8. Printed Crop R49.99, Mr Price
9.  Midi Skirt R1199, Pringle
10. Pleather Skirt R299, Foschini


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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Trends We Hope To Never Live Through Again http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/10-trends-we-hope-to-never-live-through-again It's simple, if you lived through the 90's, you have some cringe worthy fashion moments!!Here are the Top 10 Trends that we hope died horrible deaths and that never resurface again...ever.



























 
1. The Denim Mini and Leggings Combo

Do you have to wear your whole wardrobe at once??You’re probably bad at ordering at restaurants, too
 


2. The Horizontal Headband

Have you lost your way from Woodstock? No! So put your headband wear it’s supposed to be: holding back your hair. (Tip: otherwise, it would be known as the forehead band).


 
3. The Hawaiian Shirt

No. Just No
 

4. Bootleg Jeans

Are you ashamed of your shoes? Then why are you trying to hide them.

 

5. Flap Down Peak Cap

Less of a trend, more of a traumatic childhood memory. Great if you’re seeking sun protection for your neck in the desert; in all other cases, sun block will do.

 
 
6. Dark Lipliner, Light Listick

Really, drag queens are the only ones that can pull off this look
 
 
7. Matching Outfits

Oh look, you’re a couple! The only thing that could be worse is a T-shirt saying “I’m with Stupid!”


8. The Peaking Thong

In the ‘bend and snap’ era, this may have been considered top class. But really, it’s just plumber bum all dressed up.

9.  Spice Girl Shoes

The only good thing about the Spice Girls’ breakup was the disappearance of these clunky platforms.

 

And finally...10. Trucker Hats

Mother Trucker, what were we thinking. (Hey Dawson!)
 

Images from Rex Images &Getty Images

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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
A Watch To Suit Every Style http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/a-watch-to-suit-every-style VIP status!








MUST-HAVE ITEMS





















The Sporty Girl


Add a sports luxe touch to your active wear ensemble with a bold and bright timepiece! The rubber straps lend a sporty feel to these pieces, while touches of metal give them a glam edge!




From left to right:
Tomato, R299
Guess, R859
Woolworths, R250










The Timeless Classic


Classic shapes are by no means boring! If you are looking for an on-trend watch that will carry you through from season to season, then the updated classics are for you. From yellow gold, silver and the must-have rose gold, these classics are worth the investment.




From left to right:
Guess, R1900
Woolworths, R399
Nixon, R1850






The Timepiece Trendsetter


The trendsetter knows that watches are topping the list of must-have accessories this season, so why not make sure you have the perfect piece that will take your stacked wrist to new heights. Think: oversized, embellished, encrusted, printed and luxe!





From left to right:
Guess, R1900
Guess, R900
Woolworths, R250




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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Steal Her Style: Rihanna http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/steal-her-style-rihanna

If there is one girl that knows how to have fun with fashion it’s the super sexy, good-girl-gone-bad Rihanna.  We love her courageous, funky street style and her uber sexy performances with oh so risqué outfits never dissapoint.

 

Rihanna has dominated not only the music scene,but has managed to captivate the fashion world too. Rihanna has shared her love of fashion by collaborating with fashion brand River Island, and is set to be the new face of Balmain in the forthcoming spring, summer 2014 campaign.

 

Her style is diverse and she moves easily from casual T-shirts and hoodies to high-end glam.  We love this easy going look below.








 









                                         


                                                           boyfriend jeans   R159     Mr.Price 
                                                               Biker jacket    R1399    Spree
                                          Oversized Raglan T-shirt   R69.99   Mr.Price
                                                snake courts heels       R399      Spree
                                        Letter multistrand necklace   R59.99  Mr.Price
         

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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
4 Ways To Reinvent Your White Button-Down http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/4-ways-to-reinvent-your-white-button-down
The white shirt is the perfect mix between feminine and sophisticated; and tough and masculine-chic. Here are 4 ways to take your white shirt from wardrobe basic to fashion contender:
















Modern Monochrome

No matter how simple the look, a black and white outfit always makes for a strong impact! Keep all your pieces black and allow your white shirt to be the star of the ensemble!



Shirt, R949, Levis
Skirt, R129,99, Mr. Price.
Necklace, R99,99, Woolworths
Clutch, R329, Country Road
Shoe, R479, Madison










Play Dress-Up

Dresses don’t always have to be the base layer of an outfit and with this look, you can make your sleeveless, summer dresses work for you even in the colder season! Layer your white shirt under a sleeveless dress for an modern, feminine look. Pair is with pumps for a day on the market or a classic pair of heels for a trendy office outfit.





Dress, R119,99, Mr. Price.
Shirt, R949, Levis
Pumps, R400, Zoom
Bag, R400, Zoom













Keep it Casual

The white shirt does not have to be limited for formal dressing – this wardrobe staple can be styled to create stylish, off-duty looks as well. Pair your white shirt with skinny jeans, a sneaker wedge and the trendy printed jumper for an ultra-cool casual look.







Shirt, R949, Levis
Jumper, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Backpack, R329, Blackcherry
Sneaker wedge, R329, Zando
Skinnies, R799, Levis











All-white ensemble

Nothing says chic, sophisticated and feminine better than an all-white ensemble. And to get the perfect balance between tough and feminine, look no further than the white shirt and flared skirt. Accessorize your all-white look with chunky, gold accessories and add that extra edge with metal hardware to create a look that screams fiercely feminine!







Shirt, R949, Levis
Skirt, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Shoe, R399, Zoom
Biker jacket, R599, Traffic.
Jewellery set, R89, Fashion Express





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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Trend Report: The Dark Romantic http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/trend-report-the-dark-romantic COSMO, we set the mood for what is going to be a trendy, winter season! This season it’s all about a MOODY ROMANCE. The dark romantic trend is sexy, bold and alluring with strong feminine accents and an ode to elegance!

Deep rich tones of burgundy, blues and emeralds are highlighted with strong, black accents. Patent leathers lend a hard edge to romantic, delicate florals and lace pieces. While a revival of pearls and diamantes add a vintage touch to this ultra-modern trend.


TIPS TO WORK THE TREND

This look is all about mixing the hard with the soft. Add a tough edge to delicate floral dresses and blouses by pairing them with leather jackets and boyish biker boots. Or break the hard edge by including hints of vintage lace and sheer paneled pieces in your look.









SHOP THE TREND






Coat, R650, Foschini
Necklace, R169, Foschini
Bag, R359, Zoom
Patent skirt, R49,99, Mr. Price.
Maroon bomber, R680, Foschini
Lace top, R260, Zando
Cut out boot, R799, Zoom
Charm bracelet, R79,95, Woolworths
Floral dress, R119,99, Mr. Price.
Lace-up boot, R750, Zando

 

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
The 3 Boots Your Winter Wardrobe Needs http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-3-boots-your-winter-wardrobe-needs

This season it’s all about the:

Ankle Boot
Biker Boot
Over-the-knee Boot



So whether you’re a heels or flats kinda girl, we have rounded up your must-have boots to ensure that you are fashionably prepped for the upcoming season!

















Ankle Boot


The ankle boot is a versatile and always-stylish choice in the boot department. And what’s even better, is that very often, these can be whipped out to create a rocking look even in mid-summer. Whether heeled or flat, ankle boots always add a sexy edge to an outfit. Flat ankle boots add a boyish feel to an ultra-feminine floral dress, while heeled pairs effortlessly add a sexy, dressed up feel to comfy skinnies and an oversized knit or coat.


 


From left to right:

R1599, Charles and Keith
R599, Zoom
R549, Zoom
R999, Zoom






Biker Boot

The biker boot is the edgier of the boots this season, BUT we can all work them this winter. These beauties lend a harder edge to an outfit, for a punk-chic look. For a boyish, more androgynous look, opt for a flat style or work a pair of heeled biker boots for a sexy, but tough, biker-chic feel.






From top to bottom:

R499
R550
R499, All Foschini








Over-the-knee Boots

The good news is, we don’t need to be blessed in the height department to work a pair of over-the-knee boots this season. Take the time to shop around for the perfect pair! The thought of thigh-high boots may seem quite daunting, but with simple, clever styling they can create a chic and sophisticated outfit. For first-time thigh-high wearers, aim to keep the rest of your outfit simple so your boots take centre stage! Think: a great pair of skinnies, classic blouse and leather jacket.





From left to right:

R582, Zando
R2299, Country Road
R689, Bronx



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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Rethink How To Wear Pink http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/rethink-how-to-wear-pink
Spotted on major runway shows this season, pink is leading the trend colour way. From soft blush tones reminiscent of cotton candy to brighter shades of raspberry and fuchsia – this season, the PINKER THE BETTER!

Combine pastel tones with brighter hues to create a statement, head-to-toe pink look or add accents of black to key pink pieces.






Sources From Left to Right:

Temperley London/Getty
Ashish/Getty
Thakoon/Getty
Chanel/Getty
Burberry/Getty
Gucci/Getty




This season pink takes on a glamorous and girly, grown-up look!


TOP 10 PINK PIECES








Pump, R239, Zando
Dress, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Blazer, R1190, SASS
Midi skirt, R580, Mishah
Pants, R119,99, Mr. Price.
Faux Fur jacket, R349,99, Mr. Price.
Satchel, R1299, Nine West
Court, R99, Mr. Price.
Blouse, R530, Mishah
Skater skirt, R99,99, Mr. Price.


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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Steal Her Style- Rita Ora http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/steal-her-style-rita-ora Rita Ora has done punk, artfully combining her leather and tartan with stacks of jewellery.

Don’t forget to add a red lip to your punk look to give it a glamorous edge.



Image Source: Gregory Pace/BEI/Rex

The best news is, is that this look is so easy to wear! Steal her style here.

SHOP THIS LOOK 





Dress R899, Jo Borkett
Jacket R329.99, Mr Price
Necklace R269, Foschini
Bracelet Pack R69.99, Mr Price
Shoe R350, Zoom


 
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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
What To Wear For The Weekend http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/what-to-wear-for-the-weekend




























Sunday family lunch
Strike the perfect balance between smart and casual with a pretty printed dress and a tailored blazer – regardless of whether your hanging out with your parents, or meeting his, they’ll definitely approve!




Day to night date
It's never easy planning an outfit that will feel good and look good all day and all night. We’re a little obsessed with glam grunge right now; opt for a floral dress and swap biker boots for stilettos to take your look from sassy to sexy.



Friday after work drinks
It goes without saying that what’s acceptable attire for the office and what’s acceptable for hitting the dance floor are two (style) worlds apart. - That said, there is a halfway point. Work with boardroom friendly shapes such as pencil skirts and a soft silky tee and give them glamour with prints and luxe texture. There is one major rule – always wear heels!



Saturday night dancing
Monochrome and metallic go hand in hand – especially by night. Experiment with graphic prints such as stripes and break them with black and white separates. If you are feeling especially brave, try head to toe sparkle. Minimal accessories keep the look modern.



Shopping with the girls
We love fashion’s new take on ladylike; feminine but sporty and fun but elegant – what’s not to like? A flared skirt paired with your favourite tee and a pair of sneakers is all you need to make this trend your own.




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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Steal Her Style: Cara Delevingne http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/steal-her-style-cara-delevingne

Born with a silver spoon in her mouth (and bushy eyebrows that would become her trademark) Cara Delevingne has been working up a storm in the fashion world.

 

Not only has she walked the catwalk for every major brand; she’s also graced the covers of Vogue, ID, Russ and has been the face of many fashion houses including DKNY, Burberry and Chanel.

 

She has tweeted and instagrammed herself into a home name brand, becoming known for her crazy pictures of her social life and at work.

 

We love her tomboy look when she is off duty, and her sexy, glamorous style when she is on the red carpet. Here are some of her key fashion moments.
















 



Patched biker jacket     R199.99     Mr. Price
Wet look leggings          R  79.99     Mr. Price





Abstract printed jogger     R99.99    Mr. Price
seamless crop                  R29.99    Mr. Price







Black Suede panel dress     R629       Zando 
Black and white clutch         R359       Spree


Guess jean shorts   R499    Spree
White tank top          R299    Zando



printed woven joggers    R79.99    Mr. Price
Flatbill cap                      R69.99     Mr. Price






Knited beanie     R49.99       Mr.Price
B
lack Kimono     R280          Spree







Lace black top   R599          Zando
Ear cuff              R29.99       Mr. Price

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Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
3 Ways To Wear Boyfriend Jeans http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/3-ways-to-wear-boyfriend-jeans









1. Casual Chic
If you are going for a more casual way to wear your boyfriend jeans, go for a lighter, faded out colour like the
ones above. Spree online.

Pair the jeans with a playful and fun t-shirt to keep the look fresh and casual. This adorable ice cream t-shirt is available at Mr Price for only R69.99

These jelly sandals are Country Road at Woolworths for only R179. These are such fun sandals that can go with virtually everything and are available in black, red, pink and blue.
 






2. Evening Glam
For more of a formal look, go for darker denim boyfriend jeans like the ones above for R749 at Country Road in Woolworths.

Pair them with a sexy top like the one above from Spree online for R690. We are loving the sparkle in this top!


These killer cork heels are a perfect fit from Spree online for R430.


This biker jacket from Zando online for R649 is perfect for when that evening breeze picks up and will give your boyfriend jeans look a tough edge.




3. Office Appropriate




These boyfriend jeans are R159.99 from Mr Price online and are super comfortable for your everyday at work.
P.S These jeans are only office appropriate if you work at a company that allows you to wear jeans to the office of course!

 
Pair your boyfriend jeans with this white ruffled blouse from Country Road at Woolworths to get a smarter look while still remaining cool and casual.

 These very versatile shoes are available from Trenery at Woolworths for R999. 
 
 
 
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Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Dress To Suit Your Personality: What COSMO girl are you? http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/dress-to-suit-your-personality-what-cosmo-girl-are-you
In this month’s COSMO we give you eight unique looks to suit eight different personalities and you get to choose who you want to be this season!

So who will it be?








The Lady

Pretty but definitely not prim, the modern lady is both sexy and demure! Your key item for this season is the FLARED SKIRT.




Shirt, R119,99, Mr. Price
Skirt, R580, Mishah
Bag, R1299, Nine West







The Rebel

Are you the glam girl with a grungy, rebellious side to her? Then the rebellious look is yours to embrace. Think: distressed boyfriend jeans and a statement heel to glam it up.



Jacket, R580, Foschini
Necklace, R130, Spree
Jeans, R159,99, Mr.Price
Court, R209, Zando









The Glamazon

For this look, MORE IS MORE! Opulence, embellishment and luxe texture make you the queen of more! Feathers, jewels and sequins are your first choice!



Blazer, R1150, Fate
Heel, R479, Zando
Clutch, R449, Zando
Necklace, R150, Woolworths








The Modernist

Modest, but definitely not in the shadows! She’s quietly confident and prefers to make a statement with minimalism as opposed to excess – simple shapes and structure complete this look.



Coat, R850, Foschini
Wedge, R349, Zoom
Pencil skirt, R599, Spree
Watch, R250, Woolworths









The Tomboy


There’s nothing masculine about this look! Think: ultra cool with an androgynous edge. The slouchy suit is the perfect piece to pull of this look!




Blazer, R1879, Zando
Pants, R495, Spree
Striped top, R59,99, Mr. Price
Heel, R629, Zoom








The New Romantic

You are tough but definitely have a softer side. Embrace both sides by mixing hard with soft – pair feminine florals and lace with biker chic accessories.




Jacket, R680, Foschini
Boot, R419, Zando
Necklace, R69,99, Mr. Price
Dress, R119,99, Mr. Price







The Bombshell

Uber feminine and just the right amount of sexy, this girl dares to bare - lingerie and lace form the foundations of her wardrobe.




Dress, R1299, Jo Borkett
Necklaces, from R180, Spree
Heel, R449, Zoom








The Individualist

This look is all about fearless fun! Quirky prints and bold colour set this girl apart – she’s eccentric and not afraid to clash! Mixed prints are the name of the game!





Printed blouse, R59,99, Mr. Price
Bag, R450, Big Blue
Skirt, R420, Spree
Heel, R449, Zoom




Get your hands on our latest issue of COSMO to see these looks brought to life!




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Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Steal Her Style: Lupita Nyong’o http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/steal-her-style-lupita-nyongo
What’s not to love about her style?


Here are 3 easy steps to steal Lupita’s winning style:










Don’t be afraid of colour!

When it comes to bold, bright colours, Lupita is our go-to girl! From zesty oranges and electric blues, Lupita is the perfect canvas to pull off these statement shades. Don’t be afraid to add a bright shade or two to your everday look. If you’re feeling bold, opt for a brightly coloured pencil skirt or blazer. For a more subtle approach, complete your look with a bright accessory to instantly update your outfit.






Blazer, R360, Spree
Bag, R189,99, Mr. Price
Skirt, R449, Zando






Stick with feminine silhouettes

Lupita oozes feminine, ladylike glam! Although often opting for simple silhouettes like shift dresses and pencil skirts, these shapes are true classics that lend that feminine, sophisticated edge to her look.






Printed shift, R119,99, Mr. Price
Bustier, R599, Zando
Pencil skirt, R349, Zando
Grey shift, R129,99, Mr. Price






The pointed court

Like most ladies, Lupita always ensures her shoes make a statement! From playful prints, metallics and bold hues, it is clear that Lupita has a love for the statement, yet classic pointed court! Perfect for an office look, date dressing or simply with a pair of jeans, the pointed court is a must-have in the shoe department!






Cobalt sling back, R559, Zoom
Red court, R339, Zando
Patent blue court, R250, Rage




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Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Accessory Report: Opulent Embellishment http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/accessory-report-opulent-embellishment MORE IS MORE! Think: over-the-top, encrusted, embellished and regal!

From encrusted clutch bags, metal-trimmed heels, chunky jewelled neckpieces and statement stones, this seasons accessories take luxe to a whole new level!

For runway inspiration look no further than Dolce and Gabbana Fall 2013/14 collection. For this collection, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana found inspiration in, of all places, a centuries-old church. The collection takes us back to a time when kings and queens sipped from gold chalices and carried jewelled scpetres and gowns were encrusted in ruby-red crystals and extravagant gold. It was the epitome of royal opulence!



RUNWAY INSPIRATION







Love this look?
Get your hands on our latest issue of COSMO to shop our top embellished accessories!



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Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Must-Have Of The Month: The Biker Jacket http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/must-have-of-the-month-the-biker-jacket
Why do we love it?

Besides being on the must-have list for the Fall/Winter season, this versatile beauty adds the perfect edge to a multitude of looks. From the girly-girl to the rebellious rock chick, the biker jacket has endless styling possibilities. Pair it with a feminine floral dress or add a sharp edge to your slouchy boyfriend jeans and if you feeling extra daring, draw inspiration from Sienna Miller and pair it with a formal evening gown. The choice is yours.


















CELEB STYLE INSPIRATION








Love this look? Here are our top ten biker jackets to help you get this rock chic look this season!


TOP TEN BIKER JACKETS TO BUY NOW!



Tartan Jacket, R680, Foschini 
Pink jacket, R535, Zando



Black jacket, R1500, Jorge
Pale pink jacket, R299,99, Mr. Price




Denim jacket, R199,99, Mr. Price
Red jacket, R680, Foschini


Brown jacket, R3400, Zando
Black jacket, R680, Foschini



Blue jacket, R650, Foschini
Khaki jacket, R649, Zando



Get your hands on our latest issue of COSMO, where we show you 4 stylish ways to make the biker work for this season!


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Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Clutch Candy! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/clutch-candy
From embellished to encrusted, oversized to miniature, patent to metallic and monochrome to bright – your choice is endless when it comes to these showstopping pieces!

























CLUTCH CANDY FROM THE RUNWAY AND RED CARPET






We have picked our favourite pieces that will add that ultra-glam touch to your look. Although small in size, these will definitely not go unnoticed!



GET THESE NOW!








Pink snake skin, R89,99, Mr. Price.
Multicoloured, R359, Zoom
Blakc and white, R359, Zoom
Blue turquoise, R59,99, Mr. Price.
Diamante, R450, Spree
Turquoise with buckle, R270, Vikson
Glitter clutch, R449, Zando
Pink with bow, R149, Zoom
Black and white, R999, Woolworths
Silver skull bag, R300, Vikson
Woven gold, R599, Spree
Yellow, white and black, R269, Zando
Gold and black, R399, Zando
Studded gold, R330, Vikson





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Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Three Ways To Wear A White Tee http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/three-ways-to-wear-a-white-tee
Say hello to the PLAIN WHITE TEE!

It’s our go-to item for those lazy weekend days when we want the perfect outfit with minimal effort and low maintenance. But with clever styling, your white tee can take you from the desk to a date, while looking ultra chic at the same time!

FASHION TIP OF THE DAY: Don’t limit your tee to lazy weekend looks. It might not appear as the hottest fashion must-have, but it sure can pull off some seriously stylish outfits. The options are endless!









From the desk, to a date or a dressed-up daytime look - here are our top 3 ways to work the white tee:




DRESSED FOR THE DESK


Add a cool edge to your monochrome work suit by swapping the formal button-up with a trendy tee.




Blazer, R1200, Fate
Pants, R495, Spree
Tee, R35,99, Mr. Price.
Tablet sleeve, R199, Woolworths
Heel, R499, Zoom
Watch, R4499, American Swiss






 

IT’S A DATE


The sexy and ultra feminine allure of the pencil skirt combined with the slouchy, easiness of the tee makes for one great look! Complete your look with a statement neckpiece and heels to dress it up a notch.




Tee, R35, 99, Mr. Price.
Pencil skirt, R89,99, Mr. Price.
Bag, R450, Big Blue
Necklace, R150, Woolworths
Heel, R799, Madison





 
DAYTIME DRESSING


The thought of jeans and a tee sounds like the ultimate weekender look, but with simple styling touches you can update it to a trendy, dressed up daytime look. Perfect for lunch with the girls or a late afternoon drink, there’s something so hot yet ultra cool about jeans, a tee and a good pair of heels.



Waistcoat, R149,99, Mr. Price.
Jeans, R3300, Zando
Bangles, from R59,99, Mr. Price.
Tee, R35, 99, Mr. Price.
Bag, R1900, Zando
Boot, R1599, Charles and Keith




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Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Shoe Of The Moment: Ankle Strapped Heel http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/shoe-of-the-moment-ankle-strapped-heel Our COSMO shoe crush for the day is the sophisticated and ultra-chic ankle strap heel! Not only are these beauties the epitome of style and ladylike class, but also their comfort and versatility make us fall in love with even more!
 

From patent, bold hues to peep toes and points, here are our TOP 10 picks:


 




Red heel, R359, Zando
Gold heel, R699, Madison
Patent black point, R399, Zando
Blue heel, R329, Zando
Nude point, R549, Zoom
Silver heel, R99,99, Mr. Price
Black and white heel, R599, Woolworths
Orange heel, R799, Madison
Nude pointed court, R449, Zando
Black and gold heel, R69,99, Mr. Price




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Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Sports Luxe: Are You Game? http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/sports-luxe-are-you-game COSMO, we show you 2 ultra-cool, sports luxe looks that are easy to pull off!

From designers to local retailers, sports luxe items are so hot right now and we can’t wait to add a sporty edge to our look! Nothing says COOL better than a head-to-toe, sports luxe inspired ensemble, but truth be told, this edgy trend may seem quite daunting to the true ladylike fashionistas out there. The good news is that we can all add a sporty touch to our outfits by working key items from the trend into our daily looks.












Key items to look out for include:


The bomber jacket
Slouchy jogger pants
Crop top
Jogger shorts
Bodycon dresses
Sneaker wedges
Statement heels
Oversized watches
Edgy bags






Trackpants, R99,99, Mr. Price
Clutch, R999, Country Road
Heel, R799, Madison 
Dress, R69,99, Mr. Price
Watch, R170, Woolworths
Bodysuit, R549, Sissy Boy
Cropped top, R249, Zando
Sneaker, R1100, Nike
Shorts, R249, Zando
Neon bag, R49,99, Mr. Price
Bomber, R200, Fashion Express




Get your hands on our latest issue of COSMO and turn to page 28 to see how you can give this sporty street trend an elegant edge!



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Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Our Winning Fashion Combo Of The Day! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/our-winning-fashion-combo-of-the-day boyfriend jean and a hot pair of heels!

Perfect for a lunch out with the girls, a dinner date or after hours drinks – this is one combo that will take you places.










Why do we love it?

There’s something so hot about this look! The loose, slouchy fit of the jeans adds an ultra cool, sassiness to your look, while the heels add the glam factor to really sex it up! It’s the perfect balance between playing it cool and sexy (and did we mention the comfort that comes with this ensemble)?


Great news is that there’s more than one heel that will help you get this look!



Here are our three best boyfriend jean and heel combos!



FOR THE LADY

If ladylike glam is your style, look no further than the classic, pointed court that will add that touch of sophistication to your outfit.
 

 
Purple court, R149,99, Mr. Price
Printed court, R459, Zoom
Toe cap court, R245, Madison Footwear




 
FOR THE GLAMAZON

If you are all about making statement, pair your jeans with the hottest shoes that will demand attention! Think: embellished, platforms, buckles and straps!




Chunky heel, R939, Topshop
Nude and pink heel, R799, Madison Footwear
Patent platform, R449, Zoom





 
FOR THE EDGY, ANDROGYNOUS GIRL

Perfect for summer and winter, the heeled ankle boot is a trusted partner to your boyfriend jeans! The heel adds a feminine touch to the boot, but keeps you looking edgy and ultra cool.



Nude ankle boot, R499, Zando
Black boot, R649, Zoom
Red boot, R1400, Sam Star



STYLE TIP

To really work this trend, don’t be afraid to roll-up your jeans to create a slightly cropped look. This also creates a snugger fit around the ankle that slims the whole look.



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Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Tartan Is Trending! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/tartan-is-trending LOVING everything about this versatile classic!

The classic tartan, plaid or checked print (call it what you want!) has been given a serious update and we want to show you how to embrace this bold and trending print!

Whether you opt for an edgy punk-inspired look or the girly, preppy look, here are cool ways to work tartan right now:

























TARTAN STYLING TIPS



The tartan dress

A mini dress is always a good choice to avoid looking frumpy. Pair your dress with black tights and cute pumps for a chic, sophisticated look or add a rock-chic touch to your dress with the must-have biker boot and biker jacket.


  





The Plaid shirt


A tartan shirt is a classic and easy way to add that tartan touch to your wardrobe. Keep it simple, yet sexy by pairing your shirt with great-fitting skinnies or hot leather pants. For an everyday look, add a pair of comfy flats or pumps or dress it up with statement heels and an embellished clutch.









Play mix and match

When it comes to tartan, expect the unexpected! Play with contrasting prints to take your look to the next level. Tartan looks great when paired with subtle floral prints or fierce leopard prints.

Key to this look: When mixing prints, always pick a common colour between your items that will draw your look together.




Accessorise

If the thought of a head-to-toe tartan look seems too daunting, incporate hints of tartan through accessorising. A printed scarf is an effortless way to add a touch of tartan.







The skater skirt


The tartan mini or skater skirt is hot right now! Keep it comfy with a loose-fitting jumper and pointed flats or make a statement by pairing your skater skirt with a white tee, leather biker and bold, red lips! The skater skirt is perfect for the preppy girl at heart and the punk lover with a rebellious side!


     





 
Head-to-toe tartan

Dare to work a head-to-toe tartan ensemble! Yes ladies, tartan can be worn from head-to-toe and what’s better is that tartan prints can also be mixed and matched! Play around with sizing, scale and colour to create a look that will turn heads for all the right reasons! Once again, pay attention to the colour palette to ensure you create a harmonious look.






    








TARTAN TREND ROUND UP:




KEY ITEMS TO BUY NOW!
 

Biker jacket, R499, Foschini
Dress, R899, Jo Borkett
Skirt, R99,99, Mr. Price
Leggings, R180, Foschini
Black and grey trousers, R640, Spree
Scarf, R140, Foschini
Coat, R850, Foschini
Shirt, R99,99, Mr. Price





KEY ACCESSORIES TO HELP YOU GET THE LOOK
 

Studded pump, R399, Zoom
Chain, R130, Spree
Red ankle boot, R1400, Sam Star
Clutch, R330, Vikson
Lipstick, R129, Loreal
Black ankle boot, R550, Plum
Biker boot, R499, Foschini
 


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Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Shine Bright Into The Weekend! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/shine-bright-into-the-weekend COSMO girl smile! So to get you in the mood for a fabulous weekend, we have rounded up six of the brightest, boldest and sparkly neckpieces that will lift not only your look, but your mood as well! What’s better? You can get your hands on each item for no more than R250.00!




























MUST-HAVES




Green necklace, R69,99, Mr. Price
Turquoise rope necklace, R200, Spree
Neon necklace, R250, Spree
Pink diamante necklace, R120, Woolworths
Beaded gem necklace on blue rope, R69,99, Mr. Price.
Yellow and diamante gold necklace, R205, Spree







TOP TIP

Accessorizing is a smart and stylish way to update your look and to stay on-trend without having to purchase an entire new wardrobe each season. What we love about these necklaces is that they can be worn by day or night and the fresh, bold colours make them the perfect addition to a summer outfit. Take a simple tee and jeans to the next level by adding a bold neckpiece or add evening shine for a date night look!




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Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Wear- The Statement T-shirt http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/how-to-wear-the-statement-t-shirt Get it off your chest…by wearing it on your chest. Statement tees are bold, fun and allow you to say so much without even opening your mouth. Glam it up, dress it down – find the perfect statement for your mood.

Short & Sweet


 
The classic duo- a statement tee with a pair of cheeky shorts. It's a tried and tested look that works ever time! Accessorize with bold jewellery and footwear to add an instant update to your staple outfit.



T-shirt R179, Cotton On
Shorts R499, Top Shop
Earrings R239, Top Shop
Clutch R449, Accessorize
Shoes R2590, Europa Art

 
Flirty Frills

Be on trend by mixing up your statement t-shirt with your uber feminine, ultra glamorous skirt. Add bold jewellery to your look to really boost the chic.

T-shirt R269, Top Shop
Skirt R4500, Stephania Morland
Necklace R350, Lovisa
Ring, R100, Lovisa
Shoes R499, Woolworths

 
Check It Out

Clashing print is the perfect complement to your fierce t-shirt. Tie your look together by pairing print in the same colour range. The print and text combo ensures a bold look from head to toe.
 


Tshirt R190, Truworths
Jacket R699, Zara
Pants R559, Zara
Pearl necklace R100, Woolworths
Chain Necklace R270, Lovisa
Shoes R1499, Raphaela Booz

COSMO's TOP TEES FROM MR PRICE

 

Get a statement tee for your mood at under R50 a pop! We are totally crushing on these stunners from Mr Price

"As if" tee R49.99, Mr Price
"Love dont pay the bills" tee R49.99, Mr Price
"For like ever" tee R49.99, Mr Price
"Yoh, Yoh, Yoh" tee R49.99, Mr Price
"Hipsta Please"  R49.99, Mr Price
"Friends don't..." tee R45.99, Mr Price


Model: Anneke/ Boss Models
Photography: Judd Van Rensburg
Hair and Make-up: Alexandra Botha using Dermalogica
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Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Hot Leather Looks To Rock Right Now http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/hot-leather-looks-to-rock-right-now


















For the working girl



Yes, leather can definitely be worn in the office! Update your workwear look with an edgy leather pencil or fit-and-flare skirt.






Cami, R250, Spree
Skirt, R499, Spree
Blazer, R149,99, Mr. Price.
Necklace, R269, Foschini
Tablet sleeve, R150, Woolworths
Shoe, R459, Zoom








 
The on-trend weekender



Add a sports luxe touch to your weekend look with the updated leather jogger shorts.




Denim biker, R149,99, Mr. Price.
Fringed vest, R330, Jorge
Shorts, R249, Zando
Necklace, R179, Foschini
Backpack, R399, Blackcherry
Ankle boot, R479, Zando






The night out look


Nothing says feminine and flirty quite like the skater skirt. Add a girly touch by pairing killer heels with it to acheive the perfect balance between pretty and sexy.




Skirt, R89,99, Mr. Price.
Heel, R499, Foschini
Top, R230, Spree
Clutch, R299,95, Woolworths
Rings, R220, Spree
Necklace, R180, Spree


 

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Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
BAFTA’s Standout Fashion Duo http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/baftas-standout-fashion-duo




What we love about her outfit is that we can easily achieve this knockout Red Carpet look with a few classic wardrobe basics and clever styling. We have picked some key pieces to help you achieve your own Jolie Red Carpet ensemble:











GET HER LOOK:







Blazer, R149,99, Mr. Price
Shirt, R969, Style36
Pants, R650, Spree
Shoe, R459, Zoom
Watch, R1999, American Swiss
Belt, R290, Spree



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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Mid Month Must Haves http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/mid-month-must-haves pay day is just around the corner (we are trying to make ourselves feel better)! That being said, if you are like the COSMO fashion team, you can’t wait till the end of the month to get your hands on drool worthy fashion.

Here are our TOP BUYS for your mid-month budget:

Must Have Dress


Mark our word, this dress is a wardrobe staple and in no time will be your best fashion friend. It is bang on trend, super sexy and made out of pleather (yes pulease). This LBD is the perfect transition piece- pair it with sandals in summer and tights, boots and a delicious print coat in winter. Best part...its R179.99

Dress R179.99, Mr Price

Must Have Backpack



The backpack is the ultimate bag for practicality and now for style!We have our hearts set on  this 2-tone Blackcherry number.

Backpack R249, style36.com
Must Have Crop Top

 
This lightning bolt crop top strikes the right chord with us!

Crop top R100, Jay jays

Must Have Bling


Honestly what shopping experience (or outfit for that matter) is complete without a touch of gold/glitter/glam?This necklace has our vote.

Necklace R89.95, Woolworths


Must Have Shoe


 
These beauts are everything we could ever ask for in a shoe. We love the colour (neutral to wear with anything), heel (chunky but not too chunky) and shape (there and then not, like magic)

Shoe R199.99, Mr Price

Must Have Skirt
 
 

Some free advice?Invest in tartan.
Our pick is this fabulous tartan pencil skirt. Team it up with a leather jacket and printed tee for a super grunge, super hot look.

Skirt R99, Fashion Express

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Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
New Trend To Dare: The Boilersuit http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/new-trend-to-dare-the-boilersuit
Say hello to the BOILERSUIT!

The boilersuit is the ultimate follow-on from the onesie, jumpsuit and dungarees. But unlike it’s predecessors, the boilersuit is a standalone statement piece that doesn’t require you to wear anything else in order to make a statement! Although it might not appeal to everyone’s fashion fancy, truth be told, it is a rather versatile item! Dress it up with a pair of statement heels or keep it casual with a pair of on-trend trainers or summer flats. The beauty of this item is that you can accessorize it how you wish. And the comfort and practicality of the boilersuit are just 2 more reasons that this could be a hot trend to try!

Despite the fact that it might not be everyone’s idea of sexy and fashionable, the Boilersuit is definitely having it’s fashion moment!

We got our first taste of this trend at TOPSHOP, available in dark navy and a tropical printed khaki. We can’t wait to see more of these suits popping up!

 



R999, Available at Topshop






R1199, Available at Topshop






I love it, but HOW DO I WEAR IT?

We love the versatility of this piece and the fact that we can create a killer look with just one key piece. With easy and clever accessorizing, you can work this look from day to night!




For a Day Look

To keep your look comfortable and easy, pair your boilersuit with an on-trend summer gladiator and an easy crossbody bag. A studded leather belt is a great way to add interest to your look and cinch in the waist for some shape!





Sandal, R99,99, Mr. Price
Watch, R4499, American Swiss
Belt, R90, Spree
Bag, R899, Woolworths






For an Evening Look


Statement accessories will add a smarter edge to your boilersuit, making for a comfortable, yet stylish evening look.




Bag, R1749, Dune London
Necklace, R69, Fashion Express
Shoe, R795, Madison


 


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Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Top 10 Style Tips From The Fashion Guru http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/top-10-style-tips-from-the-fashion-guru
Here are our top 10 styling tips from Wan on how to make our wardrobes work for us and feeling confident and looking sexy whatever our body shape!








1. Understand your look
The first step is to create your image. To create your best personal image, you need to work with what’s there. Understanding your look is key! ‘For me, fashion is my armour: I rule my life by my image, because I gain things from how I look – either winning or deflecting attention.’



2. Dress for your shape
The all-important rule is to dress for your shape and then focus on trends. It’s vital that we know our body shape and be aware of we look like.



3. Invest in great underwear
A good foundation is key to a great outfit! To make the most of your figure you need to give yourself the best possible silhouette. And the right underwear is key here to make sure everything is in the position it should be!


 



4. Add essential basics to your wardrobe
Every women should invest in must-have wardrobe basic, such as tailored pieces, the classic LBD, a pair of good-fitting trousers and jeans, a classic white shirt and the all-important blazer.



5. Understand the reasons behind your outfit
According to Wan, ‘Whatever you’re putting on your body, understand why you’re doing it’. It doesn’t matter, just understand why you’re wearing those clothes and don’t ever feel you’re being dictated to.



6. Think outside the box
Learn to listen to yourself and trust your instincts, but at the same time, don’t be afraid to try something new. We all get stuck in a rut – we may know we look good in one particular dress, but be brave enough to take a fashion risk sometimes.



7. Form an honest relationship with the mirror
It goes without saying that looking good comes from feeling good within.
Wan believes that body confidence starts with taking an honest look at yourself in the mirror. ‘Understand that your body belongs to you and you should treat it with the utmost respect. Clothing and accessories and all the stuff that goes on top of your body mean nothing unless you know your body.’


 




8. Accessorize!
Accessories are a clever way to add edge to your look. Adding a statement neckpiece or a new bag can completely transform an outfit!


 





9. Work your wardrobe
Separate your wardrobe into three sections – everyday, workwear and glamour. Making simple divisions will allow you to see exactly what you have and make life easier when choosing what to wear.


 



From Office to After hours


 


10. Style is ageless

Wan believes one does not have to dress a specific way because of your age.
‘Women don't have to dress for their age, because women are more than just their age – they should dress for their shape and their own taste.’


To see Gok Wan LIVE, come to our first ever #COSMOMakeMe conference. Click through for more info and to get tickets.

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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
20 Reasons To LOVE Valentines Day http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/20-reasons-to-love-valentines-day COSMO girls, whether you’re single or dating! We have picked our top twenty V-Day treats to add to your wish list, or better yet, why not spoil yourself with a gift or two?

February is the month of LOVE, so why not show yourself some loving?











TOP TWENTY V-DAY SPOILS







Mug, R29,95, Woolworths
Leather bracelet, R105, Spree
Animal print sleep set, R89,99, Mr. Price.
Heart pendant necklace, R29,99, Mr. Price.
Essie nail polish, R109, Zando
Keyring, R69,95, Woolworths
Rimmel lipstick, R99, Zando
Bra, R499 & Panty, 229, Zando
Slogan necklace, R59, Fashion Express
Infinity ring, R340, Spree
Compact mirror, R69,95, Woolworths
Sleep set, R79,99, Mr. Price.
Chocolate treats, R29,95, Woolworths
LOVE block decoration, R120, Woolworths
DKNY fragrance, R515, Edgars
LOVE necklace, R29,95, Mr. Price.
Charm bracelet, R69,95, Woolworths
Silver chemise, R149, Zando
Maybelline lipstick, R119, Zando



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Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Fashion DIY- The Perfect Vday Quickie http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/fashion-diy-the-perfect-vday-quickie lace bra.

WHAT YOU NEED:


- A bra with a single strap
- Pearl sticker
- A scissors



Step 1:

- Peal the pearl sticker off the plastic.
- Place the pearl strand in the middle of the strap.
- Working from the front of the bra to the back, carefully stick the pearls in the centre of the strap.
- Make sure that the sticker is firmly in place by gently pressing the sticker and strap together.






Step 2:

- Cut the pearl sticker just above the plastic adjuster




Voila! You bra reinvention is done!


Wear it with your spaghetti strap dress for date night, with a wide neck t-shirt (casually hanging off one shoulder) and jeans for your picnic, or - your man asked us to say this - wear it with nothing at all.

Tip:

For a more long term option, buy a strand of pearls from your local haberdashery and stitch the pearls onto the bra strap.

When washing your bra, either peel off the sticker or hand wash carefully with the straps out of the water.


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Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Speed Dating Shoe Guide 101 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/speed-dating-shoe-guide-101  
Our COSMO Perfect Match Speed Dating event is just one day away and we want to ensure that we give you all the necessary fashion tips to keep you looking your best! Now we all know that nothing says sexy better than a good pair of heels BUT realistically speaking, a good pair of summer flats is your go-to choice for this event. And besides, the last thing you need is a shoe malfunction to ruin the night!
 

Summer sandals, by no means, take a back seat this summer! We have rounded up our best buys that are guaranteed to keep your feet happy and you looking on-trend and HOT at the ultimate dating event this Love Month.










BEST BUYS












Red studded jelly, R230, Zoom
Black with gold spikes, R899, Country Road
Bright pink studded flats, R199, Zoom
Floral flatform, R49,99, Mr. Price.
Gold jelly thong flat, R299, Country Road
Studded blue flats, R239, Zando
Blue and gold peep toe pump, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Black diamante flat, R89,99, Mr. Price.
Studded yellow flat, R189, Zando
Orange flatform, R79,99, Mr. Price.
Jeweled flat, R299, Woolworths
Coral wedge, R379, Zoom
Tan leather flat, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Blue studded pump, R299, Zoom
Pink studded sandal, R140, Woolworths
Silver slops, R399, Country Road
Black diamante cross-over, R299, Zando
Animal print sandal, R590, Errol Arendz
Blue wedge, R450, Woolworths
Furry Pink and black sandal, R350, Woolworths
Light pink sandals, R429, Zoom
Metallic silver multi strap flat, R129,99, Mr. Price.



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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Hot Heels Get Even Hotter! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/hot-heels-get-even-hotter


 














MUST-HAVES









Court, R459, Zoom
Cork Wedge, R399, Zando
Peep toe bootie, R447, Zando
Ankle bootie, R1569, Dune London



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Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
The One Item Your Workwear Wardrobe Needs http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-one-item-your-workwear-wardrobe-needs
Although considered a workwear wardrobe staple, there’s no reason why your blazer can’t make a fashion statement in the office! Bright, bold and printed blazers will give your workwear ensemble the fresh edge it needs.










OUR TOP PICKS






Top Row from Left to Right:

Red blazer, R1500, Spree
Cobalt blazer, R180, Fashion Express
White blazer with black collar, R2800, Zando
Red blazer, R200, Fashion Express



Bottom Row from Left to Right:

Striped blazer, R149,99, Mr. Price.
Black blazer, R149,99, Mr. Price.
Geometric print blazer, R180, Fashion Express
Pink blazer, R1190, SASS




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Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
The Hottest Trends That Your Wardrobe Needs Right Now! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-hottest-trends-that-your-wardrobe-needs-right-now
TOP TIP: Invest in key pieces from these trends, as we predict them to be major in the upcoming Fall/Winter season as well!















The Slogan Necklace

Say it with a slogan necklace! This season it’s all about the slogan necklace. For runway inspiration look to Lanvin Fall/Winter collection. We are obsessed!


R59, Fashion Express





 
The Bucket Bag

The carryall bucket bag is your investment piece this season, whether you choose to dress it up or down. Make a bold statement with a studs or fierce leopard print pieces.




Black bag, R399, Foschini
Leopard print bag, R425, Woolworths







The Slip Dress


Lingerie is no longer reserved for the bedroom! This season innerwear is worn as outerwear – whether short or long, silky or lacy. For catwalk inspiration look to the runways of Louis Vuitton and Helmut Lang.


R649, Topshop



 


Pink is the New Black


Embrace your girly side and think pink this season! From candyfloss to fuschia, pink takes on a grown up and glamorous feel. We love this look from John Rocha’s Fall/Winter 2013/2014 show.







Sunnies, R180, Woolworths
Skirt, R99,99, Mr. Price.
Bag, R1299, Nine West





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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Runway to Reader- Sports Luxe http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/runway-to-reader-sports-luxe COSMO March issue where we show you how to work one of the hottest trends this season - SPORTS LUXE! From designer wear to trendy retailers, this trend is leading the fashion pack!

COSMO reader, Phumla Ntola strikes up the the perfect combination of street and glam in this month’s COSMO. Take a look at some behind the scenes pics as she plays model for the day!





















BEHIND THE SCENES




Our stylist's rail of glitz, glamour and super sporty pieces!










If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour! COSMO fashion intern Nosipho helping Phumla into her shoes.













No outfit is complete without the perfect accessory!









On the glam seat: Phumla's face getting the works from hair stylist and make up artist Oril Oh.







The finished product is trendy, glamourous and totes hot!



'It was an amazing experience. I've learned that there are no limits in fashion. You can wear nearly anything and still look great in it.'



T-shirt R49.99, Jet
Jersey R599, Country Road
Leggings R279, Rage
Necklace R270, Lovisa
Watch R1160, Swatch
Ring R100, Lovisa
Shoes R1299, Zara



Are you interested in being COSMO's featured reader? Send a picture of yourself and a short motivation to taryna@assocmedia.co.za.

 
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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Find The Perfect Shades For Your Shape http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/how-to-find-the-perfect-shades-for-your-shape










Square

To soften a square face or heavy jaw line, opt for something round or oval with softer lines. Not a lot of people can make round sunglasses work, so embrace it!

 





Prada sunnies, R2750, Sunglass Hut
Yellow sunnies, R4399, W Eyewear at Moscon Optics




 

Round

Round faces have equal length and width with softer curves. Someone with a round face should wear a fairly square framed sunnies to add some definition and elongate the face. The classic Wayfarer shape is always a winner!


 



Diesel sunnies, R2149, Moscon Optics
Oversized frames, R99,95, Woolworths





 

Heart

A narrow chin, high cheekbones and a wider forehead characterize heart-shaped faces. Cat eye sunglasses are a great shape to go for, as they balance out the proportions of the face.



 


Green sunnies, R399, Style36
Tom Ford sunnies, R4690, Sunglass Hut







Oval

The easiest face to fit a frame is an oval shape. Girls with oval faces can pull of any pair of sunglasses, but balance is still important. Opt for oversized rectangle shapes or upswept butterfly frames that will compliment high cheekbones.


 

Butterfly sunnies, R120, Woolworths
Lacoste red sunnies, R1799, Style36



According to the pros at Moscon Optics, the fundamental rule when it comes to choosing your perfect pair is to remember the word ‘balance’ – then strive to achieve it.


 

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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
How to wear: The Dungaree http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/how-to-wear-the-dungaree





T-shirt R150, Cotton On
Dungarees R990, Foxy
Necklace R439, Top shop
Check Shirt R299, Cotton On
Shoes R849, Top Shop
Ring R100, Lovisa





Denim top R325, Woolworths
Dungarees R150, Mr Price
Shoes R2290, Clarks at Edgars
Bag R260, Edgars
Necklace R350, Lovisa





Top R1800, Stefania Morland
Dungarees R400, Truworths
Shoes R1490, Europa Art
Bracelet R2050, Kirsten Goss
Jacket R699, Woolworths
Necklace R249, Accessorize
Necklace 2 R549, Accessorize



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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Wear Punk Without Getting Actual Piercings. http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/how-to-wear-punk-without-getting-actual-piercings biker jackets, ear cuffs, printed tees and studded heels.


Get the look for under R800!


Dress, R119,99, Mr. Price
Ear cuff, R29,99, Mr. Price
Studded clutch, R289, Vikson
Printed tee, R89, Fashion Express
Leggings, R180, Foschini
Necklace, R120, Spree
Skater skirt, R119,99, Mr. Price
Studded heel, R799, Zoom
Jacket, R680, Foschini
Alice Band, R49, Fashion Express



Grab the March issue of COSMO for more of our favourite pieces from this trend.



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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Black and Gold Accessories Never Looked So Good http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/black-and-gold-accessories-never-looked-so-good
Totes have been reinvented into arm candy with some serious edge.



Structured tote, R9350, Hugo Boss




Orchard bowling bag, R21 995, Burberry



Studded tote, R700, Mango

 Elevate the look further with a chunky heel and a pair of statement earrings.



Sling back heels both R1199, Topshop




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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Your Ultimate Bra Guide http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/your-ultimate-bra-guide
With Valentine’s Day just over a week away, we thought we would give you (and your man) the ultimate present: a guide to a well-fitting bra.

Blanche Veerapen of Brand ID shares her tips:

For measuring your back:

“Most women measure their ribcage under their breasts to get their band measurement,” says Blanche. “Double check this measurement by wrapping a tape measure snugly around your back, under your arms and across the top of your chest above your breasts. Because your ribcage expands and contracts as you breathe, taking both measurements will help you find your most comfortable fit.”

Check that:

• The strap should be firm but comfortable around your body
• The strap should be horizontal at the back
• You can run two fingers under the band

For measuring your cup size:

“With your bra on, wrap a measuring tape around your back and across the fullest part of your breast,” Blanche says.

Your checklist:

• Your boobs should be enclosed in the cup with no wrinkling of fabric. Your breasts should be enclosed in the cups with a smooth silhouette. When you have a bra on, you may need to adjust your breasts to make sure that they are in the cups properly. It's also a good idea to try a T-shirt or top over the bra that you are wearing so that you can see the shape that the bra style gives you.
• Your boobs shouldn’t bulge over the top or the side of the cups. This is called double bulging.
• If your bra fits properly, the weight of the breast should be supported by the body of the bra and not solely by the shoulder straps. Test the fit by lifting your arms; the bra should not rise up and your boobs should definitely not fall out.

What is the best way to put on your bra?


Finding the right size is only the first step. For the most comfortable, flattering fit, follow Blanche’s steps for putting on your bra.

• Put your arms through the straps and bend forward.
• Hold your bra and let your breasts fall naturally into the cups.
• Fasten the back in the center row of hooks.
• Adjust your straps so they rest comfortably on your shoulders.

Your bra should fit snugly around your ribcage and be level all the way around

How should you care for your bra?


“The least damaging way to care for your intimates is to hand wash,” says Blanche. This prevents damage such as underwires coming loose and snags and tears ruining the fabric. If you have to machine wash, use a lingerie bag and set your machine on a low temperature cycle.

Use cold water and a detergent designed for delicate fabrics. Allow your underwear to drip dry, rather than wringing it out. Delicate or synthetic fabrics tend to dry quite quickly. Don’t be tempted to tumble dry your bra – the fabric can get ruined even at a low setting, reducing its lifespan.



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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Style Inspiration From Our Cover Girl http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/style-inspiration-from-our-cover-girl COSMO. On top of her many talents, Lea has made a fashion name for herself, both on and off the Red Carpet. Always poised, chic and sophisticated with that sexy COSMO edge; we are obsessed with her style!



We have picked our favourite Lea look of the day:













Why do we love this look? Although more dressed-down than her usual Red Carpet looks, this outfit remains glamorous and sophisticated. This outfit is easy to pull-off and what’s even better is that most of us have these basic key pieces in our wardrobes already! But if you are looking to go out and treat yourself to this cover girl look, here are two options on how you can achieve it:




Splurge


If your budget allows you to spend generously, focus on investing in good quality key pieces like a tailored blazer or statement, yet classic black heels that will take you from season to season.





Blazer, R999, Forever New
Blouse, R500, Spree
Skirt, R499, Style36
Necklace, R350, Forever New
Heels, R799, Zoom




 
Steal


If you want to achieve our cover girl look of the day and look luxe for less, here are key pieces to invest in that will make both your wardrobe and your budget smile:




Blazer, R149,99 Mr. Price
Cami, R199, Style36
Skirt, R280, Spree
Necklace, R130, Spree
Heels, R499, Foschini


 

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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Trending Now- Tees & Midis http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/trending-now-tees--midis dress code is smart casual or comfortable glam and you are like, “Say what now? These words don’t even make sense together, how am I supposed to know what to wear?”

In steps the newest trend on the block: an everyday t-shirt, paired with your uber feminine, super glamourous skirt. This combination ticks every box. You can take it from after-hours to laid back by swapping your heels for trainers; it's flirty and feminine and, best of all, you probably already have a great skirt and a tee in your cupboard.























Shop the trend





Black printed t-shirt R89, Fashion Express
Tartan skirt R299, style36.co.za

Mona Lisa t-shirt R449.95, stylemology.com
Lime skirt R749, zando.co.za

'Yay' crop top R150, style36.co.za
Blue 50's skirt R680, style36.co.za

Skeleton vest R299, zando.co.za
Pleather midi skirt R139.99, Mr Price


 

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Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Payday Fashion Essentials http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/payday-fashion-essentials
At COSMO we love the start of the new month! With our bank balances revitalized and a new issue full of hot fashion trends, a good dose of retail therapy is definitely in order! So why not celebrate this payday by treating yourself to a must-have item or two? We have rounded up your key fashion pieces to buy this month, taken straight from our COSMO fashion pages, which will keep you looking fabulous, this February.








The Statement Timepiece

This month it’s all about the crisp, white timepiece.



R250, Woolworths





 
Summer Leathers

Leather is no longer limited to winter! Update your wardrobe with a key leather item such as a fitted pencil or relaxed jogger-shorts.






Skirt, R649, Topshop
Shorts, R249, Zando







Snakeskin

Add an exotic edge to your summer wardrobe with a touch of sexy snakeskin. Accessories are a clever way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. Feeling brave? Opt for a snakeskin printed dress to really work this trend!



Bag, R527, Style36








The Bodysuit

This month it’s all about the versatile and super-cute bodysuit. Dress it down with cut-off denim shorts for a weekend look or add a formal touch with a blazer and pencil skirt for those 9-to-5 working days.



 



Printed bodysuit, R143, Style36
Lace bodysuit, R69,99, Mr. price.





 


Go global!

February is print obsession month! Internationally inspired prints and patterns are making their way onto key accessory and fashion pieces! Don’t be afraid to mix prints and colours to really embrace this trend!



    


Playsuit, R699, Sass
Wedges, R374, Style36








Pop of Primary

Make blue, yellow or red your colour choice this month! If a full primary colour combo isn’t your thing, invest in a key item to add a solid pop of primary to your look!



     



Blazer, R287, Style36
Bag, R250, Woolworths


Get your hands on our latest copy of COSMO and celebrate Payday in style!


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Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Pineapple Express http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/pineapple-express

It’s time to ditch florals for fruit. The flavor of the season is pineapple: it’s fresh, bright, quirky and fun. Now, the only thing you need to do is revamp your wardrobe in its honor.

 

If you feel that pineapple print is too much to handle, try a smaller serving: a crop top or a pair of crazy sunglasses, or even a t-shirt featuring one big juicy pineapple. Pair with your favorite boyfriend jeans. 


Mr Price top: R19.99



Country Road at Woolworths top: R399

Mr Price dress: R79.99



Country Road at Woolworths top: R349


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Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Get The Look- Ashley Benson http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/get-the-look-ashley-benson effortlessly chic look yesterday while running errands in Los Angeles. We love her combination of a staple black tee and denim shorts with super cute accessories.

Lucky for us we can shop the look right now!







Black t-shirt R49.99, Mr Price
Shorts R149.95, Edgars
Sunglasses R399, style36.com
Ring R69.95, woolworths.co.za
Bag R499, zando.co.za
Ankle boots R479, zando.co.za






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Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Your Date Dressing Go-To Item http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/your-date-dressing-go-to-item COSMO TOP TIP for date dressing is to start with the item that will guarantee a knockout look with the added benefit of comfort! And the number one item that ticks all of our boxes is the trusted and always-faithful blue jeans!

Who can deny the power of the perfect fitting pair of jeans? All of us own that one pair that fits us perfectly in all the right places and makes us feel like nothing less than a million dollars. The beauty of the beloved blue jeans (or any colour for that matter) is that they can easily be dressed up or down to take you from daytime date dressing to glammed-up evening looks. From the slouchy, yet sexy boyfriend jean to retro high waisted, flirty flared or the trusted skinny, each of us have our go-to pair of jeans.



Flared jeans, R3300, Zando
Skinny jeans, R699, Levis
Boyfriend jeans, R150, Mr. Price
High waisted jeans, R160, Mr. Price



By day or by night, here are four ways to make your denims work for you this love month.




GET THE LOOK:


Picnic In The Park

Pair your denims with simple, summer sandals and a feminine blouse for a perfect daytime date look. Add some shine and fun to your look with statement accessories like the must-have slogan necklace.



Blouse, R69,99, Mr. Price.
Sandal, R99,99, Mr. Price
Necklace, R59, Fashion Express
Bag, R220, Foschini
Sunnies, R140, Woolworths





 
Dinner Date

Add that sexy edge to your denims by pairing a chic, sheer blouse with fierce animal print heels. A chain link necklace is the perfect accessory to add some shine without your look becoming too ‘dressy’.





Blouse, R69,99, Mr. Price
Shoe, R459, Zoom
Necklace, R99, Foschini
Clutch, R359, Blackcherry





 

Late Night Movie

Keep it casual and comfortable with on-trend cutout boots and a rock chic-inspired biker jacket. Add a softer edge to your outfit with a simple, flowing cami, slouchy bag and a dainty bracelet to keep your look feminine, yet ultra-cool!




Boots, R499, Foschini
Bag, R1499, Country Road
Cami, R379, Style36
Jacket, R330, Mr. Price
Bracelet, R59,95, Woolworths






 
Sipping Cocktails

Dress up your denims with touches of shimmer and sparkle! A statement top like this sequin cami effortlessly adds a formal touch to your look. Keep your accessories to a minimum as too much shine isn’t always a good thing. Focus on statement earrings and a pair of striking heels to keep your look sophisticated and balanced.



Clutch, R299, Zoom
Earrings, R199, Forever New
Cami, R599, Zando
Shoes, R8380, Oscarina


 

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Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Red From Head To Toe http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/red-from-head-to-toe Normal.dotm 0 0 1 30 176 Associated Magazines 1 1 216 12.0

Valentines Day is officially 4 days away!! So today I thought I would share with you some red hot accessories that are available in stores or online now to get you in the romantic mood!

 

This round skinny red watch by Woolworths is only R199.  This stunner is simple and classic which makes it easy to wear during your day-to-day activities from slaving away at work to drinks with the gals!Smileys drinking beer emoticon (Drinking smileys)



Another round skinny watch from Woolworts for R250. We just had to put in another winner from our friends at Woolies!



Vintage Diamond Enamel Studded Earrings from Lily & Rose. These diamond-shaped beauties sell for only R57 on SALE. Who doesn't do their happy dance to the word SALE?? Smiley 

You can get these earrings online at Zando.co.za




This rope red necklace is from Mr Price. And no this is not fifty shades of grey ladies, so this rope is an accessory that goes around your neck to make you look fabulous!  
This necklace retails for R79.99




These are red, Lizzy Flat Sandals by  Zoom and retail at only R199! Every girl needs an everyday sandal and this is the perfect match! Find these online at Zando.com


Finally to finish off every outfit a girl needs a handbag right? Especially one that is big enough to carry everything from our wallet to work lunch! 
You can find this bag online at Style 36 and it retails for R329

 


 blowing a kiss smiley


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Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
All About Accessories At The Grammy Awards 2014 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/all-about-accessories-at-the-grammy-awards-2014
At this year’s Grammy’s, when it came to the accessories department, the more bling the better! From stacked rings, midi-rings, chunky cuffs, oversized stones and statement clutches to jeweled gloves and embellished nail art – our favourite celebrities proved that when it comes to jewels and rock candy, MORE IS MORE!









TOP LOOKS


Paris Hilton









Madonna








Bonnie McKee








Taylor Swift






Pink







Natasha Bedingfield








Katy Perry



Rita Ora


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Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Metallic March At The Grammy Awards 2014 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/metallic-march-at-the-grammy-awards-2014 SHINE! And at this year’s Grammy Awards, metallics and touches of sparkle reigned supreme on the Red Carpet. From rich jeweled tones, high-shine silvers and warm bronzes, these are our top 5 looks that illuminated the way on the Red Carpet:





















Ciara

A preganant Ciara looked glowing in a gorgeous, golden, floor-length gown.

 






 
Rita Ora

Rita Ora made a statement in a metallic green number and kept her look polished and balanced with a simple silhouette, luxe blonde waves and soft, pastel makeup to finish it off.


   




 
Amber Rose

Amber Rose showed us how to accentuate and embrace your curves in this figure-hugging gown with metallic and sequin detailing.









 
Taylor Swift

No stranger to the ‘Best Dressed List’, Taylor Swift portrayed sheer perfection in this shimmering column gown with sheer bodice detailing. Once again, a simple silhouette allowed the luxe fabric to be the star of the show. Taylor completed her look with a simple, sleek ponytail that was the perfect finishing touch to this golden look.


     

 


 

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen stole the show in a gorgeous, strapless, gold gown with deep cleavage by designer Johanna Johnson. Chrissy nailed this look by pairing her statement gown with natural, nude makeup and understated locks.




 

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Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
6 Bags to Have By Your Side This Weekend http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/6-bags-to-have-by-your-side-this-weekend

MUST-HAVE ITEMS:















After-work drinks

If you're planning to enjoy a few drinks after work to end-off the week, a carryall laptop cover is the perfect companion to keep you looking stylish from the office to the bar.

R199, Woolworths


 

 

Beach Day

With the summer season here in all her glory, weekends call for relaxing hours lazing on the beach. A beach bag is your go-to, essential item! Simply fill it with your essentials and slip it over your shoulder when you're headed off to the seaside.



R399, Zando





 
An afternoon of Retail Therapy

Every girl needs the perfect shopper for a day out on the town. Comfortable to carry around and with no limit of space, this is your trusted shopping companion from day to night!



R299, Foschini






 
Hitting the Gym

If your energy levels are up and your plan is to hit the gym this weekend, do it in style with a bright and bold sporty tote.



R399, Country Road






Night Out


Every girl needs a compact clutch for a night out on the town. Have fun with your clutch and make it the wow-factor of your look – opt for embellished pieces or all-glittered clutches that really make a statement.

R399, Erato





Out on the Market


Backpacks are a comfortable but oh-so-cool option if you plan to spend an afternoon wandering around a festive goods or foods markets. Opt for a simple, refined backpack that can work with multiple looks or experiment with bold colours and interesting prints.
 

 

R799, Style36


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Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
3 Perfect Speed Dating Looks http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/3-perfect-speed-dating-looks











GET THE LOOK


By Day

The key to a daytime look is to keep it casual and comfortable with touches of glam to add that extra edge to your look. A trusted pair of great-fitting jeans is your go-to item for comfort and sexiness! Add a touch of sparkle to your look by pairing your jeans with an embellished blouse or statement neckpiece that will take your look from casual to daytime chic.


Blouse, R459, Style36
Skinnies, R699, Levis
Necklace, R150, Woolworths
Clutch, R399, Zando
Heels, R799, Luella




Straight from Work

Who ever said work wear couldn’t be sexy? If you find yourself caught up in the midweek rush, don’t fret! With clever styling, you can update your office look to be speed dating ready! A tailored short suit will keep you looking professional for the office and will show just the right amount of skin for your after-hour entertainment.



Blazer, R1199, Forever New
Shorts, R649, Forever New
Cami, R449, Style36
Bangles, R89,95, Woolworths
Heels, R1830, Oscarina Boutique




By Night

Here is your chance to get dressed-up and have some fun with your outfit! This look calls for wow-pieces that will help you stand out and get noticed for all the right reasons. When paired with classic, yet sexy heels, a flirty, striking party dress will have you stealing the shine this dating season. Add hints of colour to your look by accessorizing with bright tones to keep your look fresh and fabulous.



Dress, R1300, Zando
Heels, 399, Zando
Necklace, R349, Forever New
Clutch, R317, Style36



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Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Jumpsuits Now http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/jumpsuits-now

The jumpsuit is back! Featuring in the collections of big-name designers like Valentino, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Ellie Saab, all-in-ones were hot news on the S/S 2014 runway – and we’re seeing them all over the red carpet , too.

 

This time around, jumpsuits go bold with monotone colours and prints. Because this is a statement in itself, it’s best things to keep things simple when it comes to accessories. 


Jessica Sarah Parker wearing a fierce black jumpsuit

Rooney Mara wearing a black jumpsuit with white shoulder detail

Rebecca Romjin wearing a sexy red hot jumpsuit

Zoe Saldana silk blue heart-shaped jumpsuit

Ashley Madekwe wearing a cream and grey square print jumpsuit

Miley Cyrus wearing a glamorous black and white printed jumpsuit

Rita Ora wearing a pajama like silk jumpsuit

Jenna Dewan wearing an emerald green halter neck jumpsuit
All images: Getty Images

 

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Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Back to Basics: Primary Colours http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/back-to-basics-primary-colours

KEY ITEMS:











RED



Dress, R420, Foschini
Bag, R180, Fashion Express
Skirt, R99,99, Mr. Price
Wedges, R399, Zoom





 
BLUE





Blazer, R 479, Style36
Lace top, R399, Forever New
Shoe, R999, Erato
Shopper, R380, Foschini





 
YELLOW





Clutch, R459, Style36
Shirt, R79,99, Mr. Price
Belt, R203, Zando
Dress, R89,99, Mr. Price

Get your hands on our latest issue of COSMO and turn to page 22 to see your favourite celebs pulling the primary colour trend off!


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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Rock A Red Frock! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/rock-a-red-frock LOVE MOOD than the fiery, passionate colour of love – RED! So why not embrace your romantic side by adding a dash of red to your wardrobe? Nothing says sexy, fierce, female better than the perfect-fitting hot red number!


We have rounded up six sizzling red dresses that will definitely get heads turning, just in time for Valentine’s Day! From fitted bodycon dresses to flirty, flared frocks – these dresses will keep you looking fabulous from day to night. Dress them down with summer flats for a low-key daytime look or add the heat with heels and statement bling for those hot summer nights!



















MUST-HAVE ITEMS:







Top Row from left to right:

R3000, Karen Millen
R699, Style36
R739, Zando


Bottom Row from left to right:

R799, Style36
R139,99 Mr. Price
R689, Zando
 


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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Top Lingerie Picks for V-Day! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/top-lingerie-picks-for-v-day LOVE is every girl’s excuse to indulge in oh-so-hot lingerie pieces that truly express your femininity and seductive side! And at COSMO we have got you more than covered for those ‘uncovered’ moments!


So whether you wish to play it naughty or nice, here are our top lingerie pieces to ensure you undress for success this Valentine's Day.
















MUST-HAVE ITEMS

Animal Print

Every woman needs a touch of fierce, animal print to add that seductive edge to her lingerie collection.



   

Bra R59,99 & Briefs R35, 99 Mr. Price






A touch of Bright
 
From pastel pinks to breezy blues, keep things light and bright this Valentine's Day with fresh, summery shades that express your softer side.


   

R299, Zando






Vintage-inspired florals
 
For an ultra-feminine and romantic touch, opt for vintage-inspired floral pieces.

          
Bra R699 & Briefs R349, Style36




 
 
Classic Black Lace

Your lingerie collection is never complete without a trusted, but always-sexy, black lacey number.




R1389, Style36






Beautiful Bodysuits

If a 2-piece lingerie set isn’t for you, opt for a sexy one-piece bodysuit that is still seductive and enticing.





Purple bodysuit R1189, Zando & Beige Bodysuit R369, Style36






Fun & Flirty Printed Pieces

Have some fun this Love month with slogan and printed pieces that will get you in the fun-loving and flirty mood this V-Day!



   


Brief sets, R45, 99 Mr. Price






Splurge Piece

Valentine's Day is the perfect reason for every COSMO girl to treat herself with a sexy, splurge piece!



  

Bra R749 & Briefs R425, Zando


 

Get your hands on our new February issue of COSMO and turn to our Luxe for Less feature on page 24 for our best lingerie and sensual, sleepwear picks to suit your budget this month!



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Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
It’s A Block Party This Summer http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/its-a-block-party-this-summer BLOCK HEEL! From killer heels to comfy, yet fashion-forward flats; block heels are a must-have summer staple!




MUST-HAVE ITEMS:




Monochrome heel, R349, Zoom












Tan heel, R119,99 , Mr. Price





Grey heel, R420, Foschini





Embellished heel, R799, Zara









Brown heel, R799, Luella





Nude heel, R199, 99, Mr. Price




Get your hands on our latest February issue of COSMO and turn to page 20 for more Fashion-Forward trends!


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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
TOTE-ALLY Amazing Tote Bags! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/tote-ally-amazing-tote-bags TOTE-ALLY amazing tote bags! With the start of the New Year, we all need a trusted carryall bag to keep us looking on-trend and stylish from the office to after-hours. Tote bags are the functional and fashionable, must-have accessory of the moment!



Fab Finds:



Grey and pink bag, Charles and Keith, R799




Nude bag, R600, Mango




Red bag, R399, Foschini




Black bag, R129, 99, Mr. Price




2-tone nude bag, R529, Zando

 
Get your hands on our latest February issue of COSMO and turn to page 20 for more Fashion-Forward trends!


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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
The One Dress You Need to Buy This Week http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-one-dress-you-need-to-buy-this-week
Here's why we love it: its bright colour and tropical  print are bang on trend, plus the shape is super sexy and the waist panel will give definition to your curves.

Dress it up with black heels and a sequin clutch, make it casual with T-bar flats and some arm candy.

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Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Runway to Reader- Global Glamour http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/runway-to-reader-global-glamour Bring the world to your wardrobe with a mesh of globally inspired print. We know that with clashing print comes some serious fashion hits or misses, that’s why COSMO reader Kirsten Sacks shows you how to nail the trend.

Some tips for global print:


- Tone down the print by pairing it with a solid colour
- Bring your clashing print together by ensuring that at least one colour runs through both prints
- If a print clash isn't your thing, printed suits are SO on trend
- Enhance your printed look with bold accessories
- Add a sophisticated edge to your printed look by wearing a nude or natural colour shoe
- Complete your look with some shine- metallic and global print make a show-stopping look for a night out.

For more Global Glamour, turn to page 25 of the February COSMO!
 
 
Dress R799, Sissy Boy
Belt R219, Zara
Bangle set R149, Aldo
Ring R229, Accessorize
Shoes R999, Guess

 
Top R340,Tart
Skirt R520, Tart
Bangle set R230, Lovisa
Shoes R2490, Europa Art

Photographer: Judd Van Rensberg, Make-up and Hair: Alexandra Botha using Dermalogica

Shop the trend:



Dress R589, Sitty Pretty at style36.co.za



Cuff R49.99, Mr Price at mrp.com


Shoes R389, Bronx at zando.co.za

 
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Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Celeb Style Crush http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/celeb-style-crush

Who is that new girl in Tinseltown called Margot Robbie?

At the mere age of 23 is she the lucky girl that co-starred Leonardo DiCaprio in the latest hit movie The Wolf of Wall Street. Not only does she have flawless glowing skin and beautiful wavy hair, but dresses to kill on and off the red carpet. Her look is always minimalistic and chic with only the necessary accessories for a faultless ensemble.   

Here are some of her red carpet looks:



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Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
In Store Now: Sweet Sleepwear under R100 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/in-store-now-sweet-sleepwear-under-r100 COSMO girl needs to relax and unwind sometime or the other. Whether its chilling on the couch while sipping on some wine or just those summer nights when you need something comfortable to slip into, Mr Price has you covered. We cannot get over how adorable and affordable these sleepwear pieces are! Relive your childhood with these quirky prints. Maybe it will even inspire you to have a throw back movie marathon. We suggest Mean Girls and Clueless.


















Must-Have Items:




   






Owl Cami, R39,99
Cat Tee, R49,99
Cat Set, R69,99
Pug Set, R79,99


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Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
In Store Now: Sweet Sleepwear http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/in-store-now-sweet-sleepwear Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200 Party Season Fashion Essentials http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/party-season-fashion-essentials COSMO readers have a fun, fearless and unforgettable festive season!














Party Season Must-Haves:


No party wardrobe is complete without the trusted and always-faithful LBD. When a fashion emergency arises, your LBD is sure to save the day!


R99,99, Mr. Price






The party season calls for a pair of sexy, fierce heels. Ladies, now is your chance to rock your heels on every occasion.

R699, Charles and Keith






A tailored blazer is a classic, wardrobe staple that will keep you looking stylish even when the temperatures drop.



R1199, Forever New







What you wear underneath your party ensemble is just as important as what you choose to wear on top. Great fitting underwear will take your party look to the next level!


R899, Flexees by Maidenform at Zando







Every party wardrobe needs a touch of glitz and glam! Add a dash of sparkle to your look with statement accessories.


R69,95, Woolworths







High-gloss nail polish will get you into the party mood! Treat your nails to a touch of metallic - the shinier the better!


R99, Sally Hansen at Zando







The clutch is your go-to bag this season. Take it to the next level by investing in an envelope clutch - who doesn't love a chic bag with enough space for ALL our party essentials?

R449, Forever New






When in doubt, rock a red lip! 



R195, Stila at Style36







Sunnies are our morning-after essentials! Invest in a good pair of sunnies to ensure you look your best at all times.


R2550, Miu Miu at Sunglass Hut




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Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Fashion Court Order http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/fashion-court-order DON'T an excuse to get dressed-up and glammed-up!

But, with all this dressing up comes the daunting reality of heels! No party look is complete without a pair of sexy heels to take you through the night, but we definitely don’t want our shoes to be the reason we call it a night!

That’s why we love the court shoe – it has the sexiness of a heel, but with the added benefit of comfort to ensure we look and feel our best this party season! The court shoe is our chic and sophisticated choice for party heels and is a great investment, not only for the festive season, but also for all-year go-to shoes. Whether you choose to pair them with your trusted LBD or a tailored suit, court shoes are a trusted shoe selection.They’re timeless and versatile and are wise additions to your shoe collection.

This season we are spoilt with exciting and updated takes on the classic court! Take your pick from metallic finishes, mesh accents, metal toe-caps, edgy studded detailing or sultry animal print. One thing’s for sure, there’s nothing dated about court shoes this party season!







MUST-HAVE ITEMS







R149,99, Mr. Price







R375, Woolworths







R299, Linx at Zando







R149,99, Mr. Price







R499, Woolworths







R349, Zoom at Zando







R399, Queue at Style36







R250, Woolworths







R379, Madison at Style36







R149,99, Mr. Price







R349, London Hub at Style36




 
 
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Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Long Jean Silver Must Have Ring http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/long-jean-silver-must-have-ring
I have a penchant for quirky, beautiful jewellery and if it’s local then it ticks every box. On a recent sourcing trip to Parkhurst, I found this donut ring in Egality and it was love at first sight.

The ring is made by Cape Townian jewellery designer, Long Jean Silver. This is what they have to say about themselves: “We think that jewellery should be about expressing a part of who you are. It should turn heads and get double takes. It should be playful, elegant and unconventional. It should tell a tale or have a story”, Amen!!

Have a squiz at their work www.longjeansilverdesigns.co.za.

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Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
4 Must Have Clutches For The Party Season http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/4-must-have-clutches-for-the-party-season
In the January COSMO we told you that primary colours are the colours to watch. This cobalt, perspex clutch will look amazing matched with bright colours. Try pairing this bag with a sunshine yellow dress- a winning summer colour combination.ason COSMO brings you the must-have clutches of the moment. No accessory is quite as important as the perfect clutch for this time of year.

This bag needs to take you from cocktails at the bar to jamming on the dance floor; it needs to be durable; small enough to hold easily in one hand but big enough to hold all of your beauty essentials and most importantly, it needs to be gorgeous.

Here are our favourite clutches that tick all of the boxes.

1) Gold Clutch R399,Parisac at zando.co.za

 


‘Tis the season of metallic, add some va-va-voom to your look with this eye-catching clutch. This bag needs an LBD and some red lipstick to really shine.


2) Black clutch R2750, Raphaella Booz at style36.co.za
You cannot go wrong with a textured black clutch. We love this clutch for its suede feel and its clever colour pop. Wear it with muted palette or pick up the brights in a colourful, summer look.

3) Orange and lace clutch R3126, e-bag.co.za
Its feminine, crafted, colourful and all round magnificent. Let this clutch be the focal point of your look by keeping the rest of your outfit simple and stylish.


4) Blue perspex clutch R499, erato.co.za
In the January COSMO we told you that primary colours are the colours to watch. This cobalt, perspex clutch will look amazing matched with bright colours. Try pairing this bag with a sunshine yellow dress- a winning summer colour combination.

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Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
The Only Dress You Need This Holiday Season http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-only-dress-you-need-this-holiday-season This dress has it all, print, colour and sparkle!

Although red and green is not the most popular colour combination- there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than dressing in Xmas’s favourite colour scheme and it turns out, when done right, you’ll be wanting to wear holiday colours all year long.

Here’s some inspiration:


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1 dress that has it all:
This Sweet and Excellent dress is perfect for the holiday season: it green, red and it glitters!!

R399, zando.co.za



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Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
It's Black, It's White http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/its-black-its-white Inspired by her monotone look, we found the best black and white buys for you.

Dress R89.99, Mr Price


Leggings R59.99, Mr Price
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Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Trend Report: Animal Print http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/trend-report-animal-print There’s one trend that has sunk its claws into the fashion world and isn’t budging.

Seasons come and go, fashions chop and change yet there is one trend that has sunk its claws into the fashion world and isn’t budging, animal print. The whole zoo made appearances on the summer 2013 catwalk- snakeskin at Gucci, tiger motifs at MSGM and good old monotone leopard print at Marc Jacobs.

We love animal print for its versatility- pair it with black and grey for a more toned down, subtle look or wear it with florals for a printastic, eclectic look.

If you don’t want to expose your wild side in head to toe leopard print then animal print accessories are the way forward for you. A leopard shoe with an LBD or, better yet, a snakeskin clutch with a short suit…perfection.

We say embrace the spots and stripes from the animal kingdom because this trend isnt going anywhere. Invest in a statement printed accessory now and watch your obsession for all things faux, fur, feline and reptile grow and grow.



Bag R300, Woolworths

Snakeskin clutch R524, Country Road
Skirt R399, Sass at zando.co.za

Source


 
Shoes R12145, Giuseppe Zanotti at stylebop.com
 
Sunnies R2990, Prada at Sunglass Hut

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Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
High Shine http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/high-shine SPARKLE to your night! From the statement neckpiece to the always-trusted evening earrings, you can effortlessly update a simple party look with the perfect sparkly touch.

























Here are our 8 must-have, ALL-THAT-GLITTERS accessories to keep you shining bright from head-to-toe!


 
Small in size but with just enough drama! Take the party staple clutch to the next level with a serious touch of bling!

Clutch, R1700, Karen Millen







 
Step into the New Year shining bright with these showstopper shoes!
    


Silver court, R359, Zando
Strappy heel, R2600, Karen Millen









Every girl needs to invest in a sparkly, statement neckpiece this season! Update your neckpiece with bold pops of colour. A little neon never did any harm!

 



Necklace, R349, Forever New








 
A chunky, oversized ring adds sparkle in just the right dosage!

 


Ring, R99, Style36








A statement timepiece is a must-have item for the season! Stay on-trend and arrive in style (and on time) with this beauty!



Watch, R2395, American Swiss









 
You cannot go wrong with a pair of oversized, glitzy earrings to add a touch of dazzle to your look. But, this season it’s all about the ear cuff to add that sparkling edge to your look!

 
              

Ear Cuff, R 39,99, Mr. Price
Earrings, R199, Forever New



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Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Off The Cuff http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/off-the-cuff When it comes to jewelry, punk just got pretty! 

Adorning your ears with studs, jewels and hoops is no longer a commitment that requires piercing, neither do ear cuffs need to be edgy or tough to be cool. The new way to wear punk is all about injecting glamour into your look as opposed to grunge – think sexy as opposed to safety pins!

We love the idea of adding a touch of modern luxe to every day looks with minimalist styles or swapping a statement necklace with an embellished ear cuff by night - just make sure you only wear yours on one ear at a time; when it comes to this look, less really is more














We have picked our top five celebrities rocking the must-have ear cuff:




Lara Bingle





Miley Cyrus
 
 
    
 
                          
                                                      Diane Kruger                                                              Emma Watson





Nicole Richie

 
 
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Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Stack ‘Em Up http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/stack-em-up COSMO to see our new handle on the jewellery-stacking trend! Never mind the arm party – this season, the party has officially moved to our fingers and they are ALL invited!

Stacked rings are rocking the accessory department this season! From chunky and bold to dainty and embellished, this season it’s all about loading your fingers with all things shiny and sparkly! When it comes to stacked rings, the more the better! So pile on the pieces and stay effortlessly on-trend this season!


Must-Have items to get your hands on:


R169, Forever New


 

R29,99, Mr. Price






R79, Zando




R39,99, Mr. Price




R239, Zando



 
 
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Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Bustiers: How to Rock the Crop http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/bustiers-how-to-rock-the-crop
The bustier is a summer staple this season, with the added benefit that it can be dressed up or down to take you from relaxed days at the market to momentous nights out on the town with your girlfriends. Here are four ways to make the bustier your best friend this summer:


Four ways to rock the crop:


R549, Zando

TIP: WITH BOTH THE CROP TOP AND BUSTIER, ANYTHING HIGH WAISTED IS A TRUSTED ITEM TO PAIR IT WITH. FROM SKIRTS TO SHORTS, HIGH WAISTED BOTTOMS ARE YOUR GO-TO ITEMS!



Date Night

The key to the bustier is to highlight its sex appeal, but to keep him guessing at the same time. A classic blazer is the perfect item to pair with your bustier to maintain that sophisticated look by showing off just the right amount of skin.


Shoe, R799, Luella
Skirt, R99,99 Mr Price
Blazer, R1199, Forever New
Chain necklace, R199, Forever New
Clutch, R399, Woolworths
 





A day at the Market

Bustiers and summery high waisted maxi skirts are a trusted combo! A sensual, flowing maxi skirt is perfect to balance out the fitted bustier and adds that relaxed factor to your daytime ensemble. Pair your maxi with simple summer flats and you are stylishly prepped for a day out on the town.




Denim jacket, R999, Sissy Boy
Bag, R180, Fashion Express
Hat R59,99 Mr Price
Gladiator, R120, Fashion Express
Skirt R119,99 Mr Price
Sunglasses, R2990, Prada at Edgars





 

Glam pool party


Who said we cannot get glammed-up for a sexy, summer pool party? A bustier is the perfect item to complete your pool party look. Cut-off denim shorts are your go-to items when it comes to the bustier and when paired with a kaftan cover-up, you will be sure to get into the pool party mood. Add a pair of killer heels and you are glammed-up and good to go!





Kaftan, R3599, Style36
Denim shorts, R320, Foschini
Shoes R2620, Oscarina Boutique
Bracelets, R180, Truworths
Sunnies, R2990, Prada at Sunglass Hut


 
 

Girls night out


With your trusted bustier, you are bound to steal the spotlight this party season! Pair your bustier with a pair of cheeky shorts and a shimmery blazer to make sure you shine bright into the night! The sexiness of the bustier paired with metallic accents will ensure a night to remember.

Blazer, R1299, Style36
Shoes, R989, Topshop
Earrings, R19,99 Mr Price
Shorts, R99,99, Mr. Price
Clutch, R399, Zando





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Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
50 Shades of Orange http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/50-shades-of-orange modelled the bold trend for us. If a head to toe orange look seems intimidating, break it by mixing tones of the colour together. Add blue or gold accessories to brighten or glam up your look. Here are some behind the scenes pics of the day.

In the beginning...



There was a room full of clothes and shoes



fun and fabulous










Turn to page 25 of the January issue to see Nayah rocking more of our coral crush.

Check out beauty editor Juana's tutorial on getting subtle eyes and nude lips here.  Love Nayah's gold accesories? Click here for tips on how to shine in gold. 

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Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
In-Store Fab Finds http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/in-store-fab-finds COSMO fashion team always come across hot fashion items that we simply MUST HAVE! When we spotted these bold, statement handbags at Aldo, we knew they would be a wise addition to our summer wardrobe to add that pop of fresh, zesty summer colour to our holiday season looks.

From boxy totes, satchels and relaxed cross-body bags, you can take your pick of your favourite style in gorgeous green shades, punchy pinks and zesty orange. These bags add that wow-factor to your look with minimal effort!

Get your hands on your favourite colour-pop bag available at Aldo for R599.






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Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Monday Must-Have: The Wedge Sneaker http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/monday-must-have-the-wedge-sneaker perfect package’! Our Monday fashion must-have has got to be the Adidas Profi wedge sneaker that has ‘perfect package’ written all over them.




Combining understated style, uber-cool edge and trusted comfort, these beauties are a wardrobe must-have!

Wedge sneakers are your go-to fashion items for days that require you to look amazing whilst completing endless errands and running around, but alas, they still tend to raise a few eyebrows. When it comes to wedge sneakers, we either love them, loathe them or simply don’t know how to style them to suit our look. Here are some simple styling tips to kick-start your wedge sneaker obsession.


How to rock the wedge sneaker:

1. Skinny jeans are your best friends: Skinnies are great to pair with your wedge sneakers, as they balance out the chunkiness of the wedge by creating the impression of long, lean legs.
2. Love leggings: Leggings are loved alternative to jeans. What’s better than uber-comfortable shoes paired with wardrobe-must-have leggings? Pair leggings with longer length t-shirts or cardis for a relaxed look.
3. Short n sweet: Wedge sneakers are also great when paired with flirty short skirts or shorts. Opt for shorts and skirts that lie at or just above the knee.
4. Maxi skirts: if short skirts aren’t your thing, try pairing your wedge sneakers with a breezy maxi skirt. The feminine, flowing maxi skirts creates great contrast between the chunky, sporty look of the wedge sneaker.
5. Bold vs. Neutral colours: The wedge sneaker is a big statement factor in your look, so choose the colours of your outfit carefully. Neutral wedges look great when paired with brighter, bold colours such as coloured skinnies or skirts. If you choose to rock a pair of lumo or brightly coloured wedges, tone down the rest of your outfit by choosing pieces in neutral, basic shades.
6. Top it off: Fitted t-shirts or tank tops look great when paired with skinny jeans and wedges. If you opt for leggings, go for a looser fitting top to create balance – balance is key with wedge sneakers!
7. Accessories: Because wedge sneakers make a loud enough statement already, accessorizing can be kept quite minimal. Focus on accessorizing at the top to keep your look balanced – layered necklaces, loose scarves, chunky earrings or stylish hats are great additions to your look!


Super cool, stylish, comfortable and easy to rock – wedge sneakers are definitely on our fashion list of Monday must-haves!

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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Fashion Goes Full Circle http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/fashion-goes-full-circle SPOTS, as polka dots are popping up on the fashion scene. Flirty dresses, girly skirts and summer blouses are speckled with this ultra-feminine, quirky print! But, polka dots are lending their true ‘girly girl’ feel to accessories as well, as we see them popping up on shoes, bags and statement sunnies this summer.

We simply cannot resist the feminine allure of the classic polka dot print and the retro-vintage edge they give to our summer look.




















We have rounded-up some of our favourite spotted pieces:

Pencil dress, R139,99, Mr, Price
Block heel, R189,99, Mr. Price
Sunnies, R399, Style36
Skirt, R699, Zando


Add a polka dot piece to your look this summer to make sure you get SPOTTED!


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Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
6 Glam Pairs of Sneakers For Walking (And Avoiding E-Tolls) http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/6-glam-pairs-of-sneakers-for-walking-and-avoiding-e-tolls E-tolls came into effect and alternate routes are clogged, here are 6 of the glammest walking shoes around. Just in case you need to hop onto the Gautrain or into a taxi. 

This first pair has some serious street cred, and yet the pink and purple keep them girly. 


Nike Womens Dunk Sky Hi - Purple Dynasty - R1189 (Shelflife)

These aren't 100% flat, but sneaker wedges are still a whole lot easier to walk in than stilettos, and these pair well with your black skinnies. 

Jolyvia Studded Wedge Sneakers- R339 (Zando)

For the uber sporty - these Nikes provide real support for your feet and bonus, you could head straight to the gym in them after work.


Nike Women's Free 5.0 - R999 (Zando)

These babies are SO COOL we could hardly believe they weren't designer. Heavy on style, easy on the wallet - our favourite combo!


Studded Hi Top- R179.99 (Mr Price)

If you're looking for some bling, the gold chevrons and wedge will have you channelling Kim Kardashian.


Zoom Nadia Sneaker Wedges- R449 (Style 36)

These Pumas are the perfect balance between understated and wild


 Puma Glyde - R799 (Zando)

If sneakers aren't your thing, you can also check out our top gladiator sandal picks!

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Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
The Summer Gladiator http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-summer-gladiator shoe staple!

Who would have thought that the shoes worn by the ancient Greek and Romans thousands of years ago would be the must-have summer staple for Spring Summer 13/14? Gladiator sandals are definitely a timeless wardrobe investment that see a revival each summer season, never mind the fact that they allow us to stay on-trend, but always-comfortable as well!

Although being the timeless staples that they are, this summer we are treated with an exciting range of gladiators – from the all-time classics to the edgier, updated styles that will definitely keep us looking sexy and current this summer season.


Why do we love this trend?

Besides the added benefits of style and comfort, the versatility of the gladiator makes it your number one summer shoe must-have! With a single pair of gladiators, you will be ready to step into summer in style, everyday! Gladiators can effortlessly be paired with all your summer basics – from flirty, sultry summer dresses to your always-trusted denim shorts or classic skinny jeans.


From metal-trimmed, studded, animal prints, leathers and metallic -step into summer with these hot buys:



R219, Rage at Zando







R399, Zoom





R99,99, Mr. Price




R139, Footwork at Style36







R352, Woolworths




R195, Rage at Zando





R229, Jolyvia at Zando








R299, Woolworths


 
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Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Throw Yourself An Arm Party http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/throw-yourself-an-arm-party
Why do we love this trend?

Stacking and piling on the pieces is fun, effortless and affordable, but best of all, there is no right and wrong way to do it! By combining high and low end pieces, you can personalize your stack to suit your budget, so you can make a bling statement without having to break the bank! The arm party also allows you to add your personal touch to your outfit; whether its studded cuffs, leather wraps, all-gold stacks or beaded bracelets; there’s a mix to suit your style.






Tips to throw the perfect arm party:

1. Start your party with a statement-making timepiece and stack from there.
2. Mix it up – chunky and dainty pieces work well together to create balance and variation.
3. Combine textures – pair metal with leather to create interest
4. Add a pop of colour to your stack – beaded or woven pieces are perfect to add that dash of colour.
5. Pair high and low-end pieces to create a stack that works for you. Low-end pieces are easy ways to stay on trend and it doesn’t cost a fortune to change it up every now and then.


This season, American Swiss is helping us throw the perfect, on-trend arm party by providing us with an exciting collection of stackable pieces. Here are our favourite pieces to get the party started:



Start your party with a statement-making timepiece.



R3 999, Michael Kors




 
A mesh bracelet is dainty, but still adds texture and drama.




 R999



 
 
This wrapped cuff steals the spotlight – gold and studs add a tough-chic edge.



 
R399

 

 

Add a touch of romance to your party with a slogan bracelet

 

R499


 

Mix it up with a combination of gold and leather


 
R249



 

Not just your ordinary bracelet – this buckle bracelet is a must-have on the guest list.


R399




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Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Trend Report: White-on-White http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/trend-report-white-on-white prints this summer, as we embrace the minimalism of the all-white trend. Black has always been our go-to colour and best friend in times of fashion crisis, but this season we are seeing a revival of the universal and always-versatile white.

Not only is white is the hottest hue for the season, but for summer 2013, a complete, head-to-toe ensemble of white-on-white is trending in a major way! Yes, some may argue that white might not be the safest and most practical shade, but what’s wrong with taking a little fashion risk every now and then? The thought of a complete white-on-white look may sound unexciting and monotonous, but with a clever selection of WHAT type of whites you opt for can make all the difference. From romantic, feminine Anglaise to precise and minimalist tailored pieces, there are many ways to make the all-white trend work for you.

Tips to make this trend work for you:

1. Go for pieces with extra volume and feminine detailing like lace panels
2. Opt for all-white pieces in slightly different shades to create variation in your outfit
3. Play around with textured and embellished pieces in your look
4. Sheer, white pieces reveal subtle hints of skin to break a monotonous, all-white outfit
5. Don’t be afraid to break-up the look with colour accents in shoes and accessories










Must-have items:



A tailored blazer is an all-time wardrobe classic and a must-have for both day and night





Blazer, R1 199, Forever New






Pair your blazer with tailored shorts for a clean, crisp look




Shorts, R649, Forever New




Every wardrobe needs a staple, white collared shirt. But an updated, cropped style is even better!



Shirt, R429, Style36





A dainty, chic heel adds a formal touch to an all-white ensemble



Heel, R699, Luella




The white-on-white trend extends to the accessory department as well. Complete your look with a trendy, carryall handbag.






Handbag, R450, Foschini




Lace panels add interest and texture to this summery, sleeveless blouse




Blouse, R79,99, Mr. Price






For a feminine, romantic approach, opt for a summer dress with soft lace detailing that can take you from day to night




Dress, R899, Style36






A basic, skater dress makes it effortless to stay on-trend this season





Dress, R89,99, Mr. Price




Add edge to your all-white look with statement, white gladiators that are oh-so-hot for summer




Gladiator, R399, Zando

 
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Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Brodi's Top 5 Picks from Style36 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/brodis-top-5-picks-from-style36 COSMO's fashion assistant reveals her top 5 fashion finds from Style36:





















C(INCH) Black Gilet


Worn zipped up or zipped down, this biker vest adds instant edge to your look.




Blackeyed Susan crop shirt


A white-collar shirt is a wardrobe classic, but what’s not to love about an updated, cropped version perfect for summer?





Glamorous Denim Pinafore



With the feminine appeal of a dress combined with on-trend dungaree braces, this pinafore is a versatile fashion piece with the added benefit of denim – it won’t date.





Road Map Backpack




This carryall beauty is a wardrobe must-have! The refined, minimal design allows us to dress it up or down, making for an all-round go-to bag!




Diesel Leather booties


No wardrobe is complete without a staple, yet stylish pair of booties. The white leather makes for a bold, all-year-round boot and the heel adds just the right amount of impact.


 
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Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Block Heels http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/block-heels
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Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Fashion Flashback: The Jelly Sandal http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/fashion-flashback-the-jelly-sandal
Now we must admit, the jelly sandal can’t exactly be described as super sexy and appealing to all, BUT they are a fun and quirky addition our wardrobes, never mind the fact that they are trending in a major way this summer (and they suit our limited festive season budget too).

Besides being a must-have item, they are also versatile and look great with a summer sundress or to complete your beach day ensemble, with the added bonus that we can literally dip our shoes into the ocean this holiday season!

The COSMO fashion team is currently OBSESSING over these jellies available at Mr. Price stores and online. Mr. Price has taken the jelly trend to new heights with the oh-so-hot block heel – now we can get the best of two trends in one item!


These beauties are available in pink, white and black at a sweet steal of only R119,99.




 
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Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
EYE ON THE STREETS- The Midi Skirt http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/eye-on-the-streets-the-midi-skirt Whether it’s pleated, pencil or printed we are crushing on the midi skirt. Don’t let its bad reputation as a leg cutter put you off, if you wear it right the midi skirt will be your wardrobe NBF. It’s the perfect item to take you from season to season with lots of stops in-between- take some inspiration from the streets:

                                           



Here's our 'Fashion Fav' for the day!


Find it in store now for just R99.99 at Mr Price



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Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Get The Look: Retro High-Waisted Bikinis http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/get-the-look-retro-high-waisted-bikinis
This season it’s all about adding a touch of retro and vintage infusion to our swimsuit looks! Over the fashion years waistlines have risen and fallen, but this summer there is nothing low about bikinis. High-waisted bikinis are this summers poolside must-have! High-waisted bikinis inject a vintage feel into the otherwise modern swimwear and add playful, curvaceous sex appeal to our waterside staple.

Opting for a retro, high-waisted bikini allows us all to have that Marilyn Monroe moment!




Tips to get the look

1. Sweetheart necklines and halters pair well with the high-waisted bottoms.
2. Cupped bustier tops complete the vintage look.
3. Opt for high-waisted bottoms with boy-legged cuts.
4. Playful prints like checks and florals work well in modern cuts.
5. For a vintage cut, opt for a modern, digital print.


Must-Have items



Top R699 & Bottom R599, Love Water Love at Zando





Bikini set R1 648, Seafolly








Top R69,99 & Bottom R69,99, Mr. Price







Top R249 & Bottom R649, Topshop








Bikini set R1 698, Seafolly









Bikini set, R579, Topshop
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Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
The Summer Guide to Swimsuit Shopping http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-summer-guide-to-swimsuit-shopping COSMO we believe in loving your body no matter what your shape or size and I believe it…until I’m the one trying to squeeze my curves into a teeny weeny bikini in the all-seeing, overly judgemental, glaringly bright lights of a fitting room.

That’s when I ran away from the clutches of the floral bikini and into the arms of the peplum full piece and I realised that there really is a costume to fit and flatter all shapes and sizes and trying on swimwear should give us the confidence to flaunt our beach bods and not long for winter layers and a family sized kit kat.







Here are a few handy tips for swimsuit shopping:

1. Go for a costume that flatters your figure by taking off the attention from the part of the body you like the least. Do you have a pear shape figure? Then go with a bikini top that is printed and bright paired with a plain bikini bottom- that will draw the attention to your top half and away from your hips and bum. Do you have a small bust?A super cute ruffled top will add some oomph to your chest.
2. The age old trick of dark colours to slim the silhouette still applies to swimwear.
3.Update your beach look with on trend swimwear- metallics, nautical stripes, tropical print or monotone prints will get heads turning.
4. Try shapes likes the peplum and high waisted bottoms to high the wobbly bits.
5. f you have a big bust: There is one thing worse than an ill-fitting bra…a bad fitting costume!
You’ve been blessed with more than a handful and yes- it’s time to flaunt BUT make sure your costume has built in underwire or thick straps to hold your puppies in place.


Here are some of the COSMO team’s best buys:
 

Top, R139.95 and Bottom, R99.95 from Edgars









R1 200, Moontide at Zando









R2000, Maaji at Zando



 
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Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Do Denim http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/do-denim

Feeling brave?

If you feeling bold and brave this season, dare to rock a denim-on-denim look! Pair a flirty skater skirt with a summery denim tie-top or a great-fitting skinny with an edgy denim jacket. Play around with shades and denim treatments to create variation and interest in your look!















Must have items


A flirty, feminine skirt is a must-have staple.

R89,99 Mr. Price





Add some edge to your look with a biker waistcoat.



R169,99 Mr. Price
 




No wardrobe is complete without the trusted, ultra-skinny.



R1 200 Zando





A denim jacket is must-have from summer to winter.



R899, Style36





Dungarees are leading the denim pack this season.

 

R899, Sissy Boy

 
 


The denim shirt: Wear it open, buttoned-up, tucked in or tied.


R699, Sissy Boy

 
 

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Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Crop tops are cropping up http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/crop-tops-are-cropping-up
How to rock the crop:

The cropped bustier or bralet shape is perfect for bigger busted girls as it accentuates your killer curves with the added bonus of comfort and trusted support. For smaller chests, go for the simple cropped tee that looks great with a good pair of high–waisted jeans. The crop top loves all things high-waisted and is the hottest way to rock this trend by showing off just the right amount of skin. A high-waisted skater skirt or fringed denim shorts are key items to balance out the perfect crop!

For some, the crop top may seem quite bold and daunting to try, but the great news is that it can work with a variety of body types. Although small in size, the crop top is BIG on our list of summer must-haves!


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Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Accessory Report: Chunky Chains http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/accessory-report-chunky-chains The chunkier the better!

While the chunkiness of chains is in the accessory spotlight, these pieces remain effortlessly classic and versatile; topping off both sophisticated looks, as well as edgier ensembles. So whether you looking to finish-off a dressier do for a night out or looking to update your casual, daytime look, a chunky chain necklace is your go-to accessory for summer.

Despite being spot-on-trend for the season, the true versatility of chain linked pieces definitely promotes this piece to the top of our COSMO must-have accessory list this summer.



When rocking this versatile accessory, don’t be afraid to:

Get chunky
Mix metals
Layer it up


Get your hands on this oh-so-hot accessory and join the chain gang this season!


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Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Digital Intern Mea Elston on DIY Headband Tips http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/digital-intern-mea-elston-on-diy-headband-tips headbands, you get the boho-gypsy type, the crystal beaded type, the fabric woven type, the elastic type and the daisy ‘lets go to a festival’ type. Headbands are chic and can turn you from a plain Jane to a bohemian goddess. Most retail stores stock headbands and the price range differs from shop to shop, headband to headband. But why spend that last bit of Synergy ticket money when you can make your very own headband/alice-band?

Below is a step to step guide on how to create your very own studded flower headband.



Things you will need:
  • Plastic flowers attached to wire
  • A metal alice-band
  • Studs
  • Glue

Step 1
: Collect all your DIY goodies and place them on a clear, easy to use surface



Step 2 : Start from the one side of the alice-band and start circling the wire of the flower around the alice band, with about a 1cm space between each turn. Once this step is complete, keep on winding the wire flowers around the alice-band.



Step 3 :
Now glue a stud in between the flowers that have been wired down.





Step 4 : Repeat this process until all the flowers have been wired down and all the studs have been stuck down.



Step 5 : Leave the Glue to dry for about 15 minutes while you prepare your boho party outfit. Then put your new DIY alice-band on and get ready to be the blown away with fashion compliments.



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Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Bling It On! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/bling-it-on
In our latest COSMO DECEMBER issue, we give you an ultra-glam; eight-page editorial on our top party looks for the perfect COSMO GIRLS NIGHT OUT! Whether you opting for an uber-feminine party look or an ensemble with a fierce edge, we have the perfect look for you!

Styled by our Fashion Editor, Bev Nates, here are her TOP TIPS to make a statement this festive season.


1. Don't hold back!
2. Be fashion forward and combine leather with sequins and brocade with embellishment.
3. Opulent, OTT jewelry is a must. Statement rings are the order of the day. Stack them or wear them on every finger. Add 70's inspired gold chunky chains, ear cuffs and bracelets.
4. Experiment with different styles to find your inner fashion Goddess.




 



Dress, R599, Truworths
Gloves, Stylists Own
Cuffs, R200 each, Lulu Belle
Rings, from R130, Lovisa
Shoes, R349, Linx at Zando






Costume, R1299, Seafolly
Jacket, R1500, Guess
Earrings, R175, Lovisa
Bow cuff, R850, Lulu Belle
Diamante cuff, R230, Lovisa
Beaded cuff, R185, Lulu Belle
Gloves, R199, Blue Bay
Cuff, R4 295, Shimansky
Skinnies, R1800, Guess





This season’s party dressing is all about glitz and glam, so get your hands on our new COSMO DECEMBER issue and bling it on this summer!

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Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Fashion Forward Must-Haves http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/fashion-forward-must-haves COSMO December, we identify the six to-die-for trends that you cannot be without this party season! Add these to your wardrobe to stay effortlessly on-trend from day to night.























Must-have Party Season Items


THE STATEMENT CLUTCH

Small in size but dramatic in style – pair your party look with a show-stopping statement clutch to add that fierce edge.




Clutch, R349, Aldo





STATEMENT SUNGLASSES

Play the frame-game with a pair of must-have summer sunnies. From embellished frames to cat eye silhouettes – there’s a frame to suit every feature.




Sunglasses, R2990, Miu Miu at Sunglass Hut






HOLOGRAM

The fashion future is here with this season’s hottest holographic trend. Update your basics with hologram accessories for instant highlights of high-gloss glam.



Necklace, R270, Lovisa




WEDGES

From bold solid, colours, to floral and animal prints, This season’s go-to platform is the perfect way to step into summer.





Wedge, R4900, Oscarina Boutique




METALLIC SHEEN

Shine on into summer with shimmery skinnies


Jeans, R799, levis


 
 BOLD WATCHES

Complete your wrist party this season with a bold and bright watch to add a splash of summer to your look.
 
 
 

Watch, R130, Ackermans
 
 
 
Grab your COSMO December issue for more fabulous, fashion-forward must-haves!


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Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Office Style http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/office-style Add a touch of femininity to your summer look

We’re in love with COSMO senior designer Shirley Padi’s floral-print jacket from Zara. What do you think of the print trend? Yay or nay?


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Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
The headscarf – Summer’s must-have hair accessory http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-headscarf--summers-must-have-hair-accessory THAT much more! And what’s not to love about something that looks stylish, minus unnecessary fuss?

Whether it’s to the office, beach, or a night out on a sexy summers evening, the headscarf adds a summery chic factor to both your daytime and night-time looks. For the full package, pair your headscarf with dramatic, but clean make-up. Rihanna pulls this look off effortlessly, showing that dramatic liquid liner and a statement, colour lip are all you need for a fresh, yet sultry, summer look.

One scarf, so many ways to wear it:

The beauty of the headscarf is that there are countless ways to wrap it, twist it and style it to create a unique look each time. We found an exciting website with over twenty different ways to make the headscarf work for you this summer. What’s better? Each unique style comes with it’s own video to show you step-by-step how to create the look perfectly each time!

Go on, get wrapping!









 
 
Check out more of Rihanna's uber cool style on her Instagram account.

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Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Summer Shoe Must-Haves http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/summer-shoe-must-haves
















Must-Have Items

Add an embellished edge to the lady-like sling back.



R399, Bronx



The ankle strap heel is oh-so-hot for summer!



R599, Zoom



Add an edge to your trusted trainers with graphic prints.



R119,99, Mr. Price



The classic court is updated to a metallic must-have.



R399, Style 36



Statement summer gladiators take flat to the next level.



R380, Foschini



Two-tone wedges up the impact on this summer staple.



R499, Style 36



The flatform is your go-to item for style and comfort.



R99,99, Mr. Price



Live on the wild side with a touch of animal print.



R749.25, Woolworths



The Espadrille oozes summer heat.



R674.25, Woolworths

 
 
 
 
 
Put your best foot forward this summer!


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Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Play peekaboo with cut-outs this season http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/play-peekaboo-with-cut-outs-this-season COSMO has the perfect look for you!!

Cut-outs are definitely a favourite this summer, from daring flesh flashing dresses to subtle laser cut detailed shoes and textured clutches. Simple or sophisticated, we absolutely love how this look can take any outfit to a whole new level of beauty and seduction.

Yes we know cut-outs can be a daunting trend (think Julia Roberts in Pretty Women pre make-over) but when done right this can be a fun and flirty way to show off just the right amount of skin.

The trick is not to over do it. A simple cut-out on a cool summer’s dress or evening cocktail dress will add a touch of subtle sexiness. For those who feel concerned about showing off too much skin but would still like to rock this trend then we suggest you go for a laser cut accessory such as a clutch or heel that will add that extra edge to your look, keeping you on trend and feeling sexy.



Our November issue of COSMO features this playful trend. Go get you’re your hands on a copy for a look at a few of our favourite items to suit your budget!!


Below you'll find a few extra pieces which we love


White cut-out wedge heel R749, Forever New


Maroon cut-out dress R449, Jorge at Zando



White cut-out crossbody bag R399, Foschini



Leather laser-cut cuff R200, Belinda-Lee Ludek at Style 36 



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Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
How To Be a Knockout In The Gym http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/how-to-be-a-knockout-in-the-gym
This season, fitness staples are designed to get you noticed for all the right reasons. Trainers have become a major fashion statement in the active arena! Now not only is how they feel important, but design and colours take on a whole new role. When it comes to trainers this season – the louder and brighter the better! In the shirt department, while the basic, racer back remains a trusted staple; statement tees and jumpers are trending for the season and definitely add the fun into your fitness ensemble. Loose cover-ups and off-the-shoulder tops are a great choice for comfort and style at the same time. Once again, colour plays a major role in fitness bottoms for the season. From short to long and loose to tight, zesty colours and eye-catching prints are punching up the impact on pants this summer.

Must have items

Below are our favourite fitness finds that are sure to give you a knockout look this summer!
 
Tank top, R229, New Balance at Style 36
Statement jumper, R79,99, Mr. Price
Bra, R499, Nike at Zando
Tights, R499, Puma at Zando
Trainers, R999, Nike at Zando



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Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Print Mania http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/print-mania
The great thing about prints is that all COSMO girls, regardless of your body type, can rock a printed number this season! Prints are appearing on all clothing items, from blazers to blouses, pants to skirts and must-have summer dresses. If you not feeling brave enough to add a solid printed clothing piece to your look, accessories are the perfect way to incorporate this trend into your everyday ensemble. Statement prints are finding their way onto key accessories this summer, including scarves, summer bags and printed shoes. From clothing pieces to accessories – we can all own the perfect printed piece this season.

Key print trends to look out for this season include graphic, geometric prints revealing themselves in stripes and bold checks. Ethnic and oriental inspired prints introduce a fusion of east and west, giving clothing a strong global influence. Floral prints are still in full bloom for the summer season, from subtle pastel prints to oversized abstracts, while digital prints give way to interesting landscapes and artistic designs.

How to wear this trend

New to the print game? Keep it simple. Focus on incorporating a key, printed item into your look, while balancing it out with a simple, complimentary basic. Add a classic blouse and summer flats to statement printed trousers for an on-trend look Feeling brave? A clash of prints is oh-so-hot this season! If you willing to play around, remember to pair prints of similar shades and scales for a complimentary combination.


Must have items

Leggings, R89,99, Mr. Price
Wedge, R499, Zoom at Style 36
Blouse, R119,99, Mr. Price
Clutch, R949, Dune at Edgars
Dress, R699, Jorge at Zando
Vest, R89, Fashion Express


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Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
How To Make the Playsuit Work for You This Summer http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/how-to-make-the-playsuit-work-for-you-this-summer
This season we are seeing playsuits popping up in a variety of styles with a fusion of artistic prints and fresh summer shades. Not only is the playsuit your most versatile, put-on-and-go, summer must-have item, but also the good news is that there’s a perfect playsuit to suit all body types! From full-length to knee-scrapers, every COSMO girl can work the playsuit on every occasion.

Styling Tips from day to night:

For an easygoing weekend or beach bar look, pair your playsuit with a pair of summer flats and statement sunnies for an added cool edge. If you looking to glam it up for a night out with the girls or a dinner date with your man, add that extra sparkle with luxe jewelry pieces and a pair of sexy heels to steal the spotlight. Worried about the weather? A fitted, tailored jacket is the perfect cover up to take you from sultry summer days to cool evening chic.

For more styling tips on how to make this hot summer item work fro you, get you hands on our latest November issue of COSMO, where we show you what key items to pair with your perfect playsuit.


Must have items:

Printed playsuit, R99.99, Mr. Price
Blue playsuit, R999, Motel at Zando

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Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
The Accessory Department takes on a hard edge http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-accessory-department-takes-on-a-hard-edge
This month the COSMO fashion team is loving all things metal, shiny and ultra-slick! Accessories trimmed with metal accents are an effortless way to add that glam edge to both your daytime and nighttime ensembles. This season we are seeing metal edges appearing on hot items for the season, such as slick heels, evening clutch bags and statement neckpieces. Metal accents add a modern, polished touch to your look for instant, high-gloss glam!

Get your hands on our latest edition of COSMO, where we pick our favourite, sexy seven, metal trimmed accessories to keep you looking chic everyday of the week!

Must have items
Shoes, R499, Madison Shoes
Clutch bags, R299, Forever New

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Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Lusting over NailCandi http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/lusting-over-nailcandi
These must-have accessories come in both gold and silver. And for those ladies looking to make a standout nail appearance, NailCandi offers these nail rings in eye-catching designs, featuring intricate, bejewelled styles.

Not only do these nail rings make a statement, but they will definitely come in handy to hide a broken nail emergency!

All products are available online and the full catalogue of these trending items can be viewed here.
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Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Ashley Madekwe Rocks The Tartan Trend http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/ashley-madekwe-rocks-the-tartan-trend

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Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Hot Tropics http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/hot-tropics For Spring / Summer, the tropical trend is one of the more fun and playful looks for the season. As we head in to the festive season, I find this trend to be perfect for this time of the year as it suites a woman on any kind of budget, be it as an end of the month purchase, or a well spent luxe buy.

In the Spring / Summer 2014 shows, a revival was brought upon the usual classic floral prints which we found in the much out-dated Hawaiian print, and has been reborn in to garments that will become one of this summer season’s wardrobe staples.

As many find it hard to wear bold patterned pieces, it all comes with the confidence you carry. My advice on how to execute this trend in the simplest way, would be add basic items to your one statement printed piece. Add a solid, which would follow through with one of the colour families in your desired piece. This would look even more amazing, if you choose a bold, bright colour that would just add that extra WOW factor to your look.
For the more sophisticated lady, try pairing a statement shirt with a simple bottom, or a bold necklace and handbag with a fitted blazer and structured dress.

Go get your hands on a November issue of Cosmo, and have a look at our take on this vibrant trend.






Here are two extra shots from our shoot.

Look 1:
Eugena wears:
Turquoise shirt R129.99, Legit
Floral print shorts R439, Zara
White printed scarf R249, Accessorize
Black printed scarf R899, Seafolly
Tassel neckpiece R1750, Joya


Look 2:
Eugena wears:
Camo print jacket R1899, Diesel
Pastel printed blouse R278, Edgars
Printed briefs R800, Akedo
Embellished rings R2950 each, Blink and Co
Statement necklace R2950, Blink and Co
Embellished earrings R349, Accessorize
 
 

 
 
Credits
Photography: Tereza Cervinkova at Infedels
Fashion: Carla Uys
Fashion assistant: Taryn Aziz
Fashion intern: Bronwyn Williams
Model: Eugena Washington at Fusion Model Management
Hair: Renate Willems at Red Hot Ops
Makeup: Alexandra Botha



Hot Tropics - Must have items:
Printed woven wedges R999, Nine West

 
Printed beach bag R449.95, Billabong

 
Feather print bikini top R549, Love Water Love
Feather print bikini bottom R349, Love Water Love both @ Zando

 
White parrot print scarf R249, Accessorize

 
Tropical print dress R849, Sissy Boy

 
Parrot tassel earrings R129, Accessorize


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Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Fringing Frenzy http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/fringing-frenzy TREND:
Fringing is definitely a hot trend for this season. This Bohemian inspired embellishment is definitely hanging off everything from dresses and skirts, to handbags and neckpieces, creating the perfect playful touch to keep us on trend this season. If you’re worried about not finding a fringe that would fit your style, don’t fret, there’s a piece out there for you. This trend can not only have a Bohemian vibe that could add an edge to your look, but are also found in beautiful Gatsby’s inspired styles, for the more conservative lady.

HOW TO WEAR:
For a casual day look, select a piece which could be regarded as an amped up version of your basic tee. Opt for something with a touch of fringe around the neckline, or on the shoulder to add just enough playfullness. Pair this with a cute pair of distressed denim shorts, a chunky wrist of textured bangles and some flats, and you’re well on your way to sporting this fashion craze.

When heading off to the beach, play up a summery Boho look, by slipping in to a fun and flirty cover-up with fringed detailing on the bottom. Add a textured woven tote to store all of your summer essentials, and finish off by rocking a pair of retro shades, and you’re set for a fabulous day in the sun.
If you’re aim is to get sun-kissed, rock a bright fringed bikini that is sure to show everyone your bold and vibrant personality. This way you’re still looking trendy, even while taking a dip in the sea.

For a glamorous evening out on the town, or even for a date night, slip in to a flirty fringed skirt paired with a sheer blouse and bold statement jewellery. Stack your fingers with metallic rings, and a glitzy chunky neckpiece, and finish your look off by adding pastel polish and you’re sure to be looking on trend and sexy.




WHERE TO BUY:

Here are a few fun fringed fashion pieces that’s available in store now!


Black Tassel Beach Cover-Up R899, Seafolly

Pink Tassel Earrings R230, Utique
 

Black Denim Tassel Shorts R699, Sissy Boy
Fuschia Tassel Halter Bikini R1398, Seafolly

 
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Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
The Best Colour to Wear on a Date According to Science http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-best-colour-to-wear-on-a-date-according-to-science WHAT you wear that’s important, but COLOUR has a whole new role to play in the dating game.According to our sisters at COSMO UK, it has been scientifically proven that red is in fact the best colour to wear on a first date.

We all know that red is the sexy colour of love, but now we have solid evidence that rocking a red number is most likely to make someone fall head over heels for you. Colours to avoid? Try avoiding shades of yellows and browns and rather turn up the heat with red this summer.

How to rock red this summer?

Before selecting your outfit, it’s always a good idea to pick a shade of red that will complement your complexion. Bluer shades of red are perfect for a fairer complexion. If you have darker skin, go for warmer shades of red like spicier, orange-reds. For our more daring ladies, be bold and flaunt a full red look. A pair of killer red heels is the perfect accessory to your sizzling red number. Not quite feeling the full red look? Red accessories are an effortless way glam-up your date night ensemble or you can keep it simple with the ever trusted, red dress. To add that extra pop of colour, rock a red lip.

To help you get ready for your night of romance, we have picked some of our favourite red pieces to suit your style and your budget.

You cannot go wrong with the perfect red dress. Available here.
 
For a more conservative look, go for a pair of tailored trousers. Available here.



 
 
For an edgy, sexy look, add a pair of strappy heels. Available here.
 

An embellished clutch is the perfect accessory. Available here.

A date night look is never complete without a touch of sparkle. Available here.



 
 
Add a watch to ensure that you aren’t fashionably late. Available here.


 
 
Who can resist a red-hot lip? Available here.
 
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Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Stripe Show http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/stripe-show
While the go-to classics such as black and white combos and navy and red nautical inspired pieces will serve you well this summer, we are obsessing over striped pieces in bright and bold, summery hues! We are loving this summery, striped blouse from Mr. Price. Available in stores and online for only R69,99. This is a sweet steal that will keep you on trend even on a tight budget.

How to wear this trend?

Don’t limit yourself to straight lines - be daring and experiment with curved lines for interesting shapes and silhouettes. But the fashion decree cannot be denied – vertical stripes flatter your figure and effortlessly elongate your body for a sexy, streamlined silhouette. To show off your curves, opt for a fitted, striped, pencil skirt to turn up the heat this summer and a simple, striped shift dress is an effortless way to keep your look updated and on-trend. For a more classic approach, go for a pair of tailored, striped trousers that can be dressed up or down. But if you are all about making a statement this season, pair your trousers with a matching blazer for a chic, sophisticated look that will really make an impact! If a top-to-toe, all-striped look seems a little daunting, focus the attention on one striped, statement piece that can be paired with solid coloured pieces to complete your look. Accessories are also a clever way to introduce this trend into your everyday look – this season we are seeing stripes appear on a variety of accessories from jewellery and shoes to statement, oversized bags.


This timeless trend is definitely back in a big way! From horizontal to vertical and skinny to thick – get ready to walk the line this summer.

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Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Metallic Glam http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/metallic-glam THE TREND
The metallic trend has a whole new motto for Spring/Summer 2014, as it inspires us to shine in silver, gold as well as other fabulous shades in both day-to-day wear as well as to formal events.This vibrant trend gives us the best excuse to flaunt our showy and luxe ensembles.

Stay fabulous and glamorous this season by sporting this liquid-like metallic trend - perfect for year-end parties (just make sure nobody mistakes you for a Christmas decoration). 

HOW TO WEAR IT

Choose colours that are reminiscent of vintage jewellery that made these shimmering hues seem glamorous and not gaudy.

When going gold, both the lighter shades, as well as the more intense and darker tones pair well with unique patterns and prints. This is bound to make a bold and unforgettable impression.

Opt for a simple design in silvery tones. This is the most versatile shade and can very easily be converted from gorgeous rock ‘n roll, to glam office chic.

Feeling bold? Choose a colourful metallic garment and pair it with simple pieces in different textures. To finish off the look, slip on a pair of patent heels or pumps, and make sure your nails match in a shiny polish. 

WHERE TO BUY

We're lusting after this futuristic bronze metallic dress (R1299, Topshop) that our bestie Chiano Sky wore on Idols, but most shops will have a selection of shiny, happy pieces. 

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Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Electric Fashion http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/electric-fashion
This season we are seeing a revival of neon, with pieces taking on a fresher and more modern role in the wardrobe. The key to this trend? Don't overdo it – too much neon at once will make you stand out for all the wrong reasons. For a highlight of neon, add popping accessories like bags, shoes and jewelry pieces. Or, if you all about making a statement then opt for a full on, in-your-face neon clothing item - but here’s a tip! To tone down the drama, choose a bright piece in a conservative silhouette, like a classic, summer shift dress to balance out the boldness.

Whether you decide to wear a full neon feature in your outfit or an electric accent in your look, this summer’s neon trend will ensure you standout in the crowd! Plus, summer is the best season to rock a fresh and fun look!

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Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Unleash Your Wild Side http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/unleash-your-wild-side-
The beauty of this trend is that all pieces are wearable and can easily be paired with almost any outfit and there is a piece to suit every personality. For those looking to take a more subtle approach to this trend, insect motifs such as beetles and butterflies are the answer, while for those looking to unleash their inner animal, motifs such as panthers, snakes, jaguars and eagles will make the perfect statement. This season we are seeing animal motifs appearing on a variety of accessories, including necklaces, rings, cuffs, earrings and brooches.

The key to this trend is the louder and bigger, the better! If you opt for a fierce statement piece, pair it with smaller complementary pieces that won’t steal the focus, but rather complement it to boost the impact!

Shimansky has definitely given us a luxe take on this hot trend – introducing it’s dazzling wildcat rings, available in stores this season. These are without a doubt at the top of our lust list for must-have accessories!

It goes without saying that the animal kingdom reigns supreme in the accessories department for 2013/2014. So whether you are a butterfly or a wildcat kind of girl, animal accessories add an extra edge to your look so you can be the fierce female that you were destined to be!



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Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Runway To Reader – Behind the Scenes: Stripe Show http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/runway-to-reader--behind-the-scenes-stripe-show





To see COSMO reader Paula Millar's behind the scenes shoot click here
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Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Current Obsession: Printed Summer Flatforms http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/current-obsession-printed-summer-flatforms
Just bear in mind that this is one trend we don’t think our boyfriends will love as much as we do. These shoes are are fun and fearless, but they’re very different from the stilettos he is used to seeing us in.

No summer wardrobe is complete without the must-have summer flatform! Not only are these beauties on-trend for summer, but also they are conveniently comfortable too. And whoever said no to looking and feeling fabulous at the same time? But it gets better! This summer, the flatform is being taken to the next level and we are being spoilt with flatforms available in an array of exciting prints and vibrant hues - from flirty florals to bold animal prints.

When strutting your stuff in your printed flatforms, keep the rest of your outfit as simple as possible and allow your feet to do the talking. Opt for solid colours and basic pieces that won’t clash with your statement-making heels.

We spotted this striking selection of flatforms on our latest visit to Topshop. With summer fashion still in early days, the Cosmo fashion team is already obsessed with this must-have item and we can’t wait to see what flatforms we can get our hands on next!


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Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Parlour Pastels http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/parlour-pastels Look 1:
Najah wears:
White T-shirt R199, OBR at Truworths
Diamanté necklace R349, Forever New
Floral necklace, R330 Lovisa
Floral bomber jacket R450, Truworths
Sequined shorts R300, Traffic at Honey Child



Look 2
Najah wears:
Sequined bodycon dress R699, Sissy Boy
Diamanté cuffs R229 each, Forever New
Metallic heels R400, Sissy Boy



Look 3:
Morgan wears:

Tailored waistcoat R950, Jorge
Diamanté cluster necklace R319, Topshop
Diamanté rope necklace R279, Topshop





credits:
Photography: Damon Fourie at Supernova
Photographer’s assistant: Loucas Polydorou
Fashion: Bev Nates
Fashion assistants: Brodi Deere and Taryn Aziz
Fashion intern: Bo-Kelly Counsel
Model: Morgan at Boss Models and Najah at Max Models
Hair: Mary Gouveia at Supernova
Makeup: Renee de Wit
Shot on location at Petticoat Parlour: 021 434 9484



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Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Parlour Tones- Must have items http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/parlour-tones-must-have-items Where to buy:

Wrap Dress R699, Ronald Sasson
Ebelissed blouse R350, Woolworths with necklace R380, Jangi
Clutch R349, Accessorize
Lace shift dress R325, Woolworths
Track pants R299, Woolworths
Colour block bag R180, Fashion Express
Braclet Stack R99.95, Woolworths
Chandeler Earrings R79.95, Woolworths
Ring stack R39, Fashion Express
Houndstooth Satchel R99.99, Mr Price
Pink skater skirt R89.99, Mr Price
Geometric necklace R59.99, Mr Price

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Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:00 +0200
New Age Florals http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/new-age-florals

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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:00 +0200
Print Overload http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/print-overload Leggings

• Leopard print leggings R449/R300, Iron Fist @zando.co.za
• Rose printed leggings R59.99, Mr Price
• Printed floral leggings R59.99, Mr Price
• Abstract printed leggings R39.99, Mr Price


Knits

• Grey and white print knit R449, Von Zipper @zando.co.za
• Turquoise and orange print knit R139.99, Mr Price
• Black and white patterned knit R99.99, Mr Price
• Stone with heart knit R300, Foschini
• Black and white stripe cardigan R290, Inwear @Truworths


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Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:00 +0200
Monochrome Mania http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/monochrome-mania
Look 1- From Work to Weekend

Jumpsuit R949, Chica-Loca at zando.co.za
Striped blazer R470, Foschini
Black heel R449, Step Ahead



Or

White dress R899, Sissy Boy
Black jacket with white piping R799, Daniel Hechter at Truworths



Look 2- Sports Scene

“shut up” Sweater R69.99, Mr Price
Printed leggings R399, Jorge at Zando.co.za
Adidas wedge sneakers R899, Stuttafords
Quilted bag R549, Black Cherry at style36.co.za



Look 3- Day at the Market

Black shirt with white collar R1499, Witchery
Striped shorts R699, Sissy Boy
Sunglasses R2290, Miu Miu at Sunglass Hut
Cat print scarf R59, Fashion Express
Cork, black and white wedges R350, Foschini



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Thu, 08 Aug 2013 12:00 +0200
The Statement Jacket http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-statement-jacket
Houndstooth cape jacket, R370, Fashion Express
Black and white striped jacket R600, stylemology.com 
Cream military jacket R999, Forever New
Jacket R499 Inwear at Truworths
Metallic biker jacket R330, Mr Price
Pink linen parka R200, Mr Price
Printed bomber jacket R1499, Sissy Boy

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Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:00 +0200
Hunting Season http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/hunting-season Beat the winter chill with these country classics. Click on the pic below to see the full gallery.



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Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:00 +0200
Show Your Bow http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/show-your-bow
LOOK #1:
Alice band with bow R129, Topshop
Grey flared skirt with red bow R260, Identity
Mary Jane bow platform R169.99, Mr Price
Striped blue and white cardigan with green bow R199, Identity
Black and white bow ring R35, Foschini




  
LOOK #2:
Polka dot head band R89, Topshop
Grey cardigan R290, Inwear at Truworths
Peplum top with bow print R260, Foschini
Patent belt with bow R99, Foschini
Alice band with bow R129, Topshop
Pump with metal bow R89.99, Mr Price

 

 




 

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Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:00 +0200
Born To Be Wild http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/born-to-be-wild
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Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:00 +0200
Passionate about Prints http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/passionate-about-prints
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Wed, 29 May 2013 12:00 +0200
Gatsby Glam http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/gatsby-glam
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Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:00 +0200
Earn Your Stripes http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/earn-your-stripes
1. Best streaky finds – think sleek, classic lines when shopping for this must have piece.


• Monochrome stripe peplum top with a skinny red belt R349, Linx at Zando.
• Criss-cross band monochrome stripe dress R360, Foschini.
• Striped blazer R499, Foschini.
• Rouged stripe skirt R749, Errol Arendz at Zando.
• Sling-back stripe heels R1499,95, Stylemology.com





2. Great solid matches and complimentary accessories – In-your-face coloured accessories will give your new buy an extra it edge.

• Horse-printed bow headband R20, Mr Price.
• Gold chandelier necklace R79,99, MR Price.
• Re cut-out court heel R319, Footwork at Zando.
• Neon and black beaded earrings R329, Witchery at Stuttafords.
• Colour blocked patent clutch R349, Charles and Keith.
• Gold and black single stripe court heel R399, Charles and Keith.





Stockists:
Foschini 
Mr Price
Zando
Stuttafords
Stylemology

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Wed, 22 May 2013 12:00 +0200
Hot Mama http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/hot-mama
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Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

American Swiss 
Fashion Express
Mr Price
Shoe City
Woolworths  
Edgars
Queenspark
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Wed, 08 May 2013 12:00 +0200
Blogger Crush http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/blogger-crush Raya Rossi's beautifully accessorised, quirky and ever-changing style. While Raya is not a big celeb style follower, she totally loves Olivia Palermo's wardrobe (as we love hers!). Here are some of Raya's favourite looks.

Look 1: Utility
Army overload with a feminine chain-link twist. Even her nail polish was khaki - love!

Credits
Green jersey: Billabong
Army pants: Mr Price
Backpack: Black Cherry at Zando
Black boots: Carvela at Spitz
Shirt: Zara


Look 2: Black & White
Raya: 'A bit of monochromatic obsession happening in my world right now...'

Credits
Leopard jacket: Zara
Polka top: Country Road at Woolworths
Pants: Edgars
Boots: Zoom at Zando



Look 3: Glimmer
Bold knits and tailored gold trousers are a great way of pulling off a stylish, yet laidback look.

Raya: 'Fell in love immediately with these super-hot shoes from Rage. To die for right?'

Credits
Jersey: Sissy Boy
Shoes: Rage


Stay close for our next Blogger crush expose.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:00 +0200
Utility Wear http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/utility-wear

LOOK #1:
Camo shirt R129.99, Mr Price.
Skirt R89.99, Mr Price.
Earrings R29.99, Mr Price.
Ring R699, American Swiss.
Watch R1 999, Fossil (Also available at American Swiss)
Boots R345, Rage.


LOOK #2:
Sequin top R599, Sissy Boy.
Pale pink biker R439, Rage.
Camo skinny pants R129.99, Mr Price.
Necklace R2 299, American Swiss.
Bag R1 899, Guess.
Heels R169.99, Mr Price.


LOOK #3:
White dress R119.99, Mr Price.
Coat R249.99, Mr Price.
Spectacles R19.99, Mr Price.
Earrings R149, Accessorize.
Ring R49, Foschini.
Heels R999, Guess.
Clutch R349, Mat & May.


Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

Accessorize
American Swiss
Foschini
Fossil
Mr Price
Guess
Sissy Boy 
Forever New
Luella
Rage
Mat & May

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Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:00 +0200
Ain't Nothing But a Houndstooth http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/aint-nothing-but-a-houndstooth
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Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

Mr Price
Foschini
Rage
Shoe City

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Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:00 +0200
Boldly Go... http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/boldly-go
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Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

Mr Price
Fashion Express
American Swiss
Foschini
Guess
Luxco
Rage
Sissy Boy 
Zando



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Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:00 +0200
All Day, All Night http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/all-day-all-night
LOOK #1: DAY
Green shirt R59.99, Mr Price.
Pencil skirt R250, Foschini.
Black waterfall jacket R1 100, Guess.
Ring R29.99, Mr Price.
Earrings R699, Sterns.
Shoes R269, Rage.
Bag R599, Accessorize.
LOOK #1: NIGHT
Green shirt R59.99, Mr Price.
Shorts R599, Sissy Boy.
Necklace R69.99, Mr Price.
Ankle boots R179.99, Mr Price.
Clutch R399, Forever New.
 
 
LOOK #2: DAY
Dress R1 200, Guess.
Checked shirt R699, Guess.
Hair clip R39.99, Mr Price.
Pumps R599, Forever New.
Bag R1 999, Guess.


LOOK #2: NIGHT
Dress R1 200, Guess.
Head band R19.99, Mr Price.
Earrings R89, Foschini.
Heels R849, Luella.
Clutch R399, Luella.
 

Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

Foschini
Mr Price
Guess
Sissy Boy 
Forever New
Luella
Rage
Shoe City
Sterns

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Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:00 +0200
Ear Candy http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/ear-candy
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Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

Accessorize
Mr Price
Sterns
Shimansky
Fashion Express
Donna Claire

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Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:00 +0200
Sheer Elegance http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/sheer-elegance
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Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

Mr Price
Guess
Sissy Boy 
Picot & Moss
Forever New

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Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:00 +0200
Live Dangerously http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/live-dangerously
Sporty Luxe Vs Animal Print
Get sporty-funky in animal print by keeping your colours neutral and sticking to simple lines. Each element of your outfit will be a statement on its own, from wedges to sneakers to the animal-print biker jacket.

1. Jacket R395, Foschini.
2. Track pants R240, Foschini.
3. Wedge sneakers R399, Foschini.
4. Watch R1 699, Fossil (Also available at American Swiss).
5. Ring R19.99, Mr Price.
6. Bag R1 699, Guess.


Monochrome Stripes Vs Winter Floral
Winter floral is a bold, but sophisticated trend, and you can't go wrong by teaming it with a subtle monochrome.

1. Shirt R79.99, Mr Price.
2. Blazer R470, Foschini.
3. Pencil skirt R199.95, Edgars.
4. Heels R200, Fashion Express.
5. Bag R699, Accessorize.
6. Earrings R29.99, Mr Price.
 



Fringing Vs Abstract Prints
Prints turn any look from drab to fab, so create your own rock-chick style by teaming print with a sexy fringe skirt.

1. Shirt R699, Guess.
2. Jacket R249.99, Mr Price.
3. Skirt R1 800, Guess.
4. Boots R899, Luella.
5. Bag R499, Aldo.
6. Ring R29.99, Mr Price.
7. Earrings R29.99, Mr Price.


Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

Accessorize
Aldo
American Swiss
Edgars
Fashion Express
Foschini 
Fossil
Guess
Luella
Mr Price

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Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:00 +0200
Sweet Sixties http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/sweet-sixties
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Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

Edgars
Foschini
Mr Price
Guess
Sissy Boy 
Picot & Moss
Sunglass Hut
Forever New

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Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:00 +0200
This Week's Trendiest Finds http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/this-weeks-trendiest-finds
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Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

Foschini
Mr Price
Fossil
Aldo
American Swiss
Guess
Edgars
Sissy Boy 
Bronx

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Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:00 +0200
V-Day Glam http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/v-day-glam
LOOK #1: ROCK CHIC

1. Top R49.99, Mr Price.
2. Skirt R49.99, Mr Price.
3. Clutch R499, Luella.
4. Heels R899, Luella.
5. Earrings R350, Green Queen.
6. Ring R350, Green Queen.
 


LOOK #2: GIRL-NEXT-DOOR GOES GLAM

1.
Dress R79.99, Mr Price.
2.
Clutch R249, Charles & Keith.
3.
Watch R220, Babette.
4.
Heels R350, Foschini.
5.
Earrings R29.99, Mr Price.

Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

Charles & Keith
Babette
Foschini
Luella
Mr Price
Green Queen

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Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:00 +0200
Queen Of Hearts http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/queen-of-hearts
From cuddly PJs and gorgeous underwear to adorable accessories, this Valentine's Day booty will make your February even more lovelicious.

Click on the reel below to view the full gallery.


Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

Fashion Express
Foschini
Mr Price
Accessorize
Woolworths

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Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:00 +0200
How To Dress For The Met http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/how-to-dress-for-the-met Errol Arendz, South African designer of women's couture, shoes and the ready-to-wear collection, DuSud, gives his top style tips on what you should be wearing to the J&B Met this year.

1. Keep it classy, and don't go OTT. You want to be chic and sexy, not carnivalesque.

2. Be daring - the Met is your chance to be a little bit more adventurous, so go for bold and bright colours, and prints that make you stand out.

3. Stick to the theme: this year it's ‘Made to Fly', so wear something daring and fun.

4. It's usually extremely hot on the day, so a dress in a light fabric is your best option. And don't forget the sunscreen!

5. Hats are out, fascinators are in - wear one that compliments your outfit. If you are wearing a bold dress, keep the fascinator simple. If you want your head to be the main attraction, opt for a simple, chic dress.

6. A great way to stand out in the crowd is to wear seriously sexy sky-high heels. A good trick to keep your heels from sinking into the ground is to wear heel protectors.

7. There is nothing more beautiful than a peep-toe shoe revealing beautifully manicured toenails.

8. Neon is very in - add brighter-than-bright accessories and you will be stylishly on trend.

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Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:00 +0200
Hot Under The Collar http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/hot-under-the-collar
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Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

Fashion Express
Foschini
Mr Price
Accessorize
Sass Diva
Donna Claire

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Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:00 +0200
Short Order http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/short-order
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Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!


Fashion Express
Foschini
Mr Price
Woolworths
Jay Jays
Forever New

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Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:00 +0200
Bold Basics http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/bold-basics
LOOK #1:
1. White ruffle button stand shirt R190, Foschini.
2. Black headband R49, Truworths.
3. Pale coral shorts R79.99, Mr Price.
4. Tan structured bag R1 369, Green Cross.
5. Cap-toe heels R340, Truworths.
6. Diamante pendant necklace R249, Accessorize.


 
LOOK #2:
1. Animal printed trousers R325, Woolworths.
2. Mint peplum top R59.99, Mr Price.
3. Green tote bag R699, Accessorize.
4. Diamante pendant necklace R249, Accessorize.
5. Cap-toe heels R340, Truworths.

LOOK #3:
1. Blue peplum shift dress R140, Fashion Express.
2. Cobalt blazer R440, Foschini.
3. Skinny animal belt R99, Foschini.
4. Watch R3 699, Michael Kors at American Swiss.
5. Tiger pendant necklace R189, Accessorize.
6. Cap-toe heels R340, Truworths.


LOOK #4:

1. Animal printed trousers R325, Woolworths.
2. Cobalt blazer R440, Foschini.
3. White ruffle button stand shirt R190, Foschini.
4. Green tote bag R699, Accessorize.
5. Gold and coral collar necklace R90, Foschini.
6. Cap-toe heels R340, Truworths.


LOOK #5:

1. Mint peplum top R59.99, Mr Price.
2. Pale coral shorts R79.99, Mr Price.
3. Green tote bag R699, Accessorize.
4. Diamante pendant necklace R249, Accessorize.
5. Cap-toe heels R340, Truworths.


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Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:00 +0200
Shoe Crush http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/shoe-crush
THE CONCEALED PLATFORM
This shoe is great if you need a little extra height. Bonus: they are super-comfy, so you'll be able to dance the night away no problem.

1. Mint patent heel R159.99, Mr Price.
2. Teal suede ankle-strap heel R360, Truworths.
3. Turquoise and red heel R420, Foschini.
4. Strappy cerise heel R449, FFC New York at Zando.


THE STATEMENT SHOE
These stunners are not for the faint-hearted, but if you want to add the ultimate wow factor to your outfit, you've got to slip on a pair of these heels.

1. Black and neon printed wedge R179.99, Mr Price.
2. Multi-coloured studded heels R559, Plum at Zando.
3. Red studded shoe R679, Wild at Zando.


THE WEDGE
Not only is this option the most comfortable one, it's also a great way to look taller and more slender.

1. Turquoise and cobalt wedge R129.99, Mr Price.
2. Zigzag printed cobalt wedge R180, Fashion Express.
3. Coral flatform wedge R249, Rage at Zando.
4. Peep-toe knot cobalt wedge R250, Shoe City.
5. Beige cork wedge R260, Identity.
6. Multi-coloured printed wedge R260, Identity.
7. Tan and orange cork wedge R799, Luella.
8. Orange ankle peep-toe wedge R1 432, Messeca at Zando.


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Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:00 +0200
Be Bold! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/be-bold
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Found something you like? Click on any of the below stockists to get your hands on that must-have item ASAP!

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Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:00 +0200
Party Favours http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/party-favours
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Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:00 +0200
Summer Funk http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/summer-funk-pg1
Now, swimwear is so pretty you've got to show it off! This playful bikini is easy on the pocket - and very easy on the eye.

THE SWIMSUIT

Bikini top R39.99 and bikini bottom, R39.99, Mr Price.

OPTION 1
Get your grunge on with this cool, see-through top by Diesel - perfect for showing off your bikini and just the right amount of midriff. Pair it will a sassy wedge, and you're ready to rock.

Sheer top R1 199, Diesel
Shorts R240, Foschini
Printed wedges R599, Luella

>>>Go To Option 2





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Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:00 +0200
Beach To Boogie http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/beach-to-boogie-pg1
So, you’ve signed up for a day of sunning but, as you know, summer is the season of last-minute sundowners, which can easily turn into an all-night party.

To make sure you look ‘pulled together’ enough to make the transition from day to night, you need a funky, versatile swimsuit and few clever accessories and cover-ups.

Here’s a collection of trendy pieces you’ll want to keep handy these holidays.

Swimsuit R279,95, Kelso at Edgars

OPTION 1

Maxi dress with gold belt R1 599, Forever New
Shell Cuff R169, Forever New
Butterfly ring R299, American Swiss
Purple open toe wedges R399, Plum at Zando


>>>Go To OPTION 2



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Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:00 +0200
Tag Queen: Embellished Skirt http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/tag-queen-embellished-skirt
All you need is one item to create four super-stylish looks. Click on the reel below to find out how you can spice up the same outfit in four different ways.

This week's STAR BUY: Embellished skirt, R999, Zara


CREDITS:

Photography: Frank Ellis
Hair & Makeup: Shahnaz Cola Wrensch at Supernova

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Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:00 +0200
Colour Confidential http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/colour-confidential
Click on the reel below to browse our fab, new summery shoot.



CREDITS:
Photography: Dewald Daniels at Vistech
Fashion: Bev Nates
Photographer’s assistant: Chris Rayne
Fashion assistants: Kim Mitha and Andrea Albertyn
Model: Jannel McKenzie at Fusion Models
Hair: Mary Gouveia using Ghd from Supernova
Makeup: Linda O’Connell at Gloss Artist Management
Location: Banksia Boutique Hotel
 
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Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:00 +0200
Timeless Chic http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/timeless-chic
So, we decided to select some of the most gorgeous items from retailers around the country. Now you can recreate this fun style with a playful, modern twist.

From two-tone pumps and pearl bracelets to timeless sunnies, browse our gallery below and pick your favourites.

 

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Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:00 +0200
Shoe Raid http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/shoe-raid
What can be sexier than a pair of perfectly manicured toes peeping out of beautiful summer shoes? Choose a stand-out-from-the-crowd pair in vibrant colours, go ultra-feminine in pretty pastels or enjoy this season’s fixation with all things floral. Whatever the occasion, you’ll love this collection.


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Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:00 +0200
Copycat Cool http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/copycat-cool
1. Vest R290, Jo Borkett
2. Jacket R100, FATE at Stuttafords
3. Shorts R500, Jorge @ Stuttafords
4. Necklace R160, Lovisa
5. Heels R1 799.95, Ted Baker at Stuttafords


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Tue, 02 Oct 2012 12:00 +0200
Do The Polka http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/do-the-polka
Give polka dots a tomboyish twist by pairing it with cropped or tailored trousers.

Make the look even more stylish with modern, menswear shirts, nicely cut jackets and feminine shoes.

Roll up the cuffs for a fashion-forward twist.

Since they’re not overwhelming, you can safely wear polka-dot pants to the office with a tucked-in blouse or blazer.

Pair giant polka dots with Oxford shoes to give the look a retro feel.

If you want to go casual opt for a pair of skinny jeans in polka dots paired with a loose, white T-shirt and a sling bag.

For a more formal vibe, get an ‘on trend’ sheer blouse and pair it with statement jewellery.

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Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:00 +0200
How To Wear: Crochet http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/how-to-wear-crochet-pg1

Possibly the best way to rock this look, this summer sees a plethora of gorgeous, colourful crocheted dresses that are perfect for slipping over your swimsuit to take you straight from the beach to the bar. Find something simple, like a crochet vest dress in a pop of colour, and accessorise it with a handful of chunky bangles and a sexy wedge. Pale sorbet colours look amazing on a darker complexion or with a slight tan.


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Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:00 +0200
COSMO's Guide To Summer http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/cosmos-guide-to-summer-pg1

The statement necklace is back, but this time around it's less fancy. Gone are the diamonds, jewels and pearls. The new look is more homespun and artistic, crafted out of mixed metals and earthy hues. What's even better about this comeback piece is that it can be worn as comfortably with jeans and a T-shirt as it can with a cocktail dress.


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Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:00 +0200
Style Spy http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/style-spy-pg1

For a big night out, opt for old Hollywood glam with a modern twist. Fashion-forward Kate never gets it wrong when it comes to the show-stopper gown. Follow in her footsteps with an asymmetrical dress, perfect for a stylish cocktail party or a formal corporate event. Stay true to the sleek, classic silhouette by teaming this gorgeous pocket-saver dress with simple black and gold accessories.

RECREATE THE LOOK BELOW

Dress R180, Fashion Express (great buy!)
Heels R449, Queue Shoes
Ring R90, Foschini
Metallic clutch bag R250, Foschini
 



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Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:00 +0200
Look Perfect In Statement Print http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/look-perfect-in-statement-print
This season the fashion industry are (literally) dipping their fingers into the paint-tub, as quirky, abstract art and splashes of colourful print are the hottest new look on the runway. Creative designers have taken inspiration from such unlikely sources such as puddles, mud and unwashed paintbrushes in a look that translates into an innovative array of patterns and random colour splashes. The only rule when it comes to these creative masterpieces… is that there are no rules.

Here are a few tips on how to wear this trend:


When shopping for this style, look for the most eccentric prints, and mix them with other spring trends such as leather, lace and mesh. The trick here is for the item to look like an unfinished painting.
You don't have to stick to a colour palette. Instead, feel free to take your pick from bright hues, pastels or even metallic shades.
If worn correctly, the multi-tone print trend can elongate your silhouette. For example, team a multi-tone printed top with a high-waisted skirt and cinch your waistline in with a belt, tailored jacket and fitted pants.
Another way to wear this look is under sheer layers or kaftans, which gives it a sensual edge.
Because this trend is fairly random in terms of textile and colours, you don't want to mix it with other prints, as this will confuse the look. Choose one printed garment, and let it be the star.

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Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:00 +0200
Build a Basic Work Wardrobe http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/build-a-basic-work-wardrobe How To Have Style (Gotham), on creating perfect work ensembles.

1. Purchase a few versatile pieces that are good for interviews, as well as wearing to work once you land that dream job: a great, tailored all-seasons suit in a neutral color (jacket, pants, shirt); high-waisted shorts, waistcoasts, button-down shirts; a few bright blouses; some pencil skirts; a coat or a light trench, and a good, classic handbag that you'll have forever.

2. You don't have to buy a lot of clothes. Only splurge on a few fabulous, high-quality items that will never go out of style.

3. Expand your basic wardrobe by adding some unique pieces, like cigarette-style, or carrot pants.

4. Tops with tiny prints lend some personality without losing their professional feel.

5. Give your pants more mileage by adding a brightly-coloured cardigan and platform shoes. A belt is a great way to update a neutral cardigan.

6. A knee-length, short-sleeve dress is always great when paired with a stylish blazer to wear twice a week.


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Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:00 +0200
Wardrobe Wonders http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/wardrobe-wonders-pg1

A Well-Fitted Printed Suit Jacket
Stick to single breasted one-buttoned jackets. A slimmer fit is more flattering for any silhouette. Prints are also a great way of breaking a colour or pulling any look together.

A Statement Necklace
A bold neckpiece adds that extra punch to any look, whether it be a printed T-shirt or a plain, black dress. It will also help to frame your face.

OTT Heels
Channel your inner glamour girl with a pair of show-stopping heels. Being comfortable is key, but in the fashion world, pain and beauty go hand in hand with a pair of killer heels. In the end, it's worth it…


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Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:00 +0200
Become a Trendsetter http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/become-a-trendsetter
Being a trendsetter doesn't mean you should ignore trends, it just means you should pick and choose elements you like and translate them into something you can call your own.

A beautiful woman oozes confidence, so the first rule when becoming a trendsetter is to always make sure you choose clothes that fit you well, complement your body type and make you feel comfortable and sexy. Don't hide behind your 'imperfections' - work them, and make them beautiful.

You can't set trends if you don't know what your personal style is. Find a 'theme' that works for you, e.g. a preppy look, a romantic look, boho, tomboy or heroine chic, and work within that paradigm.

Forget about the term 'less is more', and embrace 'more is more' instead. Don't be afraid to layer clothing, stack necklaces on top of each other or cover your fingers with

large rings. Playing and experimenting with fashion is what will make your style unique.

To create your own signature style, read widely about fashion. Tap into the world of fashion blogs and magazines.

We all have role models we want to look and dress like. Use your role models as inspiration and add a few of your own personal touches, creating your own signature style.

Remember, fashion is a way of expressing yourself. Have fun with it, and let your personality shine through.

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Thu, 21 Jun 2012 12:00 +0200
How To Wear Capes http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/how-to-wear-capes-pg1
Below are a few things that should be considered before choosing a cape.

If you're tall, always go for longer capes so it doesn't look like you've raided your younger sister's cupboard.
If you're short, opt for cropped capes that are proportionate to your body type. Capes that end around the hip are best because they lengthen you.
If you're fuller-figured, go for a streamlined cape so that it doesn't make you look too bulky. Remember, capes are already voluminous.
If you're pear-shaped, opt for a cape with a belt, which will accentuate your waistline.

 


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Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:00 +0200
Snakeskin Is The New Leopard http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/snakeskin-is-the-new-leopard
When mixing and matching this hot trend, be wary of acid colours - unless it's a trim or a small one-piece like a belt. Stick to solid jewel tones like jade, burgundy or navy.

A great (and bold) way of taking this trend to the next level is by rocking snakeskin from head to toe. A beautiful snakeskin blouse paired with a leather pencil skirt with snakeskin detail and über-high snakeskin heels keeps the look tonal and stylish.

Feeling a bit timid about this exotic trend? Simply dress up your LBD with a bold and bright skinny snakeskin belt, a multi-coloured snakeskin envelope clutch and black snakeskin heels.

Here are a few must-have snakeskin items for you to check out:

BELOW: Snakeskin dress, R699, Sissy Boy (H/O: 021 506 4600). Necklace, R175, Sass Diva (0860 109 451). Snakeskin heel, R1 350, Witchery at Stuttafords (H/O: 011 879 1000). Belt, R400, Witchery at Stuttafords.




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Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:00 +0200
Hot Velvet http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/hot-velvet-pg1

Every woman should have a great velvet jacket in her wardrobe. You can wear it almost like a tuxedo jacket with a ruffled blouse or a crisp, white shirt. You can also team a velvet blazer with a pair of jeans. When you pair velvet with denim or a menswear-inspired fabric like tweed, the contrast will make your look really stylish.


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Wed, 23 May 2012 12:00 +0200
Carrot Pants http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/carrot-pants-pg1
Carrot pants can make your legs look short and thick, so the best thing to do is to wear them with heels, the higher the better. Try choosing fitted tops and blouses when wearing these pants in order to balance the outfit - the fullness of the pants can make your silhouette overly baggy. When it comes to accessorising, keep things as simple as possible.

The easiest way to wear carrot pants is to team them with a pair of high–heeled sandals or shoes, a printed or plain T-shirt and a leather jacket. If you opt for a blazer too, you'll have the perfect office look. A stylish trick would be to match a pair of carrot jeans with a vintage tee.


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Wed, 16 May 2012 12:00 +0200
Trendy Tunics http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/trendy-tunics
High, structured necklines might seem to scream 'granny!' but it's exactly the look that will edge up your winter wardrobe. The structured tunic has made a big fashion comeback, so embrace your inner prep-school kid and get the look this season.

An awesome way to update a basic tunic is to liven it up by going for a winter colour trend such as acid tones or neon. Amp up your work wardrobe by teaming tailored grey trousers with a jazzy, neon-yellow tunic.

Another way to work this look is with the tunic dress. Shorten that hemline and add a touch of sixties glam to a night out with girls. Team up this look with a thigh-high wedge boot or an OTT pair of heels for an extra bit of va-va-voom.

The tunic can feel a bit too structured for some people. If this is the case for you, texture can help solve this problem. For example, a cashmere knitted tunic could soften the 'boxy' shape. A printed, flowy tunic also helps by adding some movement and creating a less conservative look.

A tunic can be a girl's best friend, as the silhouette can be quite forgiving. Don't be afraid to take last year's tunic to another level with some of the season's hottest trends and accessories such as faux fur gillets, fitted embellished jackets or bold, in-your-face neck pieces.

Can't find one? Check out this cute tunic from Zando.

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Wed, 09 May 2012 12:00 +0200
Body Trends http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/body-trends Ruffled Dress: Best For a Small Chest
The frilly top creates fullness and, with a hemline that’s short, you can really show off your legs.

Wide-Leg Jeans: Best For Thick Thighs
A higher waist emphasises narrow hips, and a flared or wide leg offsets the width of your thighs.

Full Skirt: Best For Short Legs
You gotta love the voluminous miniskirt - it makes legs look long and lean by comparison.

Belted romper: Best For a Round Middle
A strapless romper places the focus on your décolletage and legs, while the belt defines your waist.

Long Dress: Best For a Large Bum
No matter what you’ve got back there, this will hide it… and a V-neck draws attention upwards.

Seventies-Style Top: Best For a Big Bust
The roomy fit gives your girls some room to breathe. Wear it slightly unbuttoned for a hint of cleavage.

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Wed, 02 May 2012 12:00 +0200
Plunging Necklines http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/plunging-necklines
The best way to pull off a plunging neckline is to go naked underneath, but if you can’t imagine yourself bra-less, opt for lacy underwear. A lace bra with a bold style or even a bold print could work. Then, pair your plunging neckline with a structured bottom to balance out your outfit. Think of the seventies vintage trend and take inspiration from it - a plunging top goes well with wide-legged pants or a midi skirt. Pairing your plunging neckline with something structured or masculine creates contrast. A suit jacket with a plunging neckline looks great with a dress; opt for sheer fabrics for a more feminine, sensual style.

Jewellery should be eliminated or worn very moderately, making sure you leave your neckline as the main attraction. If you are going to accessorise wear a tiny, structured handbag and a pointy-toe shoe to keep things from looking over-the-top sexy. Keep your hair tied back in a sexy bed-head bun, a loose fishtail or a plait. Your makeup should be subtle and alluring. And don’t forget the rule of only flaunting one body part at a time.
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Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:00 +0200
Eco-Friendly Fashion http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/eco-friendly-fashion-pg1
Baby Steps It's tricky trying to master the art of looking chic while doing your bit for the environment. Don't try to revamp your entire wardrobe overnight – instead, go scouting for something small to add to your ensemble, like a handbag.

You can find a selection of Wren bags on the racks at The Designgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town. Made from quality, natural materials, these one-of-a-kind pieces are not only stylish, but also sensitive to the environment. And if you're too busy to head out to the shops, there are a variety of online stores to check out.

Try www.babazeka.co.za - they stock a range of green goodies including contemporary homemade bags.
DIY Design
Take It From The Pros

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Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:00 +0200
Forties-Style Fashion http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/forties-style-fashion-pg1
Tip #1: The Pencil Skirt The forties brought fame to the on-the-knee hemline in a look that's both conservative and sexy. Copy the style straight from the runway with a tailored blazer, a pin-striped shirt and a simple clutch bag, all serving to complement the classic pencil skirt. If you want to make a statement, be bold with your colours. Try something like Jonathan Saunders' shocking pink skirt, for example, which features a panelled front complete with heavily stitched trims.
Tip #2: The Pussy-Bow Blouse
Tip #3: The Fedora

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Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:00 +0200
Gear Up For a Cosy Duo http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/gear-up-for-a-cosy-duo-pg1
Get Layered The word on the street is layers, and lots of them. Autumn can get a bit breezy, and designers like Prada are bringing fashionistas some interesting layering options to keep snug. Think: sleeveless coats falling over A-line wrap-around skirts over full-legged pants (quite an offbeat look). You'll still experience the occasional sun rays during this season, so it's always smart to wear something that can easily slip off - opt for a quick pullover or a soft, black coat over a fitted top.

Do mix and match. Combining different fabrics, like silk and snakeskin, is a bold move and gives your outfit interesting textures.

Don't go out wearing knee-socks. This awful, old-school Britney look is not sexy. If you want to be warm on your date, tights with a skirt and high boots are perfect (and sexy). Go no further.
Give Your Feet a Rest
How Low Should You Go?

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Wed, 07 Mar 2012 12:00 +0200
Belt It Out http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/belt-it-out
Here are a few tips to help you get the look:

When wearing a tucked in shirt with a skirt you need a wide, snugly fitting obi belt to hide lumps and bumps and to clinch in your silhouette. But if you're wearing a loose-fitting dress or a long, flowing skirt, wear a leather belt loosely slung around your hips so that it sits lower than your waistline. This gives a shapeless dress an interesting silhouette.

When you're layering your clothing and it's making you feel a bit frumpy, a belt can be the perfect accessory. Try a bright, shiny belt of any width. A belt that fits snugly around your waist is both eye-catching and makes you look thinner.

If your outfit is busy with a lot of loud patterns and colours, contain the chaos with a solid, embellished belt. Because your outfit is already colourful, stick to a belt in a single colour. Jewel tones like emerald green and ruby red are trendy this season. Not only does the belt keep your outfit 'together', it also creates a break in the 'busy-ness'.

If you're wearing a big jacket or blazer and you're making this item the centerpiece of your outfit, all you need to keep it current is to accessorise with a heavy-duty belt. Wide belts keep unbuttoned jackets closed, and give an hourglass look to your figure.

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Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:00 +0200
Get Nautical http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/get-nautical
Coco Chanel first introduced the sailor-look for women in France all the way back in 1917, and since then, it's never really gone out of fashion, with designers reinventing the stripe practically every season. Stripes are easy to fall in love with, but remember to always choose them according to the shape of your body. The way clothes look has a lot to do with optical illusion: Traditionally, horizontal stripes have a classical feel, but you should avoid them if you are big-breasted or have a bit of a belly. The same thing applies if you have a big bum or wide thighs. But, if your shape is straight and boyish, horizontal stripes will make you look curvier and more feminine.

Vertical stripes have the power to elongate your silhouette, while vertically striped skirts, shorts and trousers make your legs look longer, which ultimately makes you look taller than you actually are. As for the size of the stripes, smaller or thinner stripes are more elegant and make you look slimmer, while wider stripes can broaden the silhouette. The success of the sailor look ultimately boils down to the colour and style of the stripes. Black and white stripes are a timeless classic, while the blue and the white are more about a retro sailor look. If you choose colours like red, pink or yellow, be careful not to overdo it as you could end up looking like a Christmas tree. So, if you opt for a simple T-shirt with red and white stripes, match it with a solid bottom, such as a plain white or red skirt, shorts or pants.

Tips For Wearing Stripes:
Stripes can be worn with accessories, but keep them simple. Big, chunky bracelets, cocktail rings or necklaces in a matching colour are your best options.

Do not mix colours. If you choose to wear blue stripes, forget about that purple bag. Rather, choose a white, navy, black or even a red bag to compliment the colour of the stripes.

If you're choosing to go for a subtle sailor-look, opt for a striped bag, but then be sure to pair it with a plain outfit and avoid other prints such as flowers or animal prints.

Stripes are busy, so don't overdo them. One stripey item is enough.

If you want to look classically French, opt for blue stripes against a white background.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2012 12:00 +0200
Turn Heads http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/turn-heads-pg1
Barrettes A barrette, or a pretty hair clip, can complete any outfit. Hair clips have always been the most popular types of hair accessories, but in 2012 they've gone up a notch or three. If your hair is really short or styled in a bob, wearing a sparkly, diamanté barrette is an easy way to dress up your hair. Remember to keep the size of your barrette petite, especially if your hair is really short, so that it doesn't overpower your face.
Sunhats
Headbands
Stretchy Bands

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Wed, 01 Feb 2012 12:00 +0200
Your International Shopping Guide http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/your-international-shopping-guide-pg1
PARIS Shopping in Paris is almost as magical as the city itself. You can choose to head straight to the Champs-Èlysées, where you'll find chain stores such as H&M and Zara, as well as luxury shops like Gucci and Prada. In order to benefit as much as you can from your budget, make sure you visit the department stores first, as the designer boutiques will probably leave you with an empty purse. Not ideal. While it's tempting to waltz into Louis Vuitton, the likelihood of you waltzing straight back out again with a bad case of buyer's remorse, is, well, unlikely.

Best Buys: At H&M in Paris, you can expect to pay approximately €40 (R412) for a really nice leather jacket or blazer, between €10 (R102) and €15 (R155) for a cute vest or tee and €20 (R206) for a pair of pumps. Note: unlike other mass-produced stores, H&M's clothes are high in quality. At Zara, you're more likely to spend a bit more: about €50 (R514) on a dress or handbag, €40 on a cardigan and €35 (R360) on a pair of sandals.

Budget: It's best to take at least €400 to have a proper shopping spree. Trust us, while you might not buy a Louis Vuitton bag, you'll come out with more than you can handle (or fit in your suitcase!).

Be aware: When shopping in touristy areas like Montmartre and Pigalle (where you'll find cheap shops filled with bargain items), be aware of the men peddling bracelets below the Basilique du Sacré Coeur. Once they've attached the bracelet to your arm, they will try and force you to pay for it.
LONDON
HONG KONG
SYDNEY

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Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:00 +0200
Shoes Every Girl Should Own http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/shoes-every-girl-should-own-pg1
Shoe guru, Meghan Cleary, has spent years studying women's relationships with their footwear, and believes it reveals a lot. 'The types of shoes you own can show your state of mind and mood, especially in summer, when your boots are locked away until autumn,' she says. 'You might be a flats wearer on a Saturday, but a stiletto girl on Friday night.' In her book, The Perfect Fit (Creative Publishing) Cleary identifies up to 30 kinds of shoe personalities. 'Most women have two or three categories of shoes they're comfortable in,' she says. Wonder where you fit in? We've identified the eight main shoe categories and asked the experts what they say about you.



1. The Killer Stiletto Okay, we know they give us bunions and bad backs. But, oh, they look so good. And, despite what men might think, 'f**k me' shoes aren't just about sex. 'It's a power thing,' says designer Jonathan Kelsey, who worked for Jimmy Choo before leaving to design his own shoes. 'If you're towering above people, your confidence peaks. I have friends who wear specific pairs for when they want to conquer the world or get a dream date.' It's a curious contradiction - we feel powerful in them, even though we can barely walk - but Cleary says it makes sense. 'An alpha female doesn't need to be able to run. She embraces her raw, feminine power and isn't afraid to tell you what she wants.'
2. Ballet Flats, Loafers and Pumps
3. Platform Heels
4. Thongs and Flat Sandals
5. Peep-Toes, Strappy Heels and Teetering Wedges

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Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:00 +0200
Set The Trends http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/set-the-trends
The LBD is a timeless and elegant fashion statement. Reviving the little black dress is super-easy. A basic black dress can easily be taken from day to night if combined with amazing jewellery and trendy heels. Hollywood has however taken to a new trend: The LWD. It's fresh, classic and ladylike. A little white number is a great is guaranteed to turn heads… and no, it won't make you look like a bride.
- Kim Mitha, COSMO fashion assistant

'Saving up for a more expensive timeless coat is much better than buying 10 cheap ones, as it will never fall apart or lose its buttons. Never buy fake designer shoes - you can spot them a mile off. If you can't afford the real thing, buy something else.'
- Dita Von Teese

'Personally, the court heel is still the most comfortable and will always be a classic. This timeless shoe can be worn throughout the day and to any occasion.'
- Kim Mitha

'Comfortable, well-made underwear can re-sculpt the shape of your body. Cleansed, scrubbed and nourished skin is equally important: I recommend using a good exfoliate and body moisturiser.'
- Elle Macpherson

'Pearls have never dated and can be seen worn on bold and short chains or on dainty long strings.'
- Kim Mitha

Haven't had time to apply fake tan before your beach holiday? 'Choose a chocolate-coloured bathing suit to highlight your skin.'
- Liz Hurley

'A neutral colour, like black, chocolate or charcoal, is perfect for an everyday bag, because it works with whatever you have on.'
- Mischa Barton

'From feminine touches to bold and in-your-face bedazzlers, statement jewellery is a must. Combining the perfect necklace or a pair beautiful encrusted earrings with any simple garment will add that extra touch of glamour for any day or night look.'
- Kim Mitha

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Wed, 04 Jan 2012 12:00 +0200
Look Stylishly Chic http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/look-stylishly-chic

Chic Clutch
Whether it's beaded, sequined, or just simple satin, a tiny, strapless black handbag is essential to own. If you prefer a metallic or bold colour, make sure it goes with shoes and jewellery you already own otherwise you'll have to cough up a lot more cash for other accessories to make it work.

Stylish Daytime Bag
The perfect bag will be roomy enough to fit key accessories, but structured so that you don't look schlumpy. Camel, brown, and black are safe neutrals, but don't be afraid to go for eye-popping red.

Black Sling-Backs
Sling-backs are classy and sexy, and they can pull an outfit together fast. As long as the style has a skinny heel and clean lines, you're set. Leather has the longest life span.

A Classic Trench Coat

Nothing elevates your look like a traditional trench. For the most enduring look, opt for tan cotton and avoid bright colours and flashy fabrics. The best fit cinches at the waist and hits just below the knee. Wear it over both dresses and jeans.

Faux-Diamond Studs

Go for the latest faux diamonds, which cost one-tenth of real rocks. The trick is not to get your diamonds bigger than two carats or it will be a dead giveaway that your bling is bogus.

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Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:00 +0200
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny
Moschino and Betsey Johnson all showcased their own versions of polka dots at their spring fashion shows and now we have fashionistas Katy Perry and Victoria Beckham to thank for strutting those dots and bringing them back into fashion.

The print should always be the main attraction, so don't make it compete with other prints or sparkly accessories. If you're strutting your dots on the beach, make sure your other pieces are solid colours, and keep them as basic as possible so your polka-dot ensemble stands out. Example: a red and white polka-dot bikini completed with a plain black floppy sunhat and black flip-flops is a classic and stunning look.

MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE

For the petite woman, tiny polka dots are your best bet, as larger dots will be too overbearing for your body shape. Medium-sized polka dots or a mixture of small and big dots will work well with an average-sized body, while more dramatic dots compliment a larger body shape, particularly when the swimsuit has a fitted waist. If your polka dots seem to be stretching and appear to be oval in shape, ditch the bikini and go for a fuller swimsuit with dots that are perfectly shaped on your body. If your dots are large but not stretched on your garment, it creates the illusion that your body is slimmer than it actually is.

The beach can be a very intimidating place, so if you're not ready to jump into a polka-dot bikini just yet, ease into this look slowly. A little polka-dot hat or polka-dot shorts are trendy too, while summer sandals covered in dots or even a polka-dot beach bag will add a bit of 'pop' to your style.

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Wed, 14 Dec 2011 12:00 +0200
Cotton Candy http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/cotton-candy-pg1
On The Runway The Jason Wu Spring 2012 collection is filled with 'cotton candy' fashion pieces to satisfy your sugar craving. For example, the designer's collection features a pink Peplum pencil skirt paired with black gladiator sandals, a skinny black bow belt and an effortless plain white tank top. How's that for a cute Sex and The City-inspired look?
Blossoming Trend
Size Matters
Biggest Mistake

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Wed, 07 Dec 2011 12:00 +0200
Mix It Up http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/mix-it-up
Edgy Accessories Modernise:
Hardware belts can update a classic floral dress. A black belt cinches in your waist creating an elegant, hour-glass shape, while a chain belt adds an extra touch of glamour.

The Right Outfit Can Lengthen Your Body:
Big night out? Then a confident, flattering ensemble is in order. A long shirt left untucked is slimming when hooked up with a pair of belts, skinny black jeans and sky-high heels.

Business Gets Mixed With Pleasure: Pencil skirts needn't look serious. Dress one down with a casual vest, a tough motorcycle jacket and zip-up heels - a work-hard, play-hard look if we've ever seen one.

Channel Your Inner Biker Chick:
A gold chain belt expertly two-times as a necklace. And when it's paired up with tight black jeans, a slinky vest and a killer jacket, no one would even dare do the same to you.

Bright Solids and Busy Prints Play Nice: Canary yellow is the 'it' colour this season, so don't be shy about incorporating this bold shade into your outfits. Tuck a blouse into a pencil skirt, and add peep-toe heels for a sexy, yet sophisticated look.

Girlie Girl Meets Badass: Shoes with zip-detail and a studded bag toughen up a dainty flowered dress. Add a leather jacket for extra edgae. Who mixes biker and florals? Um, that would be you.

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Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:00 +0200
Add an Accessory http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/add-an-accessory-pg1
DO Always wear silver jewellery with black, grey or colourful shoes, such as blue or green.
Wear chunky rings - they always make a fierce statement.
Combine simple earrings with a bulky neckpiece, brooch or bag.
Try vintage clip-on earrings and scarves. You can easily find these at your local flea market - they are usually cheap and unique.
Make sure the colour of your belt matches your shoes and handbag at all times.
DON'T

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Wed, 16 Nov 2011 12:00 +0200
Your Guide To Clothes Swapping http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/your-guide-to-clothes-swapping-pg1
Invite Friends With Similar Styles The appeal of what's in the clothes swapping pool is crucial to the success of any swap. If you're girly-girl glam and your friends are more hippy than hipster, chances are you'll all leave disappointed. Invite friends whose style you admire or who have admired your style previously. That way, you'll all be sure to find something you like.
Choose and Prepare Pieces To Swap
Value and Assign Points To Items
Strategise
Leave Your Feelings at The Door

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Wed, 09 Nov 2011 12:00 +0200
Office Attire http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/office-attire-pg1
Pencil Skirts and Trendy Shirts The classic 'office look' is the pencil skirt and trendy shirt. Pencil skirts can be worn on or slightly under the knee, and are usually in plain, 'block' colours such as black, navy or grey. Because pencil skirts represent a very professional look, wear them with a trendy shirt of a different colour to add style. Match the colour of your shirt to your handbag or shoes, and you complete this conservative, but stylish look.

Do: Wear a leather pencil skirt - but only in brown, grey, caramel and nude colours.
Don't: Wear a black leather pencil skirt - it says 'biker babe' instead of 'working woman.'
Print Alert
Colour Code
Denim Dare
Friendly Florals

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Wed, 02 Nov 2011 12:00 +0200
Summer's Hottest Swimwear http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/summers-hottest-swimwear-pg1
TIPS

Always make sure your swimwear is the right size to avoid bulges.
Great support - control panels, inside lining and underwire - will help improve your silhouette.
Remember that not every style flatters every figure. Just because you like it, doesn't mean it suits you.
Always choose a colour that will complement your complexion and skin tone.
Use darker tones on the areas of your body you would like to slim down, and brighter colours on areas you want to show off.
Accessories and details on your swimwear such as belts, beads, bows, and ruffles will grab attention, so make sure these accessories are on the areas of your body that you want noticed.




Vintage-Style Swimsuits Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe? Yes, you can pull it off. High-waisted bikini bottoms paired with vintage prints are trendy, while fuller, cupped bikini tops and boy-legged bottoms also add a vintage touch to your suit. But don't overdo this look - always incorporate something modern, like a graphic print.
Ruffled Swimsuit
String Bikini
One-Piece

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Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:00 +0200
Palazzo Pants http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/palazzo-pants-pg1
DO Get a pair that sit slightly higher on your waist for the most elegant look. Tuck in your shirt and add a belt to accentuate your waist and make you look slimmer.

Wear them with a sheer blouse for a night out, or with a camisole or shirt for the office.

Be bold - palazzo pants come in a variety of designs and colours. For a playful look, get a pair in polka dots or a funky print. For a serious style statement, get a pair in colour block shades such as bright orange, and team it up with a white top. If you’re looking for sophistication and elegance, opt for black or nude tones.

Choose the right length. Your pants should graze the floor even when you're wearing platforms.
DON'T

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Fri, 14 Oct 2011 12:00 +0200
Rugby Chic http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/rugby-chic-pg1
Whether we're die-hard rugby fans crushing on Lambie, or simply there to support our boyfriends' number-one love, every now and then we find ourselves sitting in a rugby stadium. And, with the rugby World Cup happening right now, this sport is without a doubt a part of our daily lives. But just because we're cursing the ref and guzzling beer does not mean we have to leave fashion sense behind.

Here's how to dress for a rugby game without compromising on style.

DON'T • Dress like a rugby player. Just because you're unwinding and watching sport does not mean you have to rock up in stained shorts, gym socks and an oversized rugby jersey. Have fun and relax, but remember that being one of the boys for a few hours does not mean looking like a slob.
• Dress like a cheerleader. Micro-minis and tight, cropped shirts with your team's logo on will just look plain silly. Leave the pompoms (and the embarrassment) for the girls on the field.
• Overdress. You might think you look hot in your slinky LBD and sky-high heels, but everyone else thinks you look like an idiot. Save it for the club after the game.
• Try too hard. That is, don't take 'preppy chic' or 'dressing for rugby' too literally. This means no rugby boot-inspired stilettos, striped bobby socks or giant '2' on the back of a pink rugby jersey. This has 'hooker' written all over it - literally.
• Wear your favourite things. Your Jimmy Choo heel is bound to snap when your boyfriend jumps on top of you in a moment of passion and try-scoring. And someone will spill their brandy and coke on your favourite white shirt. And with all that pushing and shoving to get around the stadium, best leave the couture safely at home and don inexpensive clothes that don't have sentimental value.
DO

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Tue, 04 Oct 2011 12:00 +0200
Crochet Cool http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/crochet-cool
KEY TIPS:
Stick to neutral tones, as this will ensure a classier look, both for day and night. Unless you're very careful, primary colours can look tacky.
Avoid all-over crochet, as this look can quickly become overkill, and you want to be fresh and current - not a 70s throwback. That said, a pretty crocheted dress could look amazing at a cocktail party. Just remember, with crochet, less is more.
For the unconvinced, an option is to include small touches of crochet to your outfit such as an espadrille for daywear, a brooch or a crocheted clutch with bead detail for the evening.
During the day, team a crocheted, detailed waistcoat with a pretty floral vest, denim shorts and some tan ankle-boots (remember, boots are not only a winter shoe).
At night, choose black, grey or metallic colours. Picture a pencil dress in one of these shades with a black slip underneath and patent leather, high-heeled black courts. Can you say sexy rocker?

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Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:00 +0200
Organise Your Cupboard - For Good http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/organise-your-cupboard-for-good
First things first: Make sure your cupboard has good lighting. Being able to see is imperative to keeping things ordered and neat. Buy a few battery-operated dome lights and place them inside your cupboard.

As you hang stuff, treat your clothing like a filing system: place your dresses together, your pants side-by-side, and so on. Within each section, align things by colour on colour-coordinated hangers.

To save room, hang pants length-wise (don't fold them in half - that bulks them up) using hangers that have grips.

To store handbags, attach a belt rack vertically on the inside of your cupboard. By using the rack the bags won't bunch, and you'll save on shelf space.

Buy clear plastic boxes for your shoes
. They'll stay dust-free and easy to see. Instead of putting the boxes on the floor, place them on the top shelf. This way, you won't have to bend down to search for a pair.

Instead of stacking folded tanks and t-shirts in your drawers, try rolling them and placing them vertically. You'll be able to see everything, and when you pull one out nothing will get messed up.

Finally, tackle your intimates. Undergarments have a tendency to get jumbled together, but by buying special inserts you can keep your bras, socks, and underwear divided.

Need more storage options? Click here.

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Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:00 +0200
Wedge Espadrilles http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/wedge-espadrilles-pg1
Espadrilles are comfortable and versatile; you can wear them on a casual summer's day or glam them up by teaming them with a LBD. Wedges give you extra height, while still being comfortable to wear. What sets the espadrille apart from other wedges is the heel, which is made from rope or rubber that’s moulded to look like a rope. We love...

Here, a few tips on how to achieve super-sexiness with your espadrilles.

DO Make a statement with your espadrilles. They usually come in bright, bold designs, and the best way to show of all these details and accentuate your legs is to wear your wedges with a pair of shorts, a skirt, skinnies or maxi dress. If you opt for an evening dress or a smarter outfit, team it with either black or nude espadrilles.
DON'T

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Thu, 08 Sep 2011 12:00 +0200
Trendy Turbans http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/trendy-turbans-pg1
Tip #1: How To Pull Off The Perfect Day Turban Just as you would select a tote or pair of sandals to finish off your day look, a turban will add an elegant flare to a plain white T-shirt or a crisp, white shirt. For daytime a bright, fun colour would work well or even a stripy fabric to give that little edge to your summer maxi dress.
Tip #2: How To Pull Off The Perfect Night Turban

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Fri, 26 Aug 2011 12:00 +0200
The Work Wardrobe http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-work-wardrobe
1. Flip-flops have gotten fancier in recent years - leather, metallic, beaded and high-heeled - but, they're still off-limits. Plus, the slapping noise they make when you walk? It's about as sophisticated-sounding as gum snapping.

2. If you work in a creative environment, feel free to sport strappy sandals or wedges - even fashion-forward metallic ones (but easy does it, this is a workplace, not a nightclub). In conservative fields, peep toes are as naked as your feet should get. And when it comes to nail colour hues, if the naughty name on the bottle makes you giggle, the bold colour isn't likely to have the same effect on your boss.

3. Here's the deal with denim: You can get away with jeans in most creative fields, but keep the wash dark (it's dressier) and pair them with a pretty blouse or jacket.

4. A good rule of thumb for dresses: If you would consider throwing it on over your bathing suit to go to the beach, it's inappropriate for work. Wearing a halter, strapless, or spaghetti-strap sundress is the professional equivalent of signing a memo with 'xoxo'.

5. Unless you're a lifeguard or an aerobics instructor, shorts are pretty much out of the question. One exception: A solid knee-length style worn with kitten heels and a jacket is appropriate for non-conservative workplaces. Capri pants get the green light in less uptight environments too.

6. Hemlines may be rising to unprecedented heights this season, but the policy on skirts at work hasn't budged. They should hit at the knee (for conservative corporations) or an inch or two above - and, if your boss wears pantyhose, you should too. Women who work in creative fields should consider mid-thigh the cut-off, and can go bare-legged.

7. Nothing says 'day off' like cargo skirts, shorts, and pants.

8. Only wear a camisole or cotton tank-top under a jacket or cardigan. Otherwise, these styles will be far too flesh-baring. And, with the way most offices crank up the AC, your nipples could morph into mini-icebergs - not cool for work.

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Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:00 +0200
Print Alert http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/print-alert
So, don't be afraid to embrace those smashingly bold prints and mix and match. Trust us, this will transport you to a new fashion frontier.

Here, a few tips to get you started on your print journey.

DO
When mixing and matching, make sure you pick prints that are similar in scale and tone. For example, combining a vintage floral skirt and a pin dot vest creates a very subtle and pretty look. Floral wide-leg trousers are a great '70s comeback that look fabulous with a sleeveless, fitted pinstripe shirt. Bring in some neutral accessories and low-key makeup to balance this style. If you're going bold, make sure to stick to garments that are on the same level; in other words you're either going bold and bright or soft and pretty.

DON'T
There is only one no-no went it comes to mixing and matching prints. Prints can be overpowering when worn with bright colours, so make sure you never pair a tropical skirt with a leopard top, unless you're out to make a really bold statement.

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Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:00 +0200
The Designer Range http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-designer-range
From bustiers and fur gilets to maxi dresses and boyfriend blazers, this exclusive, limited edition range is going to sell out quickly, so make sure you get down to your nearest Mr Price from 25 July and start grabbing before the rails are picked clean.

Trust us, you don't want to miss out on this hot range. Just take a look for yourself…


 
Not sure which Mr Price stores stock this range? Here you go:






GAUTENG
Alberton City, Benoni Lakeside Mall, Boksburg East Rand Mall, Centurion, Centurion Mall At Reds, East Gate Mall, Fourways Mall, Greenstone Mall, Kempton Park Festival Mall, Kolonnade Shopping Centre, Menlyn Pretoria, Randburg Cresta, Roodepoort Clearwaters, The Glen Shopping Centre, Vaal Mall, Westgate Shopping Centre, Wonderpark Shopping Centre, Woodlands Boulevard

EASTERN CAPE
Hemmingsway Mall, Hemmingways El, The Bridge Shopping Centre, Walmer Park Shopping Centre

FREE STATE
Loch Logan

NORTHERN CAPE
Windhoek Wernhill

NORTH WEST PROVINCE

Mooirivier Mall Potchefstroom

WESTERN CAPE
Canal Walk Centre, Cape Gate Centre, Cavendish Square Centre, Garden Route Mall, Knysna Square, Parow Centre, Somerset Mall, Bayside Shopping Centre, Tygervalley Shopping Centre

KZN
Westville -The Pavilion, Hillcrest Shopping Centre, PMB Midlands Mall, Richards Bay Boardwalk, Shelly Beach Centre, The Galleria, Umhlanga Gateway, Westwood Shopping Centre, Musgrave, Ballito

MPUMALANGA
Highveld Mall, Riverside Mall Nelspruit

LIMPOPO
Mall of the North
 
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Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:00 +0200
Pretty Pleats http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/pretty-pleats-pg1
When you're looking for a statement pleated item, the most popular and predominant piece of clothing this season is a pleated or sheer maxi dress, but if a pleated maxi dress isn't your thing, try opting for a midi- or knee-length dress instead.

Pleats For The Heat When looking for pleats in spring, you need to find lightweight fabrics that are flowing, rather than fabrics that create that stiff, school skirt look.

When it comes to wearing this trend in spring, sheer fabrics, such as crepe and silk tulle are particularly on trend. The light-weight pleated maxi can easily be dressed up or down to suit any occasion and gives it that '70s spin. It can also work really well in a shorter length with a flapper to bring in a '20s feel.
Pleats For The Cold

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Tue, 05 Jul 2011 12:00 +0200
Man Up! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/man-up-pg1
The Boyfriend Blazer The key element for the masculine/feminine style is without a doubt the boyfriend blazer. The versatility of the boyfriend blazer allows you to create a variety of fashionable outfits. You can match the blazer with denim shorts or a mini-skirt and basic tee for a casual, day look. Soft silky shirts, high-waisted pants and feminine dresses are great items to pair up with the boyfriend blazer for a night out or special evening event.

If you choose to wear a feminine blazer then you can choose a masculine shirt to wear with it. A masculine shirt can also be matched to a pair of high-waisted pants or to a skirt. Another alternative is to wear the masculine shirt, be it denim or cotton, over a T-shirt and then match everything with a pair of skinny jeans.
The Vest
Boyfriend Jeans
The Accessories

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Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:00 +0200
Walking The Carpet http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/walking-the-carpet
Don't mistake a potato for a frock.

Do make your makeup all about eyelashes. Falsies have improved beyond belief. Try a pair for a dramatic, fluttery effect.

Do make the most of your boobs, even if you're from a small base. Also, dust your décolletage with bronzer and remember boob tape is a must.

Don't wear an old moth-eaten poncho as a coat. Why waste a gorgeous dress and hot shoes? Tragic, really.

Do find yourself a signature pose. Although, it can quickly look staged if you do it all the time.

Don't get too attached to clingy fabrics. We're not saying you should ban an entire look, but just exercise caution when putting lurex, satin or stretchy polyester on your bottom half. These materials are mercilessly unforgiving and leave little to the imagination.

Don't go too feral with a print. Linking in a print or texture is just super. But a tiger print all-in-one tracksuit certainly isn't.

Do flash a megawatt smile for the camera. Try to get snapped while you're laughing. Relax your face and shoulders. Look alive, and bring energy to your photos.

Don't wear 37 trends all at once. Slipping on too many trends can give the appearance of, uh, fashion vomit.

Do place emphasis on your cheeks. Dewy peach blush gives flashbulb-ready cheeks.

Do overhaul your image occasionally. Even style icons like Sienna need a refresh; it keeps people interested and shows you're capable of evolving and 'growing up'.

Do dress your age in an elegant, figure-flattering gown.

Do try monochrome head-to-toe and only add a splash of colour.

Do wear vibrant eyeliner. It's the scaredy-cat's avenue into ultra-bright eye colours. Go for aqua, violet or cobalt blue and top up with lush, loaded-up (possibly false) eyelashes.

Don't leave the house with greasy makeup and unkempt hair. The dishevelled look doesn't play out well.

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Fri, 27 May 2011 12:00 +0200
Dare To Flare http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/dare-to-flare-pg1
Know Your Body Type


The biggest key to making the wide-leg pant look flattering is choosing the right pair for your frame. If you are tall you can go extra wide with your flares, but if you are petite, a slightly less wide leg will look best. For pear-shaped figures, a flare that begins below the knee will balance out curvy hips.

Use Colour To Your Benefit


Just like the way black dresses visually slim the body, dark washes do the same for wide-leg pants. For the most slimming effect choose black, but chocolate brown, navy or indigo will also do the trick.

Here, some ideas on how to wear your flares:

The Top Since your pants are super wide, you should go in the opposite direction when it comes to your top-half. Look for tops in form-fitting, lightweight fabrics to avoid looking sloppy, or go for a statement top in bold colours and prints (but avoid adding extra volume).
The Jacket
The Shoes
The Accessories

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Thu, 19 May 2011 12:00 +0200
Take Flight http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/take-flight
One of the reasons the aviator has become so popular is because it's a very flexible piece of outerwear which can be worn in a variety of ways. Here are some of the different ways you can rock this stylish jacket:

The aviator jacket dates back to some of the very first pilots, one of the greatest and most iconic being Amelia Earhart, which means the jacket lends itself to a vintage style. Like Earhart, team your aviator with cream trousers in jodhpur or a straight-legged style. Thin, cream jerseys and cardigans as well as soft shirts and blouses look great underneath the aviator.

The aviator jacket shares a lot of similar features with a biker jacket, which means you can make the aviator look and seem a bit more edgy. To create this look, wear the aviator jacket with black skinny jeans or leggings and an oversized T-shirt. You can team this up with biker boots or a pair of sexy ankle boots. Aviator jackets look best when left open. Style it up with long chains, chunky belts and an oversized handbag.

The aviator jacket can look slightly masculine, so to avoid looking manly you can contrast the slightly masculine style with feminine tailoring or a light- weight, soft dress or skirt. To stop the jacket from looking out of place, make sure you wear masculine shoes, like boots or brogues, as this will keep the look balanced. Thick tights or socks will also work well.

One of the most popular trends this season is the countryside look, which you can combine with your aviator. Team the jacket with tweed skirts and flat caps, riding or knee-high boots, as well as cream cords or jodhpur-style pants or leggings.

When it comes to choosing accessories for this look, opt for some headgear like a black leather cap or a fur hat of some kind. Earmuffs are also a great winter accessory. You could also wear aviator sunglasses and, for a more traditional aviator look, try a thin, white silk or woolen scarf, as well as a pair of leather gloves.

The aviator look isn't girly or cute but it is about being stylish, sexy and adventurous, and what makes this jacket even better is that it's suitable for women of almost any shape or size.

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Wed, 04 May 2011 12:00 +0200
The Maxi Dress http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-maxi-dress-pg1
Maxi Dresses For The Shorter Woman The maxi dress tends to make shorter woman look even shorter - and, sometimes, wider. To avoid this, you need to pick a style that is well-cut. Avoid dresses with tent-like skirts, and team the look with chunky heels and a fitted waistcoat. A close-fitting empire line flatters most people's figures, and if you need to disguise a big tummy, a drape of material at the front will cover the lumps and bumps. A sleek, stylish A-line or bias-cut dress is more flattering for shorter women.

Shoes:
Shoes that look great with maxi dresses and give extra height are patent platforms, wedges or feminine, toe-covered sling-backs.

Accessories:

Accessorise these dresses with long necklaces, chunky jewellery and an oversized bag.
Maxi Dresses For The Curvy Woman
Skirt Alert!

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Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:00 +0200
Pump It Up http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/pump-it-up
'Whether it's a party, a day at work or even a formal occasion, pumps go with anything,' says COSMO junior fashion assistant, Andrea Albertyn. 'These shoes come in a variety of styles which gives you a customised match for any kind of setting.'

When you want to wear a more casual outfit, she says, lean towards a simple pair of pumps that make use of plain fabrics and colours. 'When you're dressing for a more formal occasion, she suggests opting for pumps with detail such as sequins, bows, or even a slight heel.'

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Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:00 +0200
Oscar Style http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/oscar-style The red carpet at the 83rd annual Academy Awards, held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles last night, was lined with style.
While The Fighter's Amy Adams and Country Strong's Gwyneth Paltrow were all about sparkle and shimmer, Adams choosing a midnight blue L'Wren Scott gown and Paltrow opting for Calvin Klein, some celebs decided to tone it down.

COSMOPOLITAN cover star, Mila Kunis, was delicate and pretty in a pastel Elie Saab, while her Black Swan co-star, Natalie Portman, stood out (literally) in maroon Rodarte.

Co-host Anne Hathaway and last year's best actress winner blended into the carpet in red Valentino and Vera Wang respectively, while Jennifer Hudson looked striking (and skinny!) in orange Atelier Versace.

Click on the reel below and browse through our gallery for more snaps. Pick your favourite! We'd love to know what you thought of this year's Oscar fashions, so leave a comment below with your verdict.

Catch the Oscars tonight on M-Net at 9.30pm.


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Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:00 +0200
How To Find Your Personal Style http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/how-to-find-your-personal-style
Few chicks can throw together an eclectic look without it seeming totally contrived. So what is it about the way Sienna, Kate and Gwen wear their clothes that makes them such style icons? Answer: they've found what works and looks good for them, and built on it. And now it's your turn. Read our expert tips to discover your own signature style… then own it.

Do be clever with proportion - team skinny jeans with a huge bomber jacket, or a puffball skirt with a tight-fitting singlet. It's the twist that's super-stylish.

Don't wear jewellery that exactly matches your clothes. If you're wearing tailored clothing, pair it with feminine pieces; if you're wearing something ornate (like a patterned dress with lace or crocheted detailing), go for a plain silver necklace.

Do 'Mix something soft with something hard,' says US designer Michael Kors. You could try to wear cashmere with denim, silk with tweed, or team a girlie summer dress with winter boots.

Don't abandon skinny jeans because you think you're too curvy for them. Just wear them with elongating wedges. 'Skinny jeans [and pants in general] should sit above your hips, but below your waist,' designer Peter Morrissey says.

Do 'Break a look down with clean white, denim and khaki and a "surprise" accessory that's unique to you,' says COSMO's Sarah Bonett.

Do decide what not to wear. 'The eye will always go to the greatest exposure of skin first,' says designer Donna Karan.

Do be creative. 'Knowing whether to cinch something in, layer it or hack things off is an instinct you need to nurture, so experiment,' says COSMO's Jesse Hart. 'Check out magazines for inspiration.'

Do steal the old and make it new. Ever seen a celebrity style and thought, 'That looks familiar'? That's because they're wise to the rehash-an-oldie technique. Sienna rips
off Brigitte Bardot, Christina rips off Jean Harlow, and so on…

Do look sexually ambiguous. Wear unisex or masculine pieces like tailored pants,
jackets, structured shirts, old-school ties and trilby hats. The result will be provocative and sexy. Plus, it's the perfect way to bust out your curves.

Do show off your shoulders, legs or whatever part of your body most screams 'sex appeal'. Come on, don't pretend you don't have any!

Don't be scared of being eccentric - wear a hat. Whether you choose a floppy-brimmed, straw cowboy hat or a trilby made for attitude, a hat says, 'I'm cool enough to carry this off'.

Don't take ages getting ready - do it in five minutes. That way you'll put together a look based on mood and instinct that isn't contrived. Put on your favourite music track and give yourself till the end of the song to decide on your outfit.

Do spend right on a trend. So, if you want to try the boy-dressing look, splurge on some quality staples. For the passing bubble skirt look, go budget.

Do be a belle in yellow. Designer Betty Jackson says, 'Don't be scared of yellow. It's a common misapprehension that fair-skinned women can't wear colour. But the correct
tone can be flattering as well as chic.'

Do always carry sunglasses. They're perfect for covering tired or puffy eyes and suggesting you're too famous to be identified. Just ask Nicole Richie.

Don't wear a trend head to toe (for example, gypsy or nautical).

Don't invest in a super-expensive maxi-dress, a pricey playsuit, or anything you might only wear for one season.

Don't spend up big on a military-style jacket.

Do search second-hand shops for military badges to pin on your lapel and bags.

Do add touches that will make people remember you. This is easier to do with accessories. Think Coco Chanel and her amazing jewellery collection.

Don't go overboard with those accessories though. Avoid having too many focal points. Do borrow from your boyfriend - his grandfather's shirt, for example. Then work it with bold lipstick or smoky eyes as a contrast. 'Cut off a pair of his old jeans and wear them with heels,' says COSMO's Amanda Newman.

Do wear wedges with long skirts. They're less obvious and sexier than heels.

Don't
get stuck wearing heels with every outfit. Alternate between wedges, flats, thongs and boots, as well as heels.

Do focus on a colour palette that makes you happy or works for your skin tone. It's easier to experiment with new styles when they're in that palette.

Don't forget your style compliments. Make a mental note of all the times you've got props - they were obviously winning pieces you were wearing.

Do work a good pair of flats. Channel Kirsten Dunst and Cameron Diaz, who've both worked the red carpet in flats. Mixing glam with understated pieces shows that you're not trying too hard, which is the basic rule of cool.

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Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:00 +0200
Grammy Glam http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/grammy-glam egg. Yes, you heard us. An egg.

Browse through our gallery of last night's big event and decide for yourself who dressed to impress… and who is in serious danger of becoming a sorry statistic. Nicki Minaj, anyone?

Leave your comments below. We'd love to know what you think!


Pssst: Don't forget, if you like what you hear tonight on M-Net at 9.30pm when the Grammy's will be aired, you can always buy the Grammy Nominees album to keep the party going.

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Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:00 +0200
Sale Now On http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/sale-now-on
One thing we learnt while watching these clips: Don't mess with anyone at a sale… or it might be the last time you shop. Check it out.






First Day Of Sale Madness!



Viktor & Rolf Launch for H&M



Lanvin For H&M Opening In Milan (Please note the gigantic security guards...)



Boxing Day Sale Rush



NEXT Sale



Madness at Macy's USA



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Fri, 04 Feb 2011 12:00 +0200
Hottest Handbags http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/hottest-handbags
We've found some beautiful handbags for your perusal. The only question is… which one will you choose?


 
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Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:00 +0200
Hot On Your Heels http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/hot-on-your-heels
From kitten heels and clogs to stilettos and sandals, we think you'll be spoilt for choice.


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Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:00 +0200
Globe Glamour http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/globe-glamour
From Christina Aguilera's intricate Zuhair Murad gown to Halle Berry's simple Nina Ricci LBD, we'd love to know what you think of this year's winning pieces. Too dull? OTT? Leave your comments below or post your opinions on our Facebook page.


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Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:00 +0200
Cropped! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/cropped
We've found some of the hottest cropped tees for you to browse through. Once you find something you love, there's only one thing left to do… Start shopping!

Browse our gallery and take your pick.



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Thu, 25 Nov 2010 12:00 +0200
Pretty Things http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/pretty-things
Keep your skin pale and rosy with a pretty and versatile sun-hut, or if you're going partying, a funky, sequinned beret is the perfect way to add glamour and sparkle to any outfit. Delicate, antique-inspired earrings and necklaces are the ultimate girly item, while beads never go out of style, and are a great way of keeping your beach-look up-to-the-minute and funky.

Browse our gallery and pick your favourite accessories.



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Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:00 +0200
Summer Shoes http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/summer-shoes
If your day of soaking up sunshine leads to a hot night on the town, we've included some gorgeous kitten heels and leg-lengthening wedges. Pack them into your bag for an instant transformation from beach-babe to café chic!



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Wed, 03 Nov 2010 12:00 +0200
Pretty In Print http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/pretty-in-print
We scoured the rails to find the prettiest printed items for you. And the winners are…

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Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:00 +0200
Biker Chic http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/biker-chic-pg1
Denim-ise Combine skinny, ripped or colourful jeans with a leather jacket for a chic look. As with other elements of the biker trend, it's all about detail, so don't be afraid to dabble in a pair of jeans with panels, quilting, padding or zips to add to this tough, yet ultra-slick and modern style. If jeans don't work for you, a pair of leather leggings could work just as well.
Keep It Dressy
Up In The Air
Combat Force
Doubling Up

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Fri, 08 Oct 2010 12:00 +0200
Hottest Frames http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/hottest-frames
Whether you like 60s-style frames or oversized sunglasses, browse our photo gallery and take your pick.



All sunglasses are available at selected optometrists and leading fashion retail outlets.

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Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:00 +0200
Dress It Up http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/dress-it-up
The T-shirt dress is a trend that’s unstoppable when it comes to flexible fashion. Wear this funky item with leggings, skinny jeans or simply on its own. The best thing about the T-Shirt dress is that it’s entirely up to you...

Check out our photo gallery and take your pick.


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Wed, 08 Sep 2010 12:00 +0200
Emmy Excellence http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/emmy-excellence Damages’ star Rose Byrne and Glee actress Amber Riley, kept it cool in white Marchesa, Gucci and Melissa Masse respectively, others opted for colour. Mad Men’s January Jones stepped out in a bright blue, strapless Versace gown, while Glee’s Naya Privera graced the carpet in an over-the-top, teal Simin dress.

Heidi Klum stood out from the crowd of long, flowing gowns in a ravishing Marchesa mini. However, Claire Danes and star of The Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev, were much noticed when compared to Emily Blunt’s lavender Dior gown and Glee’s Dianna Agron’s Carolina Herrera dress. Danes dazzled in Swarovski-encrusted Armani Prive, while Dobrev looked smashing in an off-the-shoulder Zuhair Murad number. Modern Family actress, Sofia Vergara wasn’t far behind in a gold-sequinned, strapless Carolina Herrera dress.

Eva Longoria Parker, Glee actress Lea Michele, Kelly Osbourne and True Blood heroine Anna Paquin kept it safe in black. Longoria Parker chose a stunning strapless Robert Rodriguez gown, while Michele’s ruffled Oscar De La Renta frock and Paquin’s Alexander McQueen dress didn’t quite measure up. We must say, Osbourne looked a little too skinny for our liking in her Tony Ward number, unlike comedienne Tina Fey, who looked gorgeous in Oscar De La Renta.

Check out the gallery here.

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Wed, 01 Sep 2010 12:00 +0200
Let's Get Physical http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/lets-get-physical
Dressing sporty but chic is a solution to looking fabulous every time even when casually dressed. But this trend can easily go wrong as you need to know which colours work together to enhance the outfit. The key is not to look too sloppy (like you’ve just spent hours in the gym) nor too glamorous.

Here are a few styling tips to help you be chic, as well as stylish even when dressing sporty.

• The first tip when thinking about sporty outfits is not to think baggy t-shirts and overly loose fitting sweat pants. Think leggings and an over-the-thigh fitted T-shirt, your hair pulled back and a great pair of sunglasses.

• Find a pair of casual pants that suit you perfectly. The pants can be a bit loose and worn with a simple top or even a printed top to add some fun into the mix.

• A pair of sweat pants, long or Capri are also great, and can be worn with a nice pair of sneakers or even flip flops. Team this up with a simple tank top, an oversized bag, a scarf and a pair of sunglasses, and you ready to go. Bright coloured sweatpants are popular this season so don’t be afraid to indulge.

• Work in the hot pants trend as well as bodysuits and cut off tees, these are three very popular and stylish items for this summer.

• Cross-lacing, particularly in leather is reminiscent of baseball gloves and boot laces and adds a fun and unique aspect to this trend.

• Incorporate knee high socks, cut-out back socks, sporty socks with stripes and bobby socks with your attire as this is all the range on and off the runway. The right kind of leg warmers can also work.

• Utility elements like plastic buckles, snap closures and rope ties are also great.

• There is nothing wrong with adding a bit of accessories with this trend. Eye catching items such as a baseball or trucker cap and a statement handbag are great accessories to use.

• Mix and match to create gorgeous one colour or multiple toned outfits, but make sure the colours you choose blend well together.

• Add a touch of sexiness with a super-high yet sport-inspired heel.

• And last but not least, don’t be afraid to style your hair by either keeping it dead straight, curly, in a pony tail, a messy bun or the side braid. A good hairstyle always adds that little extra to a stylish outfit.

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Thu, 26 Aug 2010 12:00 +0200
Lovely In Lace http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/lovely-in-lace
Follow these tips and set yourself apart from the masses …

THE DO’S
• Be romantic, but not too feminine. Be sensual, but not too suggestive.
• Take lace that would have once only made up a part of a garment and make it an item of its own. This includes lace skirts and lace dresses. Dare to wear them without a slip underneath.
• Strike a balance in the amount of lace you wear. You don’t want to wear too much but you don’t want to wear too little either. For example, a great pair of lace tights can add a sexy feel to almost any outfit, but don't overdo it by wearing other lace-trimmed pieces at the same time.
• Choose fine lace. Chunky patterns are outdated and unflattering and tend to make you look like your granny’s tablecloth.
• Choose your colours carefully. When it comes to spring and summer, opt for lighter shades with very dainty, feminine patterns. White and ice-cream-type tones are best. When it comes to autumn and winter, stick with darker colours that look less pasty, such as chocolate brown, charcoal, black and navy.
• Opt for lace panels. It can be a safe alternative to full, lace garments.

THE DON’TS
• Never buy poor-quality lace. It hardly ever fits properly and it won’t look or feel right.
• Watch out for itchy and stiff lace.
• When choosing your colours, be cautious of using too much black. You don’t want to look like you’re in mourning.
• Avoid wearing too much jewellery with lace. A simple pair of earrings or even just a bangle will do.
• Never wear white stockings with lace, unless you are going to a theme party and you're going as Alice in Wonderland.
• Avoid a white lace trim around the hem of a skirt. Always. It really only suits little girls. Avoid jagged and uneven cut hems too.

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Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:00 +0200
Stylish Stripes http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/stylish-stripes
Browse our photo gallery and pick your favourite – but stocks won't last forever...



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Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:00 +0200
Racy Fashion http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/racy-fashion
DO’S…
‘The first and most important tip is to stick to the theme, weather and your body type,’ says Albertyn. Fashion stylist, Pippa Lynch, agrees. ‘This year’s theme is “It’s a blooming great day”, so incorporate flora and fauna into your look whether it be on your hat, makeup, accessories, dress or shoes. But take along a cover up of some sort in case it gets cold,’ says Lynch.

Choose colours you're comfortable with and that complement your complexion, advises Albertyn. It has become a tradition to wear a hat to the races, so wear some form of headwear.

But also take along sunscreen – even though it’s winter and you’re out to have a great party, you don’t want to wake up on Sunday morning with horrible sunburn, recommends Lynch. Don’t forget your shades and keep hydrated, adds Albertyn.

‘The grass on the green is spongy and therefore has the tendency to suck in stilettos,’ says Albertyn. She recommends a solid heel. You also need to be comfortable, advises Lynch. ‘You will be on your feet partying all day, so make sure you’re not wearing a corset that squeezes the air right out of you.’

Get creative and don’t be afraid to show your individualism, says Albertyn. ‘Half the fun of the July is exercising your creativity,’ agrees Lynch. ‘When else do you get to dress up like a loon besides Halloween?’

DON’TS…
‘Don’t wear your matric dance dress or ball gown – stick to something a little more fun,’ suggests Lynch. ‘Think outside of the box and come up with a look that you know is unique and that no one else will have thought of. ’

Albertyn also warns against wearing white. Take your direction from the theme and choose bright, bold and fun colours. ‘Don’t use too much makeup... It’s a day event and it will only melt in the heat and humidity. ’

Lynch agrees. ‘Let your outfit and accessories be the centre of attention.’

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Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:00 +0200
Get Your Socks On http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/get-your-socks-on
You may find yourself rummaging through your sock draw and donning a pair of knee high socks, or over the knee socks, or thigh high socks. From sporty, sparkly, patterned and layering socks, a great pair of socks can add that extra (and sometimes much needed) eye-catching detail to an outfit. This will be one of the defining looks to work into your wardrobe and best of all they are transitional and will therefore suit a number of winter and summer fashion trends.

The art of wearing long socks stylishly is to avoid cheapening the look. Focus on their chic aspect by following these simple pointers...

THE DO’S...

• Pick your length wisely: they have to suit your body’s shape. For example, if you have big thighs, thigh high socks will draw to much attention to them. If you are short, pair a short hemline and below the knee socks to imply greater height.
• If you’re new to long socks, start with neutral colours such as black, grey, brown, cream and off-white. It makes it easier to mix and match as well as blend in and balance any outfit without drawing to much attention to them.
• You need to create balance in terms of colour and style. If your socks are multicoloured or feature an eye catching pattern then the rest of your outfit should be very simple.
• It’s also always good to add trendy accessories, like platform high heels or interesting jewellery.
• Another stylish and chic way to wear your socks is to pair them with a gorgeous and flowy, floral/boho dress or top. This is a fashion favourite.
• Don’t be afraid to layer. Knee high socks and over the knee socks worn over sheer, patterned stockings can add a whole new dimension to an outfit.

THE DON’TS...

• Don’t pair knee high socks with tartan and plaid skirts unless you like the school girl look.
• Avoid combining socks with anything that is too sexy. The socks already speak for themselves.
• Avoid mixing many materials in one outfit. Stick to two or three as this creates a chic and sleek look. This also applies to colours.
• Strappy sandals and shoes with super tall thin heels are a definite no no with socks. Anything else goes with long socks it just depends on your personal style, and whatever shoes you do decide to wear with them remember to wear them with confidence!

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Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:00 +0200
Arm Yourself http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/arm-yourself
DO’S
• Any body shape can pull off this trend. Simply stick to the basics and keep the look minimal.
• If you like the slouchy trouser, team it up with a sleeveless vest and layered chains to give it a more girly approach.
• A cropped military buttoned jacket can be softened with a short floral skirt and maybe even a wedge heel to give it that extra feminine touch.
• Doc Martins are super hot right now. Wear them with skinny jeans or tights and a checked shirt.
• Military coats are big this winter.
• A great way of using the military trend in a funky, unique way is to add a bold colour. Choose a bright military shirt, jacket or pair of pants.
• If you feel this trend might be too over-powering for you, simplify it by sticking to accessories with military accents.
• A crisp trouser is a really sophisticated way of toning it all down.

DON’TS
• Do not do military head-to-toe, it’ll look too theatrical.
• Try and break the colours. Don’t only wear army green or navy. Add some denim or poplin into the mix.
• When choosing military wear, try not to accessorise with too many items of jewellery, as it’ll over-power the outfit, especially if you’re already wearing military-styled garments.

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Tue, 06 Jul 2010 12:00 +0200
One-of-a-Kind Styling http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/one-of-a-kind-styling
From scarves and hats to jewellery and gloves, here are some great winter accessory suggestions for you to try.
• ‘Lost some pieces from your Monopoly or Scrabble sets? Instead of throwing old board games away, use these trinkets to make cute earrings, necklaces or charms for bracelets,’ suggests Lynch.
• ‘Winter scarves don’t necessarily have to be drab and boring,’ says COSMO fashion assistant, Nathirah Isaacs. Instead of wearing a normal, plain scarf, why not add pom poms to the ends. However, if you’d prefer to simply buy a scarf, she adds, go for bright colours or choose a scarf with pockets.
• And then you could use your scarf as a belt, suggests Lynch.
• ‘Beanies can be creative too,’ says Isaacs. Add sequins, badges, or even knit one to add your own signature style to it.
• Make brooches from toys, such as a piece of Lego or a toy car, says Lynch. Putting a clasp on the back makes for a statement piece you know no one else will have.
• ‘Add a vintage brooch to your hats or tie a satin ribbon around your hat to update it,’ suggests Lynch.
• Cut the ends of your favourite gloves off and make them fingerless, says Isaacs.
• Make your own hair-pieces, says Lynch. Take a piece of ribbon or an elastic and measure it around your head before cutting it to the desired length, she says. After sewing the ends together, she adds, sew buttons or flowers to your new hair-piece too for an added feature.
• Wear your leg warmers with brogues, over skinnies or with leggings, says Isaacs. Instead of keeping it black like everyone else, choose colours to make a statement.
• Don’t forget about thigh-high socks and stockings, she says. Keep them bright and pair them with boots and an oh-so-micro-mini for an updated winter look, she adds.

A DIY SHOPPING LIST
If you can’t take find anything inspiring lying around your home, says Lynch, here is a shopping list to get you started on your styling mission:
• A glue gun
• Brooch clasps
• Jewellery clasps
• Small nose pliers
• A sewing kit
• Ribbons, lace, elastic, buttons and fabric

If you need further inspiration, suggests Lynch, visit P.S. – I Made This… for tips on how to make your own pieces and add a personal touch to items you already have.


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Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:00 +0200
Football Fashion http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/football-fashion
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Mon, 07 Jun 2010 12:00 +0200
Web-Shopping http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/web-shopping
MODCLOTH (http://www.modcloth.com)
Indie and vintage fashion is taking over the rails of every major retailer at the moment. Since you don't want to bump into someone wearing exactly the same outfit as you around every corner, US-based ModCloth offers the trendy COSMO girl equally-stylish alternatives, including a wide range of vintage-styled tops, skirt dresses, oversized blazers and shoes. Expect to pay about R220 for ballet flats, R300 for a skirt and anywhere between R300 and R1000 for a dress.
Bonus Feature: ModCloth offers their customers a chance to vote and comment on the newest options via their 'Be The Buyer' icon. The clothes with the most votes make it into the online shop.

WITCHERY (http://www.witchery.com.au)
This Australian online boutique is for the more sophisticated COSMO girl. Think simple, stylish tees, sequinned waistcoats and batwing dresses. While some of the shop's items, like jackets and shoes, may be a bit pricey, accessories and tops are surprisingly affordable. Elegant fringe scarves retail for about R130, cardigans for R650 and jeggings for R390.
Bonus Feature: Witchery has an extensive sale section, where you're bound to find a few bargain buys.

BIRDMOTEL (http://www.birdmotel.com.au)
Whether you prefer vintage style or trendy glam, Birdmotel has managed to find the perfect balance between both fashion genres. Find great rock 'n' roll tees, funky bodysuits and cute minis. Beware, however; unless an item is on sale, you're likely to splash out a minimum of R515 for a skirt or a dress and R1 067 for a trench coat.
Bonus Feature: Check out the site's interactive 'Shopalog' before you start browsing. It might narrow down your search.

FOREVER21 (http://www.forever21.com)
Think of this site as an international, online version of Mr Price. Prices are reasonable to say the least: you'll pay just over R200 for a blazer and, in a few cases, no more than R100 for a super stylish dress. While the prices are definitely below average for such fashionable pieces, the shipping fees cost more than some of the clothes do. However, if you spend over $100 (R782), there is a flat rate of $35 (R274) to ship internationally.
Bonus Feature: Forever21 also stocks chic gym wear at low prices, including v-neck tees for around R37 and sports bras for approximately R53.

ASOS (http://www.asos.com)
Asos is the Dubai of online shopping. You name the style and they've got it. You'll be confronted by pages and pages of leggings, tees, jumpsuits, skirts and jackets, not to mention shoes and accessories too. Each section is divided into handy search-related subsections, so you can search for a pair of jeans or a coat, for example, by style, size, colour, price, brand or celebrity influence. Be prepared to pay about R350 for a pair of skinnies, R245 for leggings and R290 for a jersey dress.
Bonus Feature: Not only do you get a 360-degree view of every item you click on, you can watch a video clip of it being modelled on the catwalk.

REVOLVECLOTHING (http://www.revolveclothing.com)
This site is for you if you're interested in big-name fashion. Whether you like the idea of celebrity designers, (check out our article on celebrity fashion lines) or would rather be toting the latest Diane von Furstenberg wedges, you'll be able to find it on Revolve Clothing. Obviously, prices vary depending on which designer you choose. Make sure to click on ZAR to view the prices in Rand before you start browsing.
Bonus Feature: Click on the 'Trend' section and find out what's hot, how you can wear it, as well as where you can find the style (and buy it) on the site.

NET-A-PORTER (http://www.net-a-porter.com)
Arguably the better known online shopping destination, Net-a-Porter.com is similar to RevolveClothing.com in the sense that you can only buy from designer labels. Think Chloé, Versace, Zac Posen and Marc Jacobs. Simply by referring to those four names as examples, you can only imagine the prices. Don't go near this site if you're on a tight budget or trying to save.
Bonus Feature: Are you only looking for denim? A wedding dress? Or perhaps you're concentrating on work wear? Well, for those of you who dare to browse through skirts that cost over R65 000, this site does offer a 'Boutique' section to suit your specific needs.

ONLINE SHOPPING TIPS
1. Before you get your heart set on an item, make sure to check whether the site offers international delivery, how much it will cost to ship your purchase and how long it takes before you get the product in your hands.
2. Aside from shipping fees you may have to pay a separate import duty as well.
3. Beware risky sites. If you come across a site that doesn't look trustworthy, go with your gut. You don't want to hand over your credit card details to just anyone. Rather stick to well-known sites. And just to be sure, read the site's privacy policy to ease your mind.
4. PayPal is finally available in South Africa! So, to avoid handing over your credit card details entirely, opt for the safer choice and use this service. You can buy items online without handing over your banking information at all. Visit PayPal for more information, as well as to find out which online shops work with this service.

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Thu, 27 May 2010 12:00 +0200
Sexy Shoe Slip-Ups http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/sexy-shoe-slip-ups-pg1
HIGH HEELS The Problem: Killer by name, killer by nature? Well, not entirely. 'High heels throw weight onto the balls of your feet and change the way you stand, which over time can give you leg cramps, trapped nerves in your feet and backache,' says podiatrist Dave Wain. 'Wear them too often and your ligaments can shorten, which is why it may be painful to then walk in flats.'

Foot Fix: Limit killer heels (higher than two inches) to special occasions. If, like Posh, you wear them every day, then do calf stretches to compensate. Kick off your shoes and go up and down on tiptoe 10 times. Ease pressure on your feet with gel cushions.

Health Hazard Rating: High
WEDGES
BALLET PUMPS
POINTY SHOES
FLIP-FLOPS


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Wed, 19 May 2010 12:00 +0200
A New Line of Work http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/a-new-line-of-work-pg1
CLOTHING LINE #1: 6126
Designer: Lindsay Lohan
There certainly is a lot of controversy attached to Miss Lohan's name, but it seems her Marilyn Monroe-inspired clothing line, 6126, is outrageous… in a good way. Her designer collection features a wide range of on-trend leggings, from the bold (and expensive) fishnets at $121 (about R894) to chic vintage lace leggings at $26 (about R192). Buy Online




 


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Wed, 05 May 2010 12:00 +0200
Fashion Bloggers http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/fashion-bloggers Twitter and asked them which fashion blogs they thought were must-reads. Here's what they've said...

FashionJazz – for all the latest on rock chic and vintage items (and sales!).

Fashion Bananas – a British blogger gives us some fantastic tips on how to combine items to make a beautiful outfit.

Rantings of a Fashion Addict – Like Fashion Bananas, you'll get great ideas just by browsing through the posted photographs, as well as a few bonus beauty tips.

Fashion Toast – visit this blog for an entertaining look at a US fashionista and her thoughts on vintage couture looks.

Style Scoop – this blog offers the latest on designers, fashion news and trends, and of course where you can buy amazing clothes, accessories and lingerie.

Fashionista – think of this US blog as a celebrity fashion site. You'll see all your favourite celebs in the latest designer labels.

Style Bubble – this blog is perfect if you're searching for a behind-the-scenes look at international fashion shoots.

Jak&Jil – while Style Bubble is great when it comes to shoots, Jak&Jil is a must for Fashion Week freaks.

PinkPenWords – if you have a shoe fetish, this blog loves to focus on heels, flats and everything in between.

But we also found a few good fashion blogs ourselves...





 
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Mon, 19 Apr 2010 12:00 +0200
What Your Undies Say About You http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/your-undies-pg1
BRAZILIAN/FRENCH CUT BRAZILIAN/FRENCH CUT

We think: We look sexy, but keep them for special occasions, because they’re expensive – and inevitably eaten by our bums.
Guys think: 'Mature, classy – and amazing to look at!' (Rick, 25, account)
HIPSTER BRIEFS
G-STRING
FULL BRIEFS
BOY-LEGS
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Thu, 15 Apr 2010 12:00 +0200
A Digital Boutique http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/a-digital-boutique
INVITE ONLY
36Boutiques is a private event retailer; a new, exclusive, high-end fashion website. Sales are not open to the public and in order to take part in any of their sales, you have to be invited.

To get your hands on an invitation, you'll need to register and become a member on their site, after which you'll gain access to some of South Africa's best designer clothes. Depending on what you want to buy, items are sold for between 35% and 80% less than retail price. And as a member you can refer as many friends as you like, so they'll get their hands on great deals too.

HOW IT WORKS
Once a sale starts, you'll only have 36 hours to buy what you want (Mondays 12pm to Wednesdays 12pm). The sales are designer-specific and for the moment only one label will be on sale at a time. Once you've filled your virtual shopping cart, make sure you have your credit card ready – because that's the only way you can pay for your new clothes.

DESIGNER LABELS
36Boutiques only stocks South African labels available, with a focus on local talent. The first sale, which is happening right now (Monday 29 March to Wednesday 31 March), will feature Stefania Morland's range exclusively. In the upcoming weeks, you'll be able to buy Ben Sherman, Jingle & Chime, Hermanna Rush and Louise Carver's jewellery range for a fraction of the price.

Visit www.36boutiques.com to register or to find out more about the new online boutique. ]]>
Mon, 29 Mar 2010 12:00 +0200
Work Wear http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/work-wear
MARK'S ADVICE
• If you're a well-endowed size 10 and feel conscious of your chest, just leave your waistcoat undone and let the lines detract all attention away.
• Flaunt those sexy legs with a mini skirt – but be sure to wear some trusty opaque tights, you don't want to be too revealing.
• A crisp white shirt is an essential and a fitted style will work best on a slender frame. Beware – Dad's old shirts really don't work!
• The ruched pocket skirt is on trend, and also accentuates your waist and adds curves in all the right places.
• Skirts that sit on the knee boost height and add figure definition.
• A fitted jacket or blazer is a great tool for concealing upper arms. Plus, it will dress up your favourite basics.
• A delicate chiffon blouse worn with a plain vest disguises a multitude of sins. The vest clings, while the blouse glides over any imperfections.
• Don't be scared of skinny jeans – wear them in black with killer heels – they'll make your legs look long and sexy.
• Wear pale colours with confidence by layering a darker coloured jacket over the top to give you a glamorous hourglass figure.
• A well-cut tailored dress naturally slims you down and shows off your best bits. You may need to pay more for good fabric but it'll be worth it.
• A statement necklace doesn't just add your own personality to corporate work clothes, it also has the added effect of drawing the eye away from your tummy.

CLARE'S TIPS
• An unbuttoned waistcoat will give any figure a waist, or wear it buttoned-up to add definition to small chests.
• Layering is the perfect way to create the impression of having curves.
• Shirt dresses are so versatile – worn with skirts, trousers or simply on their own.
• Frills and ruffles make up for what's not there – so not great for big busts.
• Pencil skirts can hold in everything, in all the right places.
• Black is always slimming.
• If you're pear-shaped, never wear jackets that finish on the hips as they only draw attention to the area.
• Pussy-bow collars draw the eye away from a large chest.
• Longer jackets that cover the bum naturally disguise big bottoms while creating a sharp silhouette and feminine shape.
• Fitted jackets with deep V details give large chests a smaller appearance.
• Waist belts draw attention to the narrowest part of your body and create a lovely silhouette. ]]>
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:00 +0200
Oscars Frock Report http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/oscars-frock-report


Jennifer Lopez looked somewhat elegant in a white gown but the extravagant Marchesa ruffles were a little too over-the-top, more so for Up in the Air's Vera Farmiga. Speaking of OTT, Charlize Theron created a stir in a Dior Haute Couture satin dress – was she channelling her inner Material Girl?

The best dressed at this year's Oscars were definitely Sandra Bullock in an embroidered, champagne Marchesa gown, Diane Kruger in a soft Chanel floor-length halter neck, Miley Cyrus in a classic cream Jenny Packham corset and Anna Kendrick in a pale pink Elie Saab creation.

While Avatar's Zoe Saldana might not have worn the most beautiful outfit, her oversized purple Givenchy frock certainly got a lot of attention, as did Elizabeth Banks' feathery pastel Versace gown.

We loved the pale palettes, classic elegance and antique embroidery mixed with modern twists and up-to-the-minute accessories. And barring the occasional disaster (Mariah Carey's too-small Valentino gown), this year's Academy Awards were almost fashion-faux-pas free. ]]>
Mon, 08 Mar 2010 12:00 +0200
Sequins http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/sequins
Wondering how to wear this little hot number? Follow these COSMO tips and you will never go wrong:

DO'S
• Mix and match sequins with solid colours to play down the sparkle for a day time look. For example, wear a sequin blouse with a cardigan or blazer over it. That way, the effect will be less dazzling.
• To avoid an overly bold presence, wear a see-through dress over a sequin dress (e.g. a black unadorned lace dress). That way, you'll look more stylish without looking too fascinating.
• Less is more when it comes to sequins so keep it as simple as possible and when necessary. Pair with solid coloured leggings and leave accessories to a minimal.

DON'TS
• Don't overdo it. Some people think it's fashion forward to wear a trend from head to toe! Never wear a sequined dress, shoes, bags and jewellery together or you'll end up looking like a disco ball.
• Don't wear the wrong pieces for the right occasion. E.g. a short sequin skirt, a skimpy top and a pair of high heels during the day – except if you're going to the studio for a photo shoot or to record your new album.
• Don't wear sequins with other metallic colours. Sequin clothes on wet look leggings, bold satins, patent leather, chunky earrings and necklaces will only make you look like a fashion victim.
• Although statement bags, studded shoes, accessories, garments and bold colours are all in vogue, avoid pairing such items with sequins.

SHOP THE TREND
To be a 100% COSMO girl, get this sequin blazer from Nicci boutique and Foschini stores nationwide. Also, be smart enough to keep it in your closet forever because this trend would be a hot vintage trend in the next 10 years. ]]>
Tue, 02 Mar 2010 12:00 +0200
Burberry Live! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/burberry-live
Here's a video message from the brand's chief creative officer...




You can watch the live stream at http://live.burberry.com. (Please note that because it's an international stream you'll probably need a fast Internet connection) ]]>
Tue, 23 Feb 2010 12:00 +0200
Designer to Watch - Stacey Alexander http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/designer-to-watch-stacey-alexander
She says her creativity ‘stems from my mother’s love for fabrics and an eye for interior decorating’. Stacey’s journey as a designer began in retail when she worked for a few Cape Town-based boutiques including Journey Lifestyle and Me Me Me. In 2008, she entered the annual National Foschini Design Awards and won the competition. After that her work was showcased at the 2009 Cape Town Arise Fashion Week. The resounding success of that show led to her being invited to be part of the 2010 Audi Joburg Fashion Week where her fashion-forward range was very well-received.

We asked Stacey a few questions on her personal style, latest trends and style forecast for winter…

What’s your personal style?
I don’t have a specific style! I find beauty in many things. My dress sense often determines my mood; I believe it’s all about a feeling. Today I might look completely fashion forward, on trend, sequence up, power shoulders with stiletto-studded heels, etc and tomorrow I could look like Alice in Wonderland.

What trend will you be rocking this winter?
My favorite trend I see making its way back on the shelves is the Country/Barn Yard/Prairie trend. Its softness makes me feel good and like I have an altar ego. Also, I will be rocking floral dresses and pairing them up with washed out denim jackets and over the knee boots. Other items I will be wearing this winter are soft faded denim shirts, cute winter shorts and leather jackets with a lot of buckles.

What are this winter’s hottest trends?

This winter’s hottest trends will be tuxedo inspired clothing in different shapes and styles e.g., soft, fitted denim jackets. And for colours, it will be inky tones, grey, charcoals and indigo. ]]>
Tue, 16 Feb 2010 12:00 +0200
Bags For Hire http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/bags-for-hire Designer Bags, Archana Sinha, can’t imagine a better way for a COSMO girl to save money, while still accessorising her favourite outfits with the latest trends. Sinha, who runs the online designer bag-hiring service, says for the same price of purchasing one bag, you can hire 24 designer ones in a year.

‘It’s about a lifestyle. Women don’t carry only one bag,’ Sinha says. ‘In order to meet the expectations of this lifestyle, we offer women a different bag, in different colours, for every occasion. You shouldn’t have to make concessions for fashion.’

We agree!

All you need to do is become a member by filling out a registration form, select from two monthly membership options, choose your bag and wait for your precious rental to be delivered to your doorstep.

Of the two monthly membership types, you can choose either the Regular membership (this is R140/month excluding bag hiring fee) or the Subscription membership (this is R2 280/month including bag hiring fee). Bag hiring fees cost between R400 and R1 500 per bag, depending on the designer and style.

Watch our video in which we asked the ladies from Marcus Brewster Publicity whether they would consider hiring instead of buying...


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Thu, 04 Feb 2010 12:00 +0200
Golden Glamour http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/golden-glamour
Take a look at our photo gallery.

THE STANDOUTS
Avatar star, Zoe Saldana, was radiant in a ruffled maroon Louis Vuitton gown, as was Chloe Sevigny in flowing, ruffled Valentino. Kate Hudson’s sharp, white Marchesa dress certainly kept the cameras flashing, as did Couple’s Retreat actress, Kristen Bell, who sparkled in a white, Jasmine di Milo cocktail number.

Kate Winslet shone as usual in sleek, black Yves Saint Laurent, as did Penelope Cruz in black, lace Georgio Armani Prive. Cameron Diaz beamed in red Alexander McQueen and Sandra Bullock made a statement in a bright purple Bottega Venetta strapless dress, while Jennifer Garner’s understated beaded Versace gown left her 100% safe from the critics.

Nicole Kidman flowed in pale satin Nina Ricci, Damages star, Rose Byrne, stood out in deep purple Lanvin, while The Devil Wears Prada award-winning actress, Emily Blunt, kept it elegant in a graceful Dolce & Gabbana gown.

THE CONTROVERSIES
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s beautiful Roland Mouret mermaid dress certainly stood out; however, the colour might have been a minor oversight. Drew Barrymore’s refined champagne Atelier Versace gown was near perfect, we just wish she left the unnecessary sponge-like attachments accessorising her shoulder and hip at home.

But, who was the most controversially gorgeous star on the night? It’s a tie between Jennifer Aniston and Mariah Carey, both of whom opted to stay chic in black. Former Mrs Pitt wore a slender Valentino gown that boasted a rather lengthy and revealing slit, while Mariah Carey’s tight-fitting Herve Leger bandage dress by Max Azria left no room for the imagination.

THE FAILS
Twilight and New Moon actress, Anna Kendrick picked a dated Marchesa dress, while Olivia Wilde’s glittery Gucci number seemed early millennium for 2010. Diane Kruger played the bold card in pink Christian Lacroix, but while it may have been bright and on trend, the frilly detail was a bit too old-fashioned for the Wicker Park star. ]]>
Mon, 18 Jan 2010 12:00 +0200
The Oversized Blazer http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-oversized-blazer
The boyfriend jacket gets its name from its boxy, oversized cut; these blazers will keep you warm and looking cute at a casual Saturday afternoon cocktail party or on a sizzling night out.

THE DO'S

• Black is the hottest colour, but grey, navy blue, pinstripe and even tweed are good options too.
• The easiest way to wear this blazer is over a simple T-shirt with button-up, fitted jeans.
• Because this jacket is cut larger than most, wear at least one fitted item of clothing so you don't look shapeless.
• You can find sleek blazers with amazing linings. If you do, show them off by rolling up the sleeves once or twice. Making this style your own breaks the preppy blazer look.
• Pair it with a pair of cuffed shorts or cropped pants, or another fashion-friendly favorite this season, leather shorts.
• Wear your blazer over a full skirt or, if you're really daring, wear it with a miniskirt – it'll look like you're power dressing.
• If you have shapely legs, wear it over dark leggings and then pair with ankle boots, flats or sneakers.
• Nothing says classic chick like a white blouse – find one with romantic ruffles so it doesn't look corporate.
• Accessorise with a long, chunky necklace or with a thick strands of beads to make your look more sophisticated. You can also button up the blazer and wrap a colourful scarf around your neck to dress up the outfit. If the oversized look is too overwhelming for your frame or you simply don't like it, let a belt add some shape to your waist.

THE DON'TS
• Don't pair your blazer with a matching suit pants or skirt unless you're actually going to a business meeting.
• Shoulder pads reign on the runways, but you should always pick a style you feel comfortable in. Remember, boyfriend jackets are a throwback to the 80s, you don't want to single-handedly bring Dynasty back to life. ]]>
Wed, 13 Jan 2010 12:00 +0200
The Skirt Dress http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-skirt-dress
THE DO’S
• You can wear the skirt dress in any colour, especially in two tones and patterned fabrics.
• Accessorise your skirt dress with a stylish belt; it will add structure and definition to your waistline, as well as highlight your feminine figure.
• Make the dress your own by adding lots of bangles, petite necklaces brooches, and sling bags to your overall look.
• Sandals look fabulous with this particular dress, but if you want to dress up a casual look, simply add heels.

THE DONT’S
• Don’t wear head-to-toe patterns. Instead, keep the skirt dress two-toned. For example, a plain, white vest on top and a patterned floral fabric on the bottom.
• Don’t go for a dress that is too tight, as most of these dresses make use of elastic in the waist. If it’s too tight, it can look very unflattering. ]]>
Mon, 21 Dec 2009 12:00 +0200
Smart Bra Habits http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/smart-bra-habits
PICK A BREATHABLE FABRIC, like cotton or a cotton-rayon blend. Bras cut from synthetic materials, such as nylon or spandex, can irritate skin as well as block air circulation, triggering redness and/or itching if worn regularly. Occasionally wearing a sexy, lacy one (typically made with nylon and spandex) won't cause any harm.

LOOK FOR MOLDED CUPS. A bra that lets your boobs bounce as you move can worsen PMS breast pain and cause soreness and possibly even sagging.

WASH IT THE RIGHT WAY. As tempting as it may be to let the washer and dryer do all the work, the cups and band will stay firmer – and give you more support – if you wash the bra by hand with a mild laundry detergent in lukewarm water and let it airdry after each wear.

LOSE IT WHEN IT FEELS LOOSE. There's no hard-and-fast rule as to how long the average bra lasts, but it's a good idea to stop wearing it when the elasticity begins to give and/or you're constantly adjusting the straps to make it fit. ]]>
Tue, 08 Dec 2009 12:00 +0200
Summer Charms http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/summer-charms
SHOES
This season is all about super-high platform heels, wedges and stiletto sandals. Think 6-inches and don't be afraid to experiment with colour. If you are, however, looking for flats, Tomy Takkies are the way to go.

HEADBANDS
'Headbands are a must for summer,' says COSMO fashion assistant, Nathirah Isaacs. 'You can dress them up or down with any outfit, whether it be evening or everyday wear.'

EARRINGS
For a night out on the town, go for big chandelier earrings, says Isaacs. They'll help to accentuate a simple outfit and add a bit of glitz to your party dress.

BANGLES
Whether you're accessorising for a party, heading down to the beach or setting off on a shopping trip, colourful bangles are integral to any outfit, according to Isaacs. Build your collection with turquoises, yellows, oranges and greens.

SUNGLASSES
'Colourful sunglasses are a must for those days on the beach,' says Isaacs. From neon pink wayfarers to oversized yellow frames, even sunglasses need to be bright this summer.

NECKLACES
'Move away from the chunky necklace and go for the "less is more" look,' advises Isaacs. 'Dainty pendant necklaces are really hot this summer, as are long, beaded necklaces.'

BELTS
Move the thick belts to the back of your cupboard, because thin belts are back. 'Thin woven belts or thin belts in assorted colours are a must, whether you want to wear them normally or around your waist.'

RINGS
'This season is about the statement ring,' says Isaacs. Think big rings with bright stones or colourful patterns.

HATS
The latest trend for summer is the Panama hat. Buy it in different shades, and always remember to include a day-to-day straw version and a more chic cream Panama one. Accessorise your hat with a colourful strip or keep it clean, with a white or pastel band. ]]>
Wed, 25 Nov 2009 12:00 +0200
The Jumpsuit http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/the-jumpsuit
THE DOS…
• Choosing the right jumpsuit all depends on your body shape. If you have big busts, steer clear of bandeau styles – flatter your figure with deep V designs. Long-leg jumpsuits work best on curvy figures and shorter jumpsuits known as rompers suit shorter women.
• Wear a jumpsuit instead of a cocktail dress. If treated like the trusty LBD, the jumpsuit will no longer appear scary and will instead become one of the most versatile and sultry items in your wardrobe.
• When choosing colour go for black, navy, grays and plums as well as pastels and prints; these are popular this summer.
• Jumpsuits can be easily accessorised with a stylish belt to clinch in the waist and highlight your feminine figure. Make the outfit your own with bold clutch bags, chunky bangles, large earrings and headbands.
• Dress it up with killer heels or play it down for work with pumps. For casual daywear pair your suit up with another of this season's hottest trends, the gladiator sandal.
• Add a blazer or a cardigan if you're not yet that comfortable revealing your one piece to the world.

THE DON'TS…
• Head-to-toe patterns are a big no. Instead choose solid colours and sophisticated fabrics.
• Don't go for something that's too baggy because it can be as unflattering as if it were too tight.
• Don't wear a jumpsuit like a second skin unless you have that perfectly-toned size 8 body. Choose a suit that will conceal anything you are not 100% comfortable showing. ]]>
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 12:00 +0200
Different Strokes http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/different-strokes
GRAPHIC PRINTS
make a bold statement
• No waist? Go for a bikini or swimsuit with a belt, which will give the illusion of a defined middle.
• Perfect for a long body, horizontal stripes make the torso appear shorter. Go for a style with lots of detail.
• Got a fuller bust? Halterneck tops offer good support and create a sexy cleavage. Avoid bandeau tops, which provide no support for big breasts.
• If you have a petite frame and a small bust, triangular cups and Brazilian-cut bottoms will have a flattering effect.
• Great for shapely shoulders, a halterneck will draw attention away from the thighs to your sexy top half.
• Dark colours and swirling prints do wonders for the fuller figure. They have a slimming effect because they 'break up' the body and give the illusion of definition.

BLACK SWIMSUITS (either solid black or black and white) are flattering and oh so glam
• Perfect for a boyish figure, the halterneck top draws attention to toned arms and shoulders, and side-ties help create a curvy shape. Boyish body types should steer clear of solid-coloured swimsuits and stick with patterns.
• Great for a long body, a contrasting design will 'shorten' the torso and the belted waistline will add more shape. A boy-short style looks great on slim hips.
• If you have short legs, go for styles that are cut high on the thigh to make your legs look longer. A swimsuit with a plunging neckline helps a short torso appear longer.
• Got a big bottom? Black, medium-sized bikini bottoms of which the sides are about 7cm wide, flatter bootylicious babes. A halterneck top with a plunging neckline draws attention up and away from the bottom half.
• Get an instant flat tummy. A structured one-piece trims the midsection and flattens the tummy. In fact, it promises to make you look one size smaller than you are!
• Show off your toned abs in the ever-sexy monokini, which is barer and more daring than a one-piece but not as bare or daring as a bikini.

FLORALS are wild and bright, and sure to make you the centre of attention!
• A bikini top with underwire support offers bigger busts extra support and an instant lift.
• If you have an athletic body, try a style with sexy ruffles that create the illusion of shapely curves. Bonus: ruched and cinched tops help enhance the bust.
• To make a long body seem less lanky, go for bright prints and horizontal lines. Designs that draw the eye down; dark, solid colours and high necklines are not your friend.
• Perfect for the hourglass figure, a Brazilian-cut bikini will show off your sexy curves.
• Flat-chested? Tops with strategically placed prints will create the illusion of a fuller bust.
• Draw attention to a toned body with a bright bikini. A plunging top will show off your cleavage and ring details on the bottoms will highlight your hips.

SWIMSUIT SHOPPING: 5 NEED-TO-KNOW HEALTH TIPS
1. Get tight

'Loosely woven materials provide less protection, leaving skin vulnerable to the sun', says Speedo SA brand manager Gayle Wise. Buy UV protection layered matt-Lycra and the thicker microfibre instead. (Your swimsuit's swing tag should rate the UV protection.)

2. Colour my 'kini
'Darker colours attract more sun than lighter shades but they let less sun shine through the bikini than lighter shades,' says Wise. Lined swimsuits also decrease sunlight penetration.

3. Bikini bras

If you like wearing your bikini top as a bra, make sure it gives you enough support. 'Billabong's Jungle Daze range functions like a bra but look as stylish as a bikini top,' says Billabong designer Dawnsy Mienie.

4. Buy quick-dry
'Wearing a wet swimsuit in the sun may change the pH levels in the vagina and increase the risk of infections such as thrush,' says gynaecologist Dr Divanovic of Medfem Clinic in Johannesburg. Buy fast-drying bikini fabrics such as cotton-Lycra.

5. Cover up
The one-piece swimsuit is back in fashion, giving you more protection. Play around with 'skirtinis', boy shorts and tankinis, which not only protect you from the sun but also look great.

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Wed, 11 Nov 2009 12:00 +0200
Fashion Rocks http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/fashion-rocks
Calvin Klein, Versace, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs, along with internationally acclaimed Brazilian designers, showcased their new lines while 5 000 of the world's elite were treated to live performances by Mariah Carey, P.Diddy, Ciara, Grace Jones and Estelle.

'Under any circumstance, music will always set fashion trends around the world,' says COSMO Fashion Assistant, Nathirah Isaacs. 'Just look at what bands and singers are wearing this year, and look at how everyday people are dressing on the street. Many people have musical celebrities they idolise, like Mariah and Estelle, and lots of people copy the trends their idol sets.'

The same can be said for designers. Jean Paul Gaultier and Dolce & Gabbana have been inspired by Madonna in the past, Gucci by Rihanna and Giorgio Armani looked to Beyoncé as their fashion muse.

'Music and fashion are both forms of self expression,' says Isaacs. 'Music and fashion is one and the same thing.'

Check out our photo gallery for all the pictures from the 2009 Oi Fashion Rocks fundraiser.
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Mon, 02 Nov 2009 12:00 +0200
Harem Pants http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/harem-pants
THE DOS
• Always remember less is more. Don't look for the biggest balloon hips or the baggiest crotch, instead go for an ever so slight ballooned hip and delicately draped crotch. If you wear more subtle harem pants, you can hide your problem areas rather than create new ones.
• Add more structure to this voluminous shape: belts add definition to your waistline, and we can all use a bit more definition from time to time.
• Dark colours create a slimming effect, and when you add that slight balloon to problem areas like hips and a flattering skinny leg, that creates an even more slimming effect.
• High heels are a must to keep your look lean, long and sexy.
• Wear cropped jackets and tops. This will help people to see that your pants are deliberately billowing and that you're not trying to keep your pants from falling down. The shorter jackets and tops also accentuate the style.

THE DON'TS
• Don't choose pants with an extremely low crotch; pants that sag in the centre half way down your leg are not a good look on most people. This also makes the pants to look less elegant and stylish.
• Don't choose heavy fabrics as they do not drape as elegantly as delicate ones would.
• Don't overload on jewellery. One elegant piece around your neck and possibly a few bangles are enough. ]]>
Mon, 26 Oct 2009 12:00 +0200
Too Close For Comfort http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/too-close-for-comfort
Ever heard of meralgia paresthetica? According to Dr. John England, a US-based neurologist and member of the American Academy of Neurology, skinny jeans put pressure on the femoral cutaneous nerve in your thighs, which can leave you with a strange, tingling sensation in your legs. Add stilettos to the mix and you're in double trouble, as the tingling simply worsens.

As told to MSNBC: '[The femoral cutaneous nerve] is a pure sensory nerve,' says Dr. England, 'it doesn't go to muscles or provide strength. Anything tight around that area could potentially compress the nerve.' But don't go tossing your supertight skinnies quite yet; 'tingling thigh syndrome' is temporary, and you can continue to wear skinny jeans without causing any permanent damage. Simply remove the pressure by stripping off and those pins-and-needles will soon disappear.

'This health risk might be blown out of proportion,' counters Durban-based stylist, Pippa Lynch. 'I do, however, recommend avoiding very tight skinny jeans and rather opt for the styles that have a little more stretch, as they are a lot more flattering on most leg shapes and body types than the skin-tight variety.'

Alice Dunkley, a stylist at The Wardrobe Studio, agrees: 'Comfort is most important when buying any jeans, so if they are uncomfortable to sit in, then chances are this is not good for one's health.'

'For all those risk averse stylistas out there,' adds Lynch, 'boyfriend styles and rolled-up cargo pants are slowly trumping skinny jeans as the preferred silhouette this season, so if you attribute those pains in your legs to your skinny jeans, simply shop for a new style.' ]]>
Fri, 16 Oct 2009 12:00 +0200
Toying With The Line http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/toying-with-the-line
Are these five campaigns creative genius or low-grade smut? Decide for yourself...


THE 'G' SPOT


This 2003 Gucci campaign depicted a model showing off her pubic hair shaved into a 'G'. Crude or clever? Obviously the 'G' stands for Gucci, but the sexual undertone suggests something a little more pleasurable. The public were in an uproar not at the suggestive symbol, but rather at the blatant display of pubic hair.

PERFUME-AS-PENIS


In 2007 Tom Ford released his Tom Ford for Men fragrance with a racy ad campaign, which showed a naked, oiled up woman, with blood red fingernails holding the perfume bottle as a penis in front of her vagina. Tom Ford is known for his controversial advertising campaigns but many felt this was taking it too far. Obviously this advert was meant to attract men, and what better way to attract a man's attention than with a naked woman?

COKED UP ON FASHION


Moving away from sex, Sisley's 2007/2008 Fall ad campaign showed two 'coked-up' models snorting a cocaine-white dress, implying they're addicted to fashion. Even the smallest details were considered to make this campaign authentic – the model with her eyes rolling back in her head and the credit and white powder. But what kind of message does this send to young women? Not to mention the stigma of the drug culture in the fashion industry...

GANGING UP


When this campaign went public, Dolce & Gabbana were accused of glorifying gang rape. The Italian designer duo was accused of being sexist and presenting women as sexual objects that can be exploited. Is this what immediately strikes you too? Did you have the same reaction to the ad?

WIDE OPEN


American Apparel's raunchy campaigns are often very liberal when it comes to sex, making it part of everyday life, and often face petitions by the American public to have their campaigns banned. But this particular ad is so blatantly in-your-face, it came across as crude, teetering on the verge of porn.

While these ads certainly make you take notice (and you won't easily forget the designers' names after seeing them), would they actually cause you to buy their products?
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Mon, 12 Oct 2009 12:00 +0200
Look Sexy After a Mastectomy http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/look-sexy-after-a-mastectomy 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards red carpet just 13 months after having a double mastectomy. But while millions of women across the world have beaten breast cancer with surgery, finding specially-made lingerie that fit comfortably and also look sexy is a challenge in South Africa.

'My mom had breast cancer some years ago and, after having a mastectomy, she always found it difficult to find well fitted, beautiful bras and swimwear,' says Helen Yeomans. 'We then realised that many ladies who have had breast cancer must be feeling the same way. We went in search of mastectomy wear and, after getting excited about what we found, decided other ladies must be given this same opportunity to obtain these beautiful bras and swimsuits.'

The mother-and-daughter team have now set up their own business, a specialised mastectomy wear boutique in South Africa, and outsource beautiful bras and swimwear internationally.

'We stock bras for every stage of recovery, bras that can be taken into hospital (post op), those you can wear during the waiting period before having reconstructive surgery and also many beautiful bras if you decide not to opt for reconstruction,' says Yeomans.

All bras, tops and swimsuits in the Mastique Lingerie collection are made with fitted pockets for a secure hold and discreet fit. A few of the bras are also made with fashionable camisoles that give extra coverage if scarring is higher. The bras fit close to the chest wall, so you can lean forward with confidence and peace of mind.

Although the Mastique Lingerie boutique is situated in Fourways, Johannesburg, the Yeomans' do deliver to the rest of South Africa. Visit http://mastiquelingerie.co.za to view the full Mastique Lingerie collection. ]]>
Wed, 30 Sep 2009 12:00 +0200
Spring's Hottest Bags http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/springs-hottest-bags Quilted
A must have for the new spring season; quilted bags are suitable for both evenings and days out depending on the size. Smaller quilted bags can be carried as a clutch, or if it has a chain can be worn over the shoulder. But there are also a few that are big enough to be taken to work.

Tan leather
Choose an understated handbag that goes with everything this summer – but it's more suitable for day wear than nights out.

Embroided leather
Bring out the bohemian in you by investing in an embroided leather handbag. It's fun, beautiful and suitable for day-to-day use.

Straw with leather handles
This simple woven handbag is great on and off the beach.

Fringed
Fringes are everywhere these days. Show you're clued up on the latest trends with the boho-style handbag, which is suitable for a day-to-day use.

Gold
Gold handbags work with every outfit and for every occasion.

Black patent clutch
Everyone owns there faithful black clutch, but why not try a patent one to add extra shine to your summer collection. Save these for a glamorous evening event.

Mock croc print
The ultimate in ladylike chic, it's defiantly worth investing in a timeless mock croc classic. Suitable for everyday occasions as well as corporate ones.

White
A crisp, white handbag is defiantly a summer essential. Choose one in a soft leather to make you look super stylish and elegant at any event.

Studded
Studs are so hot this summer and can be worn on any occasion.
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Thu, 10 Sep 2009 12:00 +0200
Live From CTFW http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/live-from-ctfw
COSMOPOLITAN will be tweeting from the runways during a few of the shows, including Misfit, Tart, Lalessa, Lovewaterlove and the Foschini/Nokia New Generation Show.

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/CosmopolitanSA and you'll get up-to-the-minute tweets on the latest trends.
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Thu, 20 Aug 2009 12:00 +0200
Waistcoat 101 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/waistcoat-101
PAIR A WAISTCOAT WITH…

• men's or formal pants – for a boyish look
• a dress – for that fabulous bohemian feel
• jeans – to keep it casual
• a pencil skirt – if you're going for corporate style

You can pair a waistcoat with just about anything – whatever your outfit you can never go wrong with one. But always try to wear something underneath it, don't just bare all.

FOR ALL OCCASIONS
Waistcoats come in a range of different materials and fits, including colourful denims, satin, brushed cotton, tartan, leather and wool. Best of all, there are endless styles to choose from – from buttoned up to buttoned down, double-breasted or bomber-jacket style.

Mix and match your waistcoat with these items:
Denim = T-shirts or shirts or vests or dresses
Satin = shirts
Brushed cotton = T-shirts or vests
Tartan = plain undergarments
Leather = shirts or T-shirts
Wool = polo necks
Buttoned up = shirts
Double-breasted = shirts or T-shirts
Bomber-jacket style = polo necks or long-sleeved tops or T-shirts

There is a waistcoat for all body types, but it's very important that it's the right fit. Wear a long-length waist coat if you have an apple figure. And a shorter one if you're pear-shaped – it will show off your waist.
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Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:00 +0200
High-Waisted Pants http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/high-waisted-pants
Click here for our rules.
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Mon, 03 Aug 2009 12:00 +0200
Unleash Your Wild Side http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/unleash-your-wild-side
DO...
• Stick with the same style of leopard print. Match large spots with large spots and couple small, more detailed spots together.
• Dress up leopard print with chunky jewellery. Pair your outfit with a chunky gold or large bracelet in a warm hue.
• Wear leopard print during the day or glam it up at night. An understated leopard print top with jeans and riding boots will do well for the afternoon and a leopard print clutch or sexy heels with your LBD for your night on the town.
• Have a statement piece. If you don't want to make too much of a statement, a leopard print bag, bangle or shoes can be a great addition to your wardrobe.
• Keep the complete ensemble simple. You don't want to look like road kill.

DON'T...
• Mix it with bright colours. Leopard print tights with a striking blue top or your favourite red coat just doesn't work.
• Fall into the dreaded leopard print trap – kitted out in the print head to toe will never be trendy.
• Pile on the layers. If you're going to be layering, stick to one layer of leopard print at a time.
• Wear any colour print. Stick to the usual black and brown prints.
• Add African jewellery to your outfit, it will look like you're trying too hard.
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Mon, 13 Jul 2009 12:00 +0200
Fashion Fiction http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/fashion-fiction
FASHION MYTH 1: Only wear sequins at night
'Sequins can be worn anytime, day or night,' says Nathirah Isaacs, COSMO freelance fashion assistant. 'You can dress them up during the day with jeans or sexy denim shorts, or go glam at night with heels and chandelier earrings.'

FASHION MYTH 2: Chunky accessories are always trendy; you can wear them whenever, wherever and however
'This is false. Chunky jewellery is funky and trendy, but only works with some outfits. Imagine an evening dress with chunky jewellery… I don't think so!' says COSMO fashion assistant Mishkah Rinquest.

FASHION MYTH 3: Never mix patterns and prints
'Mixing prints and patterns is pretty trendy this season – most of the big designers and fashion-forward celebrities are taking liberties when it comes to mixing and matching. But to get it right, only mix patterns and prints that are the same tone,' says Durban-based fashion stylist, Pippa Lynch.
'Patterns and prints worn together can create a very interesting and eclectic look, provided it’s done cleverly,' says Alice Dunkley, a Cape Town-based stylist. 'Try to link the two, by using patterns and prints of a similar theme, tone or colour palette.'

FASHION MYTH 4: Never wear white in winter
'That is so not true,' says Rinquest. 'White is a colour for all seasons. There are great pieces available in winter like coats, chunky jerseys and polo necks, all of which come in white.' Isaacs agrees: 'In winter, glam it up with red lips and you're good to go.'

FASHION MYTH 5: Never wear horizontal stripes
'Horizontal stripes have always been said to make a person look heavier or larger as these draw the eye across the body, creating the allusion of width,'says Dunkley. 'But depending on the stripes you choose, they can actually have a slimming affect. Narrowly spaced horizontal stripes take the eye upwards and create the illusion of height and slenderness.'
'If you have a small bust and waist and no hips, horizontal stripes will help give you a shape. But stay away from horizontal stripes if you want to downplay a particular part of your body, or if you already have curves,' says Lynch.

FASHION MYTH 6: Don't mix bright colours
'To be trendy and out there, you can do whatever you want, even if it is mixing bright colours. It might be a bit loud for some people, but you can get away with it; it's a fashion statement,' says Rinquest.

FASHION MYTH 7: Black makes you look slimmer
'While darker colours generally have a more slimming effect than lighter colours, black is not always as slimming as it's thought to be,' says Dunkley. 'If worn too tightly, black outlines the silhouette and will actually make a person appear larger than they are. Surface quality of a fabric is also important; when choosing black for a slimming effect, look for smooth or matt fabrics rather than shiny ones.' ]]>
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 12:00 +0200
Designer to Watch - Cloe Townsend http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/designer-to-watch-cloe-townsend http://www.missibaba.com, and although her personal style is reflected in her accessories (particularly the colour combinations) she prefers to work with leather.

'I love it. I love the depth of colour, the malleability and its non-fray factor,' says Townsend. 'I usually design for someone who is confident with their own individual style, and who appreciates quality and handmade products. I love elements of both the traditional and modern, and when combined they create an aesthetic with more depth and interest where both elements are highlighted rather than lost through overkill.'

Townsend has accessorised for local fashion designers, Stiaan Louw and Stefania Morland, but as an emerging new designer, there are many others she'd like to work with.

'I would like to work with Marianne Fassler again; she allows me total creative freedom and our pieces work well together. I'd also like to collaborate with my boyfriend Xandre Kriel (he's a furniture maker) on some fun, colourful furniture pieces.'

And when it comes to her crew, Townsend keeps it local while helping her community simultaneously.

'I support the women at the iKhaya Trust Centre because the project is based in Stellenbosch, the town I grew up in, which is very close to my heart,' says Townsend. 'I am totally in love with my crew of ladies and have gotten so much personal benefit from dealing with such strong, courageous women. They embroider my bags with inspired hands, always surprising me with fresh colour combinations.'

But how can a COSMO girl incorporate Missibaba accessories into her outfit this winter?

'Most of my pieces are very versatile and can be worn day through night, winter or summer, so really you must just play. A belt I'm really loving this season is our tux belt in black patent leather. It'll jazz up any old jersey, dress or coat.' ]]>
Mon, 01 Jun 2009 12:00 +0200
Rachel's Style Rules http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/rachels-style-rules
1. CHOOSE DARK JEANS
'They're so easy to dress up. I think skinnies look really flattering with heels. Get a good pair that has some stretch.'

2. RECYCLE TRENDS
'It's funny how things are coming back in again so quickly – for example, one shoulder shirts were big just a few years ago and are now back in style. For that reason, I never throw anything out, and I like to wear things when they're sort of just coming out of being really cool.'

3. THROW ON A SCARF
'I love scarves – I have so many. If you have a simple dress and a great scarf, you have such a good outfit. I just got an amazing silk Chanel scarf that has stars on it as a gift.'

4. MIX AND MATCH
'I'm a big fan of mix-matching… taking pieces from certain outfits and pairing them with others. It allows you to create your own look.'

5. DRESS DOWN AT NIGHT
'I don't like dressing up unless I absolutely need to. For a date, I wear a T-shirt and jeans with a great pair of superhigh heels. I've had to train myself to walk in them.'

RACHEL'S STYLE OBSESSIONS
Yellow
'I'm so into yellow right now. You can pair it with a neutral shoe or a contrasting colour such as green. And I'm not scared to wear yellow and black together.'

Shrunken blazer
'Wear it with tux pants and a vintage T-shirt for an androgynous look. I love clothes with a male influence.'

Big bracelets
'I'll put on one cocktail ring or big bracelet and that's it. Wearing a single piece makes more of a statement.'

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Mon, 11 May 2009 12:00 +0200
Best Budget Bags http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/best-budget-bags-
To complement your daytime trench go for tartan check and add warm colours, such as deep purples, and autumn hues to your winter accessories. Clutch purses are the perfect addition to any night-time look – whether you choose to accessorise with a simple, black clutch or be bold with patent, snakeskin reds and glistening blues.

Whether you're looking for a canvas holdall or a shimmering clutch, we've found the perfect budget bag to complement your style.

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Fri, 01 May 2009 12:00 +0200
Boot Up http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/boot-up
Boost your sex appeal and let knee-high boots give you instant street cred.

Mix them up with your wardrobe of skinny jeans and jersey dresses, and select styles from suede – for a laid-back everyday look – to the very daring and edgy patent leather. Whichever way you choose to rock your boots, make sure the hemline of your dress or skirt is no more than 7.5cm above the top of your boots, you want to look sleek, not stumpy.

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Fri, 03 Apr 2009 12:00 +0200
Dress Rehearsal http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/dress-rehearsal
In a rare moment of candidness, fashion designer Clive Rundle allowed cameras into his studio to capture a quick 3-minute video of him and his models during a fitting and dress rehearsal a few days before his Summer '09/'10 Collection was shown at Sanlam SA Fashion Week in Johannesburg. ]]>
Mon, 06 Apr 2009 12:00 +0200
From Haute to Everyday Couture http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/from-haute-to-everyday-couture
Here are more of our style tips to help you maximise your designer investment by mixing and matching it with everyday items.

Studio photography by Karl Rogers
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Fri, 20 Mar 2009 12:00 +0200
Designer To Watch - Cherie Neveling http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/designer-to-watch-cherie-neveling Our Designer to Watch for March, Cherie Neveling (designing for Cherie Clair) shares the trends she thinks will be hot during a cool autumn.

BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK
A must-have for every wardrobe are your black basics, from the ever fabulous LBD to an irreplaceable pair of black pants. Black is every girl's best friend and secret weapon. As a favourite base for runways around the world, it's a saving grace for the otherwise fashionably impaired.

This autumn combine your favourite black pieces for a multi-textured monochromatic feel or play it up with bright block colour statement pieces or hints of winter chick plaid.

COLOUR
Even a classic fashion fundie such as myself can't help but be drawn to the vibrant hues of burgundy, emerald green, plum and other rich shades. A spin off version of summer's brights, go for muted, darker tones that will tickle the pallets of colour lovers.

This autumn go big with a block colour statement piece or use with accessories. Also look at adding coloured tights to your wardrobe.

MIX IT UP
There's an upside to the cooler weather other than movie nights and duvet days: awesome silhouettes and layering. You can always blame the weather on your varying textures over accessorising.

This autumn don't worry about trying to match. If ever there was a time to layer it up with contrasting textures and shades, it's now.
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Sun, 15 Mar 2009 12:00 +0200
Make a Statement http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/make-a-statement
Go for peep-toe booties with exotic skin and sky-high platforms. Just remember to wear them with confidence and no one will notice you wincing.

Click here to see which celebrities have been making statements in their heels.


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Wed, 11 Mar 2009 12:00 +0200
Star Style Beyonce http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/star-style-beyonce
We love how Beyoncé has balanced the casual shorts and jersey with a touch of glamour from her designer heels and eye-catching accessories – she fits in with the sporty atmosphere but still stands out from the crowd in her effortlessly cool ensemble.

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Thu, 05 Mar 2009 12:00 +0200
Designer To Watch - Nadia Lemmer http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/designer-to-watch--nadia-lemmer
We asked Nadia for her perspective on the latest trends.

HOT TRENDS
Nadia's main pieces are designed primarily for the average woman, which to her is a size 16. Her practical yoga top is lined with elastic on the bottom hem so any compromising stretches aren't jeopardised by material flopping over your head. Her idea for the light-weight top stemmed from the new trend of more fashionable sportswear. So now you can look presentable when heading for the gym and 'accidentally' bump into someone who is only allowed to see you at your best.

Another of her hot pieces on trend is a plain T-shirt with white lace, designed specifically to be tighter in all the right areas. 'If you put on weight, your bust is the area that will remain the most representative of your natural frame,' she says. Therefore, the emphasis on these T-shirts is to be tighter around the bust and looser around the waist and hips.

Her final, key piece is a black lace over-garment, which can be worn with either a formal pants or jeans. For something a little more glam, Nadia plans on embellishing one of the pieces with sequins to add a little sparkle.

WHAT EVERYONE'S WEARING NOW
Right now though, Nadia is quite excited about leather jackets making their way back into wardrobes (much the same as they did in Europe for their autumn/winter season).

But it's not only leather that's making a comeback. At Toronto Fashion Week, Nadia saw knitwear, including dresses with crocheted details, being showcased on the Canadian catwalks.

KEY FOR AUTUMN
Nadia predicts gloves are going to be big during the autumn season – she already owns a cashmere and leather pair. Also, invest in legwarmers and sequins, particularly sequined leggings (a striking look that will definitely turn a few heads). But if you're looking for even more attention, feathers are long overdue for a comeback.

If you'd like to get a closer look at Nadia's latest collection, she will be showcasing a few pieces at a Woolworth's Trunk Sale in the not too distant future under the very clever brand name of Lemmernade.
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Thu, 29 Jan 2009 12:00 +0200
Golden Globe Gowns http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/golden-globe-gowns
Take a look at our photo gallery.

ATTENTION GRABBERS
Firmly attached to Brad Pitt's arm, Angelina Jolie sparkled in her grey Versace gown while Jennifer Lopez finally joined her on our Hot Mammas list as she glowed in a gold Marchesa design. Rumours that Marc Anthony wants the mother of his twins to cover up seem to have been dashed when Lopez emerged from their limousine in the backless gown that didn't leave much to the imagination.

Two Evas also turned heads when they landed on the red carpet. Eva Longoria arrived solo in a body-hugging, red Reem Acra gown with train and Eva Mendes did Dior proud in her white gown with front bustle.

YOUNG & INNOCENT
The young stars kept things simple and understated. Miley Cyrus took tips from last year's Oscars and wore a white Marchesa Grecian dress while America Ferrera was spotted in a silver Oscar de la Renta one-shoulder gown with a hemline just below her knee. Arriving separately from Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcha, Rumer Willlis rivalled her mother for attention in a deep purple Reem Acra design.

CRAZY HAIR DAY
We all have bad hair days, but when you're walking the red carpet, there is simply no excuse. Drew Barrymore's hair style was just too much even for her Dior by John Galliano blue masterpiece, while Cameron Diaz spoilt a perfect Chanel Haute Couture gown that was pretty in pink and Reneè Zellweger scared fans in a black sheer blouse with fishtail skirt by Carolina Herrera.

CURVES
Elie Saab squeezed Beyoncè into a silver detailed strapless design that played up the not-so-single lady's curves, and Megan Fox opted for a gold Ralph Lauren number that gave new meaning to bootylicious.

AND THE WINNERS ARE...
If you missed the award ceremony on M-Net last night, here's a short list of the main winners at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

FILM
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

BEST MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Kate Winslet, The Reader

BEST DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire


TELEVISION
BEST TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
Mad Men

BEST TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
30 Rock

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

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Tue, 13 Jan 2009 12:00 +0200
Decoded http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/decoded
FORMAL
Formal wear usually applies to an evening wedding or dinner, but some corporate Christmas parties also call for a degree of formality. If your stock trading man brings home a 'formal' invite we recommend a little black dress or a long evening dress.

SEMI-FORMAL

This dress code can apply to anything from milestone birthday and anniversary parties to end-of-year office soirees, and is usually more formal than smart-casual. We recommend a stylish top with dressy jeans or a formal dress with ballet pumps.

SMART-CASUAL

Smart-casual is probably the way most of South Africa dresses to work, and can be worn when attending daytime shindigs and smaller birthday parties. We recommend a dress-shirt with elegant accessories.

CASUAL
Anything goes. Your host wants you to be comfortable and to come as you are, but we recommend stylish jeans and flat shoes or sneakers.

BLACK TIE
Black tie is sometimes also regarded as formal. If you're attending a charity ball we recommend a long 'little black dress' or a glamorous, formal dress.

WHITE TIE
The most formal of dress codes is reserved for a night at the opera or state dinners where men are required to wear bowties and waistcoats. We recommend mid-calf dresses or ball gowns and white gloves. No short skirts or dresses.

COCKTAIL
This dress code is pretty self-explanatory and will apply to dressy, fun parties. We recommend long or short evening wear, but on a hot summer's night wear a short cocktail dress and a pair of gorgeous heels.

FESTIVE
This depends on the season or public holiday and is quite transitional. Festive can mean anything from co-ordinating colours that match the season to Santa Claus hats, but it really depends on your own taste. We recommend you choose something semi-formal and glam it up with your style – whether you like bright colours, big accessories or silly shoes.
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Fri, 05 Dec 2008 12:00 +0200
Green is the New Black http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/green-is-the-new-black
The question on most people's lips is not, 'How can I live more sustainably?' but 'Where on earth do I start?' Start with the earth.

ORGANIC COTTON
These days even T-shirts can be organic, but this doesn't mean you can eat yours. Organic clothing is made from materials raised or grown without the use of harmful chemicals like pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. Authentic organic fabrics and clothing are good because fewer chemicals are produced and chemical residues do not enter (accidentally or negligently) into the environment during production. Also, humans and animals are not exposed to chemicals and chemical waste is not deposited in landfills.

Cotton is responsible for a quarter of the world's pesticides, though it only uses 3% of the earth's land. This makes cotton one of the major pollutants in the rag trade. Gita Salem, from the eco-conscious, American label S&G, sees the role of organic cotton holistically.

'Pressure from consumers will play a big role in the shift from conventional to organic cotton,' says Salem. 'Already a number of major apparel companies are making clothes that cater to the rising demand for environmentally conscious products. The problem is that it is still a minor fraction of their business.

'The other problem is that the demand for organics has yet to trickle down to the cotton farmer. There isn't enough organic cotton out there yet for all the big companies to shift to organic materials. At the moment, the demand far exceeds the supply.'

For this reason, S&G clothing is part of Fashion With Responsibility, which unifies the interests of fashion labels with heart and style.

Woolworths is the world's third biggest consumer of organic cotton and offer a wide range of not only clothing but also home products made from 5% to 100% organic cotton.

GREEN TIP #1
S&G clothing encourages you to 'buy organic. If you can't find organic items locally, buy them directly from the label or from an online distributor. If you can't afford international prices, then talk to your local boutique owners and ask them to carry organic materials.'

Salem suggests once you buy an organic item you are happy with, tell your friends about it. 'The more consumers buy organic and tell shop owners that they want organic, the more organic clothing we will see in the marketplace.'

RECYCLING, CINDERELLA STYLE
Recycling isn't only for paper, plastic, glass and tin. And it means more than raiding vintage shops or your best friend's wardrobe. Did you know that fleece can be made from recycled plastic bottles?

Recycling is not the back-end of sustainable clothing; it is the new front in fashion. In Africa, we are no strangers to reinventing the feel. Darkie Clothing made vintage wear and second-hand clothes the hottest thing in Africa over the last few seasons. Take a lesson from the innovative label and give an old bag new life.

G-Mo shoes turn the Cinderella fairytale on its feet. Never mind a ball gown, you can wear your old sofa, favourite leather trousers or your retired handbag on your feet and look great. The shoes are made from recycled materials such as upholstery fabric swatches, and the summer sandals are ingeniously designed to fit your foot like Cinderella's slipper.

GREEN TIP #2
Grandt Mason, founder of G-Mo Footwear, says it is a good idea to get educated. 'With mass producers it's all about the time – down to the second, so they can't always afford to go green. But smaller companies like Darkie Clothing started out redesigning vintage clothes,' Mason says. 'Go for organic natural fibres where possible, but also look for shoes that use less glue. Weigh up the options of a rubber sole versus a cheaper material like plastic. Rubber is a natural product and lasts longer.'

LOCAL DESIGNERS WHO CARE:

Designers such as Craig Jacobs, Karen Ter Morshuizen, Paul Harris and Gavin Rajah use organic fabrics in their collections. Other local labels that use organic materials include Darkie Clothing, The Eco Trend Collection, Fundudzi and Lunar.

Labels that use recycled material include Carbon d'Afreeque, who design accessories, and Karen Clothier's Hip & Zen.
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Tue, 02 Dec 2008 12:00 +0200
Blushing Blossoms http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/blushing-blossoms When wearing floral skirts, keep the top simple. Pair pretty, petalled bottoms with plain tops, simple ruffle blouses, clean crisp shirts and cardigans. Keep the colours minimal and don't wear oversized tops or busy prints. Matching a floral top with a floral skirt is overkill.

If you opt for blushing blooms on top
, you can complement it with just about anything: jeans (skinny, wide or narrow leg), hot pants, shorts, tights and skirts. Bottom line, don't go overboard with floral bottoms and avoid tracksuit pants.

When it comes to adding detail, go large. Chunky beads, wooden accessories, big bold gold or silver jewellery, assorted broaches, cuffs and hats will do it. Thin necklaces and flower-printed jewellery won't make an impact, and stay away from diamantes or diamonds.

To avoid overdoing the look, wear one floral item and keep the rest plain and simple. These prints can make everyone look beautiful if they're worn well. Flatter your figure by wearing florals on the part of your body you want to show off. On areas like hips, thighs and breasts, keep it plain. If you are tall and slim, you can wear dresses of any length. If you are short with slight hips and thighs, keep the dress knee length or short.

Slip on gladiator sandals or wedges, but avoid elaborate courts or pumps with heavy prints – they'll just compete for attention.

Remember to make sure you smell as pretty as you look with a fresh summer scent like Marc Jacobs Daisy (R1 110) and Bvlgaria Jasmin Noir (R610).
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Mon, 01 Dec 2008 12:00 +0200
Bold and Bohemian http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/bold-and-bohemian The Bohemian:
Go wild by mixing different florals and stripes together – the boho trend doesn't require any items to match. Flowy skirts are especially popular. Team yours with fitted tops that have minimal detail.

When picking accessories, chunky is what you're looking for. Complement your look with gladiator sandals or wedges to avoid looking like you're a slave to the Woodstock era.

Bold Colour:

Colour blocking (wearing solid bands of colour) is a huge trend right now, but it can go very wrong if you block incorrectly. Stick with the darker colours wherever your problem area is. If you're a daring dresser, try wearing bold, 'clashy' colours such as pink, red or orange, and then teaming that with yellow.

Remember to break the monotony of the bright colour with a basic colour somewhere else – like a black or brown pair of shoes and accessories.
 
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Sun, 30 Nov 2008 12:00 +0200
Feel Sexy Your Own Skin http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/feel-sexy-your-own-skin
BODY TYPE 1: CURVES THAT WON'T QUIT
Confidence boosters
Stars like Beyoncé and Scarlett Johansson have brought back the hourglass figure. But men would say this shape never fell out of favour. 'Research has proven that guys don't mind a single bit if a woman has extra meat on her bones,' says Dillon. Lots of women have paid an exorbitant amount of money for breast and butt implants... the things you got for free. Using positive words like curvy and voluptuous to describe your shape also drives home the idea that your body is hot.
Rules for working It
Dark, stretchy dresses are a curvy girl's best friends – they accentuate that hourglass silhouette. Another flattering option is V-neck tops. 'They display your cleavage without letting it all hang out,' says US COSMOPOLITAN Fashion Market Director Karen Larrain. The same strut-your-stuff principle applies to how you carry yourself. 'Trying to make your body seem more compact – by, say, hunching over or crossing your arms – gives the impression that you're apologizing for your size,' says director and acting coach Stan Kirsch, who helps actresses flaunt their figures. 'Taking up your space gives you a presence.'

BODY TYPE 2: STRONG AND SPORTY
Confidence boosters
It might sometimes be hard to feel like you hit the genetic jackpot with your muscular arms and thighs, but appreciating them for what they let you do – whether it's being able to run for 10 kilometres or kicking butt on the tennis court – helps. 'Women make the mistake of focusing on what their bodies look like, not what they accomplish,' says Nancy Etcoff, PhD, author of Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty (Anchor Books). 'An athlete's body is agile and strong. It's beautiful.'
Rules for working it
Wear miniskirts that show off your rock-hard legs; flaunt your streamlined arms in spaghetti-strap tops. Are there occasions when you want to look more classically feminine? 'Opt for blouses and dresses with embellishments like ruffles or puffy sleeves,' says Larrain. Cinching your waist with a wide belt adds curves, and using a terrific scent can also make you feel more girlie. What's especially great about being so athletic is that you're acutely aware of how your body moves. The trick is to look like you're not focused on it. 'Putting a hand on your hip and relaxing your shoulders will help you look less stiff and rigid,' says Kirsch.

BODY TYPE 3: LITTLE AND LEAN
Confidence boosters

A slight build with a small chest is a youthful, playful and energetic look. No matter what your actual age, you will always be the picture of exuberance. Plus, everything looks amazing on you, which is why fashion designers love your shape so much. But the benefits of tiny boobs extend well beyond clothes. 'Small breasts look perfect on a boyish figure because they're in proportion with the rest of your body, and proportion is attractive,' says body-image researcher Sherrie Delinsky, PhD.
Rules for working it
The girlish innocence of your shape will temper very sexy styles, making summer's short skirts and strapless tops (which can be skanky on larger-breasted women) look elegant. A minidress is an especially flattering choice. 'The short hemline draws attention away from the bust,' says Larrain. Cuteness is, of course, part of a boyishly built woman's charm. When you want to come across as more authoritative, stand tall, throw your shoulders back and push your breasts out – you'll appear bustier, taller and more self-assured, says Kirsch.

BODY TYPE 4: THE HIP-DON'T-LIE LOOK
Confidence boosters

A good tip for a pear-shaped woman (bigger on the bottom than the top) is to find a feature that you love and highlight it. It can be anything – an elegant neckline, pretty feet or a tiny waist. Everyone has something beautiful about them, but few focus on it. 'Eye-movement research has shown that when people who dislike their appearance look at their bodies, they zone in on parts they hate,' says Etcoff. Learning how to accept a compliment can help you begin to focus on the good stuff. When someone praises you, force yourself not to wave it off. 'Accepting flattery helps a positive comment really seep in,' says Dillon.
Rules for working it
It's all about balance. Off-the-shoulder, halter, and scoop-neck tops will offset the width of your hips and dark, wide-legged pants downplay your lower body. Wear heels because they visually lift your butt and stand up really straight because it will give the illusion of broader shoulders. Finally, show off the innate sexiness of your shape. 'Swing your hips slightly from side to side as you walk,' says Kirsch. 'It says that you love your figure and have fun with it.'
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Fri, 21 Nov 2008 12:00 +0200
Framed http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/framed
But because there are hundreds of styles, shapes and brands, you could spend hours trying on pair after pair and still walk out of the store unsatisfied.

'Your expensive jeans may capture someone's attention once, but a good pair of sunglasses is pure, timeless elegance,' says Safilo South Africa, distributors of designer eyewear. 'The trick is in finding a shape that suits your face.' Instead of determining the shape of your face by looking in a mirror, Safilo recommends tracing the outline of your face from a photo.

ROUND:
'Select frames that have angular lines to sharpen and add definition to a round face shape,' says OpticsPlanet.com, an online eyewear retailer. The lines and angles taper the curves of you face. You can make your face look longer and narrower by choosing frames that are wider than or equally as wide as the broadest part of your face. Aviators are also a good choice.

SQUARE:
'This face shape has a prominent jaw line with broad forehead,' says Safilo. 'They need sunglasses to soften the angles of the face. Sunglasses with soft curves help reduce the angles and cat eye sunglasses will give you more definition.'

LONG:
Swiss opticians Perret Opticians say, 'If you have a long face, you should go for a frame which cuts the length of your face.' To widen or shorten your face, you can wear round or square frames as long as they are not wider than your face.

HEART:
Spectacle World in Cape Town suggests thin-rimmed or rimless frames. 'The heart-shaped face is a very difficult face shape to fit, because almost any pair of glasses will add emphasis just where you won't need it.' Thin-rimmed or rimless frames will help balance out your wide forehead and soften your thin chin.

OVAL:
You have been blessed with probably the most ideal face shape because you can pull off any shape. But you need to retain its natural form. 'Select frames that are as wide or wider than the broadest part of the face,' says Spectacle World. 'Avoid low, swooping temples, which will unbalance the face.'

Once you've got the basic shape all you need to do is find the right colour...
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Thu, 13 Nov 2008 12:00 +0200
Bags of Style http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/bags-of-style
A seaside escape
1. Keep your accessories to a minimum – they can get lost when you go swimming or may be damaged by water, sunscreen and salty air.
2. Make sure you take along a hat and lightweight shirt to cover up in the midday sun. And pack two choices of swimsuit (one wet and on you, the other drying at the hotel) and alternate between them.
3. Casual is key, so forget expensive, one-of-a-kind items or an outfit made from fabrics that can get messed up (such as pure silk).

Activity holidays
1. Buy speciality clothes. Wearing ill-fitting riding shorts or a top that chafes your underarms is just going to dampen your holiday mood.
2. Separates in lightweight cotton will keep you cool on lazy days, but for more active ones, pack items made from durable fabrics such as canvas or Lycra.
3. Choose pants, shorts, dresses or skirts in dark a colour – great for evenings (and don’t show up the dirt!).

Slick in the city
1. Pack light. Mix and match any two colour combinations, such as black and white, or white and gold – they not only look smart, they expand your outfit options too.
2. Take at least one pair of comfortable walking shoes – you’ll be walking a lot, especially if you are on a shopping mission or visiting tourist attractions.
3. A lightweight trench coat is a must – to stay dry during light showers or warm if the weather turns chilly.

Bush-bashing
1. Dress in layers. Most game drives start before sunrise and the weather’s cooler then - and at sundowner time – than at midday.
2. Safari pants that unzip to become shorts are a practical option.
3. Shorts and T-shirts are fine for day but to prevent mosquito bites at night, wear lightweight, longer-length pants and skirts, long-sleeved shirts or a thin pashmina over a vest.

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Wed, 12 Nov 2008 12:00 +0200
Clothes That Flatter Your Shape http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/clothes-that-flatter-your-shape Create a waist
A dress with too much fabric and a midlength hem can make you seem stocky. A cinched waist and knee-length hem elongates your body.

Sport a fitted silhouette
Billowy fabric tends to add bulk to small frames. A dress cut close to the body slims you. And if your upper body is toned, a sweetheart neck shows it off nicely.

Hug curves
A dropped waist is a difficult one to wear – it can make you look twice as wide. A black dress is always slimming and a nipped in waist gives good definition.

Take it up a notch
When fabric pulls across your hips, it makes you look thick. An empire waist is forgiving of a curvy lower body.
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Thu, 23 Oct 2008 12:00 +0200
BTS: COSMO Swimwear 08 Shoot http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/bts-cosmo-swimwear-08-shoot Le Telfair Golf and Spa Resort in Mauritius.

The crew are back home now but check out all the blogs, video clips and photo galleries on how we achieved the perfect summer look that no COSMO girl should be without.

Think of it as a little teaser for summer!

Look out for the November COSMO Swimwear issue on sale 15 October.
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Wed, 01 Oct 2008 12:00 +0200
Summer's Hottest Trends At SA Fashion Week http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/summers-hottest-trends-at-sa-fashion-week
If you missed it, here's their runway report on the latest summer trends from our home-grown talent.

Colours:
Dominant colours in Aubrey Ramatla's collection for this season include nudes, whites, beige, browns, mauve, dirty pinks, hot pink, royal purple, gold, black and soft greys.

Fabrics:
Malcom Kluk wrapped his models in satin of various weights, cotton organdy, chiffon, stretch cottons and linen. But you can also add some denim.

Shapes and silhouettes:
Soda's collection kept layering simple, with aerated shapes and body conscious sub layers.

Detailing:
Two paid a lot of attention to collars and necklines – opt for one shoulder detail or strapless garments. Keep hemlines on your mid-thigh and focus on origami-styled pleating and organic prints. There's also a return to the natural waist, subtle prints and beading.

Garments:
Summer's must-have pieces include shorts, wide-legged aerated trousers, waist-emphasised dresses, translucent layered dresses and tops, cropped tailored jackets, and Black Coffee's bodysuits and leotards.
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Tue, 30 Sep 2008 12:00 +0200
Secretarial Cool http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/secretarial-cool
Several designers have showcased this sexy-smart look, with models walking the catwalks of Milan, New York and Madrid for the likes of Bill Blass, Diane von Furstenberg and Lam in knee-length skirts, tailored suits, fitted coats and silk-chiffon blouses.

This sexy, sophisticated styling can easily be re-created for everyday wear in the form of close-fitting suits, sexy shift dresses, chic glasses, pencil skirts, sky-high heels or peep-toe pumps, and belts that emphasise the waist.

The stern lines of the whole outfit are softened and made sexier by ruffled satin or silk shirts and quirky tights or pantyhose. For an even softer look, let hair hang loose instead of pulling it back severely from the face.

Accessorise the look with a string of pearls or a brightly coloured clutch, and your outfit will send you straight to the top of the class!
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Thu, 28 Aug 2008 12:00 +0200
Winter Warmers http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/winter-warmers
The key rules
1. A wide belt will define the body shape and add interest to the knit.
2. Focus on one chunky knit at a time - too much volume is not flattering.
3. Wool and cashmere are winter essentials. Don't skimp on quality: buy well and it will wear well.

Essential accessories

* Bold, chunky jewellery - anything delicate will be lost
* Black opaque tights
* A great belt - drawing attantion to your waist will give instant definition
* Ankle boots (this season's must-have)
* Bags are an easy way to add instant colour to neutral knits
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Thu, 26 Jun 2008 12:00 +0200
Make Your Legs Look a Mile Long http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/make-your-legs-look-a-mile-long Avoid in-between lengths
Midcalf hemlines can cause even lean legs to look stout. A pair of dark jeans can be more flattering than a mid-calf skirt because the colour is slimming, and a long floor-grazing inseam adds inches to your lower half.

Go supershort
Cropped pants make your lower body look stumpier and wider, and they draw attention to your hips. Hot pants work by creating a continuous line from your thighs to your ankles, optically stretching your legs.

Add height with heels
A blousy top, jeans and flats are cute, but they break up your silhouette. High heels elongate your leg line, giving a more slender look.

Opt for a high waist
A loose-fitting blouse can add bulk. In contrast, high-waisted pants give a long-limbed, statuesque appearance and make your legs look like they start five centimetres higher than they really do.
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Wed, 25 Jun 2008 12:00 +0200
Winter Trend Watch http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/winter-trend-watch
Knitwear goes from gran to glam and replaces some of last winter's key look:
1. The long knitted cardie replaces the trench coat in formal wear.
2. The knitted dress replaces the shift dress.
3. The structured cardie replaces the structured jacket.
4. Woolen tights replace leggings.
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Tue, 24 Jun 2008 12:00 +0200
Return of the Alpha-Male http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Fashion/HowtoWear/return-of-the-alpha-male But specialists say a page is being turned, and the real men are back.
`Our man this season looks like a young Texan farmer,` said Ungaro assistant designer Damien Amsallem. `He has muscles, though he isn`t big. And even if he`s only 20, he has a real physique and looks like a man.`
Historians and designers say big-shouldered beefcake gym-addicted types were shovelled off catwalks in the 90s by the likes of Yamamoto, who went for street-boys as models, or Belgian avant-garde designer Raf Simons, who put suits with extravagantly small shoulders on sapling-thin boys who were not agency models.
Then came Hedi Slimane, who from 1999 to 2006 revolutionised menswear at Dior with cigarette-slim pants and narrow suits. He is credited with the worldwide crush for the skinny, boyish, often sexually-ambiguous, silhouette.
"Slimane and Simons and that whole generation of designers loved street and youth culture and rock `n roll and gave men`s fashion an androgynous make-over,` said fashion historian Lydia Kamitsis.
`Inevitably, now we`re seeing a turn-around, which is not over-statedly virile but which is the sort of masculine image conveyed by western youngsters today.`
At BananasMambo, one of Paris` top male model agencies, manager Patricia Cadiou-Diehl said that for the first time in years she was receiving requests for models aged between 25 and 30, `or who look as if they're over 25.`
`We used to get requests for 17-year-olds, which was often a headache as you have to get special permits and parental agreements,` she said. `Now, over the last few months, they want boys with bodies, not adolescents.`
Eating disorders of the kind undermining the female model industry are unheard of with male models.
`Not having pimples is the most important thing,` said 25-year-old model Pires.
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Fri, 20 Jun 2008 12:00 +0200