What is spring like where you are?
In Cape Town it’s kind of schizophrenic – golden summer days on one day, and grumpy rain bursts the next. My personal nemesis is the days that look delicious from the inside – so you get all kitted up in your best frock and peep-toes – but the second you step outside you realise it was all a ruse and it’s actually sub-zero outside (but you’re really stubborn so you spend the rest of the day being freezing but oh-so-cute and stylish).
Wardrobes are hard to manage in this season (especially if you have limited space like I do, thanks to renovations-with-no-forseeable-end-in-sight). You’re not quite ready to bring out the summer frocks and sandals, but chunky winter jerseys are too much too. What you need is the inbetween stuff.
This inbetween stuff is exactly what I spotted and loved in the latest range from AfriBlossom – a gorgeous local range designed with the South African plus size woman in mind. Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the line.
Plus size kimono from AfriBlossom
The kimono is loose and relaxed, yet still incredibly classy. I love the weight to the fabric, which lends itself to the beautiful draping on this top. For warmer days it works great as an over-the-shoulder shrug with a tank top, but if the clouds come rolling in you can also wear a warmer top underneath.
As a side note, the kitten in this picture only has 3 legs and she’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and I wanted to steal her. Little squirrel!
Plus size faux trench coat from AfriBlossom
I came for the lace trim, but I stayed for the sleeves. Look at those sleeves, people! They’re actually bonafide works of art. Plus, full-length coats come with this sort of sexy, sexy power. (Didn’t Trinity from the Matrix wear one? I’m sure she did). There’s nothing not to love about this coat.
Plus size poncho from Afriblossom
If I can be candid, I wasn’t sure this was my style, before trying it on. I felt it might be a little bit conservative for me, and that I wouldn’t like the way it looked on my body shape – loose things on top tend to make my busty busts look even bustier.
But then I tried it on – and really liked how it worked! Another ‘no-pressure’ piece – I felt free to move in it, and definitely felt like it was classy at the same time (to be fair I’m pretty sure I could wear gardening overalls with those peep-toes and they’d look classy). But it turns out I love it! What do you think?
The gorgeous pictures in this blog were taken by Gronja from Gronja Lennox photography. You can check out her amazing portfolio here. Gronja specialises in portraits, family and pet photography, as well as capturing special events – so get in touch to get some awesome photos taken!