This week marks the beginning of the 2018 school calendar and a return to reality for the majority of the South African population. The countless ‘back to school ads’ continually serve to reinforce this fact. Offices are quickly filling up again as more people return to their desks. Oh and, don’t get me started on the traffic. Joburg streets are abuzz with busses, taxi’s and tuk-tuks packed with commuters making their way through the city.
This time of the year is often coloured with mixed emotions that are brought on by the dread of returning to set routines which were erased by the ease of summer days. You’re definitely not alone if you’re already up for round two of a summer vacay. We all know how easy it is to lose yourself in the nostalgia of carefree days spent around the pool with friends and family while the meat braais. We can unanimously agree that the back-to-reality struggle is REAL. With that being said the new year also presents fresh opportunities for improvements in life and style.
The internet offers countless methods to help beat the post-holiday blues, however, nothing is as effective as a return to the basics, the essentials or the ‘building blocks’ of any balanced wardrobe and killer street style.
Perhaps you’re still unsure of whether you have all the essentials in place? Then simply imagine not buying or thrifting a single garment or accessory for the next 365 days. If you’re sure that what you already have in your possession will see you through the next sun rotation with enough desk-to-dinner and off-duty looks that never go out of fashion, then you’re good.
However, there’s no harm in going over a checklist or creating your own to ensure that you have everything you need, so here goes. The working girl’s ultimate checklist for essential items:
- Items should be versatile and outlast the ever-changing seasons.
- All about prints? Make polka dots, stripes and wild florals your go-tos.
- Make quality over quantity your thing, items that need to go the distance should be of premium quality, so make room in your purse to spend a little extra on nice things that last.
Ready to make your return to the grind? Make sure to pick up a classic or two from Vero Moda, Mango, Edit and a host of other brands. Dresses: You seriously cannot go wrong with a dress collection that consists of a perfectly fitted LBD, a striped midi, a lightweight shirt dress and a flowing maxi.