If you’re reading this, it’s safe to say you love (or at least have some vested interest) in fashion and the art of dressing. A simple tee and jeans isn’t enough for you, and sadly we live in a world where going to the office in a couture gown would be frowned upon. Statement dressing in 2018 means striking that balance between our athleisure-centric zeitgeist and something else. That something might be a pop of colour or an exaggerated proportion. The street style crowd at AFI Cape Town Fashion Week 2018 have plenty of ideas on how to strike that balance. As always we’re here to share our filed receipts.

Photographed by Bert Pauw

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

Rebecca Arendse‘s winter layering game is on point. The belted scarf is a super simple and highly effective way to make a classy statement.

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

The Thread editor Daniël Geldenhuys‘ oversized kimono is toned down in a cool shade of grey, topped off with this Style Republic cap.

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

Anthony Hinrichsen offsets an all-white tracksuit with tough patent boots.

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

Armand Dicker wears his signature boots – have you read his guide to style? The look is (literally) minty fresh, striking that shorts-and-sweater mid-season balance.

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

There’s nothing like a jacket dress and a pair of thigh-highs to make your presence felt. As Nangi Noruka proves, the look still has that essential feel of laidback cool.

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

Thapelo Debele proves the oversized puffer is here to stay, and it goes great with other sporty separates.

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

Pierre Carl Vermeulen plays with proportion and colour – and wins!

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

Monde Mtsi punctuates a relaxed eastern-inspired suit with metallic brogues.

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

Shakeel Toefy‘s look has all the saturated power of grass green, offset with with a utilitarian overtone.

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

Tash Toefy takes athleisure utility to a bold place with a generous helping of mustard.

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

Paige Martins mix of check and patchwork creates a bold visual with relaxed silhouettes.

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

Tandekile Mkize is proportion perfection, topping off a casual suit with a bold cropped knit.

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFW

Spree’s Lerato Nkosi gives everyone life in a flowy floral dress with matching headscarf.

 

The Thread Statement Dress Street Style CTFWAden Ajam goes bold with colour and print. He wins the proportion game (cropped joggers + long coat), keeping it casual with killer kicks.