Just because your account Statement has more charges from the less expensive stores than designer labels, doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to suffer. For some women the concept of dressing well without spending much money seems impossible. You can still achieve an expensive look you find on magazines or on tv without emptying your wallet.
Today I’m sharing with you the secret behind my outfit..people were telling me how it looks beautiful and expensive, that I must have spent a fortune on it. Thank you for the compliments, but the SECRET is that I spent less than R1000 ($100) on this look, I’m sure you are like, ‘no ways, that’s not possible’ but trust me it is.
I like buying online as it gives me the chance to go over what I want carefully and also find bargains, I’m not a fan of shopping in stores because I either get intimidated or overwhelmed by everyone buying. I love shopping in peace with no distractions. I prefer shopping while in bed haha.
Anyway, I’m going to share with you, how I always choose the best looking clothes for barely nothing,(price wise).. and still look like I spent a fortune on them. I only have one secret..
I don’t follow trends, I normally wait 3-6 months after what I like is released, as by that time the price will be reduced tremendously. So instead of buying a dress for R1000, I wait until it is reduced to R200 or even less. Funny enough I always find my size waiting for me,( Law of attraction lol) if not, I buy a bigger size and get it tailored.
-Kimono| ClosetSa| R300
-Denim shorts| Mr Price| R70
-Shoes| Zara| R400
-Costume| Zaful |R170
Do you have any tips on looking glamorous without spending a lot of money? Please share your thoughts below. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @mapolo.style and Facebook @mapolo.style.
A complete luxury aesthetics, creates an environment of beauty, sophistication and elegance when it comes to Odette Gomes designs. I love how the elements of her designs align together. That to me speaks more volume than anything else.
Her breathtaking designs resonate so much with me, that’s why I contacted her to do a collaboration which I was ecstatic when she accepted. Her designs are highlighted by detailed and rich embroidery, which makes her distinctive from the other designers.
Each outfit is quoted based upon how much time she spent on making it, the hours put in it and the material she used for that specific garment, the prices are on request. All the outfits are dry cleanable, which makes it easier for the buyer to not have to worry about how to clean them.
DETAILS OF THE GARMENTS
-The red evening dress is made of lace on the top part, covered in delicate Swarovski beads and the bottom part soft silk satin.
-The embelished black jumpsuit is finished off with mesh border on top, and its encrusted with crystals for finer details.
-The black evening gown is made of lace, also encrusted with Swarovski crystals, as well as the belt and hot pants underneath and a tulle overlay.
-The red jumpsuit is made of a soft, stretchy material, which is also very flowy giving your legs a lot of movement.
You can find Odette on @odettegomesza on Instagram and on www.odettegomes.com to have a look at her stunning work.
The pictures were taken by the talented Pierre Van Rooyen. You can have a look at his work on http://www.photoworxrsa.com
What do you think of this garments? Would you wear them? Please comment on the section below, I would like to hear your thoughts.
A brand that epitomizes sophistication, elegance , sexiness and boldness comes to mind when I think about Sommer Swim. As a lover of swim wear, I am blown away by the brand’s preeminent quality. I was overjoyed when the owner, Anna-Maria agreed to do a collaboration as I saw myself in her brand.
Sommer Swim has flattering cuts and impeccable detail, that give prominence to the body. Every girl in her swimwear is sure to turn heads and feel like a million dollars. I like how the designs are suitable for any body type. I got the previlage of wearing the GISELE top, the cups can be adjusted to your desired coverage, and also has a very soft nylon material that feels amazing on the skin.
I also tried out the IMAN Bottoms, that have a Brazilian cut, meaning minimum coverage which is what I love about them. I also like how Versatile the strings are, which allows you to wear it low waist or high waist. The material is also very soft to the body. I am obsessed with this brand.
You can find them on Instagram @sommer.swim or visit their website http://www.smmerswim.com . Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @mapolo.style and Facebook Mapolo.style.
I would like to hear your thoughts below.
I strongly believe that being a fashion stylist, means you can wear anything and transform it into a million dollar outfit 🙂 With that being said, I raided my mother’s wardrobe a few weeks ago when I went to go pay her a visit, and came across some of her beautiful pieces which unfortunately for her, I took as she has impeccable taste.
I normally stick to basic colors like white and black, they are easy to wear and style, but my mother’s red pleated skirt captured my eye. You can style this skirt however way you want, for me I paired it up with stilettos and an elegant bodysuit, for some they could pair it with sneakers or sandals with a shirt or cropped top, to have a more chilled and relaxed look.
The skirt is made of 100% Polyester material, which makes it easy to wash, and it dries very quick. It is also not see through so no lining needed underneath. The material is very soft on the skin. I love how the pleats bounce around when I walk. Another great quality the dress possesses is that it does not get wrinkled, which is great for me as I’m not a fan of ironing (hides).
HOW TO MAINTAIN THE PLEATS:
. DO NOT wash it in the washing machine, instead hand wash it.
. DO NOT wring it.
. Air dry it in a shaded place, too much sun will temper with the color.
. DO NOT fold it after washing, rather hang it.
Bag: Forever New
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
How would you style this skirt? Do you like the way I styled it? I would like to hear your thoughts on the comments below.
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A brand that epitomizes culture, tradition and creativity comes to mind when I think of Thabo Makhetha Designs, not forgetting that her designs are inspired by the Lesotho traditional blanket called (Seana-Marena).
I was more than ecstatic when she called me to do a collaboration with her, where we would have a photoshoot with 3 of her gorgeous designs, for an international lifestyle magazine called Exclusive.
Now you can imagine my excitement as this would be great exposure for my young modeling and blogging career.
The shoot was on three different locations which made it even more fun and interesting for me. The themes were contrast, street style and nature. The first shoot was on Signal Hill, with a stunning 360 view of Cape Town, the second was in the streets on the segregation banches and the last at BoKaap, symbolizing ethnic inspiration.
I love how colorful her designs are, you immediately feel happy by just looking at them. That for me, illustrates a good brand. According to me, clothes should make you feel good in the inside, as well as the outside. One of the reasons I love her brand so much, is that we are from the same country, and we believe in empowering each other.
MAKEUP ARTIST: @nellynov85
MODELS: Mapolo & Charicke
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Exuberant elegance and class, best describes the Saint 2 piece from Mapolo.Style’s new upcoming collection. The 2 piece exudes quality and luxury for a woman who possess power and great style.
The top has a daring open back that flaunts and flatters, with two adjustable and overlapping straps on the upper back,leaving the rest of the back exposed and accentuated.
The gorgeous high waist pants, flatter the lower body, hugging the curves in all the right places. The pants give the illusion that one has long legs.
I love how versatile the outfit is, the top can be won on its own with a different bottom eg, jeans, shorts and dress. The pants can also be won with a different top or bralette if you are adventurous:)
Shoes: Christain Louboutin
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Hand made with the prettiest, soft and delicate lace, Annie bralette and Lottie panties exude the true definition of luxury in a brand. Nette Rose lingerie is designed for every woman who loves and is confident in her own skin and body. The designs accentuates the body making you feel very sexy and beautiful.
Annie bralette is made to be seen and cut to reveal. It has a long line and strappy cutout that gives the design a unique touch to it. I love how versatile it is, you can wear it underneath your clothing or you can wear it on its own with a pair of jeans or pants.
The Lottie panty has a daring cut and an unbelievably comfortable shape. The lace band creates an x-out effect on the hips, giving you an almost perfect hourglass shape. You can also dress it up however you prefer.
Nette Rose is a perfect example of luxury, comfortability and sophistication. Ladies now you know what to wear for your man on Valentine’s Day.
You can find them on www.netterose.com or on Instagram @nette_rose
I would like to hear your thoughts below. Let’s talk lingerie ladies..
It seemed a bit too onerous a favor, to ask my friend to always take my pictures. So I took it upon myself to find a good freelance photographer, that will take pictures of my daily outfits. Finally in December of last year, I managed to find a great one and we started our collaboration officially this month.
Our first photoshoot was in town at the public library next to the famous Long street, it was one of those days when Capetown was extremely windy, but we did not let that stop us from having an amazing and fun shoot. Regardless of the wind obstacle, we managed to capture beautiful pictures. I love how she knows how to capture my body and also what angles to take from, somehow you can see my mood through her pictures.
WHY COLLABORATING WITH A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER IS IMPORTANT
If you take blogging as important and serious as I do, and want to eventually make money with it, it’s imperative that you take very good quality pictures, not only does your blog look professional, but it will work in your favor in getting a brand/s to collaborate with you.
Make sure you collaborate with a photographer that shares the same vision as you, and understands what you are trying to achieve with your pictures and your blog, in that way you work well together without any misunderstandings.
Shoes: River Island
You can find my new photographer on Instagram @ngcobogugu to have a look at some of the work she does. Also don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @mapolo.style and Facebook Mapolo.style
Are any of you collaborating with photographers? How has it helped your blog? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Happy new year to everyone, I hope you are focused and ready to kick butt this year. I’m pretty stoked to be back on track, and finally posting after a long time. I know you guys missed your weekly doses of Mapolo.Style. Hahaha I mean I don’t blame you. I want to take a moment to thank you for the incredible love and support you showed me, on my new blog the past few months.
Today’s outfit symbolizes power, confidence and sophistication. The three quarter cut of the pants flawlessly embellishes its design, which I think adds more to the uniqueness and attraction of the pants. The wide leg pants are fluidly cut and hang beautifully on my waist. I paired the pants with a sexy body suit that has both sides open, and a beautiful pair of peep toe sued heels. I complemented the outfit with a monogram purse and over sized sunglasses, just to make the outfit look a bit edgy.
Normally I don’t wear any form of jewelry, but this time around I used one of my shoe laces as a neck tie to give an illusion of some degree of sophistication and distraction from my bony chest hahaha.
Shoes: Catwalk boutique
A special THANK YOU to my amazing and talented photographer @ngcobogugu
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This jumpsuit epitomizes modern femininity and elegance. The three-quarter cut flawlessly embellishes the flares of the jumpsuit, which I think adds more to the attraction and elegance of it. The wide leg pants are fluidly cut and hang beautifully on my body. I also love how I can play around with the collar, making it easier to have more than one look. I am finally falling in love with white ensembles, as they give a fresh and clean look I’m looking for this summer.
I paired the jumpsuit with my favorite high heels, just to give it a more glamorous taste, but you can also try it with your comfy sandals if you are not a high heels girl like me. I’m sure you will look great 🙂 I complemented the outfit with a fedora hat, that has a black ribbon garnish on it that instantly elevated my look to the Paris look lol. I opted for a multicolored soft leather clutch bag just to give a bit of color to the outfit.
JUMPSUIT: Alistboutigue SHOES: Publicdesire HAT: Mrprice CLUTCH: Pierotucci SUNGLASSES: Balmain BRACELET: Mimco
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