Coppelia top, Adriano Goldschmied Stilt cigarette jeans, Mr Price flats, Miss Mrs clutch, Dear Rae necklace
My guest today on Chic Files is lovely Lana, who pens the blog Lanalou Style. Her inspiring blog blends interior design, fashion and all things creative, and is also the best guide to Cape Town, her amazing city. Through her beautiful photography, Lana often takes her readers to the most charming local stores and dreamy venues, both in Cape Town and other South African sights. I always leave with a wanderlust feeling. I think you will agree. Welcome, Lana!
How would you describe your style?
My style is simple and understated with a feminine feel. I definitely go for less is more!
Who are your style models?
In real life it’s women who are confident and who always look great, no matter what they’re wearing. This is usually because they are fabulous and believe in themselves 100% and this inner confidence exudes right through them. From a distance, I’d say Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung, Inès de la Fressange and Kate Moss all appeal.
Your signature day outfit:
Usually skinny jeans with a comfy tee, cardi and scarf teamed with ballerina flats or sandals in summer.
Your signature evening outfit:
Jeans again, with a striking top and clutch.
Is there an item you don’t leave the house without?
Your most cherished wardrobe item:
This changes from time to time, but currently I would say it’s my Dear Rae necklace, it’s really simple and works with every outfit. A close second would be my pair of skinny jeans from Forever New, they are super comfy and keep their shape even after a few wears!
Five pieces a woman should have in her closet:
A pair of well fitting/flattering jeans (skinny or straight leg for me), a blazer for events and evening functions, a fabulous handbag, a beautiful piece of statement jewellery, a gorgeous scarf to add a unique flair.
What is the most underrated piece in a woman’s wardrobe that should deserve more attention?
Definitely ill fitting and old underwear.
Country Road top, skirt from a local market, bag from H&M, necklace from NAP
My quick Q&A:
Flats or heels?
Flats for me, I hate being too tall.
Shoes or bags?
Bags, one can never have enough!
The 20s, the 30s or…what is your favourite fashion decade? Why?
I love the 20’s. The beautiful low waisted shift dresses are so appealing especially with all their added embellishments such as lace and beading. And then, of course, there was the fabulous bob and fingerwave hairstyle.
Neutrals, pop of colour or colour blocking?
I normally go with neutrals combined with a pop of colour.
Mini, midi, maxi or knee-length?
Usually knee length.
Audrey or Marilyn?
Audrey. I adore her style.
The LBD or something else?
I don’t actually own a LBD, even though it’s meant to be a wardrobe must! I’d rather wear a vintage floral or patterned dress.
Paris or Milan?
Paris, for sure.
A beauty trick you’d like to share:
To clean your makeup brushes, mix equal parts of olive oil and dish washing liquid in a saucer. Swirl your makeup brush around gently in this mixture and you will see all of the makeup coming off. Rinse in cold water until perfectly clean. Try to only get the bristles wet and not the whole brush. Leave the brush lying flat on a towel to dry. Sounds like a strange recipe but it works like a charm!
What’s your fragrance?
DKNY With Love from New York.
I don’t think I actually have a favorite. There are elements I admire from various designers. One of my faves is Matthew Williamson, for his striking patterns and use of colour.
Is there a style rule you like to break?
I don’t tend to worry about the shoulds and rules of fashion. I like to wear what makes me feel comfortable and go with that.
A piece you would like to add to your wardrobe this fall (spring in your case).
I’d love to find a classic and stylish watch with a real wow factor.
A style quote you live by:
These are not my own words but I do love them, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde
Thank you, Lana, for accepting my invitation. It was wonderful having you over.