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Pastels always ruffles always adds a beautiful romantic flair to your sunny wardrobe. I added a bit on an edge, by playing with rose and berry pleathers!

Anchor your ruffle top with a fitted skirt, to balance the sleeve volume.

A sheen jacket is sassy, chic and trendy!

Team up your look with a chunky neckpiece and a gorgeous platform to complete your look. 😉

Photography – ByLovesDesign

Top – Zara

Skirt – Meagan Duckitt for Calista Clothing

Heels – Cotton On

Jacket – MrP

So as you know, my clothing brand is called ‘Calista’. It means ‘she who is most beautiful’. Every piece designed to delicately compliment your frame and to make you feel feminine and sophisticated.

Full flare skirts were ‘Marilyn’s dream, and this one is in the iconic magazine cover print!

Add a bit of an edge with a grungy biker and fitted top or even a corset!!

Viva le Diva!!

Photography – Donny_photos
Skirt – Calista Clothing by Meagan Duckitt
Make – Up – Sanet Soffer Make Up
Headpiece – nicobosch.com

When I was in matric/Grade 12, I had the most amazing idea of a design which my dressmaker at the time became quite excite about. She explained how she would add extra details and fabrics, to give my ‘catsuit’ (early 90’s term for jumpsuit) the extra lift I wanted.

Boy was I excited! Needless to say, it ended up looking a bit like a clown outfit.

This further sparked my determination to be a great designer, someone who puts my clients needs first; who is honest about expectation VS achieveability, and level of skill and experience. The most heartbreaking thing is to deliver a *disaster* to a teen, who is already struggling with self esteem, peer pressure, the guilt of matric dance costs, and of course, the daunting further study, and matric exams.

Thank goodness that somehow 95% of my customers were always over the moon, with the occasional difficult, spoilt teen who wanted the ‘Ellie Saab’ couture dress at a cost of $10….heehehhe

No, I do not only design white matric dance dresses, heeheee, these were just the popular colour for the season at the time. 🙂

This is one question that is undeniably one of the most concerning questions that affect every woman. How do I know which colour suits me? Well hun – you can pull of any colour as long as you keep the colour that does not work for you, away from the face…..Excuse me? Away from the face?

Yes – if you are blonde and struggle with dull greys and melanges, why not wear it as a ponti jacket, and wear a colour that compliments your skin in a shirt, scarf or top? Yes – it works!!! Have a look at the colours that compliment you below 🙂 And please take risks too!!

Milky – Vanillas

You have natural blonde or caramel hair colour, with blue, hazel or green eyes, and
quite fair. You look great in pastel or sorbet hues, including pinks, soft blues, mint, etc.
Dare to wear deep pinks, aquas, and brights as well!!!

Dark chocolate –

You have deep beautiful dark skin and can wear most colours! Even if you may not feel confident, you can look it!! Go for bright bold colour!!!

Don’t be afraid of golds and bronzes, this is so gorgeous on you. Make sure you do not wear
extremely deep chocs without a pop of bright lipcolour.

Fiery

You are a natural red head, with freckles (in most instances)

You pull off autumn colours beautifully – Deep shades of reds, purples, browns, etc.
However, you can look pretty fiery in brights as seen above

I love how Emma Stone experiments with bold colour – yellows and oranges. You should too!

Toffees

You are olive skinned and mostly brunette. You can tan beautifully and probably one of the most desired skin colours, because of your versatility.

Much like dark skins, you break rules of colour, but ensure that if you wear nude, that you add some sort of pop in colour, be it in an accessory or bold lip!

Be adventurous with your colours! Take risks, and if you are still a bit uncomfortable with bold colour, introduce it in bite sizes in your accessories. 🙂

Viva Le Diva!!