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This summer, some of the biggest trends are ruffles and tiers.
The key is to keep it simple. Ruffles are beautiful, but can also accentuate your frame, so be careful where the ruffles fall on your outfit. It may add some extra weight in places you don’t really need.

I opted for ruffles from the hip down, as this adds curves to my skinny frame.

Chambray and denims are heavier fabrics which are great for structure (especially shaping the ruffles) but if your are curvier, there are gorgeous ruffled skirts in georgettes and chiffons which drape beautifully!

Dress – New in my range (Calista Clothing)

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

I love a beautiful vintage look. And how gorgeous are the veil hats? Just delicately revealing part of the female frame.

I shot recently with ‘Shutterstevie’ and we played with a light and retro decor at the iconic Anotoli restuarant in Cape Town.

It created the most beautiful backdrop for our moody shot.

This, teamed with my chandelier choker, of – shoulder top, pleated skirt, fishnets and pointies, were enough of a recipe for a very captivating shoot.

I love moody shots! Thank you photo fundi Stephen!

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 summer, the sheer ‘Ballerina’ trend is probably the biggest allround. I decided to show it off in a beautiful, whimsical style instead of the layered urban looks we see so often.

I designed an empire maxi with an angel sleeve which could provide some arm coverage, if you need it!

The empire lengthens your torso…

And when layered over a tonal (similar colour) dress, it softens the look.
Try yours with a shorter dress as an option to the maxi and slightly show off your legs!

Dress – Calista Clothing – order @ duckittmeagan@gmail.com
Photo – Damian Jagjivan photography
Nails – Flawlessnailsandbeauty
Dress – Calista Clothing by Meagan Duckitt

There is nothing more beautiful than an African woman rocking her beautiful fro. It is undeniable that a movement has started, where woman celebrate their natural hair…and I love it!

I recently shot with a ‘fro’ and it took me 6 hours to get my hair to at least look like some sort of ‘jerry/springy’ curl. Sadly, my natural hair is ‘wavy’ and dry, rather than ‘springy’ and fabulous…… oi! In an ideal world, I would rock this look all day, evrrrrrrry day, but let’s call a spade, a spade, and just work the best with what you have!Heeeheeehee.

Pleather dresses are always on trend, and a shift is a fab way to still add sophistication to what may seem a ‘very tough’ look.

Fringe is back, baby! So why not a cute cropped jacket with boyfroend jeans, and the imfamous ‘leopard’ heel?

That biker and statement – skirt – and – T combo! Yes – you need a biker. Its aseasonal and you can wear it with anything!!

If you don’t know it yet hun, the pleated skirt is here for life!

Sheers – Mesh, chiffons, eyelet mesh, anything ‘see-through’ is spot on trend this season. So instead of rocking it with a flat, I opted for a sneaker! It’s not only ubercool, its comfy darling!

Have fun experimenting with looks. Remember – dress for your shape, and use elements of fashion to complete your looks. Style always preceeds fashion!

Photo’s by Edgar Matthee and Lindley Larry
Outfits – styled by Meagan Duckitt
Pieces – Topshop, Calista Clothing, Nike and Edgars

I love mixing up prints! Especially if it the same family/hues. For example monochromes (Black and whites)

These Images show monochromes mixed with a slight pop of colour! Great for work!

I opted for a more laid black monochrome mix, with a white 60’s frame…

.. a black and white palm print off shoulder, teamed with a grid print skirt…

…a plain black sling back with chrome handles..

…and a metallic flat!

There is no need to restrict or contrive your look. Play around with prints.

As long as they are similar hues….mash it up! 🙂

Viva La Diva!

Top – The Fix

Skirt – Calista Clothing by Meagan Duckitt

Nails – Flawlessnailsandbeauty

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their beautiful wedding! I don’t know about you, but one could definately feel the love!

What a picture of love! The iconic ‘kiss’ that melt our hearts.
Meghan stuns in a sleek minimal Givenchy dress.

My 5 favourites at the wedding were:

Australian actress – Jacinda Barret is the epitome of sophistication in this beautiful berry dress.

Carey Mulligan is absolutely feminine in a demure floral dress.

Serena Williams is so regal in her assymetrical rose ensemble by Versace!

Gina Torres definately towers in this red lace Costarellos dress.

Amal is my absolute fave in this striking yellow dress!