With artfully scripted tattoos, a shaven undercut and a pierced septum, creative Joburger Nova Masango is not one to shy away from making a fashion statement. She cites Solange Knowles, local accessory designer Maria McCloy and Lesotho-born blogger Nyane Lebajoa as stylish women she admires. While she insists she likes to have as few articles of clothing to fuss over as possible, describing her style as being big on comfort “ dresses and jumpsuits teamed with headwraps and sneakers “ she hasnt yet tackled her 2014 year-end wardrobe clean-up. Her ideal plan? To organise her wardrobe three times a year: for Spring/Summer, for Autumn/Winter, and once more as the year draws to a close, in order to start afresh with a decluttered mindset. Nova is a seasonal dresser, saving her denims for autumn, her leathers for winter and her raised hemlines and sheer items for summer.
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Her shopping behaviour includes being a bargainchaser and sales magpie, often ending up with something too big as a result. I promise myself to have it tailored and then it drifts to the back of my closet because I never make the time to get it done, she admits. Among those barely worn items is a sheer LBD she once put on for a costume party. The goal was to brave my fears and just Rihanna it! she says. A peacock-print, high-waisted midi-skirt by Khosi Nkosi is never worn because shes usually a mini or maxi kinda girl, and then theres a pair of novelty designer ghost heels which are completely out of season right now but she believes their unusual silhouette earns them the right to try and win her love back.
NOVAS 20% WARDROBE: Dresses: Cream white tunic from Forever New, floral minidress from H&M, pink lace minidress from Factorie, green lace minidress from Topshop, floral playsuit with flared skirt from The Lot, black sheer shirt-dress from MRP Bottoms: Black miniskirt from MRP, high-waisted black shorts from Cotton On, blue and orange leopard print shorts from Topshop Tops: Crop tops from Topshop and MRP, plain coloured vests from MRP Accessories: Black court shoes from H&M, navy Nike Air Max Thea, white high-top All Stars, silver & diamond septum ring, black & gold earrings by Maria McCloy, black and gold studded Zara bowling bag, peach and gold tote bag from Forever New, black and silver chain bag from Woolworths.
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