Top ten South African street style blogs
From the Sartorialist to the Streethearts, street fashion blogs have gained popularity (and some influence) over the past few years.
While fashion bibles like Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar (Nylon, LOVE and Pop for more offbeat tastes) are still dominant, more fashion-lovers are trawling blogs and independent websites for the latest trends and looks.
iFashion is possibly the go-to place for South Africans seeking the latest local and international fashion news. It's a pretty good looking website, too.
But there's something about more personal style blogs, whether they're scrapbooks, look books or photos of other people looking cool about town. Here are some of our personal favourites.
* The Expressionist
This is the Tumblr of Anthony Bila, a young man who has a great eye for style (on himself and on other people) and he also knows some stylish people. As the name of his blog suggests, Bila is interested in people whose style expresses their personalities, rather than those who are like walking catalogues. On the Expressionist, Bila also posts pictures of his artworks. It's simple, with minimal wording and maximum style.
Check out the Expressionist here.
* It's What I'm Into
While the site has a lot more than street style on it, it has great pics featuring Cape Town street style. The original South African hipsters, Capetonians are a stylish bunch. They never look like they tried too hard to get dressed in the morning, although it probably took them an hour to get ready. The people featured on It's What I'm Into have perfected the art of looking like they just threw a stylish outfit together in two minutes. And then they pose like they don't care about looking cool. When they do. It's great.
Check it out here.
* Perfectly Tailored
This is one for the lads. Run by Anelisa Mangcu and Siyabonga Ngwekazi (aka Scoopmakhathini), it's a collection of pictures of stylish men roaming the world's streets. From shoes and man bags, to tribal print caps and patterned shirts (Scoop-style), it's a great place for those looking for tips and trends which are quirky, tailored and/ or timeless.
Click here to visit Perfectly Tailored.
* It's Janine J
This is Seventeen editor and former Elle writer Janine Jellars' Tumblr. It's not a street style blog, but a scrapbook of looks, trends and fashions Jellars is inspired by and/or likes. As she writes, it's her online board of inspirations.
Check out It's Janine J.
* Elle South Africa
The website for SA Elle magazine has a great street style section. The people featured aren't donning high fashion labels but they make their looks work for them. It's about people who know what suits them and then wear it well. Everyone is represented, from the chic to the quirky.
Click here to visit Elle's street style pages.
* Cinder and Skylark
Run by Cape Town-based Michelle Oberholzer, Cinder and Skylark features people who don't dress like anyone around them. No fashion slaves or trend bandwagoners here. Only those who are brave enough to wear whatever the hell they want however they want. Love it.
Check out Cinder and Skylark here.
* The Quirky Stylista
As the name suggests, this is about quirky style. Funeka Ngwevela is the premier lady of vintage fashion blogging in SA. On the Quirky Stylista, she uploads pics of what she's wearing, what she'd like to wear and what looks she loves. There's also an online store of vintage finds.
Visit the Quirky Stylista.
* Tee Tee Is With Me
Thithi Nteta's blog is a look book and a scrapbook of fashion and inspirations. She takes us through stylish looks, showing us how she would rock a denim shirt or leopard print. She also posts pics of red carpet looks she likes. It's fashion and it's fun.
Click here to see Tee Tee Is With Me.
* Fashion Jazz
From vampish platform heels to gypsy-style jewellery, Fashion Jazz is a pretty scrapbook of what stylist and style blogger Jasna Zellerhoff is inspired by, what she's wearing, what she's bought and what others are wearing. Her style is eclectic, so there's something for everyone to drool over. Candy for the eyes.
Check out Fashion Jazz.
* Love Fashion
A blog for the Truworths group, Love Fashion covers everything from hot trends (neon footwear and studded footwear, anyone?) to street style and celebrity style. It's a collection of picture essays about fashion and style (one is generally not synonymous with the other, but here it mostly is). There are even some competitions for those who like things.
Click here to visit Love Fashion.