Meet the goofy, energetic and passionate JOLANDI MORKEL
Style Africa’s Online Editor
A PASSION FOR FASHION
I think I probably got my love for fashion from my mom. I can still remember the swatches from Chata Romano’s books that she used to show me. They indicated which colours suited my skin tone and which ones I should stay away from– thank goodness for that because the world does NOT need to see me in MUSTARD! She also taught me what to wear to suit my body type and where I should accentuate and where I should “hide”. My mom’s always been up to date with trends and she’s still super stylish.
FAVOURITE SOUTH AFRICAN DESIGNER
After the recent SA Fashion Week, it’s so hard! Selfi will always be one of my favourites since her style is very similar to mine – it’s stylish but comfortable to wear. Then I also loved Kat van Duinen’s dramatic black A/W2015 collection from SA Fashion Week and I’m totally obsessed with Erre’s leather jackets from her shows – because you can NEVER have too many leather jackets.
FAVOURITE ITEM TO WEAR
I must admit I am a jeans girl, just because it’s so comfortable and you can dress it up and down as you wish
My style is more laid back and boho-chic. I can’t pull a Carrie Bradshaw and run in high heels, so I mostly stick to flats(jay for A/W2015 trend!) and like to be comfortable but still look stylish. I do dress a lot like the way I feel – some days I might be jeans, converse and leathers and other days floral dresses.
TIPS for SPRING/SUMMER
My only fashion advice to people is always to know your body type and dress in a way that complements it. I for example know I look horrible in high wasted pants so you’ll never find me wearing them. Find the trend that compliments your body type and stick to that – you don’t have to follow all the trends!
WORDS TO LIVE BY
SOUTH AFRICAN FASHION
I think South African fashion is at a very exciting stage because the rest of the world are starting to focus on us and finding inspiration from African cultures and for example prints. I love how our fashion is just as diverse as our country’s cultures