Fashion-forward Stellenbosch

People looking for fashion inspiration need to look no further than university campuses. Students are more stylish than ever and Stellenbosch is no exception.

MatieMedia went to investigate the runway that is Stellenbosch University. This is what we found:

Out of 50 students, 80% said that fashion is important them. Knitwear, oversized scarves and vintage jackets; these are just a few of their favourite things.

Despite their interest in fashion, 40% of students said that they only spend between R200 and R300 on clothes each month. Their hotspots to shop? H&M, Cotton On and Woolworths were the clear campus favourites.  

We also spoke to our favourite fashion frontiers on campus to find out what winter trends they’re loving and what has got to go:

Cyla Gonsolves (22) is pursuing her Advanced Diploma at Cape Town College of Fashion Design. She is also a contestant on SABC3’s reality programme, The Intern by David Tlale.

 Caption: Cyla Gonsolves at the South African International Film Festival, where she won the Bokeh Fashion Film Cellphone Challenge award. PHOTO: Supplied


Caption: Cyla Gonsolves at the South African International Film Festival, where she won the Bokeh Fashion Film Cellphone Challenge award. PHOTO: Supplied

 

Favourite winter trend:

“Black ankle boots are a must-have for winter. You can wear it with everything and it makes any outfit look elegant.”

A trend that’s got to go:

“Tights are a no-go for me.”

Favourite statement item that you own:

“My long minimalist black coat. It’s classic item that I can dress up or down.”

Viwe Benxa (22) and Bagcine Gabelana (22) are both BA Social Work students with a love of fashion. They run the Instagram page @style_indaba, where they feature stylish students on campus and choose an outfit of the day. Be on the lookout for this stylish duo, you might be featured next!

Caption: Style Indaba duo Viwe Benxa and Bagcine Gabelana. PHOTO: Supplied

Caption: Style Indaba duo Viwe Benxa and Bagcine Gabelana. PHOTO: Supplied

Favourite winter trend:

Viwe: “It has to be woollen scarves, they just complete every look for girls. A pair of Chelsea boots for guys is always a win.”

Bagcine: “I’m really into sheer dresses, loose fitting pants and heeled ankle boots. I also like rolled up beanies and berets.”

A trend that’s got to go:

V: “High waisted jeans. Their trend is over and people need to leave them in peace.”

B: “I don’t think that there is a trend that’s got to go. It depends on how you rock the trend.”

Favourite statement item that you own:

V: “This black coat that I stole from my mother. When I wear it, I just feel super amazing.”

B: “My sunglasses.”

Campus is a hub of inspiration. See MatieMedia’s fashion wish list:

PHOTO: Paula-Ann Smit

PHOTO: Paula-Ann Smit

Clayton Damons, 19-year old Bcom General student is strutting a Markhams’ jacket, shoes from Bata and the ultimate go-to, the Oxford University hoodie.

PHOTO: Paula-Ann Smit

PHOTO: Paula-Ann Smit

Fashion forward Bianca van Huyssteen, a 22-year-old Honours Bcom Accounting student wears Bimba Y Lola shoes and a mesh studded skirt from The Lot. This she pairs with a Topshop cropped hoodie and leather jacket from Pinko. She finishes off her look with Bvlgari sunglasses.

Our ultimate ensemble envy? Her Prada Astrology bag, of course.

PHOTO: Paula-Ann Smit

PHOTO: Paula-Ann Smit

 

Danielle Kruger, a 20-year-old Bcom International Business student’s winter outfit consists out of Zara Jeans, matched with a Levis belt and signature leather jacket from Max and Co.   

PHOTO: Paula-Ann Smit

PHOTO: Paula-Ann Smit

 

Lara van Huyssteen, a 20-year-old Bcom Managing Accounting student’s easy going look states the importance of key pieces. Her Mark and Spencer dress is matched with a vintage Burberry coat. Her outfit is pulled together by silver Topshop boots. She finishes her day-look off with a Pinko purse and reading glasses by Gucci.  

Are you a fellow fashion enthusiast with too much month left at the end of your money? See these student specials, from the fashion houses to you, so you can continue walking the Stellenbosch runway in style:  

Source: Individual shops CREDIT: Paula-Ann Smit

Source: Individual shops CREDIT: Paula-Ann Smit

-Paula-Ann Smit and Tania Heyns

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