We’re easing gently into Summer here at the Southern tip which is my favourite way to do it. Less gentle as always is the Cape Town wind which all too often quarantines the skirt/dress portion of my wardrobe and ruins an otherwise perfect hair day. Can’t have it all I suppose…
I shot this look post hanging out in my old hood of Sea Point, which is actually right next door to my current hood but totally not the same and just let me be dramatic about, ok?! My favourite suburb in Cape Town (second would be Tamboerskloof in case you’re reading this while planning a trip to Cape Town & trawling Airbnb), Sea Point is a perfect mix of old and new, residential and commercial; the latter including a rich supply of great restaurants, coffee shops, breakfast hangouts, market stalls, little bars and cheap, tasty Chinese eateries all layered above a picturesque beach front promenade on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
The residential portion of Sea Point crawls up the mountainside, flanking the scenic High Level Road (where we shot this) and Ocean View Drive. This is the neighbourhood with the highest population density in Cape Town (excluding areas with large informal settlements) which is due to the vast number of apartment complexes, from behemoth modern odes to granite, glass and chrome to my favourites; the little art deco and 1970’s era blocks in shades of yellow and pastels. Such a building was my former home, captured on camera in a previous, 2-part blog post.
These muted warm tones, the abundant bougainvillea, my unintentional outfit choice and the fading golden light unexpectedly gave this whole shoot a distinctly seventies vibe which I’m very happy about as it’s my favourite decade from an aesthetic point of view. I edited accordingly, wanting to give a slightly analog look to the digital photos.
Outfit details: With the exception of the t-shirt, everything I’m wearing is vintage including the beautiful Bally leather loafers I found for a steal and wear frequently. I think my stripy top was from New Look but I’d really love to snap up a few similar ones in different colours, so please give me a shout if you have any leads!
Photos of me: Britt Poorter
Photos not of me, and editing: Moi