Special Blog Post - Riandi Conradie

Riandi Conradie works in a male dominated field, namely IT, as a business analyst and she is also a finalist for Mrs South Africa 2015. Being in a corporate environment, Riandi’s style is influenced to power dressing incorporating colours like red and black, but when attending Mrs South Africa functions she dresses more glamorously.

When I asked her to describe her personal style in only 5 words she said the following:

With Kate Middleton as her fashion icon, I can now better understand where her fashion style is going. Although Riandi works in a male dominated environment, she can still celebrate her femininity with the clothes she wears. Her style is not influenced by brand names at all, but as a Mrs South Africa finalist she has been introduced to Josep Ribkoff and she is quite fond of their design style.

So for the inspiration for this outfit I decided to have a look at Kate Middleton’s style, but to use more jewel tone and grey colours. Riandi said that you should know your body type and dress according to your body shape. 
When I first started looking for items for this specific look, I knew that the items should be timeless, effortless and classy. This red front knotted dress is the perfect statement and key item combined. This design will look stunning on Riandi and the colour will complement her complexion. This is also very Kate Middleton inspired. When it comes to shoes I love pairing up dresses with nude heels as this elongates the leg and looks perfect for either day or night. I also decided to add the charcoal grey trench coat. Riandi can wear this to her work or a function she has afterwards. The statement gold and pastel necklace will give the necessary bling to this look without being overwhelming. When it comes to handbags I gave Riandi two different options. First is the grey felt shopper bag which will be perfect for everyday living and the work life. If she has to go to a function after work she can use the mini origami nude pink envelope clutch – for a more glamorous look. Last I chose the gold and grey watch to finish this look. I think that Riandi will look great in this outfit.

Knot Front Dress in Red from Habits available at Zando.
Charcoal grey trench coat from Jenja available at Zando.
Statement pastel necklace pink available at Zando.
Daniella Patent heels in blush from Zoom available at Zando.
Post felt shopper available at Woolworths.
Mini origami envelope clutch in blush pink from Mimco available at Woolworths.
Tippi watch from Mimco available at Woolworths.

Riandi’s sponsors could be proud that they are supporting such an inspirational woman. Her sponsors are as following:
Greenwood Manor
Home Corp

I would like to wish Riandi good luck with her journey as a Mrs South Africa Finalist. I cannot wait to see what she still has planned.


(The clothing items used in this blog post is available at the following stores)

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