It is not surprising that two
photographs of the same person, taken on the same day can
land an individual on a best-dressed AND a worst dressed
list. We carefully looked at this possibility and know
from experience that this seldom (almost never) happens to
women that dress with care. Although style is often defined as a
personal matter, special care should always be taken that
a. dress your age
b. dress according to your figure
c. take note of the guidelines
when attending a special event
This year we have decided to give the
Mara's", Christina's", "Minki's" and the Pam's a little
break and to concentrate on the women that continue to
inspire others to be more stylish, more fashionable, and
The SA Best
Dressed women for 2007 are:
(Click on image below to view her dress sense)
In 10th place:
Nicky Greenwall - Television journalist. Putting an
ensemble together, with today's fashion, could be catastrophic, but Me Greenwall got
this very difficult one right. Too many focuses often deters from the
obvious. Floral dresses and peeptoe shoes belong
In 9th place:
Anna Mart van der Merwe - Actress. Every now
and then, one wants to make a change. Me vd Merwe has
always dressed with understated elegance and has
successfully transformed her look this year.
In 8th place:
Clare O'Donaghue - Magazine editor. Wearing
seperates, combining different cuts and excellent wardrobe
planning, can flatter one's look. True style is often
marginalized as "simple dressing" and Me O'Donaghue has true
In 7th place:
Chichi Letswalo - Actress.
can be done by anyone. The enigma of
stylish dressing is often when women dress down. ...but this
should not stop any woman from shining in bright colours and opulence
In 6th place:
Doreen Morris - Business woman / Producer / TV personality.
A small figure often allows for powerfull dressing, without
shouting, ...with just enough grace. Me Morris'
originality comes from understanding her womanhood. She keeps
In 5th place:
Dunay Nortje - Model. When you have a beautiful
figure, it should not be flaunted everywhere and anywhere like we
often see with other models. It should still be analyzed and emphasized by
the right cut or the right ensemble. Me Nortje has
mastered this art.
In 4th place:
Cindy Nell - Business woman and former Miss SA. It
is never the label of your style-purchase that is important, but
the suitability of the styles you choose. Well known
national and international brands, may give you confidence, but
does not automatically classify you as best dressed.
In 3rd place:
Suzette van der Merwe - Business executive and former miss SA.
"A dress should always be tight enough to show that you are a
woman, and loose enough to show that you are a lady"
Rather make a statement by not always wearing the brightest colours,
or the widest gown, or many items at the same time.
In 2nd place:
Tammy-Ann Fortuin - TV presenter / personality. Me
Fortuin is a girl that knows how much leg-showing is appropriate
in public, day or evening. She has a sense of royalty that remains fun,
exciting, playful, chic and classy.
In 1st place:
The SA best dressed woman 2007 is ... Me Busisiwe
Mahlaba!Busisiwe Mahlaba -
Market development executive.
Casual clothing could be as stylish and sophisticated as you want it to be.
Me Mahlaba shows how chic, feminine and classy casual wear could
When asked by Mr Rademan about
her personal style and dress sense, Me Mahlaba decided to share the
following information with us:
"I dont have any particular
style icons at least not just one person. I admire a few
people, I mix and match the elements that I admire from them
and and put my style together from there.
Deciding what to wear is not too hard, its more often than not,
according to need and necessity. I usually judge what my day is
going to be and then I dress accordingly, my great grand
mother always told me though that there are no second chances so
whatever you are wearing has to say what you intend for it to
say at that very moment - I try and stick to that as rigidly as
possible. I like to keep my colour palette very neutral so that
I can bring out my personality through accessories. I love
making a statement with bold accessories they add a dynamic
flavour to any outfit and they represent my vibrant character
and are often symbolic of he mood that I am in that day. A
neutral palatte also gives me the opportunity to allow one major
piece of my outfit to shine above the rest like a beautiful
collard shirt or perhaps a beautifully tailored pair of
trousers. I have never subscribed to having to lose my
personality because of my being in a corporate environment so
whilst I am aware of the need for a power suit, there is nothing
better than teaming it up with a pair of casual shoes, funky
jewels and bright coloured headscarves depending on the
occasion and the audience I love wearing my converse sneakers
with a casual suit to work on a Friday!
When I need a pick me up or when I need to bring out my soul I
put on my traditional headscarves. I have a unique way of
tying them that has become somewhat of a signature for me - I
have learned to make them very cosmopolitan and versatile and am
therefore able to often transform my suit from an office to an
evening outfit when time is tight.
Its never really been my intention to be seen as a style icon,
getting up and getting dressed in what is going to make me feel
good and feel comfortable is what I do, so its quite a surprise
that there are people who view me as such its actually quite
an honour. Now that I am a new mom, looking good is even more
important to me, but I have found quick and easy ways to achieve
the desired look in record time.
I love South African designers, I think we are so blessed with
talent here black and white but we dont get the international
exposure or credit that is deserved. David Tlale, Sun Goddess,
Stoned Cherrie, Maya Prass, Simon Rademan just to name a few
that I love and wear when I can."