We are only a few months into the autumn season and if you live in Mbabane, you will know how nippy it gets in the mornings. With the release of Tiwi’s Closet Autumn/Winter Look Book, we are excited to try out the vintage winter looks they have in store for us. Gcwala99 consulted Tiwi Gondwe from Tiwi’s Closet, who gave us a few tips on how to slay in the cold.

What inspired this winter collection?

Winter is my favorite season. It is one I know how to dress for. I love layering and the cooler weather allows me to create beautiful layers with clothing and accessories. My winter look book is inspired by the cow boy frontier. I have an inspiration book in which I keep pictures of things that inspire me, and one that stands out to me is a cowboy inspired look book. I am also channeling the 90s, with some of the looks as in Bruno Mars Dripping in Finesse song is giving me 90s nostalgia.

Which are your favorite pieces?

I love the jacket and the coats. There is just something inspiring about a good quality coat or jacket. I feel like they tie an outfit together and add that extra something special. A coat also says a lot about your personality and personal style. I believe that you can see this translated excellently in the look book.

Which pieces should be a staple for winter?

Staples for winter are a great pair of boots and a plethora of coats, red and purple lipsticks and scarves and hats. There is no limit to the things you could wear.

What advice should you give men who want to be stylish in winter? Which pieces should they turn to?

I feel like men on our side of the continent need to learn to embrace accessories as part of their wardrobe and experiment with their style. Accessorize with scarves, funky ties, cool belts and jewelry as well as suspenders. There are so many ways to play around with an outfit. Also, most of men are afraid of playing around with color. Embrace the pinks and oranges, it looks good on you. For winter, a nicely tailored coat and blazer and some suede half boots could work. Denim jackets are a no brainer and a great transition piece.


We hope that these tips will be helpful as we get closer to winter!