My Style: Cato Louw
Cato Louw certainly knows her backstroke from her birdie but she also knows her block heels from her bellbottoms. This sassy sports broadcaster shares her thoughts on style, what it means and more with us!
How would you describe your personal style?
I’d like to think of it as elegant, simple & comfortable. But also fun (when I’m not lazy).
What does fashion mean to you?
It means to be yourself, it’s a tool to make you feel confident and powerful all at the same time.
What’s your favourite fashion trend of all time?
Fashionistas will most probably hate me for this, but I love the activewear trend! I think it’s because I love sport and now I can actually merge the sporty look into my everyday style and still be called trendy, which is fabulous. Best of both worlds!
Who is your style icon?
I adore Blake Lively’s red carpet looks! I also like Julianne Hough and the Hadid sisters’ everyday looks.
What is the one fashion item that you loved as a teenager that you now cringe at?
Oh my word! Those baggy camo pants. I just did not look good in them. I always thought I looked like Lara Croft in them… but I was wrong.
What fashion item do you like to splurge on?
I would say shoes! I try and buy shoes that will last long and they tend to be the expensive ones… and very pretty.
What are the three statement pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe?
- A good quality, fitted white button-down shirt
- Leather statement handbag
- Jeans that fit you like a glove!
- Also, a classic Meghan-Markle-like winter coat that you can throw over any outfit
What, in your opinion, is the ultimate accessory?
What’s your earliest memory of fashion?
My mom subscribed to the Huisgenoot and they had the 3 back pages filled with celebs at red carpet events or movie premiers. That’s when I came across the business of fashion for the first time, like what everyone is wearing was actually a thing. I remember I kept thinking “wow! Look at these pretty people in these pretty dresses.
Stilettos or block heels?
Block heels! For me they are waaaaay more comfortable to walk in, while looking fabulous.
What your favourite colour?
I have always loved any shade of blue, but more recently in clothing specifically, bottle green.
What would you not be seen dead wearing?
Those extremely high-leg one-piece swimsuits
If you had to choose 5 fives items of clothing to wear for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
- Jeans, if you got the right one – they are comfy and stylish all rolled into one
- A Woolies crew neck t-shirt – I live in t-shirts, so if I can wear it forever I would
- Sneakers, because active wear for life!
- A leather jacket, it goes with any season and weather conditions
- A panama wide-brimmed hat – because it’s a bit edgy and can add some personality to the look. ALSO, the sun guys! We have to protect our skin!
Do you ever wear hats?
What’s your best kept fashion secret?
I don’t think it’s much of a secret, but BLACK is very very flattering.
What’s the strangest fashion trend you’ve ever seen?
The G-string trend with the sweatpants… like in Mean Girls. Eeuw.
What’s the best fashion advice you’ve ever received?
KISS: Keep it Simple Stupid