Judging from the frustrations expressed on social media over past weeks, South Africans - and their wardrobes - are not yet ready for winter.

Before you go out to shop, here's a look at some of this year’s trends from the biggest runways (and street fashion) which you can incorporate into your office outfits:

Pop of Colour

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Leave the darker colours and come to the bright side. You don't have to have studied psychology to know that colours affect and reflect our moods. This season, make the conscious decision to add colourful staples to your wardrobe. But be careful to mix colour with more subtle tones to achieve a more acceptable look for the office.

Statement jackets

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Winter time means you'll spend a lot of your time in a jacket and layers of clothing. It's important to choose something relatively light-weight and the most stylish jacket your money can buy. Jackets are investment pieces so pay close attention to quality. Go for the minimalist look, but keep it trendy.   

Metallic

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The key to rocking metallic clothing is understanding colour palettes. Do not wear bright colours with metallic pieces because it may turn your look from "office" to "circus". Always use black, white, grey and navy to subdue the rest of your outfit. Try to also incorporate a bit of denim to elevate the look - perfect for Casual Friday or for office parties.

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Models dressed in Maxhosa by Laduma.

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South African fashion is known for our indigenous patterns, sentimental ornaments, animal motifs and prints. Designers like Laduma Ngxokolo, Sindiso Khumalo and Maria McCloy have risen to international acclaim using our heritage in new ways. 

Monochrome

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For those who like to play it safe and still look snazzy, we can only agree that it makes sense to stock up on black to keep warm this coming season. Here, it’s all about silhouettes, fit, cut and definition. When you dress in all black, it’s important to pay close attention to your silhouette when buying or putting ensembles together. 

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