nala X theminimaleblogger collection review
Hello my amazing readers!
As a collection that was buzzing all over social media throughout the festive season, I knew I had to grab a few memorable pieces from Nala, especially since the collection was curated in collaboration with one of my favourite bloggers; Rebecca Arendse.
The collection dropped in December at a pop up store in Cape Town and was made available online not long after. Arriving as early as possible was a must alongside constantly refreshing their Instagram page to view all the details, from looks to prices. As a student, I needed to make sure I was budgeting well enough, which also meant I had to purchase pieces that would actually be justified in my closet. The venue of the pop up was perfect; I had never actually visited this location before but the greenhouse loft effect matched perfectly with the simplicity of the clothes. At the top of my head, I knew the navy jumpsuit, natural linen blazer, linen box shirt and the turmeric linen v-neck dress were a must. Thankfully, I managed to grab them all! It was super chaotic so if you do plan on going to any future pop up stores, be sure to arrive early with the products you want in mind. There is nothing more powerful than a woman searching for clothes at a one-time shop!
The idea behind this collection was to ensure comfort whilst maintaining a minimal and chic appearance. I have to admit, I was a stranger to linen until now. Linen is infamously known for creasing so if you’re a bit obsessive with your clothes being perfectly straight, then maybe think twice about linen before jumping in. On the plus side, it is the perfect item to wear during summer, especially in places with the hottest of climates. Majority of the items were completely worth the price – my favourite item being the natural linen blazer (I love how blazers make one appear elongated and strike the perfect balance between casual and formal) and the turmeric linen dress. My only issue is probably with the sizes, as at the time, Nala was only able to make sizes from small to large. Thankfully, they have expanded this size range. To spin this around, I purchased one of their amazing leather belts to help with sizing. I suppose what was great is that as someone who is extremely self-conscious about my arms and hips, the larger shape to the size small allows complete concealment of my curves.
What also proved striking was the fact that the colour palette of the clothes reflected a lot of autumnal and winter tones in majority of the pieces, based on the hues of rust, deep navy and blacks – I loved it! It is actually refreshing to find an original spin to just the pastel yellows and blues that are usually found in a summer wardrobe. The price range is decent too; the prices varied from around R300 to R800. I think if you’re someone that shops at a number of high street retail stores like H&M and Zara, then it is likely that this collection would appeal to you. I wouldn’t say it is 100% modest friendly but it does provide the opportunity for modesty based on the loose fitting shape and cut of the clothes.
Another point I have realised about myself in the last couple of months is the fact that I am moving away slowly from loud prints. This collection allowed me to explore the other side, with the key pieces I chose epitomising Rebecca’s creatively aspiring style of minimalism. She has allowed you to let the clothes speak for themselves without adding any additional pieces or accessories. The collaboration between blogger and brand proves how well-designed these outfits were. After meeting the face behind the Nala brand, Nabeela, I was in awe of how accomplished she is and how creatively her franchise has been built through a sporadic range of collections over the years. It is clear that the team behind Nala’s quality speaks more than just numerous monotone staple collections. I think the idea of constantly collaborating with creatives such as Rebecca leverages the brand’s ability to remain relevant by capitalising the talents of influencers, instead of just using bloggers as a tool of sale. Nala has combined the innovative mind of Rebecca with their technical traits of stylish design and quality to curate a unique and distinctive collection.
If you’re looking to purchase from this collection then be sure to check out theminimaleblogger and the nala Instagram page for all the updates. In fact, I think some of their popular pieces are still available for purchase online.