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What to wear my block heel with?

When it comes to everyday life - on your way to work, waiting in the Gau-bus or a metro bus line, meeting the girls for a coffee break or rushing between meetings. That's where the block heel comes in, the '90s favourite finally making a comeback and giving your summer sandals a little lift while keeping you stable and looking taller. Let's chat about how to wear this gorgeous block…

Try black block heels with a black lace dress or keep things urban cool by teaming block heel sandals with black skinny jeans.

Even if you are not a superstar or a fashion blogger, you can still find plenty of ways to wear block heel sandals like the fashion crowd. Keep it casual with a black slouchy sweater, relaxed jeans, with a basic shade New Look block heel.

All in black? Yes, please! I am sure this outfit will make you look sophisticated. Add a brimmed hat, relaxed fit silk shirt-blouse and black leather skinny pants:

There are many reasons why one should wear the throwback glamour heel but we have narrowed it down to 3:

A. They are comfortable and it feels like you are wearing slippers.

B. They come with an ultra-modern and vintage style touches.

C. These sandals go with completely any outfit, starting from jeans, dresses, skirts to leather pants. Yes, this is versatile footwear and when we say it, we mean it! The same pair of shoes can be used for work and parties.

What can be better than military green block heel sandals? I am in love with this footwear:

RRP R750

New Look Khaki Peep Toe Lace Up Outlet price from R349 (In-Store Only)

The design is minimal, but you can find strappy and lace-up versions that look fun and voguish. We are truly obsessed with these shoes and you definitely should give them a try!

Black Friday Sale at fbo outlets

Thank you for shopping at the fbo Winter Sale.

Our Black Friday Sale Weekend was very very busy so we are grateful for your support and patience. Planning has already begun for the next BIG sale day, so our customer service will be top.

New stock is in now so come and have a look at what you can find.

Top brands at unbeatable price #brandoutlet


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Add a little rock star edge to your outfit with a Steven Madden studded loafer...

Kick up your outfit with a pair of studded leather loafers, black skinny leather pants stet the “hottest trend” at the moment, an oversized knit sweater.

If you feeling the snakeskin pattern this winter add a snakeskin blazer to the outfit to smarten the look.

Our fbo stylists love a pair of blue fitted jeans, a white shirt with a statement piece like the studded loafer. The loafer comes in a variety of colours and patterns this winter... the Steven Madden in black or white loafer studded in silver is a must-have item and a great find at fbo outlets where authentic brands and low prices are guaranteed our price R399.


Winter blanket scarves an international trend

Keep it bold, creative and individual. Sometimes it's quite hard to stay creative and unique by wearing cosy layers.

There is a great opportunity to try an oversized or blanket scarf that will surely make a difference to your winter look.

It's no secret, this accessory keeps you warm and protecting your neck, it's here for underlining your unique style.

But how does one pull this look off… or u might ask how do I tie or fasten a blanket scarf….?

While sitting at a local cafe or braai at a friends house you can just pull the scarf over your shoulders for that kind of laidback Parisian chic look.

Or a simple wool piece in a seasonal pattern, a neutral | tan colour and try it on with your leather black biker jacket.

The plaid blanket scarf, which looks just perfect with denim or just about anything really. Wearing one of these pretty accessories around your neck, you automatically find yourself in the centre of everyone's attention.

You can tie it up around your neck for making your neck warm. There are no particular rules tying it around your neck, simply make it comfy.You can do the circle scarf and roll it around your neck. Speaking of luxe, then the advice is to try on faux fur made creations.These are real wow pieces that make you look rich and sophisticated.

But what is your secret? Is it important to have a statement accessory, or it's okay with simple designs?

#myfbo and show us your take on it. You could win an R500 fbo shopping voucher.


The western-inspired silhouette is right on-trend for the season… with a wild side of print.

Snakeskin boots are having a moment…

Snakeskin print makes noise all on its own, but an add buckle detail or block heel to the ankle boot will leave you with a statement piece which will and has become a classic fashion piece.Our Western Styled snakeskin ankle boot from New Look can be paired with a cream-coloured knitted sweater and black jeans. Refer to our layering blog post which showcases how to start the layer effect and to still look fab this season.

All images are sourced through Pinterest and product images are trend related. fbo stock New Look and a variety of international brands.

Western boots have been popular for several seasons now, and they remain a key buy for Winter 2019 in South Africa.

Many of the styles out there have Cuban heels and a featured wild animal print or pattern in black or brown leather, which give them a modern update.

The gorgeous trend is loved by our fbo stylists as it can be worn throughout the year, you see the trend moving through spring with a print dress and leather/denim jacket to pair with according to what is happening on the international fashion scene.

Still trendy this season, each time, our stylists and current customers wear these boots, the compliments just roll in. These (Toga Pulla - Designer) western buckles ankle boots are worth the investment. The western-style boot is available in fbo outlets, however, one can always add an additional pair of Chelsea beige or tan boots to your classic wardrobe priced at R199 per pair… up to 85% less the normal price of the international brand.


Random little flower prints and the mixed floral scarf designs

Floral Print Mini Dress & Long dresses

This Winter is loaded with lots of colourful and exciting mixed prints, we love how classy and colourful this scarf fabric has become. The floral prints have been showcased mostly on the runways and mostly with Mui-Mui, Gucci and Top Shop. Florals are normally associated with Spring and the Summertime peeping in but this Winter the floral has become one of the more prominent prints harnessing darker hues to wear! Oh, how exciting! With this trend you can anticipate opaque ruffled blouses, delicate maxi dresses which can be paired with a black knee-high boot or a classic white sneaker and ankle boot – It would be fab to refer to the first blog which highlighted how to wear the latest trend of Autumn ankle boots.


Layering tricks that will get you through the Winter chills

Getting dressed every morning is becoming more and more challenging, we have always been told that layering is key… Smart layering will keep you warm without adding bulk to your waistline and frame. No matter what weight, size or body shape you are, no-one wants to look bigger than their actual size, which is why some women shy away from layering.

Rule of thumb with layering: always start with the thinnest item and build up from there. This ensures that your foundation is as slim-fit as possible, before adding more fabric to your look.

How to layer with style

Keep your outfit stylish and sleek with modern, tailored outerwear. You could really get away with wearing almost anything under a fitted trench coat. A great tip to keep in mind is to wear layers that look good on their own too. This way, you can add and remove layers as the day becomes warmer or cooler, and still look good.


A jacket everyone should have in their wardrobe: The Parka

Just like jerseys, the Parka jacket is also an essential for Winter in SA, you can easily find one in every colour at fbo outlet this season with leading brands such as Tom Tailor, S.Oliver, pimkie and My Haily’s just to name a few to finish your new outfit. In this post we will inspire you with many different ways to wear your newly found Parka… for simple and casual style look, we would suggest pairing the Parka jacket with sneakers or flats. But if you want a polished look, try a pair of glamorous pumps or ankle boots. In very cold weather, you can definitely go for the knee high boot to complete you winter outfit. Besides, a beanie, hat or scarf in bold colours will bring some interesting and fun elements to your entire look.



How to wear a neon outfit & look chic…


One of the biggest fashion trends of 2019 (Europe) is neon. Not only has this trend hit Europe for Spring but it has also on carried itself over to good old SA ladies.

The real question is how do you wear neon and still look chic?

Avoid stark contrasts like black and white: These two colour paired with the bright colour will make the neon piece stand out even more but not in a good way.

When wearing neon you want your entire outfit to fit together and look like it actually belongs together.

That being that, we would like to suggest wearing colours like navy blue or light cream shades as shown in our blog images – Sourced via Pinterest and the WWW.

Colour Blocking

Neon can defs be worn with another colour like blue denim. The ‘Green” neon and blue denim can be seen as colour blocking. Or fav would be the neon green knit with faded ripped blue jeans a black leather jacket and ankle boots…

Lastly lets chat about neon accessories; let neon accessories compliment a look...

Neon Green Handbags

Designers like Prada, Calvin Klein, and Emporio Armani went for this bold colour on the spring '19 runways and sparked the neon green trend that's still apparent today.

Anna Smith neon lime green backpack available at fbo outlets R49 each.


When it comes to must-have footwear for men, boots are at the top of the list. Not only are these shoes practical and comfortable, but they’re also versatile and stylish. A pair of boots can take you from work to the weekend with ease. Many can even match smart casual and semi-formal ensembles, making them a valuable wardrobe addition. That said, not all boots suit all occasions, so it’s important to familiarise yourself with the different types and the best ways to style them. Thankfully, we’re here to show you exactly how to wear boots for a sleek and fashionable look


Ankle boots are one of the most versatile types of boots around. Reaching to or just above the ankle, these shoes are simple to wear and suit a range of outfits, including casual and smart casual looks. To rock a pair of ankle boots, you must first select your style. While Chelsea ankle boots are a sleek and simple option, chukkas and other lace-up styles can also appear stylish. Once you’ve chosen your boots, pair them with jeans or trousers and a button-up shirt or sweater.


If you are a fan of neutrals, the latest animal print and specifically the ‘leopard print’ trend will fit perfectly into your wardrobe and we mean it goes with everything! The first image showcased in this week’s blog shows you a gorgeous animal jacquard print jacket by Zalando. Now available from fbo outlets.

Tap into our fbo stylists ultimate guide to the chicest SA winter fashion trends that you can actually incorporate into your wardrobe. Whether you are feeling a little wild for animal prints or nostalgic for 70’s corduroy, this season promises trends that are sure to look chic.

Like with any trend, it’s important to remember to work it into a classic look to truly reach a new level of chic. We love a good trend as much as the next girl but it’s all about staying true to your style as well.


This autumn /winter is all about letting your wild side run loose with animal prints. This trend is more than just your standard leopard print skirt. We are seeing a large influx of zebra and snake prints too. Don’t be afraid to go all out with this trend and layer it into your look with different textures too. If you’re a bit afraid of a full-blown animal printed piece, opt for accessories like printed scarves or a clutch! fbo outlets have a fabulous variety of print items for both men and women.


Beige you say... yes because it’s classic…!

Although you might think of beige as being boring, all-neutral outfits are set to be a favourite amongst the ultra-fashionable. The best part of beige is that you can always add your own twist to make it trendier. Beige looks good on everyone which is why it’s such a classic and versatile colour. Pair a beige item with black or white or a bold print. You will be hooked onto this shade in no time!

fbo has a good selection of beige jeggings and trending styles at the newest outlet based in the heart of Pretoria, Church Square. Pop in some time!


Let’s talk about the chill in the air, yes it's nearing the winter chill! Sweater weather is here which means it’s time to update the knit section of your winter wardrobe. Our style team is so excited to have seen the stunning selection of Mango knit dresses, sweaters and more. The base of any cute winter outfit is always a good knit. Whether you’re layering it up or wearing it on its own, the right knit can take your outfit from good to great. Side note; clinching your waist is key, so bring this look together with a Betsey Johnson Ada Rhinestone Cap Toe Dress Booties to finish the look priced at R499. Limited stock so hurry!


So much more to choose from than just jeans at your nearest fbo outlet!

Miss Sixty, Killah and other top brands like StreetOne, s.Oliver, Pimkie and many more available from R129 – R329 per pair. A variety of cuts and styles available namely bootleg, high waisted, low rise, skinny and straight cut at all fbo outlets.

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These are the kind of woven wonders you won’t find in your grandma’s closet.

They are modern and of a high quality from top brands like Olsen and Bershka. Some of the biggest current trends include cable knits, polo necks, striped, oversized and chunky styles. And whether you prefer simple minimalistic or embellished with faux fur, statement sleeves, embroidered or sequined motifs, there’s a world of choice at fbo outlets. With luxurious soft fibres used, these best designer and high street knits allow you to get snuggly while looking chic and fashionable.



Denim is one of the most versatile and fashion-forward fabrics in modern fashion design. It’s always on trend and certainly well-loved by the South African market. So here we share some ideas on how to wear those favourite pair of jeans.

What is your favourite denim cut in your wardrobe?

Bootleg, high waisted, low rise, skinny, straight cut?

Our trend teams fav cut is more suited to the curvy body shape and we wear more of the following cuts: boyfriend, crop flare, flare, skinny & boot cut.

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Always consider your figure to find the most flattering pair for you.

some ideas to consider…

• Find the most flattering cut of jeans for yourself based on your figure type and personal style.

• Choose skinny jeans for a sophisticated look with a subtle edge or opt for ripped jeans for a statement-making style.

• For an on-trend look, pair 90’s mom jeans with contemporary pieces or go all vintage with flares and other 70’s style garments and accessories.

• To create the appearance of longer legs and an hourglass frame, choose skinny high-waisted jeans and pair them with heels, a tucked-in shirt, and a long coat. Viola you’re ready to take on the world.

• Choose between stilettos and ballet flats for a dressed up or casual jeans look, or opt for on-trend footwear styles like sneakers, over-the-knee boots, velvet booties, and block or kitten heel ankle boots.

Finish off your jeans outfit by adding some simple yet stylish accessories – Your choice of scarves, belts, boots, bangles and sunnies are endless.


Wearing jeans with a t-shirt is just not enough anymore, jeans deserve so much more.

Give them new life by wearing them in a fresh and on-trend way, this season includes cable knits, polo necks, striped, oversized and chunky knitwear styles. As showcased by our choice of urban styled trendsetters. It’s all about finding the right balance, not only with proportions but also between feminine and edgy styles.

To nail the look, pair your favourite skinnies with heels, a fitted top, and a cool shearling jacket.

No matter what your favourite style of denim, you’ll be surprised at just how chic it can look with a little update. From edgy looks to elegant outfits, your weekend wardrobe is about to appear classier than ever before.

Some images used in this trend report have been sourced through Pinterest.


There are numerous stylish options - while you can always rely on stilettos to dress up a pair of jeans or ballet flats for a chic, casual denim look, there are several other styles that you should try this season. Sneakers are a great go-to look for this season and will successfully infuse your outfit with an athleisure touch. If you’re after something with a bit of a heel, try a block heel or the trendy kitten heel ankle boots. For a standout look with your skinnies, you can even wear over-the-knee boots or some velvet booties – include a pair in animal print or with a faux fur finish to add that extra luxurious look.


Ankle boots are a must-have this season and we’ve rounded up some of the best to provide you with the perfect outfit insight. Whether you’re looking to rock your boots with a casual weekend look or dress them up for an evening out on the town, we’re here to inspire the hottest looks to warm up your winter.

With the amount of styles, colours, fabrics and designs coming through this season, it’s important to pay attention to what suits you best to achieve the perfect, fashionista look. Ankle boots with heels (particularly the block heel) are great for elongating your legs and creating the impression of height. While flat, pointed-toe boots will create a slimmer, sleeker look for the taller ladies. Stiletto heeled boots add a feminine, chic touch to your look if you have a less curvy body type and opt for rounded-toe boots if you have an hourglass silhouette.


Looking for the perfect item to pair with your new ankle boots? Go with denim as ankle boots and jeans are a match made in heaven. Every girl needs a sleek, sexy pair of jeans in her wardrobe and why not style them with the latest ankle boots? While being a classic must-have, jeans are an easy item to dress up or down and still be totally on-trend.

Most ankle boots are best complemented with skinny, tight-fitting jeans that elongate your legs and accentuate your best assets. Take it a notch further by styling your jeans with a boyfriend tee or relaxed, button-up shirt. Opt for slightly cropped or ankle grazer hemlines or roll up the hems of your jeans to create that ultra-stylish appearance. Add a smart blazer or oversized coat to complete your outfit and dominate your look.


How to wear ankle boots

- Rock heeled ankle boots to give casual outfits a lift - Choose flat ankle boots for a relaxed or edgy aesthetic - Make ankle boots and jeans your go-to combination for a chic weekend look - Add some excitement to the look by wearing colour boots such as burgundy or mustard - Partner your ankle boots with a dress or skirt for a sophisticated daytime outfit or casual evening ensemble - To wear ankle boots to the office, select a leather pair and partner them with a smart and stylish outfit. - Try wearing your ankle boots with culottes or cropped trousers for an on-trend outfit.


The Sports Luxe trend continues to thrive with fashionistas adopting the athletic-inspired side-stripe into their street style looks. Typically associated with track pants, this detail has gone from casual to smart, faster than most the people rocking it could run. Especially considering there is a big move towards wearing the side-stripe pants with high heels.

For all the sporty girls out there that love to wear Activewear that is not actual gym attire, this trend is one for you. The air of laid-back confidence and over-the-top comfort make this trend super appealing. The vertical stripes on the pants elongate the legs, while side stripes on tops or jackets add a subtle design element to your outfit. Try this trend with a blazer to match the colour of the stripe on your pants, or a playful colour blocked cardigan over a sports tee. Chunky knits, bomber jackets and baseball caps are also encouraged!