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by BOHLALE MATHATHE

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Delicious, bold and distinguished. That’s what I think when I see a brother in a well cut, tailored black suite. It’s a fool proof classic, even in grey. Add a candy coloured shirt and tie and you’ll certainly have my attention. I genuinely wonder  what gets other  sisters falling  over themselves when it comes to men’s fashion trends and general outward appearance? Here’s what I really think..
When it comes to dressing casually smart  in summer, nothing beats a pair of faded jeans with a linen shirt (raw linen that is, not  blended nonsense!). It creates a stylish yet laid-back look which gets better as the shirt creases more. Great with leather sandals or loafers . Always sexy and on point.

As far as winter fashion for men is concerned, as with us ladies, trenching it up is  now hotter than ever. Dress it up with a formal shirt, tie and pullover  or down with jeans and just about anything, throw in a chunky scarf and you’re stylishly good to go. My personal favourites for guys are the full length coats with high ‘futuristic’ collars.. very Mafia ‘I know where you live’ type of look..but uber hot, think Dirty Sexy Money..yum!

One fashion trend I’ve never understood is this hip-hop inspired ‘wear your entire wardrobe all at once’ look.  It’s overdone and untidy..Like why bother to wear pants if they’re going to be sagging all the way down to your knees and half your bottom is sticking out? You wear headgear indoors, walk like you’re in pain whilst holding your manhood as if it’s going to fall off and talk in a phony American accent..Guys it’s not attractive, especially if you’re over 25.. PLEASE STOP IT ! Thank you.

Now I love talking footwear and men’s shoes are just to die for. Not those rubbery chunky types but the sleek Italian pointy numbers that add deliciousness to a brother in a fine suit. They can be standard, lace-up, boots, patent or raw leather  as long as they’re tastefully pointy in front and exhibit good craftsmanship. White shoes are an epic faux-pa and should be avoided at all costs. They’re a good joke gone bad and I suggest we leave it at that!
Earrings and hair should also be left to us ladies (trust me, we’ve got it) . It was cute in the 90’s to be pierced and grow hair but it doesn’t translate well in 2010..It lacks sophistication, please refrain! Keep your nails short and presentable, including your toenails if you’re going to wear sandals..Moisturise your hands and feet regularly so as to not look like a hard labourer..We have to do it, so should you!

There is however a difference between being  well groomed  and being one of those excessively metro brothers who do manis and pedis and fight with their partners over tweezers and hairspray..Now those are really annoying. They’re mirror hoggers in the hair salons and use bleaching agents daily to whiten their teeth. No sense of masculinity whatsoever..Epic bore!

I think it’s time we turn up the heat on men to look good just like they attach so much value onto our physical appearance from body weight to skin tone, clothes and everything else in between..So  brothers,  if you want a fine ,groomed and well dressed lady then you best be looking like that yourself..failing which you should feel free to get stepping. .The bar is now set, let’s see what you’ve got!

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  • I am also a firm believer that gone are the days when guys were meant to have chapped lips, flaky hands and an aroma of sweat to confirm their masculinty or that they are “real men”. I like my guy to be neat and clean but I must confess…I like the ruggard-looking type: I don’t want the trousers to be too trim or skinny. My best look for my guy is the jean, sneakers and sport shirt/vest look… now that for me is “yum”…But I guess that is for casual wear. Another fantasy of mine…now this I absolutely love is the soft leather sandals “Bohemian”/Jamaican look with the right fitted Kaftan top and chino trousers or denim jean, with a neatly shaven brush and bit of scuffle….Think Lenny Kravitz….But that is in my fantasy world such in mzansi can never be pulled of. Ultimately the sporty cum casual look takes the cake for me. I guess I am just a simple girl.

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  • MissJ

    WOW!! i love it love it love it! funny too and to the point. such a man i want. God bless

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  • Thabo

    Wow woow Wow! Beautiful Article indeed..its almost as if you listen in to conversations me and the guys always have. South african guys need to start waking up to the facts. Keep writing.

    Thabo

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  • I am also a firm believer that gone are the days when guys were meant to have chapped lips, flaky hands and an aroma of sweat to confirm their masculinty or that they are “real men”. I like my guy to be neat and clean but I must confess…I like the ruggard-looking type: I don’t want the trousers to be too trim or skinny. My best look for my guy is the jean, sneakers and sport shirt/vest look… now that for me is “yum”…But I guess that is for casual wear. Another fantasy of mine…now this I absolutely love is the soft leather sandals “Bohemian”/Jamaican look with the right fitted Kaftan top and chino trousers or denim jean, with a neatly shaven brush and bit of scuffle….Think Lenny Kravitz….But that is in my fantasy world such in mzansi can never be pulled of. Ultimately the sporty cum casual look takes the cake for me. I guess I am just a simple girl.

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  • MissJ

    WOW!! i love it love it love it! funny too and to the point. such a man i want. God bless

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  • Thabo

    Wow woow Wow! Beautiful Article indeed..its almost as if you listen in to conversations me and the guys always have. South african guys need to start waking up to the facts. Keep writing.

    Thabo

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