by BOHLALE MATHATHE
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!