Monday, June 8, 2015

Style: Essential Shoes For Your Winter Wardrobe

I don't know how I ended up on the Superbalist mailing list, however, it is an unsolicited relationship that I have come to appreciate. They cater mainly to the casual and sporty demographic with some flashes of brilliance like the shoes featured in today's post. First, the tan Jimmy Zoom derby made from burnished, unadorned leather. It's absolutely perfect for this winter especially because it adds a touch of colour to your feet. It has a casual vibe and this means that it should be worn in a dressed down manner as well. A navy blue corduroy suit would be the perfect complement, as well as a pair of chinos and a sport jacket. It would really give tweed a run for its money. And at R1199, I'm inclined to think this would be a very wise investment.

For anyone looking to get into the double monkstrap trend, I think this shoe by Monk Selected Homme is a great place to start. It comes in conventional light brown, a cap-toe and a rubber sole. It's also perfect for winter and wet surfaces. It straddles the dressed up or down dress codes really well because of its versatile look. The rounded toe also gives it room to be combined with various combinations and this why I recommend it so much. Think of wearing them with a grey pin-striped suit, a sky blue shirt and a reddish tie, or, with blue jeans, light blue gingham shirt, burnt orange V-neck sweater and a Prince of Wales check jacket. I'd  also be remiss if I didn't mention that these are selling for R899; an investment I'd definitely make.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Style: How To Tie A Bow Tie; VDJ 2015 Edition

It's exactly 25 days until July and that can only mean one thing; time to prepare for the Vodacom Durban July 2015. This is the premier and biggest horse-racing event on the African continent and that means a host of activities connected to the premier event, which is the race. The Vodacom Durban July has gained immense popularity over the decades and has also become an event that attracts people from all over South Africa. With a diverse crowd it has also morphed into other sub-events that showcase the cultural diversity and progressiveness of Durban. Apart from big brands being major sponsors, there are also lifestyle, culture and fashion events throughout the day. It has become a must attend event for anyone looking for a day under the Durban winter sun.

I surmise that not many gents out there are adept at tying a bow tie nor do they want to attempt because it appears to be a laborious and painstaking process. Maybe that explains why I don't have a bow tie of my own. By learning how to tie a bow tie you're also moving away from the clip-on and pre-tied bow ties that are so pervasive in the South African market. It's time we all learned  how to do it. The above image shows exactly how it should be done and I can attest tot he fact that steps 1 - 3 are the easiest and simplest. Below is a breakdown of how to tie a bow tie.

1. Start with the bowtie lying face up. Adjust the bowtie so right side is shorter than the left. The end on the left will be referred to as A and the end on the right will be referred to as B.
2. Move A to the right side, across B.
3. Bring A under B and up through the neck loop.
4. At the joint, fold B towards the right and then towards the left to create a the bow shape.
5. Bring A stra­ight down over the middle of the bow shape that was made with B.
6. Fold A back towards the chest and pinch the fold.
7. Push the pinched end (A) through the loop behind B.
8. Pull on the folded parts of the bow to tighten.
9. Adjust until balanced on both sides.

This is your opportunity to look the part and also do it the right way by tying your own bow tie. Maybe you might find yourself having to school other style conscious gents on how to do it.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.