We are now in the second month of the year. I know what you’re thinking, the first month is already u? Irrespective of who is paying attention, time just rolls on doesn’t it? Talking about attention, year on year, trends get ours because they are usually formed from what people give attention to. Just like a little kid whose attention span is just as short as the amount of time MMM promises you a return on your investment (if we can call it that) they are gone before you are even aware they have started. Just like I said in 2015, by pointing out my style misconceptions of the previous year, men have the opportunity to put it right if they wish to.
Do you recall the colour wheel from the days when you did fine art as a subject in secondary school? Then, we used only six colours, three primary (red, blue and yellow) and three secondary (green, purple and orange) colours. Tertiary colours we got to learn about later.
The colour of nature, green is popular with the armed forces and proves perfect for camouflage. It gives out a reassuring message, and certain shades of green have a calming effect, hence green is often chosen by institutions for uniforms and wall colours.
As the festive season packed with lots of weddings you have to attend approaches, looking your best will keep you in good stead at these events which usually turn out to be re-unions and networking opportunities. What better season than this to have a tailor you can trust in your arsenal.
A shacket also known as overshirt is basically a mash-up of a shirt and a jacket but without the weight, rigidity and warmth you get from a tailored jacket. Living in the tropics is hot enough for the average Nigerian man hence the need to own a piece of this versatile overshirt in your wardrobe for casual or semi-business casual occasions.
Sunglasses are one of those accessories that we all love to use while taking walks, driving, attending events (daylight events of course), playing sports in the sun (beach volleyball and football, jogging) or taking selfies. You’ll find that you’re constantly taking them off and putting them back on; and with all this frequent use, smudges, dust, dirt, grease, hair oils, sweat, make-up and dead skin cells from different surfaces and points of contact accumulate on your sunglasses. Chances are, loose frames, lost screws and scratched lenses are also experienced from all this daily use.
As you might have noticed, I have an affinity with black and white pictures particularly because of the timelessness and soulfulness they portray. “When you photograph people in colour you see their clothes, but when you photograph people in black and white, you see their souls” is a good quote by Ted Grant to put this in perspective. Monochrome, as we know it, is a well-established fashion lingo focused on minimalism, usually with the combination of black and white. If you’ve been to law school in West Africa, you’ll remember that appearing unique from others was an uphill task because you’re required to wear a white shirt and black pants.
Work dress codes and social etiquette in Nigeria are still pretty much standardised. Only in oil and gas companies based here in Port Harcourt, new-age startups and in the creative industries where casual Friday is from Monday to Friday, will you observe a bit of freedom on work clothe choices. On the other hand, in one of the fastest growing industries in the country, bankers are obligated to adorn a shirt and tie (apart from Fridays). The most common shirt colours worn by bankers happen to be the most popular dress shirt colours in the world: white, sky blue and light pink.
Over the years, as far as fabrics go, not too many fabrics can boast of the popularity and wide use of denim. It’s a material that has earned it’s place among the classic fabrics – transcending time, region and social status. It’s restrictions lie in its roots as a casual off-duty wear plus the weight of the fabric. This is were chambray gets the heads up.
You don’t need a vast amount of clothes to be well dressed for work, formal occasions and your everyday casual activities. The important thing is to rotate your clothes, shoes and accessories on a daily basis to allow your clothes to rest between wearing. The number of items quoted on the basic wardrobe checklist infographic below is the minimum requirement to ensure you are well dressed at all times.