The GQ Style Editor shares his favourite autumn/winter items
Nkosiyati Khumalo is the Deputy Editor for GQ and Editor of GQ Style, the brand’s premium seasonal menswear guide. This SA-born, USA-bred fan of words, style, music and strong martinis has been reading GQ since he was 14-years-old, and so his fashion story has been an exciting yet natural journey where he now gets to shape the brand that shaped him.
Yati never leaves the house without some form of a collar on, and growing up in the northeastern US means that it's been very hard to shake that New England-preppy vibe. Because his workday can take him literally anywhere, Yati gravitates towards a smart-casual aesthetic that he can personalise or ‘warm up' with a fun print or colour, and then easily adapt into an evening look with a blazer and a smart shoe.
The Way of Us asked Yati to select his favourite items from Superbalist’s autumn winter offering, all of which can be dressed up or down, as they're also classic wardrobe staples.
“You could buy any of these styles on repeat for the next 30 years or so and still look great, and for most, they'll look great in a variety of colours – perfect for staying on trend.”
Staying with trends, Yati says that he’s seen quite a bit of rich moss greens coming down the runway this autumn/winter, and in lots of different styles, so he’s keen to carry that into a slick winter look.
Keep up with Yati on Instagram and Twitter and in the next issue of GQ Style that will showcase: a skilled designer and his new collection, a visual artist who's tackling new mediums, and a cover star with an insane sense of style.
Otherwise, use Yati’s foolproof layering tips and get transitional dressing right this season.
“I generally run 'hot' in terms of body temperature, so when I layer I aim for lightweight layers rather than anything super thick. You don't want to be uncomfortable or feel 'stuffed', as that saps away at your confidence – and, second only to fit, that's what really kills a look.”
“Brands on both sides of the smart/casual fence are taking cues from each other, so layering or mixing these items makes a lot more sense these days. Try a sleek zip hoodie with a relaxed blazer, for example, or a rich camel top coat with a v-neck t-shirt and light denim for those transitional days.”