Warm-weather style meets all-round functionality with these 8 menswear essentials
Words: Buntu Ngcuka | Photography: Luke Kuisis | Styling: Akim Jardine
The new wave of fashion is all about catering to the man-on-the-move: he commutes to and from work and has brunch dates, midday meetings, errands to run and dinner parties to attend. The current aesthetic is based on comfort and practicality without compromising on style. Look out for 90s-inspired silhouettes, relaxed fits and transitional, versatile pieces you can wear no matter what city and climate you find yourself in. Look no further than these 8 essentials that’ll up your style game.
The short-sleeve shirt
There’s no better time than summer to moisturise your elbows and embrace the short-sleeved shirt. If a patterned Fresh Prince-esque look isn’t for you, smarten up with a slim-fit version and tuck it into formal trousers for a sleeker look.
PSA: it’s okay to dress up every now and then. Make an effort by replacing your usual plain chinos with a pair of slim-fit trousers. Be bold with a print and keep the look current by matching it with sportswear – think old-school sneakers, branded socks or a logo tee.
The lightweight jacket
Protect yourself from unpredictable showers and temperature changes with a lightweight coach jacket. Wear it over your favourite button-up and cuffed straight-cut jeans for a retro take on style, or keep it functional with matching sweatpants and sneakers.
Thanks to cult favourites like Vetements and Off-White, denim has gotten a more relaxed makeover. The fit is wider and the styling is more minimal. Just put on a plain white tee, lace up in some rugged boots and you’re good to go.
Travel easy in style with one of the season’s straight-out-of-the-90s backpacks. Look for details like nylon, zipped pockets, buckles and straps to keep your daily goods safe and ready for the road.
The denim jacket
Usually we’d tell you to toss something away once it has too many rips but when it comes to denim jackets, we say keep it. The distressed look is in and looks great when contrasted with something preppy.
The poolside two-piece
In true vintage fashion, the more graphic and branded your T-shirt and the simpler your shorts, the better. Pay homage to your favourite band or streetwear label’s statement logo and finish the look off with a pair of PT-shorts inspired swimming trunks for an outfit you can easily wear to drinks afterwards.