Outerwear to buy now and wear for a while – by guys who’d know
Fashion moves fast, so finding a piece that appears always-on-trend can be a challenge. We enlisted the help of three guys who know classic style to give us their best tips on choosing the outerwear looks that’ll last.
THE MODEL: Mziyanda
THE TEXTURE: Corduroy
Mziyanda, a model at My Friend Ned, is the guy you’ve probably glimpsed just about everywhere over the past few months – from Louis Vuitton’s SS17 menswear campaign to Superbalist’s very own take on Youth Day. So, what’s the trend he’s been keeping his eye on? Mziyanda says, “If there’s something that I know it's that fashion is ever-changing and keeping up with the newest trend is near-impossible. Corduroy fails to look bad whether it is in Winter, Summer or any season: corduroy jackets and pants are staple items which will take a long to time to go out of fashion – only for them to make a return!”
THE BUYER: Ryan Wuest
THE STAPLE: The trucker
As the manager of Superbalist’s menswear department, Ryan’s no stranger to identifying style that’ll be with us for a while – part of his job is picking the pieces that you’ll be buying on the site next season, and the season after that, right now. He says, "The denim trucker jacket is the perfect way to get ready for summer in style without trying too hard. Always relevant, it’s a crucial wardrobe essential. Worn with chinos you are ready for a night out or worn with a tee, sweat shorts and sneakers and you are ready to meet your crew for lunch." Come winter, this rugged jacket’s appeal is obvious.
THE STYLIST: Akim Jardine
THE UPDATE: Altered denim
“Denim as a basic has been important since pretty much forever, but for the next few seasons designers labels Balenciaga and Vetements are focusing on altered denimas a trend-piece,” say Akim Jardine, a Junior Stylist at Superbalist. As someone who spends his days making sure that the looks you see on-site have the edge, he’s recommending that you take your style up a notch with details from bold rips and patches to the subtlest of frayed hems. An extra hint: “Two-tone jeans will evolve over the next year or two and are easy enough to work into your everyday wardrobe.”