What to wear this season straight from our fashion team
Words: Nhlanhla Masemola | Photography: Aart Verrips
There’s a lighter, celebratory mood in the air as we move steadily through spring. We’re swapping indoor hibernation for outdoor lounging and good times in the sun – and our wardrobes are eager to follow suit. It’s time to be slightly brighter, a little bolder and throw restraint to the wind. Lengths, hues, prints and attitudes have shifted, ushering in a new season of essentials, made by us. Our Fashion Editor Akim Jardine, Senior Menswear Buyer Neil Aaron and Menswear Branded Buyer Holly Mkhize talk us through the carefree mood of menswear this season and how to wear Superbalist’s spring/summer collection best.
“The new season introduces an air of simplicity and ease. Think about the pieces you know and love in your wardrobe such as denim jackets, sharp trousers and lightweight tees. They’ve been updated with smart details, lightweight fabric, fresh prints and colours. Warm olive greens, sand tones and rich textures from the winter season give way to light neutrals, cool coastal blues, nautical stripes and a flash of bold colour for the brave. The easiest way to dip your toe in (and a personal favourite of mine) is the off-white denim worker jacket, which effortlessly works with go-to pairings like chinos and a striped tee. Such a classic combination of pieces could take you anywhere, depending on how you finish it off. Think woven espadrilles and aviator-shaped sunnies for a yacht party or fresh white sneakers and a bucket hat for after-work sundowners. The versatility of this jacket is an undeniable win. I’m not a believer in suffering for style, so I tend to gravitate towards pieces that are more contemporary, yes, but comfortable too. Naturally, I’m a stickler for a resort shirt. They’re lightweight and let the cool breeze in, because nobody loves a sweaty armpit less than I do! These are easily paired with shorts for a laid-back beach day or a straight-fit trouser for a utilitarian look.”
“The Superbalist menswear spring/summer collection has been created with more of a refined approach. Our focus has been to offer the best quality styles at the best possible prices. Over the seasons, men have told us what they do and don’t like and we’ve listened. Spring demands a new colour palette and we’ve gone for one that is grounded by neutral colours, but that we’ve layered with seasonally appropriate ones such as mustard, copper, light blue and pink for the perfect offering. To add a bit of spice, like any good chef would, we’ve built in some key pieces that are crucial for the warmer months: printed resort shirts with matching shorts or mustard denim trucker jackets. Although I may be biased, I believe our T-shirt offering is second to none. We have various styles including the crew neck, longline and Henley in a wide range of colours. And to switch things up, we’ve also added functional pockets or interesting stitch details. Any of these T-shirts can be paired with shorts or swim shorts, which I enjoy for versatility. We have denim, checked and sweat shorts and a few utility options to choose from. Throw in a bucket hat, sunnies and some slides and you’re ready for spring.”
“After spending the best part of winter swaddled in layers of stuffy knitwear and stomping through icy winds, I’m ready to wriggle out of my muted clothes and try on something a little more cheerful. One main difference between this season and last year’s is that there’s a clean utility look that’s starting to come to the fore. Another differentiator is that men have always liked logos and branded wear, but seem to be moving to a more subtle look that is less cluttered and more sophisticated. This time around at Superbalist, taking our cues from men's desire for functionality, we’ve kept things clean and to the point: denim is smarter in lighter washes with utility-focused denim truckers and cargo pants driving the message home. Some of my favourite key pieces from our new season collection include the printed swim shorts and slice knee slim jeans. Denim shorts, never ones to be forgotten, have also slinked in as key items to consider. I’m particularly fond of the shorts in easy-on-the-eye colours like navy, olive, black, and white.”