23.09.2020

STAFF SELECTS

There’s no summer without these season staples

Staff Selects

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Dear Summer, we’ve missed you. Every time the sun pops out to play, we feel more ready and excited to reclaim all of your best bits. Here’s to long warm days and even longer lunches, spontaneous getaways, rediscovering our favourite haunts and diving into the closest body of water we can find to cool down. Rinse, repeat. Chunky knits, we love you, but it’s seriously time to go. Are your summer wardrobes ready? Let’s hear it from Superbalist HQ’s menswear team: the one item that sees them through the season, how they style their staples and what they’re most looking forward to doing all summer long.

Bonolo

What’s your summer wardrobe staple?

A linen shirt is key for me – light and easy to wear in the hot South African climate. I enjoy the Uniqlo fit.

What do you like to wear it with?

A stunning pair of slim chinos or denim with a white sneaker or a loafer.

Describe your ultimate summer day… where are you going, what are you doing, who are you with?
I am with my wife and three kids, a lunch that turns into a brunch with us being in no hurry at all, chatting away and listening to music in a cafe.

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What’s the one song that captures your summer mood?

This is unfair. Do I have to select one? Two maybe? Aquarian Angel by Blue Six and Morenito by Stéphane Pompougnac.

Top three grooming products for the season?

I am a very simple fellow when it comes to grooming – soap and water seem to do the trick. I love a good scent, though. Currently enjoying Tommy Hilfiger Impact and Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka.

Lastly, summer isn't summer without...

Food, wine and family. Big lunches and dinner parties.

Neil

What’s your summer wardrobe staple?

A pair of sweat shorts in the newest seasonal colour. They are super versatile and comfortable.

What do you like to wear it with?

It all depends on the occasion. If I'm chilling at home, then I'll throw on a tee or a sweater and a pair of slides. If I’m heading out, then I’ll wear a bucket hat or cap and a pair of sunnies, swop out the slides for a pair of clean white leather sneakers, throw all my important belongings into my moon bag and I’m off.

If your summer staple could talk, what would it say?

“Please buy two of me so that I can be rotated.”

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Describe your ultimate summer day… where are you going, what are you doing, who are you with?

Get up early (but not too early), go for breakfast with friends and family, head to the beach before it gets too hot and busy, then head home for a midday nap. Head back out again for a walk, surf or skate and then, lastly, find a quiet chilled spot to watch the sun go down.

What’s the one song that captures your summer mood?

What I Got (Reprise) by Sublime, Blister in the Sun by Violent Femmes, Circles by Post Malone.

Top three grooming products for the season?

  1. Cologne – always have to smell good.
  2. Electric razor/grooming kit – always have to look good.
  3. Moisturiser – can't have your skin drying out from the warm weather and salty water.
Chad

What's your summer wardrobe staple?

My zip thru lightweight jackets. Beach in the morning, lunch and drinks in the afternoon and wherever the wind blows in the evening. I’ll take my jacket with me, leave it in the car and grab it when the evening becomes cooler or when the occasion calls for something other than a tee and shorts.

What do you like to wear it with?

Lightweight chinos or jeans, but this summer I’m feeling more drawn to chinos and will probably be wearing them a lot more with a tan leather belt. I’m a bit of a navy palette fanboy, so my tee will most probably be navy, plain and really good quality. I like adding a touch of retro to my style, so I’d wear it with a pair of adidas Sambas.

Describe your ultimate summer day… where are you going, what are you doing, who are you with?

I’m with my girlfriend and friends at a holiday house along the West Coast, with the only intention of being water babies. We’ve got all our floating devices out, there are kayaks and paddleboats, picnic baskets of fresh fruits and cheeseboards of every kind. I’m in my swim shorts, with my bucket hat and shades to keep me from catching a bad face tan. Later in the evening, we gather around the fire, start a braai and enjoy each other’s company.

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What’s the one song that captures your summer mood?

I’ve been liking a lot of electric funk type beats, referencing Kaytranada’s sound and style. I was put on to a group called VanJess, who in fact has a song with Kaytranada, and I’m really vibing to their song with Masego called Touch the Floor. It’s very much the song I need for my ultimate summer day.

Top three grooming products for the season?

  1. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue.
  2. Shampoo and conditioner combo – Aunt Jackie’s for us curly hair men. It works really well.
  3. Face cream – African Extracts Rooibos.
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