VIBE YAKA: SHORT TO THE COAT.

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This here is just another one of those posts featuring a rather lengthy sequence of images snapped totally unplanned. #TrueStory, the back-tale is set around a very regular midmorning, on a very regular Tuesday, en-route to source wardrobe for a celebrity client. Now, that bit is not very regular! Let’s just say there was a proper five-minute-thirty-seven-second long and spirited haul between   the styling partner dude (come snappographer) and I, about whether or not it is at all important that I take an entire hour out of my day to try and best capture an outfit that is most certainly not intentionally curated for either side of a camera.

No prize for guessing who “won” that round. Crazy, especially since these here photographs are not even half of what we ended up with.

If I really, truly must get into it; I suppose it is unavoidable that one of my primary themes right now in life, centres on “lines”. Be they visible to a dispassionate eye or able to pique an interest of whatever type stylopolitan, I am with lines.

Still in the business of making it my own, here I dialled up comfort first and never ever flirting with an interest to compromise on the style front. The PUMA XT1s served that aspect extremely well, worn with my other pair of tailored shorts (these I inherited –read snatched- from my young cousin when he was in boarding school, it was his uniform at some point. I threw on a skinny Banana Republic crock belt and my fast-becoming-fave flannel shirt from MRP. I cannot quite decide on which of the pieces here qualifies as the conversation piece for this look, I will however, give major props to one of my proudest and newest go-to item; this navy blue mid-length topcoat from H&M always comes in handy atop almost everything and has fast become my fail proof shield slash barricader to the random cold fronts.

Totally vibe ya ka. Translate: My Vibe.

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SHORT STORY: DAYTIME TAILORED

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I am kind of doing a shorts thing this summer. I know it’s a bit too far into the season because the rate at which this climate change saga shifts, coats might be in the very sudden future. So after one of my puff room conversations with stylist Melissa Maxted-Henderson, I too decided to definitely experiment with shamelessly exposing a bit more leg. Like maturing fashion siblings, Mel and I slapped full fives and or fist-bumped in between shrieked sentences whenever we gulped out of our champagne flutes as we agreed that we are going to make the best of our mid-to-late twenties by celebrating our (still formed) bodies because the last thing we deserve is the possibility of turning into those clearly ripened humans who are sadly still under the misconception that age is nothing but a number. Seriously; not even a “good” leg game warrants some of the nonsense sartorial choices out there. And I’m the dude who doesn’t believe in adhering to every fashion rule. I am not saying that this is the first time I wear shorts, oh no, I have, this is just more of a mindful exercise to tick boxes before I raisin up.  In these pics, I wore pair of knife pleated roll-ups for a mid-week braai with my family in suburbia –how very fitting.  This black pair is vintage I cannot really remember where I fished it from but I knew I had to inject newity by teaming it with this spell-out tee from Anisa Mpungwe’s limited Edition Collection for Mr Price Project. I also matched the shorts with a tailored waistcoat from Markham which I bedecked with a wooden pin by SilverSpoon. The satchel is from Woolworths, belt and accessories are all vintage excluding the sports watch by Ice Watches and my sunnies are by Giorgio Armani at Sunglass Hut. These kicks are my fave suede-for-summer PUMA MMQ Trinomic and they look sickening with shorts.

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DETAILS ARE EVERYTHING.

DETAILS ARE EVERYTHING.

 

Do keep on the lookout and if you can; for my expedition. It should be fun.

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#WERQ