By MH Staff - Posted on 7th February 2013
Tame the concrete jungle with these looks.
1 Graphic Content
Graphic tees don’t need cheesy prints. Ditch the Hawaiian shockers and take a cultured stance with an Aztec print. Dress it down with a pair shorts, or dress it up with faded black jeans and a denim shirt.
Apollo 3 headphones R729 Nixon, Aztec printed T-shirt R225 Old Khaki, slim-fit chinos R499 Country Road, sup stud bracelet R150 Icon Brand at South to South, Platform watch R2 500 Nixon
2 Mostly Armless
Like your jeans, a sleeveless denim jacket will work with pretty much anything. Wear it over a T-shirt during the day, over a hoodie in the evening, or under a blazer at night. Its slim-fit and sleek detailing will update the good ol’ jeans-and-T-shirt look. If you’re going to wear a denim jacket with jeans, just make sure there’s a marked contrast in the colours… otherwise it’ll look like a hillbilly tuxedo.
Sunglasses R3 220 Luxottica sleeveless denim jacket R799 Zara, faded blue T-shirt R1 200 Replay, rubber strap watch R1 350 Boss Orange at S. Bacher & Co., slim-fit jeans R2 800 Waitom at Replay, leather belt R599 Spaghetti Mafia, vintage bandanna R20 Milnerton Flea Market, skateboard R1 500 Element, ankle boots R899 Country Road
3 Cargo Cult
Cargo shorts are a classic hit-or-miss. Trim fit with flat pockets, and it’s a hit. Baggy with over-stuffed pockets, and it’s a clunky style miss. Get a pair that fits. Avoid shoving all your worldly possessions into them and you’re set.
Cassette uprock earphones R799 Skullcandy, denim shirt R599 St. Goliath at South to South, striped vest R299 Guess, Flexico watch R899 Tempo at American Swiss, suede belt R490 Spaghetti Mafia, cargo shorts R1 800 Replay, cadet high-tops R1 850 Replay
4 Short Circuit
Summer isn’t just about T-shirts and vests. A short sleeved shirt will keep things light, cool and smart. Go for gingham or floral prints (trust us on this) and wear it with slim trousers (weekdays) or jeans (weekends).
Havanna sunglasses R4 380 Chopard, sun bleached button-down shirt R599 Ben Sherman, rinse rise slim-fit denims R999 Puma, GTS Sportura chrono watch R6 999 Seiko, sneakers R499 Country Road, skateboard R1 500 Element
Cap R199 Adidas, leather neck band R169 Icon Brand at South to South, floral shirt R80 Mr Price, vest R40 Mr Price, faded grey jeans R799 Adidas, distressed high-top sneakers R900 Levis Footwear, The Regent large frame watch R12 599 Nixon, wooden go bracelet R70 Icon Brand at South to South
Sunglasses R199 Vans, vintage printed T-shirt R220 J. Crew, indigo washed jeans R549 Soviet, flat brimmed high-top sneakers R1 199 Adidas
5 Jacket Of All Trades
When the summer thunderclouds roll in, you’ll need to bust out an extra layer to stay warm. An unlined jacket is the solution. It’s more breathable than a regular blazer and it’s versatile enough to wear virtually anywhere. Opt for a slightly relaxed fit, in checks or stripes.
Unstructured jacket R3 970 Spaghetti Mafia, Merveille Heather T-shirt R400 Supremebeing at Stuttafords, slim-fit jeans R899 Adidas, leather arm band R399 Fossil, Burke ankle boat shoes R999 Levis Footwear, skateboard R1 500 Element
6 Strip Tees
With all those bright colours going on, it’s wise to have something neutral to fall back on. Opt for a form-fitting white, black or grey tee. Keep it simple. If you’re wearing a logo, you’d better own the company (or someone should be paying you to wear it). Also, avoid a deep V-neck. There are few things worse than man cleavage.
Gravity trucker cap R259 Icon Brand at South to South, Restany V-neck T-shirt R799 G-Star, slim-fit jeans 659 Zara, rubber strap watch R995 Police at American Swiss, leather bracelet R650 Replay
7 Beyond The Pale
Women call them “pastels”, men just call them “washed-out”. Either way, faded shades work – especially in masculine colours like blue, red or green. Slip on a washed-out T-shirt with jeans or shorts for a casual look, or smarten it up by wearing a jacket over a tee. Details (like graphic prints) can add character and attitude to paler tones.
Burberry sunglasses R2 250 Sunglass Hut , striped singlet vest R300 Billabong, Zippo neck chain R200 Icon Brand at South to South, slim-fit chinos R140 Mr Price, Kensington watch R1 250 Nixon, backpack R295 The Lot
Trucker cap R100 The Lot, Ronaldo motel printed T-shirt R229 Old Khaki, Ed55 fader washed jeans R2 300 Edwin Store, two-tone belt R150 Vans, metal link watch R1 850 Tommy Hilfiger at S. Bacher & Co.