By MH Staff - Posted on 22nd September 2014
Wear your patriotism with pride.
1 Palse Homme
Palse Homme is all about class and they stock great quality items – we’re big fans of their blazers. Use it to smarten up a pair of jeans and give your night out on the town a little flair. Style tip: The difference between “classic” and “done already” lies in the details. If you want to wear something like dark jeans and a structured jacket, add an unexpected touch, like a poor boy cap. Poor boy cap R280 Kingdom, double-breasted blazer R3 500 Palse Homme, plaid shirt R550 Kingsley Heath, distressed leather pouch R599 Sergeant Pepper at Stuttafords, slim-fit jeans R800 Kingsley Heath, two-toned boat shoes R1 000 Sergeant Pepper at Stuttafords.
2 Dark Icon
This brand is playful, colourful and as South African as samp and beans. Even their signature T-shirt is a cool afro comb print. Pick something fun and comfortable; this is the perfect gear to wear to that trendy jazz festival. Style tip: Layer up. Adding a denim shirt and a T-shirt to track pants will elevate your look from gymwear to weekend wear. Just keep the shirt unbuttoned and untucked. Denim shirt R420 Moscow at Truworths, graphic print T-shirt R299 Dark Icon, sweat pants R430 Holmes Bros, high-top trainers R559 Magents at Edgars.
3 Holmes Brothers
Best known for their surf heritage, this quirky brand uses vintage and retro iconography to give it a distinctly urban look. Style tip: If you want to wear a bold, retro shirt, be sure to tone down the rest of your look with neutral pants and accessories (like this brown trilby hat). And remember, only Madiba could rock prints to the office. Trilby hat R350 Kingdom, graphic print shirt R450 Holmes Bros, leather belt R400 Sergeant Pepper at Stuttafords, slim-fit chinos R425 Lucky Luke at YDE, ankle boots R899 Swede & Crowe at Kiph.
The 466/64 menswear collection carries all the essentials, from modern-style blazers to chinos and shirts. Style tip: Checks? Check. But for a fresher look, go for a smaller or dotted pattern rather than a bold design. Bow tie R150 Kingdom, button-up shirt R599 466/64, messenger bag R1 450 Red On Top, slim-fit chinos R720 Adriaan Kuiters, leather boat shoes R799 Tsonga.
5 Craig Port
The main makulu of South African menswear, Craig Port built his sizeable reputation on versatile clothing that rocks the smart casual look. Need a new suit? His collection, “Port” makes a great one. Style tip: Chinos are the slim-fit alternative to denim. And you don’t just have to stick to khaki. Colours like cream, brown or maroon are neutral but not run-of-the-mill. Button-up baseball jacket R699 Port at YDE, striped T-shirt R239 Holmes Bros, slim-fit chinos R425 Lucky Luke at YDE.
They’re all about leather – whether that’s boat shoes, brogues, belts or bags. Each pair of shoes is individually hand-stitched, which adds a touch of class and authenticity in a world filled with cheap knock-offs. Style tip: The genius of the waistcoat lies in its versatility. Pop one over a T-shirt with denims for a laid-back daytime look or wear one under a blazer with a fitted shirt to smarten things up at more formal functions. (Hint: if it has five buttons, leave the bottom one undone.) Wooden sunglasses R900 Hout Couture, waistcoat R850 Augustine, henley T-shirt R400 Sergeant Pepper at Stuttafords, slim-fit jeans R599 Holmes Bros, wingtip brogues R729 Tsonga.
Every man needs a work shirt – even if your day job doesn’t require one (remember that wedding you have to go to next month?). All you want from a shirt is something that doesn’t hang awkwardly off your shoulders. Bluecollarwhitecollar has stacks, with something for every occasion. Style tip: For a creative twist on “smart casual”, wear a dress shirt and tie with subtle patterns and add a smart jacket. The patterns should be similar in colour, but vary in scale so they don’t compete with one another. Single-breasted blazer R850 Port at YDE, button-up shirt R650 Bluecollarwhitecollar, printed tie R100 Babu Thunde, tie bar R380 Smith Jewellery, stove-pipe chinos R1 000 Sergeant Pepper at Stuttafords.
8 Sergeant Pepper
Simple, hard-wearing and perfectly tailored, Sergeant Pepper’s designs are perfect for the urban warrior. Their signature look: drop-crotch trousers with contrasting pockets. Style tip: Any man can look good in jeans – as long as they’re the right fit and size. A classic straight leg with a medium indigo wash is a safe bet. Avoid anything too big or too small and steer clear of those phony worn-out patches. Graphic print T-shirt R250 Port at YDE, leather and canvas backpack R1 500 Sergeant Pepper at Stuttafords, stove-pipe jeans R1 000 Sergeant Pepper at Stuttafords, nylon trainers R499 Magents at Edgars.
9 Augustine Bespoke
Newsflash! “One size fits all” is the biggest lie since Hansie Cronje’s “I didn’t do it” plea. Off-the-rack clothes will never fit you perfectly – which is why Augustine Bespoke will measure you up and tailor clothing that accounts for all of your bodily quirks. Style tip: A good shirt doesn’t always need a tie. Keep the top button fastened and you’ll look polished even when the jacket comes off. Feel free to add a hat and/or watch, but avoid wearing more than two accessories at a time. Trilby hat R350 Kingdom, single-breasted blazer R4 000 Palse Homme, button-up shirt R600 Augustine, stove-pipe chinos R1 000 Sergeant Pepper at Stuttafords.