The new year these sides of the equator is almost sure to bring with it three gifts ; njaanuary memes, apple mangos and clear- sky sunny days. This change in weather would, normally, bring about a change in dress and side of matatu one sits on, but surprisingly most of my Kenyan brothers are immune to the former.
Tweed and trench coats are lovely, and yes, hiyo look imeweza once a pair of timberlands are worn, but given the times it simply lacks function. Three Fs : Function,Fit and Fabric, form a good base evaluation of the clothes appropriate at any time. How shall we go about this season then? Lets look at a few fabrics,pieces, and modifications that should help keep you fresh all day.
Linen – This fabric has been around longer than most ideas we subscribe to in this modern age, and rightly so. Breathable, easily washable and bearing “ rumpled elegance … even more charming in todays age of indestructible synthetic fibers that resemble aluminum foil” as in the words of G Bruce Boyer of True Style, its sure to keep you cool with nonchalance.
Seersucker – Another naturally rumpled fabric,seersucker id formed by alternating rough and smooth stripes through slack-tension weaving. Imagine not bothering about ironing and still looking good too? Thats seersucker for you.
Hats – Some head-wear is always a great way to show some individuality while keeping the sun off your face.
Cravat – One of my favorite pieces, this is sure to keep things cool under the collar , Theres a whole article in them here, do have a look.
word of advice: Any man serious about his appearance must have a tailor whom he trusts to make proper modifications. Those who possess knowledge on suit construction, in my opinion, tend to speak to fabric better. Lets look at some relatively inexpensive modifications we can perform
Mandarin collar – this is basically involves the taking off the collar of a shirt, greatly reducing under-the-collar heat.
lining – Want to wear a blazer but find it rather uncomfortable when temperatures rise? Adjusting the inner lining of the coat to cover the upper half of the back should help(hlaf lining), or one could go the whole way too and have no lining too. Some blazers, such as seersucker , may come already minimally lined.
Honorable mentions to this rather limited article given the wealth and breadth of warm weather wear include shorts(do have the legs first), loafers and eye wear (aviators, the likes). Look out these materials the next time you might be thrifting 🙂
“Fashion is a playground up until a certain age. But then you have to find your own signature and your own style.” – Nicolas Ghesquière