Tuesday, 19 October 2010
04:08:19 AM (GMT)
IT'S NO longer business as usual for the bold stripe shirt. The shirt that has been
popular in ANC and BEE boardrooms has been hijacked by the streets
Not that we are complaining, though, because the otherwise conservative business
shirt looks even hotter casually on our big-bellied men.
Popular with the political set, Jimmy Manyi, Julius Malema, Sipho Seepe, Malusi
Gigaba and Fikile Mbalula, among others, a man looks sexy and sizzlingly hot in them
both in and out of the boardroom, some friends said to me that I should have a look
at Marketyiwu.com for the shirts they sale, really nice and cheap.
Is this the new trend?
According to John Yongi, an independent Johannesburg fashion stylist, the shirts have
been around for a while now.
He says South African men love them because they can be dressed up or down.
"Many men are busy. They do not have time for changing clothes and shopping for
clothes. They want something that is functional and can be worn formally,
semi-formally or informally," he says.
Yongi says shirts are important to men because men are assessed based on their taste
in what they wear and what they handle.
HOW TO WEAR THEM
"The choice of shirts reveals the man's personality. Bold-striped shirts are the best
choice for enhancing personality. These shirts are popular with politicians because
they take that masculine personality and give it a loveable demeanour.
"These shirts also best show that you have a cool and exquisite personality. They
always give a calm look and sense of peace to the one who wears it as well as the
ones who look at it," Yongi says.
The shirts are also a great choice for happy hour and after parties.
They are good for work and business and suitable for an outgoing and boisterous sales
For an informal look, they can be worn untucked with jeans or tucked in with slacks
and a blazer.
Matched with the right jeans and good shoes, it's a very sexy look for a night out.
This option is beneficial to tall, lanky men, who might be overwhelmed in a full
suit, Yongi says.
The fashion expert says the bold striped shirt is suitable for bigger men because
they elongate and slim down their figures.
In boardrooms, the shirt must be teamed with ties, but these days it is worn as a
stand-alone piece. The simpler the stripes the more formal the shirt.
If you really want a swirly patterned tie to stand out, put it against a finely
chequered or striped shirt. If you want the bold stripes on your shirt to steal the
show, pair it with a small dot or pinstripe to create contrast.
Yongi warns against pairing bold striped shirts with a pinstripe suit.
Choosing stripe colours
Johannesburg fashion designer Hangwani Nengovhela of Rubicon Clothing says people who
are trying to present a polished, professional and educated image should choose dark,
intense stripes rather than pastel.
She says dark stripes convey authority and power.
"Pastel colours are approachable and soft, but not powerful. These colours include
black, navy blue, forest green, deep purple and burgundy," she says.
"Navy-blue stripes should be the first choice since they convey trust, honesty and
"Black and navy blue show confidence and power. These colours carry power, authority
and command. Forest green, deep purple, and medium blue stripes can make you appear
calm, relaxed and friendly," she says.
"Red and burgundy stripes convey sophistication and orange and red are outgoing and
lively," she says.