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KOROGA FESTIVAL

One of my favourite social events in Kenya is the Koroga Festival. I love attending to watch the artists from all over Africa perform like Papa Wemba, Alicia, Fally Ipupa and more. It’s about the music and celebrating the artists in a vibrant atmosphere.
Fashion is also a big part of Koroga. When you talk about Koroga Festival you have to think of making a fashion statement. This is because people usually come dressed to kill. It’s a great place to enjoy music as an art, as well as express your individual style through fashion.
I attended this event in my standard Sunday smart-casual look. I don’t really feel confident wearing all casual even though the event is quite relaxed. Throwing on a blazer is always a great way to refine your style.
So for this event I got dressed by a store by the name of CONTRAST INC ( https://www.instagram.com/contrastinc_/ ). It’s a men’s fashion store. What I love about the store is that their clothes didn’t need any adjustments apart from the trouser length. Another great thing is that they have unique items at affordable prices. I managed to grab myself a green travel blazer and a floral shirt, plus some milk white khaki pants.
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CONTRAST INC
GATEWAY MALL 1ST FLOOR B2.
Tel: +254-713095602.
CBD YALA TOWERS GROUND FLOOR G7
AT THE JUNCTION OF BIASHARA STREET AND KOINANGE STREET.
GLOBAL CENTER YAYA GROUD FLOOR
BEHIND HASHI PETROL STATION/NEXT TO EQUITY BANK
Tel: +254-725450167.
PHOTO CREDITS
FELIX KAVII
Print Journalist – Standard Media Group
Tel: +254-718529093 |Mobile: 0718529093.
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OLD IS GOLD

‘When you start wearing double breast suits, you become a man.’ That’s what my dad used to tell me. I mean, how hard could it be to get the styling right? Little did I know I was in for a surprise.
Truth be told, I got it VERY wrong with the first double breast suit I got. Despite the knowledge I’d acquired of single buttoned suits, I had little to go with regarding this particular suit. With double breast suits you have to get deeper into the details and fitting’s. For example, the jacket must hug you and there’s no room to get the shoulder fittings wrong. Get it tailor-made because a bad fit will never look good.
As it’s fully formal and I didn’t want to get it wrong the second time, I decided to take baby steps and wear only the blazer. They say age and experience is what makes things and life valuable. Thus I came up with the idea of spicing up the blazer with golden button’s for a classic vintage look.
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TIPS:  •The golden button’s are required for the ‘cutting loose’ type of look. Where by you can wear with jeans, khaki’s and even formal trousers.
•Play with different types of buttons – silver, pearl, and gold plated.
•Don’t button the last button of the blazer/jacket.
•Best suited for weddings, parties or outdoor events.
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Photo Credit To Mavo (+254-720-210-090 ). His Instagram – Mavo_gg

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THE AFRICAN IN ME…

I’ve always wanted to try out an ‘African look’. I said to myself that if I was to try it out I would start off with a blazer seeing as I love blazers because they go well with any look you pick out of your wardrobe. I felt left out since every guy I know has been on the African print vibe and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to represent the Mother Land. It has really taken the streets by storm right now, so I would advise you, yeeees you reading this post! Get an African statement piece in your wardrobe and wear it proudly.

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I am currently wearing a piece by. Shiyenze who is an African based designer currently in Kenya. The Kamba in me decided to go with this tone of fabric which complimented my skin tone 😉

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I paired this look with chocolate brown pants, a milk white v-neck t-shirt and a pair of white and gold tone sneakers.

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TIPS: When matching, try to find a colour on the print of the item that will match with the rest. When in doubt go for white, black or blue.

* Pair the blazer with a plain trouser. I went with a brown trouser.

*The colour print of the blazer should compliment your skin tone.

More of Shiyenze’s work on http://www.shiyenze.co.ke

Photography by Kuyoh (+254-728-750-858)

Make-Up by Joy (+254-717-744-124)

 

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ACQUIRED TASTE

They say we are all cut from the same cloth but i beg to differ. I feel that I was cut from a different cloth and that cloth is no longer in production.

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Many people may confuse this to a blazer but in actual sense it is a sport coat.They tend to be classed as smart casual as opposed to a blazer which is more formally structured with solid block colours.

I am wearing a sky blue sport jacket, paired with a chocolate brown shirt, brown checked pants a pair of black leather double monks shoes with ‘happy socks’.

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TIPS

  • Layer pants with a sport jacket instead of a suit jacket for a more contemporary youthful look.
  • It is better to invest in a well tailored sports jacket as they’re considered versatile. you can wear it with a pair of formal trousers or jeans for the favoured smart casual look.
  • When trying to pull this look try and pair the shirt and blazer but not the blazer with the trouser.
  • Don’t forget to accessorise the look with a lapel pin or a pocket square.

LOCATION: NAIROBI SERENA HOTEL.

 

P.S Check out my feature on Standard Newspaper: My Style

 

Music vibe to this look

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A DASH OF COLOUR

We all know that Kambas* Ethnic community in Kenya* are quite the colorful lot thus my inspiration for my look today 🙂 :-). S/O to all my Kamba people keep showing off your colours ;-).

This kind of look deliberately features a pair of mismatched trousers and jacket/blazer – commonly described as a broken suit. The look shouldn’t have the exact texture of fabric, shade of colour or fabric but you can have different shades of colour which don’t necessarily match.

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I paired my light grey checked blazer with a pair of charcoal grey trousers. Charcoal grey is a neutral colour which blends very well with either light or dark colour palette. I wore a two toned coloured shirt against the blazer which complimented it, the red tie signifies power and blends well with grey.

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Tips:

  • This look is perfect for fashion events,meetings, evening parties that don’t have a particular dress code and red carpet events.
  • If you want a powerful look grey and red are definitely the right colours.
  • This kind of look is known as broken suit.

This look works for me on days like Tuesdays and Wednesday setting the mood right for a great weekend.

Music vibe for this look:

 

 

 

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