The cold rainy season is once again here with us, and to be fashionable and still manage to stay warm is proving to be an uphill task not just for me but I’m sure for you as well, especially because things are so unpredictable. When you think it’s going to rain, the sun comes out in full force, and vice versa. This nagging scenario creates a complicated fashion blueprint even for the best of the best in the fashion industry.
Yesterday for instance, I was to attend a function, a wedding to be precise. And details informed me that it was a garden wedding. Location, Kajiado county.
Now for those of you who have never been hosted by this great county, it’s very hot. The sun exercises it’s full authority here. This makes it easier to choose what to wear, because of the obvious reasons that one can easily play around with clothes. However, with this unpredictable weather….things are not so easy.
I quickly went to my wardrobe, I knew exactly what I wanted to grace the occasion in. And so, I first picked my dark brown suede shoes, I always start with my shoes. Trust me, once you get the shoes right everything else is likely to be on point. This style of dressing is called “bottom up.”
I then went for my favourite black jeans, which I honoured with a pure cotton yellow polo shirt. I would then accessorise it with a black watch and light brown sun glasses. And with that my day was set and ready. Little did I know what nature had in store.
The weather suddenly changed, what looked like a very shiny, hot day turned into a dark, cloudy cold one, and before long it started pouring. But thank God it stopped almost immediately, leaving behind an additional wet environment, which resulted into a weather cocktail comprising of dark clouds, cold and wetness.
There and then I knew my day was ruined. Of coarse the only additional clothing I needed was something to keep me warm. There was no way I was going to start all over again. But what was I going to add without destroying the already well orchestrated look?
And so I stood there in thoughts. Cracking my head. That’s when it occurred to me that I actually lacked warm fashionable outfits.
Long story short, I made it to the wedding. Did I manage to keep myself warm? Yes I did. But at a really huge fashion cost. I ended up wearing something that was a disaster. It made guys look at me like “what’s wrong with this guy?” But inward I kept on saying, “ I wish you guys could see what I’m wearing inside.” It remained to be a wish, until I got the opportunity at an evening party, which was in a restaurant. I made sure everyone who judged me was proved wrong.
I know we’ve all been in this situation before some did not even get the opportunity to prove themselves. It has even led to phrases like “freeze and shine.” But the fact is we can avoid it, and this is how.
First make sure that as a man you acquire at least one trench coat, black in colour. It will come in very handy a number of times.
Secondly, invest in sweaters, and here play around with colours. Don’t just buy one expecting to use it in every occasion.
Third, save and buy at least two leather jackets. Preferably one black and the other brown. I’m telling you, you won’t go wrong. It will make you look sharp and expensive.
Then lastly buy jumpers, these are good for weekends, with a totally casual look and in events which are not too serious like open door, koroga and blankets and wine festivals to give a few examples.
And there you have it!!!
If you want to keep warm in this unpredictable weather but still remain fashionable go invest in good warm clothes, ones that you wouldn’t even shy carrying around. You know what I mean!!!