Dandy Icons Eswatini in a basketball photoshoot

The black dandy movement which is all about expressing ideas and thoughts in the form of clothing, dressing outfits, class and elegance has shifted the matrix a bit when it comes to photo shoots by going for a Basketball Photo shoot in Mbabane the capital city of Eswatini with three dandies sweating it out in the basketball court.

The dandies who wore street style outfits decided to change settings by busting a move in the Basketball court to showcase their creativity through style and men’s wear. The shoot was graced by the services of Eskimo Visuals who happen to take awesome and cool shots📸 of 3 dandies namely @sesiphelelekhanyinji @siphosakhemcity & @thabisocabil

Dandies in street style

It is a no brainier when it comes to street style outfits in a Basketball court because the dress code is plain as day that it is a swag casual vibe and these dandies definitely showed that even when playing basketball, a man can still look fresh.

Street style according to my knowledge involves production, promotion and resale of causal fashions such as T-shirts and sneakers as you see the illustration above , the dandies looking cool in all white sneakers. The street wear style is of an advertised format as it seeks to create awareness about the style, clothing and the message this style sends.

Briefly about Dandy Icons

Dandy Icons is a society and culture movement which places sole focus on expression of ideas in the form of clothes that sends a message to the society about the importance of dressing well, looking sharp and elegant. A dandy is basically a clothes wearing man whose focus is not only on clothes but on etiquette and good manners for there is a men's style quote that goes like this" clothes maketh the man and naked people have no influence in society" this means that the clothes you wear send a message to society and people will either treat you with respect or shoot you down because of the wrong message the outfit sends. 

The movement was established in 2018 by lead founder Sesiphelele Khanyiji based in Mbabane, Eswatini ( @sesiphelelekhanyiji on Instagram) The page "Dandy Icons" can be searched on Facebook and liked as well.




By Mthobisi Magagula
Dandy Icons Eswatini Project Planner & Blogger

Summer’s must have items for stylish men

Want to look cool this summer gents? If the answer is yes then these items below are just what you need to look the part, to look flawless, stylish and flamboyant this summer.

Look 1

The first look is a street casual kind of look and it is very simple yet it has stylish items to incorporate. For this look, you need:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Tank top
  • Chinese shirts or shirts with no collars
  • Shoes: optional such as solid black sneaker or Loafers
  • Pants: linen either long sleeve or short sleeve

Look 2

The second outfit is a summer outfit you can wear at the beach or at home since we still living with COVID-19. Just a chilled and relaxed one that needs the following:

  • Floral shirts
  • Tank top underneath (optional)
  • Linen Shorts
  • Shoes: Loafers or covered shoes but not sandals unless it’s too hot

Look 3

The third outfit is my Favorite because I am a classic man and it is very formal yet dapper outfit that is simple. If you going to work , this is the go to outfit when it is hot outside. To pull off this look, you need the following:

  • White dress shirt
  • Formal pants of any color preferably white
  • Brown brogue shoes or any brown formal shoes
  • Sunglasses for hot weather

Shirts with no collars; the ideal Friday Outfit

Shirts with no collars are the ideal Friday Outfit, what do I mean about that? Well the answer lies in one word “Style” and these collars are stylish in such a way that they can be worn by themselves or layered with other items in your wardrobe such as a Leather jacket, bomer jacket, Suit Jacket or Trucker Jacket.

One of the obvious shirts with no collars are the Band collar shirts also known as the Collarless Shirt which has been a men’s icon statement since the 1920’s. According to Batchmens.com this shirt has plenty of nicknames such as the Band Collar, Collarless and Grandad collar.

Benefits of wearing the Collarless shirt:

  • It can be worn by itself , buttoned or Unbuttoned
  • Can easily be dressed under a blazer

So think about this gents, you want to dress up but in a casual setting, so which shirt should you choose? Don’t sweat it guys, the Collarless shirt should be your go to option especially if it’s sunny outside. If it’s cold like the current season here in Eswatini, you can easily wear it under a blazer, jacket or Cardigan to look fresh yet at the same time letting the clothes to speak up for you that you care about image and presentation.

A Collarless shirt needs other items such as accessories to make the Outfit pop, so sunglasses are the ideal choice if it’s sunny, if it’s cold, a beanie works well, a jacket that’s casual too and bracelets.

Lastly gentlemen keep it simple, I personally like to keep things simple when dessing up hence the quote “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”

Below are examples of Collarless shirts and how to wear them!

Ripped Jeans

Ripped Jeans are a perfect style piece besides the stitches all over, these jeans are comfortable & a stylish item to incorporate in your wardrobe.

H&M is probably the best online clothing store in the world with items that are very pricey but are a great investment to own.

H&M has Jeans that range from classic Jeans to wear to denim blue and dark skinny jeans

Types of Ripped Jeans:

  • Skinny ripped jeans
  • Dark skinny jeans
  • Denim blue
  • trashed skinny jeans
  • Slim jeans

Below is are examples of Ripped Jeans for Men

Vincent Ehindero Bloggers Awards

Hi and good evening my fellow bloggers , it is with great pleasure that I announce that I have been nominated by Pavitha of Small Talk blog for this award the link to her blog: https://introvertbags.wordpress.com

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Make a post of the award with photo
  • Post the rules
  • Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice
  • Follow Vincent Ehindro blog for a free blog Promotion and blogging opportunities

How was your day?

Well it was okay. Nothing big but a normal day.

Did you make yourself or anyone happy recently?

I made myself happy on March 15 when I got good news about my application😁

Have you ever compared yourself to others?

Not really

How do you handle hatred?

I ignore it and move on

Do you think people these days are on social media a lot?

Yes very

What quality do you find attractive in your friend?

Well my friend is a male, I like his sense of style but as for a girlfriend , I Haven’t seen one!

Can you suggest one of your favorite series/movies?

Suits, Brooklyn 99, Bridgerton the Duke , The flash, For the people & Station 19 for Series and my favorite movie is Kingsman the Golden Circle.

Do you like reading my blog?

Quite a bit😂

My Questions

  • In which year did you start blogging?
  • Do you consider yourself a winner or a loser, if so justify why?
  • What inspires you to got for your goals?
  • What new skill did you learn whilst on lockdown?
  • Which Fashion brand is the best: Gucci or Louis Vuitton

My Nominees

Style by Mario – https://stylebymario.com

Noah Oneal – https://noahoneal.wordpress.com

Explore Mens Fashion Fast – https://stylepilot.com

That is it on my nomination. #appreciatingbloggers2021

T-shirts and blazer outfits combination

Pictures by Mthobisi Magagula

I wouldn’t think of a perfect outfit combination on a Tuesday other than solid t-shirts and blazers for a sunny day. All of these can be accompanied by casual shoes, casual pants and accessories to create a stylish and dapper look.

T-shirts are so versatile in a way that you can wear them with other pieces in your wardrobe such as with blazers or checked shirts or by themselves. This t-shirt and blazer combination falls in the smart casual category because it is casual yet formal at the same time.

Accessories such as Hats and sunglasses😎 can elevate a look.

The blazer or jacket adds a bit of dash to the outfit and a tip here is to always wear a pocket square to appear stylish wherever you step ot go to.

Shoes must be casual, white sneakers and boots will do the trick and the trousers must be simple and not with many graphics or colors. A Jean or Chinos are the go to for selecting trousers.

The great royale sneakers
Converse chuck Taylor white sneakers are another good selection.

How to look your best for after work occasions?

Stepping out after work to meet up with friends or family or to visit places with astonishing views and backgrounds for photography purposes needs a man to dress up for the occasion.

A perfect way to rock style from work wear to casual wear to catch up with your buddies.

OUTFIT COMBINATION

To appear more dapper and relaxed after work can be a daunting task especially if you have to meet up with friends or family but this does not have to be the most difficult thing ever, the answer lies in two words: Outfit-combination

1) Combining Blazers with odd trousers & shirts

Combine your Blazers with odd trousers such as chinos & solid dress shirts for after work occasions for a dapper look.

The first element in appearing more lite and relaxed is to ditch the neckties if you were wearing one after work, wear dress shirts unbuttoned or go for polo shirts and checked shirts for a cool style.

For the trousers go for chinos or odd trousers in different colors or jeans but not ripped jeans , those tend to look great with tank tops and t-shirts. For the shoes, go for a pair of chukkas, Boots if it’s cold and sneakers considerably solid white or black they will do the trick because you are not going to the office so black formal shoes are a no go area, in fact don’t even think about those.

Changing outfits from Work wear to Casual Wear

1) Combining T-shirts with trousers.

If the weather permits, t-shirts are ideal for the condition. A nice plain and solid t-shirt with little designs. I highly recommend it and it is the best to choose because they can go alongside jeans and colorful pants. The shoes just be sneakers, avoid sandals unless you are planning a getaway vacation to the beach.

If its hot outside, these are ideal and a no brainer for post work socialising.

Colognes and Grooming

For this blog, I have invited a collaboration from Gift Ideas @mensaftershave.com which is a Cologne collection owned by Anthony on Pinterest. The best Colognes ever gents, I highly recommend you check him on Pinterest or follow him as well.

An expensive outfit on a man looks great but if there are a few key items missing, it is worthless.

Owning a pair of Colognes, Perfumes and fragrances is all it takes to finish the missing factor of style. Grooming as well, have a box where you store shaving gels and nail cleaners and hair products. You will get to

One of the Colognes and fragrances by Gift Ideas. To make you smell as good as you look.

Golden Globe Awards 2021: Showcasing the best dressed Men

The glitz and glamour event for the start of 2021 is the annual GGA – Golden Globe Awards. This event is one of the first ever to be hosted virtually due to the ongoing pandemic.

Yes, this was bound to happen, a list revealing the best dressed men according to GQ and other top brands and this ceremony is no exception. The 78th Golden Globe Awards hosted by Tina Fey and Poehler had a chance to tell the world the best dressed Men for this year’s event.

Celebrities, actors and fashionistas as well as influencers who got nominated and actually won showcased their dazzling outfits and style online and live streamed channels.

Below are the Top 8 best dressed Men:

1) Josh O’Connor in Custom Loewe

2) Danny Levy in Valentine Couture

3) Jackson Lee in Gucci

4) Leslie Odom in Valentine Couture

5) Tahar Rahim in Louis Vuitton

Tahar rocked a double breasted Suit.

6) Jon Batiste in Gucci

7) Jared Leto

8) Justin Theroux

End that sums about it about Best Dressed Men of the 78th Golden Globe Awards 2021.

The Purpose of a Well dressed Man

When it comes to style, a gentleman has to have purpose in wearing the clothes.

The quote “Clothes make the man, naked people have little or no influence in society” is evident in the way we dress and how the outside world makes quick assumptions and judgements based on your dress code.

Before a man utters a single word to another person, already that person has studied your appearance and he or she can either greet you with respect or totally ignore you and go about their way, which is why it is key to dress professionally, appropriately and neat because you may never know who you will meet along the way.

Wearing a blazer makes you mature and it shows that you care about your image.

I am not saying wearing a blazer everyday is necessary but you do need to wear comfortable clothing whether you are going for a casual look or Formal look, the fit and comfy of your clothes is crucial to appear your best out there.

How your personal appearance affects you?

1) The Transformation effect

The power of clothing is that it has the ability to transform a person’s state of mind. Dress like a professional businessman and you are likely to act like one. Students who take a test are more likely to perform exceptionally well when they are perfectly dressed. This effect is so powerful yet few people use it to their advantage.

2) Dressing well improves self-discipline

A person who dresses professionally learns the value of self-discipline. They learn that planning and allocating enough time to get consistent results. They think through their day, anticipate their needs and act on it.

You can still dress appropriately even when wearing casual clothes.

3) Appreciation and Respect

Lastly, a well dressed man will acquire respect and appreciation from people through his overall outfit. A gentleman looks much better when he is wearing well fitted and pressed clothes that make him look respectful in the eyes of society.

How a respected man should dress!
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