For The Men – Akin Faminu On Colors & Prints


It seems that as males when it comes to colour we have an innate indisposition compared to our female counterparts. It scares us. Confuses us. Gives us that dizzy feeling not unlike vertigo. This often results in the modern day man we see who prefers to stick to neutral tones like black, white and grey which, let’s be honest… is pretty boring. But luckily, you don’t need to be a woman to understand how to wear color, you just need to understand the color wheel.

There are the basic colors that can be referred to as hues. If you add white or black to these then they will change in hue yet again; for example violet and white will make lavender while black with purple will make plum, but let’s not going into all that detail now, what’s important for this editorial is how to combine colours with prints.

Except when the prints are monochrome, most prints are usually very colourful, comprising of a lot of patterns in different colors. Understanding this is key to appropriately combining with a plain color. Your first and safest option of styling an outfit which has prints as a component is combining with neutral colors; you might not look spectacular, but you won’t go wrong.

But hey! We’re fashion forward right? Sometimes we want to make it more fun, even more daring. if you belong to this category, the first step is studying the prints. Look closely at all the colours, and pick one, it will serve as the foundation for your styling. I personally like to pick the color that is least prominent, for example, the touch of blue in my pants, hence the blue shirt.

Of course, it isn’t enough to just close the books just there. As someone that’s always very interested in details, my attention switched to those. I wanted a laid back but still dapper vibe, so I opted for suspenders (rather than the conventional belt), wristwatch (check), neck piece (check), and finally, to a very important part of my outfit… footwear!

It appears I have a thing for sandals nowadays? All thanks to 313 Eko. Summarily put, they opened my eyes to see the light. I’ve never really been a fan of sandals but then I stopped to think and asked myself, why is that? and there was really no reason, which I found interesting. So I gave it a try, and no regrets at all (moral – sometimes you have to dare to). For this editorial, I used a pair of leather fringed sandals with fur details crafted to perfection by the bespoke brand 313 Eko.

It might be true that sandals, in the global men’s fashion industry stopped being a fashion choice around the time German tourists adopted them as a uniform, but recently, in a piece of re-branding Justin Bieber would kill for, sandals have become an honest-to-goodness trend and infiltrated every major runway this season, so really guys… why not?

And contrary to prejudice, they’re not solely made for native outfits; create a sartorial irony, wear it with a dapper outfit, it’s not impossible.

Still in the spirit of perfectly crafted leather, let’s talk about one of my favorite and an essential part of this look, my Coz leather bag. If you’re not new here, I’m sure you must have seen my previous collaborations with this brand and the reason we keep collaborating is summed up in one word – Quality!!

I opted for a folder for this look to make the look feel even more dapper than it would with just the suspenders. Perfect for work and when you don’t wish to carry a bulky bag, a folder would just be perfect, what’s more, it’s Nigerian made and is of quality thats comparable anywhere.

Thank you for reading guys, I really hope you picked up a thing or two. Feel free to drop your comments, let’s know what you think. Have the best day!



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