Forget Clooney and Kanye, there are plenty of stylish men to take pointers from right here on South African soil. We’re talking local designs that turn traditional suits on their heads, and berets worn so well you’ll forget they’re even French. Here are ten of the most stylish men of Instagram in no specific order:
- Gemaén Taylor
Cover Star of Men’s Health ‘Guide to Style’ The Influencers’ Issue and Model, Gemaén is living proof that oversized hoodies and Nike Airforce’s always do suit pants justice. Whether he’s in a blacked out hoodie and a denim jacket, a satin-reminiscent ensemble donning art deco motifs, or a pastel-pink, double-breasted suit featuring three-quarter pants by Hauz Of Lenze, it seems Gemaén can do no stylistic wrong.
2. Katleho Sinivasan
E! Entertainment’s first African Presenter and one of GQ’s Best Dressed Men 2019, Katleho Sinivasan is likely the only person on earth to do leather from head to toe as well as Kim K can. It’s like he’s got red-carpet swag encoded in his DNA. He dons satin lapels with the same born-with-it ease as he did that boujee beret look he pulled at Fashion Week in 2018. Those snake-skin boots though.
3. Solo Ntsizwa
Award-winning Hip-Hop Artist Solo Ntsizwa oozes mzansi magic in general, but especially when donning silk sets and custom suits by Otsile Sefolo. This man brings new life to run-of-the-mill suits through his choice of one-off customs that tell stories of African glamour and innovative ingenuity. Peep the overtly original garments he wore to his wedding and weep. They’re that fly.
4. Anele Papu
Another one of GQ’s Best Dressed Men, Lifestyle, Fashion, and Fitness Photographer Anele Papu is as infallible in a floor-sweeping, tassel-laiden black blazer by David Tlale as he is in a two-shades-of-blue suit. Take a page out of his exceedingly stylish book to know you can’t go wrong with a white T-shirt and a wardrobe-staple leather jacket.
5. Masego “Maps” Maponyane
Presenter, UNICEF Advocate, Actor, and Fashion Designer, Maps Maponyane takes the common lockdown look to a level that mortalises the rest of us track pant-wearers. He is living proof that fedoras and Converse All-Stars are the suit accompaniments you never knew you needed. And all you need to understand the language of love is to see him in a beret and specs.