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Fashion high tea is one of the most anticipated haute couture events this year and women are frantically searching for that perfect outfit that won’t get massacred by fashion critics. Meanwhile any gentleman worth his weight in gold will understandably fall back on his ‘fancy suit’ or ‘Old faithful’ as some might prefer to call it.
Sometimes this kind of simplicity is a tactic that should be practiced by the fairer sex. Just not by wearing the same dress to all formal events. Michelle Obama took a bold leap by wearing the same dress to more than one public event. An admirable risk, given the fact that paparazzi stalk her every move.
However this is not about the ladies. Gentlemen out there have made leaps and bounds in fashion in the Kenyan social scene thanks to impeccable taste and indispensable stylists. However the difference is in the details not so much bold splashes that second glances.
Modern day style icons that should be the muse to men’s fashion include Kanye West, Swizz Beats, Andre 3000 and Scott Disick who have been known to push boundaries without being apologetic. Closer to home the eccentric Gentlemen of Bacongo have carved a niche for themselves by combining the meticulous fashion sense of old world dandies with the cutthroat strut of a loan shark.
The newest accessory that has hits the streets is the rustic interpretation of the boutonniere. This is traditionally known to be a floral decoration worn by men through the buttonhole on the left lapel .Our former president; Daniel Arap Moi is rarely seen without his classic single flower or rose bud which always goes along with his tailored suits.
This understated fashion accessory has gone unnoticed for a long time. However the boutonnieres have received a new twist by urban designs that can be tailor made to the wearers taste to become that signature style that an individual gets known for.
Rustic boutonnieres commonly resemble miniature flower bouquets and can be wrapped in twine for a more authentic feel. Other combinations may include a war medal, cotton boll, tufts of millet, buttons, a feral passion flower or maybe even a cute little cactus (preferably without the thorns). The rustic boutonniere is usually tied together with a ribbon that blends in or offers sharp contrast.
It’s basically your favorite item that can get squeezed into the size of the ‘Moi bud’. As long as it’s anything that is bold enough to deviate from the rose bud then you’re definitely on the right track!
If done well boutonnieres can be the prefect accessory that cost virtually nothing because these items are just laying around the house waiting to be transformed into thee ultimate fashion accessory. The other part that goes along with the boutonniere look is a quirky tie and a strong blazer that oozes sophistication. It’s not important to be ‘matchy matchy’ with all items on your person, try to take the rebel route and do something wacky.
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