This week our style radar picked up on Javan Sokoni Mutale, a Zambian street style aficionado, whose look denotes both flexibility and simplicity. We delved deeper into how this blogger’s style defines him as well as the fashion rules he lives by.
Javan is the epitome of the modern-day, urban gentleman, with looks that leave a lasting impression. And this is one of the things he enjoys most about fashion – the statement that clothing can make about a person.
“What I like about fashion? All I can say is I love to dress up, I love to look the best. An outfit says a lot about someone you meet for the first time,” he says.
His ideal look is one which couples versatility with simplicity, leaning primarily towards urban or street style.
“I love street style outfits. My style speaks versatility in everything I wear. But in as much as I like to be versatile, I’m a minimalistic dresser. Looking great doesn’t really need lots of accessories and layers of clothing, looking great just requires you to have the wardrobe essentials like a basic white tee and a basic black tee.”
These are the principles governing Javan’s outfit choices which result in clean, comfortable ensembles that turn heads. This fashion blogger also finds that the price tag doesn’t necessarily make or break an outfit. Rather, it’s all in the styling.
He remarks, “most people think looking great requires you to have expensive clothing when in actual fact, the affordable clothing can be styled as good as the expensive ones.”
Sticking with his fancy for simplicity, Javan’s current fashion obsession is a basic white t-shit, paired with slim-fitting jeans, and a pair of sneakers – preferably ones donning the iconic three stripes – to top it all off. Of late, Javan has found that accessories play a key role in tying together the minimalistic look:
“I recently just realized accessories are important for minimalistic outfits. A simple wrist watch with leather straps and a necklace can make an outfit standout, not forgetting a pair of shades for confidence,” he explains.
When we asked Javan which designer or design house he’d like to be his personal tailor he couldn’t settle on a single name.
“I love a lot of brands when it comes to clothing and given a chance to choose a brand as my personal tailor, I would pick Tom Ford for my formal wear even though I haven’t really gotten into wearing suits [that] often.”
When he does wear a suit, he opts for darker-colours and slimmer fits but expressed that he’s open to the idea of wearing bolder colours too: “I would wear a burgundy suit because I love to stand out.”
For everyday casual wear, Javan says, “I would definitely pick Relay Jeans, the South African brand. Relay Jeans has a variety of great quality clothing to pick from. Its (sic) fabric is usually soft and comfortable for their tees and [they have] really durable jeans.’
Javan’s ability to put together a great look can’t go unnoticed. His tactful and fashion-forward approach to dressing is something that any man who is struggling fashion-wise could easily emulate. His look is the embodiment of sleek and stylish simplicity. It’s unfussy without being boring and on-trend without being pretentious. And that’s why we’re loving his style!
You can follow Javan’s fashion journey on Instagram: @javan_blog.zm.