GUYS COME CLEAN

Real men use mois­turiser. So let’s hear it for, and from, the boys who man up to male skin­care

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - BEAUTY. SPOT - Words anna vlach

WITH THE cooler weather slowly sub­sid­ing, there’s a feel­ing in the air of warmer things to come. Be­cause of this, I’ve started to move the win­ter es­sen­tials like over­coats and woollen jumpers to the deep­est dark­est depths of my wardrobe. But one item of cloth­ing that gets a run all year round for me is my denim jacket. HARD WEAR­ING, ef­fort­less and mas­cu­line, its ver­sa­til­ity al­lows it to seam­lessly in­te­grate with a breadth of looks — whether utilised cre­atively for lay­er­ing pur­poses or as tra­di­tional out­er­wear. The denim jacket has ce­mented its place within my wardrobe with ev­ery pass­ing sea­son as my go to all year round. It’s my most favourite cloth­ing item. For as long as I can re­mem­ber I’ve al­ways owned one. THE FIRST denim jacket dates back to the 1870s hot on the heels of the first denim jeans, with Levi in­tro­duc­ing the riv­eted jacket in 1910. The real defin­ing mo­ment came with the in­tro­duc­tion of the trucker jacket, aimed at long haulage driv­ers after both Lee and Wran­gler had the ranch work­ers mar­ket sewed up in the late 1950s. HOL­LY­WOOD had a huge in­flu­ence with Paul New­man in (pic­tured) and Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe in cre­at­ing sup­ply is­sues when both movies first aired in 1961. IN WIN­TER, I like to wear a denim jacket un­der a sports jacket, pea coat or over­coat. It adds an un­ex­pected, cool, youth­ful edge to a tra­di­tional shirt and coat pair­ing. The darker and less dis­tressed the wash, the eas­ier it is to mix with dress shoes and tai­lored pants. IN THE WARMER MONTHS, I wear it as a stand-alone matched with jeans of a dif­fer­ent shade, chi­nos or cords. Just make sure your jacket and jeans are sev­eral shades apart — oth­er­wise you’re run­ning the risk of the denim suit look. Dark, crisp jeans, for in­stance, should be paired with a worn, light­coloured jacket. IN SUM­MER­TIME I find it the per­fect weight when the tem­per­a­ture cools down. Pair with any type of shorts and a plain T-shirt and deck shoes, run­ners or thongs and you are ready for ac­tion. IT IS SAID that when Bing Crosby was re­fused en­try to an up-mar­ket ho­tel dur­ing the 1950s be­cause he was wear­ing a denim jacket, Levi Strauss made him a full denim tuxedo. He re-en­tered the ho­tel a week later and was granted a VIP life mem­ber­ship. Long live the power of denim.

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