You can be stylish in more ways
than you can think in this weather.
Characterised by cold air and dust,
harmattan is a great time to re-
invent your style. Here are some
fashion essentials for the season:
Wind breakers are essential for the
cold weather. For people who are
allergic to cold, it is best to get
covered up always for health
reasons. Wind breakers protect one
against the wind and are good for
late night or early morning outings
when the weather is chilly.
Suit jackets and blazers are
important too. They are versatile
and can be worn formally or
casually, with plain trousers or
jeans and chinos. Jackets made of
wool or tweed are fashion must
Sometimes your sunglass gives an
insight into your style preferences.
In this season, it does a little extra.
It protects your eyes from the
harmattan dust. Even though it may
seem like an unneeded item to
some, and a frivolous extra for
others, but it is a wise buy this
Covered shoes and boots are the
preferred footwear. Sandals should
take a backseat for obvious reasons.
Nevertheless if you can’t seem to
keep your feet out of your sandals,
make an effort to wear thick socks
before putting on your sandals.
Lightweight shirts in natural fabrics,
such as linen and cotton come in
handy. They prevent excessive
sweating, keep the body cool and
are easier to wash and dry. Stick to
light or neutral colours with the
exception of white as it prone to
dust and dirt.
With hats, fashion meets function.
They are fashionable to be
incorporated into any outfit, and
functional to protect the head and
face from too much sun. However,
not all hat types are meant for
everyone. Fedoras are meant for
broad-shouldered men while slim
guys should go for the trilby.
Baseball caps could be worn by
both groups of men.
Nights and early mornings are
usually cold during harmattan.
Pyjamas made of wool, instead of
light cotton are better. Because the
head, feet and hands are exposed
to the chilly weather, it is good to
cover up these areas. Thick and
long socks would come in handy.
Also, gloves made of wool will keep
the hands warm.