While they’re fire on the field, they’re flames on the street! Here are some of South Africa’s most stylish men of football
Off the field, Belgium-based South African footballer Andile Jali is a bit of a style king. One can see that there’s a huge hip-hop, contemporary pop culture influence on his style, and he’s not afraid to experiment.
In recent years, menswear has evolved from the ordinary and monotonous jeans and T-shirts, and Jali has taken advantage of this evolution, experimenting with jumpsuits, long Ts and sweaters, skinny pants and the forever-classic all-black look. He’s also a fan of monotone outfits and colour breaks with his footwear.
Unlike Jali, retired football legend Jimmy Tau is a far more about the bold and distinguished look. Tau understands the difference a perfect fit can make. He is a true gentlemen, or at least his choice of style says he is.
One of Tau’s best style elements are his shoes, and he’s a fan of monkstraps (every man should own a pair of these). If we didn’t know better we’d think he’s got a stylist, but some people are just born with class. Tau also understands that even a casual look deserves some thought. He’s definitely one of South Africa’s best-dressed footballers.
Simphiwe Tshabalala is a jack of all ‘styles’. Not only is he a force to be reckoned with in the midfield, he’s also a force on the streets. He jumps effortlessly from an athleisure look to a more refined and sophisticated ensemble.
Tshabalala is also a fan of colours and understands how to put them together to create a complete picture and he doesn’t shy away from patterns. He also practises the number one rule of menswear: fit is everything. There’s a thing or two we can all learn from Tshabalala’s style.
Itumeleng Khune, one of South Africa’s most loved footballers, is the king of casualwear. You won’t often see him in a suit, but he kills the casual game. His endorsement with Nike could also be one of the reasons that Khune’s athleisure look is always on point.
Since we tell no lies, Khune might not always get it right in terms of fit and putting items together, but when he does, he does it well. He’s also quite confident in as far as experimenting is concerned. He mixes prints, doesn’t shy away from florals in spring and he’s a lover of colour. Keep it up Khune!