The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Asiimwe Gears Up for Work in Boots

Sydney Asiimwe is a commercial officer at National Water and Sewerage Corporation. He spoke to Daniel Ogwang about his love for black jackets and laid-back attitude towards fashion.

It is a Tuesday, which I guess is a workday for most people, yet you are wearing a black jacket with boots.

There is no specific dress code here; so, we are a little bit free to wear what we want, but that does not give us an excuse to dress shabbily.

With the freedom that your workplace grants you, how do you experiment with clothes and fashion to suit your sense of style?

A nice black jacket with a long-sleeved shirt without cufflinks and boots is what you find me wearing during office hours.

Besides jackets, boots and long-sleeved shirts, what is in your closet?

I love dark colours; however, chequered shirts dominate my closet because I think it is boring for a guy to have plain shirts only.

Sometimes people buy clothes and shoes but end up not wearing them. What do you have in your closet that you don't wear?

There are some sleeveless shirts that I once bought but later found to be boring because I thought I just didn't look nice in them. You will never see me wearing them.

Expensive shoes, clothes and colognes are what many men consider a requirement for making a fashion statement. Do you subscribe to this school of thought?

No, I don't. Let me tell you something, many men and women are 'wannabes' [read show-offs] because they think that you have to buy expensive clothes and shoes to look good, which is not the case. I go to the average store like Bata to buy my boots and I still look good.

Do you feel that it is important that men look good today?

Very much, because in this era, where somebody's public image is important, I guess you have to be fashion sensitive as a man if you want to portray a positive image.

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