11 Jul 2020
Bulls wing XOLISA GUMA chats to RugbyRocks.com about all things fashion.
Why do you love fashion?
Whether you are a lawyer, doctor, athlete, or even if you’re not into fashion, your style depicts your personality. Your style says a lot about you.
How do you always make sure your style is spot on?
I draw my inspiration from my fashion icons and also add a little bit of my own flavour into my outfits. I’m really good at putting outfits together!
Who are your fashion icons?
My top five are [former Springbok scrumhalf] Francios Hougaard, [South African soccer player] Dino Ndlovu, [businessman] Mluleki Mbewana, South African soccer player] Bongani Zungu and [Dutch soccer player] Memphis Depay. These guys inspire me with their fashion because they make streetwear look so amazing. The Instagram page I draw inspiration from is @blitzfits – they have all the best bits from NFL players.
Which teammate of yours is the most fashionable?
My best friend, Embrose Papier, cleans up really well. He also loves the streetwear look!
What's your favourite kind of style?
Streetwear, because it's all about self-expression. It's comfortable and boosts my confidence.
What's one of your favourite outfits that you've worn recently?
This outfit from Panaga [below] is one of my favourite looks because it is super elegant, very clean, simple and there isn't much going on. It isn't too loud and it's different from what I would normally wear. I'm stoked I could pull it off!
What's your go-to everyday look?
On a chilled day, I love wearing sweatpants and a hoody but I'm mostly in my training gear. I love dressing up for special occasions or when I go out for lunch with friends.
What fashion trend do you just not get?
Honestly, everyone has their own style. But I don’t believe in that saggy pants look! I don’t want to see anyone's boxers, it shouldn’t be considered a trend.
What are three of your favourite sneakers?
My three favourite sneakers that I own are the Alexandra McQueen, Adidas Yeezys and Balenciaga sneakers.
What fashion advice do you have?
Always try to look clean and express yourself with something that suits your personality. Also, try not to look like a Christmas tree, just keep it simple!