Blue shirts. Grey shirts. Blue pants. Grey pants.
Black shoes. Brown shoes.
This is the dreary dress code of the office-going men we are forced to confront every morning on the Delhi Metro.
To be sure, the younger male commuters — student types — are less formal, but most of them are portraits of conformity in conventional T-shirts and blue jeans — yes, jeans, even during the summer.
In other words, life shall be very challenging for you if you decide to start a blog on the lines of Scott Schuman’s The Sartorialist, and try to look for dressing style on the city streets, especially among the commuters.
After all, Schuman lives in New York while we must live with New Delhi.
One morning, however, we saw a truly stylish man on the blue line of Delhi Metro.
He had a pony tail. He was not young. Beating the current trend, he was minus the tiresome lumberjack beard (don’t get us started on that!). He was clean-shaven, actually. And, shockingly, he had no prominent beer belly, so typical of Delhi men.
The man’s leg dress quietly claimed attention in the coach filled thigh-to-thigh with blue pants and grey pants and blue jeans. He was wearing black and white check pants.
The fabric looked very light as if it had been spun from Dhaka muslin — a perfect cooling sight for the season’s heat.
The man’s shirt was light blue and was streaked with hints of white thread-like lines.
And no boring shoes, thank you. He was in brown loafers.
The train stopped at Barakhamba Metro stop and the man got out. We chased him up the escalators (alas, he did not opt for the healthy staircase) and stopped him outside the station. He turned — he was wearing dark-brown sun shades.
Jasminder Singh works at an office in Connaught Place and commutes five days a week on the Metro. He lives in Surya Nagar in Ghaziabad in the National Capital Region.
Looking bemused, he politely accepted our compliments and walked away into the office-going crowd. He continued to stand out.