With the ongoing festive season, there’s always pressure to step out looking your best. However, men no longer need to limit their sartorial options to simple kurtas and bandhgalas. Designers in India and abroad have been increasingly experimenting with menswear that is high on fashion and is meant for the clued-in man.
“Living in the time of Facebook and Instagram, men have a lot of exposure to global fashion trends. This has led to a change in their mindsets when it comes to clothes,” says designer Rimple Narula, one half of the designer duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula.
Designers feel that extensive overseas travelling and a tab on celebrity fashion has also enabled Indian men to open their minds to new designs, cuts and styles. “Indian men have become far more evolved and open to experimentation than ever before. It’s truly refreshing to see them take keen interest in the way they look. I believe travel has also brought in a massive change to the Indian man’s outlook and lifestyle,” says designer Kunal Anil Tanna. So, if you wish to dress to the nines this season, go in for a style shake-up and take tips from our fashion guide.
With inputs from designers Parul J Maurya and Asif Merchant.
For old time’s sake
Try out an amalgamation of the old and the new like this Burberry outfit. (Getty Images)
Going back in time for style inspiration has been the predominant theme this season. Several designers have taken references from yesteryears to create modern creations with a touch of vintage fun. So, try out an amalgamation of the old and the new like this Burberry outfit. The long shirt with a Victorian collar and the short military jacket with bronze buttons should be your pick.
Fun with Asymmetry
Asymmetrical cuts, a major trend in India and internationally, is what you should try this festive season. It adds an element of drama to your look while keeping it understated. This Kunal Anil Tanna double-shaded jacket will give you an idea.
Once only limited to a woman’s wardrobe, floral prints and motifs have now found a comfortable spot in menswear as well. (Getty Images)
Once only limited to a woman’s wardrobe, floral prints and motifs have now found a comfortable spot in menswear as well. If you feel that too much of it is not what you would like, try out something like this Roberto Cavalli suit with sparingly used floral motifs. This will give you the trend upgrade you need.
No set rules
Gender fluidity has emerged as the single most important trend of this season. (PTI)
Gender fluidity has emerged as the single most important trend of this season. With unisex lines creating a buzz, it’s only time that you try out something totally different this festive season. If you are feeling adventurous, go for this half-skirt, half-trouser DSquared2 look sported by actor Ranveer Singh. It is sharp, formal and oh-so-edgy.
Twist and turn
Designers Shantanu & Nikhil’s flared kurta with a bandhgala jacket is a must-have in every Indian man’s wardrobe. (PTI)
A kurta look can also be given an upgrade. Designers Shantanu & Nikhil’s flared kurta with a bandhgala jacket is a must-have in every Indian man’s wardrobe. It’s stylish, quirky and comfortable. So, this season, look no more.
This Miguel Vieira creation shows us how you can experiment with your dressing without going overboard. (AFP)
Who said you can’t have fun with sharp dressing? This Miguel Vieira creation shows us how you can experiment with your dressing without going overboard. The double-breasted jacket is accentuated with a front belt, and the monochrome pants add a quirky edge to the look.
Designer Stella Jean presents an interesting take on the overall print look. (Getty Images)
Designer Stella Jean presents an interesting take on the overall print look. Even though it’s tricky to sport this trend, if carried off with ease and confidence, it can help you stand out from the crowd.
Give me red
Paint the town red with a fiery crimson this season. (Getty Images)
Forget safe colours such as navy blue and black, and paint the town red with a fiery crimson this season. A well-tailored suit like this one designed by Malan Breton is a perfect example.
We have reached a point when anything can be dialed down to make it more casual. If heavy traditional wear is not your cup of tea, then something like this languid Lacoste blazer and trousers is what you should opt for. It not just gives out a cool vibe, but its slouchy fit makes it a comfortable outfit.
This Lydia Lavin long shirt adds a chic twist to your traditional wear. The Indo-western look, complete with a pair of grey trousers and a shirt with mesh and embroidery, is subtle but not run-of-the-mill.
Dos and don’ts
- While experimenting with your clothes, keep in mind your personality and body type. Not everything that is trending suits everyone. Opt for something that goes with your personality to avoid a fashion disaster.
- One shouldn’t go overboard while styling the outfit. Remember, subtle is stylish.
- Keep the focus on one element, and allow the rest of the ensemble to remain neutral.
- Don’t be afraid of playing with colours, but be careful when mixing patterns and prints.