Pray, why does your wardrobe need a transformation? Because you can’t wear the same beige corduroys every season, the weathered jacket needs its annual break and don’t even think you can pull off a dapper man-of-the-moment look in those extra pointy leather shoes. What you need is our list of essentials that will keep you chilled out all through winter.1 Belts
Textured, printed, striped and woven. It’s all about anything-but-plain-leather right now. Designer Nikhil Mehra of Shantanu & Nikhil even advocates matching it to the print of your jacket, while designer Sanchita Ajamapur says that fabric contrasted with leather is your best bet.
2 Cravats and Pocket Squares
Add the perfect accent to a well tailored suit with a peeking pocket square (a rage for more than two seasons now) or wrap an elegant cravat under any outfit to give it the much-needed lift. Designer Zubair Kirmani recommends wearing it over a shirt, T-shirt or even a jacket for a soft yet impactful statement of style.
3 Woody Allen Goes to Work
And you should follow too, or at least your glasses should. The classic ’60s staple with a modern twist ought to define your eyewear this season, declares Nikhil Mehra of the designer duo Shantanu & Nikhil.
Make the ‘Murse’ your friend and leave those bulky laptop backpacks for the nerd of the noughties. Carry a clean, simple leather satchel or handbag which is uncomplicated and softly constructed without having a fixed shape, advises Zubair Kirmani.
5 Ankle-Length Boots
Just the right length to show those smartly cut, ankle length trousers this season (cuff them, if you can’t cut them). Lace-ups or slip-ins, zipped or shearing-lined, thick-soled or eye-popping, these boots will keep you
going right through the winter.
6 Pea coats
Sail right into this time-honoured attire of the seaman, currently a hot international favourite. It’s a short, double-breasted coat with broad lapels and designer Varun Bahl suggests you opt for a well-fitted one in black. And we do think only the gym-toned among you pick it up because of its fitted, buttoned-up look.
It’s available in regular colours like blue, grey and black and wilder variations like mustard and orange. Invest in a classic style like a double-breasted one with a belt. "These do not necessarily have to be worn in heavy wool but can be tried in windcheater fabrics and gentle woollen combinations too," suggests designer Anjana Bhargav of the label ANKY by Ankita and Anjana Bhargav.
8 Thin Striped Wool Socks
Great to feel, better to look at, these socks add the right amount of texture and work well with those ankle-length boots, says Zubair Kirmani. “The chic texture will work as a supremely stylish yet subtle highlight in a man’s ensemble,” he says.
9 Chunky Knits
If you still think that they are better left inside a woman’s closet, then the joke’s on you. Try a V-neck cardigan or “artisan knitwear with intricate stitch structures and pixellated patterning,” as suggested by designer Sanchita Ajampur. “Knitwear as outer-wear is a prevalent direction, with dark-coloured knitted blazers and shawl-collared double breasted cardigans as key styles,” she adds.
10 Wide-brimmed hats
Leave the last season Fedoras to the novices and bring out Amish-style hats that have left the runways gasping. Think Hitchcock villains and the impeccably dressed Godfather clan, and you are set to rule the races and polo matches in style.
Returning yet again to the style radar (though we believe it never went away) is this Indian essential with contemporary detailing, whether it’s printed, plain or textured. Embrace the bandhgala with a zany twist as designer Rohit Kamra does; with a bright, eye-catching scarf or a luxuriously textured feel.
12 Slim Single-Breasted Suits
Like it ever went out of fashion! (It didn’t). But this season the emphasis is on broad shoulders, a slim waist and narrow trousers, giving the suit a very sleek, Mad Men-like look.
Designers Riddhi and Siddhi of MapxencaRS suggest a combination of “a dark-coloured, high-neck suit with slim trousers and Chinese collar shirt underneath, to make sure all eyes are on you.”
Get back to being a retrosexual and slip into very trendy yet very comfortable plaid patterned shirts this winter. Roll up the sleeves and watch the girls drool.
14 Pashmina Shawls
Return to old world elegance (with a modern twist) by teaming a richly embroidered Pashmina shawl with a shirt-and-trouser combination. Perfect for those bonfire evening soirees. Designer Varun Bahl also suggests that you could team it with a classic kurta-pyjama combination for a sleek look.
15 Sheepskin Gilet and Sherpa Jackets
You don’t need to look further than your dad’s closet for this one. Try the famous Levi’s denim sherpa lined jackets that were mimicked all over the international runways. Or, as Sanchita Ajampur recommends, choose “a sheepskin gilet (sleeveless jacket) with a western yoke and toggle fastening.”
From HT Brunch, October 30
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