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Are your bulging biceps screaming to burst out of skin tight tees like this chap’s on the right? Please know it puts people off like nothing does

fashion and trends Updated: May 22, 2012 01:02 IST

No more fashion blunders, the Capital has declared! It’s the fifth day of our special series, Style in the City, and as we write this, hundreds of mails from Delhiites whose fashion conscience has been stirred, are pouring in. A Champu Chaman shares he bought formal shoes yesterday, a BTM says she got a fab haircut, while a Nanhi Munni Baby pledges never to wear tights with kiddish prints. For the next seven days, you will see one of HT City staffers posing as a fashion eyesore each day to help you avoid fashion follies. Join us now and let the city’s fashion spirit fly high!

Are your bulging biceps screaming to burst out of skin tight tees like this chap? Please know it puts people off like nothing does

Mein hoon Gabru Jawan
HT City’s visualiser, Siddhartha Barik, gets into the skin of Gabru Jawan. This muscle boy wears tees that are three sizes smaller, and rolls up his short sleeves to show off his big biceps and tattoos. His wardrobe is full of T-shirts with silly, tacky slogans.

He then pairs these with chunky chains, pendants, and bracelets with pointed studs. Gabru believes he is the fantasy of every PYT. Dude, dole-shole is fine, but style kaband toh mat bajao!

How not to be a Gabru Jawan
* You can wear well-fitted clothes but that doesn’t mean sporting tees that are two to three sizes smaller. Your clothes should be selected according to your body type. Instead of body-hugging tees, opt for Polo tees and team them with comfort or relaxed fit denims for a casual look. Avoid wearing ultra slim-fits or jeans that are too baggy and have patch work.
* Stay away from tees that have tacky slogans or loud graffiti printed on them. But, if you find it hard to get rid of these T-shirts, wear them under a blazer.
* Go easy on the accessories. While sporty watches look good, avoid chains, bracelets, formal leather belts and scarves. Also, don’t wear pendants with your initials on them.
* Team up your denims and tees with suede loafers or moccasins in summer, and boots in winter.

Inputs BY fashion designer Sidharth Agicha

Fashion Gurus on gabru jawans
The funniest Gabru Jawan I have seen was a size XXL who wore a skin-tight T-shirt with a huge Buddha motif in the center. He paired the T-shirt with shorts that exposed his huge wobbly thighs.
-Reynu Taandon, designer

Gabru Jawans wear skin-tight tees on overly-muscled bodies. Someone please also tell them that there’s nothing sexy about a guy’s chest hair sticking out from under a deep-neck T-shirt.
-Nandani Bhalla, editor, Cosmopolitan India

Gabru Jawans look silly when they wear body tight lycra T-shirts pulled over their paunch. T-shirts that enhance (non-existent) male cleavage also look ridiculous.
-Jamal Sheikh, editor, Mens Health

I know a Gabru Jawan who gets his tees custom printed to match the graffiti on his car! He has some tees that also have his name printed on them in funky fonts, and he believes it’s a style statement.
-Gautam Gupta, designer

I can’t see people wearing...low waist trousers with the underwear peeping out... -Sadia Talat

Bandanas instead of helmets -Aastha Kumar

Sunglasses in an indoor party or at night -Yogita Arora

Heavy gold chains..really a big show off plus A turn off -Jai Singh

shimmery clothes . . .eeww -Ayushi Rustagi

Thank you, Dear Readers

Sneha Jha: Nice.. you are saving a lot of people from horrible fashion blunders

Riya Sandhu: This is superb...I regularly read this series

Langi Srivastava: I’ve read HT City, Style In the City and the columns are amazing. I eagerly wait for them everyday. The concept is so true and so awesome

Vishaka Mohan: Appreciative...hope Delhi soon gets smart and stylish

Prachi Awasthi: Five stars to the feature...this was long due..finally somebody took the initiative

Aditya Gagan Jaiswal: The campaign is nice and unique

Anik Verma: Loved the character of Nanhi Munni Baby — we have similar items in our office

Deepika Sharma: Champu Chaman was superb. I gave many tips from it to my dad