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The must-haves for your man

fashion-and-trends Updated: Aug 26, 2012 02:27 IST
Sathya Saran
Sathya Saran
Hindustan Times
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Sneaked a peek lately into your man’s wardrobe? Checking out what is missing in his wardrobe will give you helpful hints about what to gift him. And revamping his closet will up his eye candy quotient too, as your reward! Here’s the checklist:

Tee shirts
Check for a good polo shirt. The kind with collars and longer at the back than front. The kind that made Ralph Lauren a household name. Build a collection in sober and fun colours. A good branded one can be worn on casual Fridays, and even for a evening do.

Sneakers
If he already has one, or two, does not matter, you can still get him another. Grey and white, or navy coloured kicks are a good option, but make sure they don’t have screaming neon logos.

Jeans and chinos
A pair of dark, well fitted jeans is an asset. It can be worn with a jacket and formal shoes for semi formal occasions and even office. No logos please, no frills. Just plain and well fitted. Beige chinos or a pair of khakis is a good alternative, for day events.

The formals
A dark grey suit is good for formal occasions. If he baulks at wearing a suit, get him a blazer, preferably double breasted. It will also work well with dark formal pants. A sports jacket in dark blue is a good alternative, as is a linen jacket teamed with linen pants.

Shoes
See if his shoes are in top shape. No worn heels, no scruffed sides. Leather is the best for the feet, especially if his have to be shod for long hours. When it comes to formal, classic is eternally stylish.

Ties
The golden rule is that subtle is good. Red is power and attention-getting, but must be used with caution, and loud is...well LOUD.

Shirts
Nothing beats a crisp white shirt. Cotton blends or cotton rich ones exude comfort and class. Two full sleeved and two half sleeved ones are a must in any wardrobe.

Watch
If he does not have a classic piece with a leather strap, here is your chance. Watches come in every price bracket now, and most mimic each other in classic models, so choose from between Rs 7000 to 7000000 to make his wrist look better.