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What men (should) wear

Fashion designer Troy Costa who recently won the Best Debut award at the Van Heusen India Mens Week, picks khaki for maximum comfort , lists new necessities to a wardrobe.

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 02, 2010 13:55 IST
Rochelle Pinto

Fashion designer Troy Costa recently won the Best Debut award at the Van Heusen India Mens Week. Already an established menswear designer Troy Costa gives city guys, or their girlfriends, the top five wardrobe staples they need to buy now.

Khakis: This colour is going to be a big trend in the coming season. It really highlights the Indian skin tone and looks effortlessly comfortable. Pick styles in beige or khaki in fabrics like gabardine or cotton for maximum comfort.

Loafers: Guys, it’s time to experiment with bright colours like cobalt, mint green and olive. You might not be used to them yet, but soon everyone will be wearing them and you don’t want to be left out. Loafers are midway between casual and formal and since they’re easy to slip on, they spell easygoing comfort.

Wayfarers: The classic sunglass shape made popular by Rayban could be worn even without lenses if you’re brave enough or double up as reading glasses. You already see a lot of celebrities and media people wearing them, and soon they will filter down to the masses.

Unlined jacket: Perfect for the sultry Indian weather, the unlined jacket is super thin and light, but can easily double up as a dinner jacket when worn over jeans. You can pair it with a printed T-shirt or casual shirt. Get one that is cut slightly short and fitted to your frame. It will immediately dress up a casual outfit, perfect for impressing your date.

Messenger bag: Also known as the sling bag, it frees up the hands for those men who have two phones and can’t live a minute without texting or checking their mail. You can choose the size depending on your requirement and it won’t look stuffy like a briefcase.