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Breaking those colour codes

india Updated: Jan 23, 2008 09:09 IST
Pria Agni
Pria Agni
Hindustan Times
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Every man's wardrobe consists of suits, jackets and shirts ranging from the dark blue to dark grey.

Guys prefer to stick to the known route and leave it to the ladies to explore the colour palette.

They don't realise that with a few lesser explored shades like off white, light gray and egg shell white, they can pull off a look straight off the ramp.

Smart casual
Lighter colours are usually reserved for brunches or other day events. No doubt these outings are perfect to pull out your cream suits, but sporting a light coloured suit in the evening would also look smart. <b1>

For a casual day look, wear a white linen shirt under a pale grey jacket. Cotton and linen pair extremely well and insulate one from the sun too.

This look can be teamed with something as simple as a pair of jeans. However the jeans ought to be well fitted, clean and ironed.

Lighter trousers in mid tone grey or even a crisp white are chic.

Another great way to wear lighter colours is to layer them with other lighter shades.

Mix and match
A white V-neck tee shirt inside with a cream jacket and a off white stole worn over a beige trousers makes beautifully for a soiree outdoors and you will stand out in the sea of darker colours. However it is best to keep belts and shoes brown or tan as black leather will shout too loud against the pale shades.

Whenever you are buying shoes always make it a point to buy matching belts. The whole effort is wasted if the accessories are not matched or don't go well with your outfit.

Prim and proper
For a really formal look, experiment with different prints in one ensemble. Checks in all sizes and variety look good.

Stripes too go well with checks but have to be han dled with care. Too bold or too many at once will just not do.

If your shirt is loud, then opt for a sober jacket, ideally two -button. Finish the ensemble with a rich raw silk tie in a tonal of the two.

The contrast of the fabrics is interesting in the play in between the reflective quality of silk with the solid background of a wool blend or linen.

If you want a muted effect then you are ready to go but if flamboyance is your goal then add a sharp tie pin and cufflinks in white metal and minimal detailing.