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Look smart, neat and unassuming

Arjun Khanna gives tips on dressing stylish n chic, yet keep the conventional looks...

india Updated: Jan 26, 2009 19:23 IST
Style patrol | Arjun Khanna

Arjun Khanna

gives tips on dressing stylish n chic, yet keep the conventional looks...

I’ve always been an ardent fan of the pocket square, but every time I attempt to wear one, I end up looking like the Joker. Please help.
- Samarth Raj

Firstly, don’t try and go the matching tie-and-square route. Secondly — and I may be in the minority here — I never wear a piece of fabric in my breast pocket into which I would not blow my nose or that I would not hand to someone who’s crying. That doesn’t mean it has to be boring. You can find stripes, colours and other decorative elements in hankies.. they’re far cooler than silk squares. Today, there are many styles, each expressive of a certain attitude. Some men go for the casual plop, some for impeccably geometrical peaks, others for the basic rectangle. As for how much to show, this is one case where less is more.

There is a flag hoisting function in my office today. The dress code is traditional wear. I am 6 ft tall and weigh 70 kgs. Any suggestions?
- Pritika Shah

A traditional sari will work for your patriotic spirit. You can’t go wrong with that. Jai Hind!

I am giving job interviews for the first time. I have a flabby stomach and hips. I’m very uncomfortable about my looks. What should I wear?
- Naresh Raja

Keep it simple. Avoid a black suit, unless it’s an audition. Stay off cufflinks, monograms or anything else that may be perceived as distracting. Look smart, neat and unassuming. Confidence is the key to carrying off your clothes.