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All for style

Men are spoilt for choice in formal wear. Here is a lowdown...

india Updated: Jun 23, 2010 01:28 IST
Aroma Sah
Aroma Sah
Hindustan Times

The change of season brings about a change in style, fits, textures, fabrics and colours that the fashion conscious men/women keep a tab on. Crisp fall, well-constructed garment with clear defined features form a good formal garment.


“If a formal shirt is shiny and textured, it isn’t formal, rather sports or casual. A spread collar called Windsor is the most formal option other than a regular point collar shirt. Oxford button downs (with corner point buttons) are casual wear,” says Mohan. Formal shirts for summers in pastels and light fresh colours look chic. One can accessories the look with the use of ties, cufflinks and belts. “Slim cuts, narrow bottoms, clean and straight looks is trendy, but one can experiment with slim ties and baby collar shirts,” says Abhay Gupta of Blues Clothing Company.


“Trousers should fall easy on the hips and straight down. Avoid flares or tight trousers. They should have a sharp crease running down the front. Pleat-less trousers look slimming and neat. Fabrics with bold stripes and shine are party wear,” says menswear designer Rajvi Mohan. Classic colours like; black, greys and midnight navy, cottons and linens with washed feel are formal wear.


Brown and black is a look that never goes out of style. “A nice pair of shoes can make or break any outfit. It wouldn’t hurt to have a pair of shine worthy formal shoes, a pair of loafers, and a pair of boot like shoes,” says Manjari Seth of Pavers England Footprints Limited. The firm shoe rule applies to tuxedos and dark coloured suits. She adds, “The pointed tip shoes and the square tip shoes are worn with the tuxedo. With the suit, stick to laced shoes. Ones that shine are always a nice touch.” The trend is more of square toe rather than wingtips. They are square and wide, not narrow and round. In soles, the wedge heel (one platform) has crept into men’s shoe styles.


1.For tailored perfection pick a shape that is not too loose, boxy or billowy.
2.If going for a white, collared shirt, take poplin or twill fabrics as they give structure and aren’t too sheer.
3.Opt for a collar that isn’t too tall (it will rub against your neck) and stiff. Keep an eye for any pulling across the chest, gaps between the buttons or lift at the front hem.
4.Vertical darts below the bust give the shirt a tailored look while horizontal darts that move towards the side of the bust enhance curves.
5.For most body types, shirt with a hem an inch below the waistline looks best.

First Published: Jun 22, 2010 16:40 IST