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What every man should have...

Ensure you have a fair share of round-neck tees, some V-necks and a couple of collared golf shirts thrown in for good measure. Some full, half and cut sleeve tops are also a must. Read on...

india Updated: Jun 26, 2010 17:51 IST
Yatan Ahluwalia and Jojo
Yatan Ahluwalia and Jojo
Hindustan Times

Men's fashionCasual wear

Top: Ensure you have a fair share of round-neck tees, some V-necks and a couple of collared golf shirts thrown in for good measure. Some full, half and cut sleeve tops are also a must. Plain, printed and multicoloured options should always be accessible and available as well.

In-between: You need broad and slim belts to hold your pants up. It always helps to have some non-leather options like cloth and jute as well. Buckles can vary from the plain to the slightly chunky, especially if you like to grab eyeballs and seek attention.

Lowers: Apart from jeans, you need to have some casual trousers that are cut straight, fitted or relaxed – besides the odd pair of drawstring pants and comfortable shorts and pyjamas.

Footwear: Your shoe rack needs open, closed, laced or laceless comfortable footwear that you can wear on a day-to-day basis. While it’s fine to have the odd coloured pair, it makes sense to have colours that are neutral and match most of your casual and leisurewear.

Formal wear
Suits:
Day and evening suits for business and formal wear are a must. Ensure each suit looks distinctly different from the other – in cut, colour, fabric and design. Keep light colours for the day and dark ones for the evening.

Shirts: You need to have button down and formal shirts to wear with your suits or without them. We recommend the ‘slim fit’ and suggest you lay emphasis on short collars and sharp cuffs.

Ties: You will also need ties that are either colour-coordinated or contrast with your suits and shirts. It helps to have one or some each of plain, printed and textured styles. Based on your personality and look, you can choose between slim or broad ones.

Belts: Black and brown belts are a must to match your shoes and carry bag to. We always propagate slim belts with simple and sleek buckles for formal wear.

Shoes: Stock a pair each of black and brown formal shoes. Smart laced shoes with rounded fronts and flat heels (even in the age of high heels or elevators for men) are recommended to wear with your suits and other formal wear.

Sports/gym wear
Head: If you are into caps, then a baseball or sports cap is a must in your closet. If you are into long and sweaty workouts, then a trendy sweat-absorbing bandana is a must.

Up: Ensure you have a few or at least one each of these: cut sleeve tops, sports vests, short sleeve tees and muscle tops to wear daily to the gym or specifically for the sport you are into.

Down: Ensure you have a comfortable pair of track pants and an assortment of running, mid-and knee-length shorts to wear to the gym as well as otherwise. While tracks could be in more sober colours like black, white and grey, your sports shorts should be in bright hues of red, blue, orange and yellow.

Feet: As most sport shoes are designed specifically for a particular sport, buy and keep shoes according to the sport you are into. If you are into running or jogging, you should have a pair of trusted track shoes. Similarly, for your workout – get gym shoes that have been designed to give you optimum support while lifting weights at the gym.


Club wear


Over:

Keep a short and trendy jacket to wear to a lounge bar, nightclub or party. It makes sense to have something neutral that you can mix and match with an assortment of pants and tops.

Inside: Stock up on a couple of trendy half or full sleeve tops to wear under your casual or semi-formal jacket. If you are going to keep your jacket unzipped or undone, it ought to reveal something that makes a strong (personal or fashion) statement.

Under: To save on storage space (and money) buy trousers that can double as both formal and club / nightwear. Straight trousers or those with a slim fit are ideal for a night out around town.

Sides: When you go clubbing, accessories matter and say a lot about who you are and where you are coming from. So we recommend an eye-catching watch worn with sleek, glossy (and well maintained) shoes.

Ethnic wear
What:
Since ethnic wear can have traditional and cultural significance, no wardrobe is complete without some Indian wear – be it a kurta pyjama, achkan, bandhgala, sherwani, churidhar, dhoti or lungi.

Why: Whatever you choose to wear, ensure it’s always kept clean, ironed and ready to wear – even at short notice – for the unforeseen wedding, festival, formal (or casual) function or funeral, as the case may be. Well-stitched and custom-made traditional garments can sometimes look just as smart, if not smarter than western ones.

How: Whatever accessories you need to wear with any of the above should be kept ready and be easily available to you. Ensure your shoe rack and accessory drawer always have the items necessary to complete styling your traditional look.

TIP: Your wardrobe should always be stocked with two kinds of club wear: the trendy and the classic. Pick what you will wear based on what the invitation says or where you are going to spend the evening.

TIP: To make ethnic garments look different, each time you wear them, change what you wear with the main garment: the pyjama with the kurta, the churidhar with the sherwani and the lowers with the bandhgala.