The festive season doesn’t mean you need to look like an X’mas tree. Most Indian men during weddings or Diwali parties end up looking OTT. They forget that they don’t have to look like their girlfriends’ blingy cousin. It’s important to retain your personal style and be comfortable instead of pretending to be what you are not.
Designer Rajat Suri says, “Cultivate a minimal attitude when it comes to dressing up. Choose intelligent details over loud and over the top designs that speak more than what is required from a piece of clothing. I personally feel a lot of designers and known retail labels provide so many of these funny-looking styles that one may end up choosing in order to stand out.” Suri advises investing in a waist jacket and a kurta pyjama. “In Western wear, opt for a sharp suit. A double breast tweed jacket is hot too,” he quips.
Designer Nitin Chawla says, “The secret to successful dressing lies in a sense of consistency and sameness which holds the outfit together. Look for consistency in the items that are paired together and don’t lose sight of the fit or balance of your clothing as it’s very important. The classic pieces should act as neutrals in the outfit and pair the craziest pieces with them. The first step to building an ensemble is finding the star piece, for example, a highly embellished bandhgala, this piece can be used as the jumping off point. Choose a family of colours. Similar colours and palettes will help blend your look, while still making a statement.”
Look for pieces that complement each other: The last thing you want to do is look like you got dressed in the dark. “One way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to choose pieces that complement each other. For example, if we talk about prints, stripes and floral always mesh well, as do leopard and stripes or polka dots.
Include neutrals in your outfit: When you add a solid with two or more patterns, you allow the visual space of the outfit to be broken up. Whatever you chose to add, it’ll help your outfit look even better,” Chawla adds.
Blue: The new black
Designer Manish Malhotra says, “Opt for deeper shades of midnight blue, unusual colours like mustards, deep reds in bandhgalas or bandi jackets work well for any celebration. You can also opt for an interesting chikankari kurta for a more relaxed traditional look. Team it with a pair of trousers or jodhpuri pants and formal shoes to complete the look.” Manish observes that men in India are either overdressed or under-dressed for festive affairs. “The easy way out is to keep it simple and clean by opting for classic silhouettes in the right fabrics/ colours. Like you can never go wrong with a classic bandhgala jacket,” adds Malhotra
Key festive looks for men
Black dupian silk kurta designed with minimal resham, stone and patch work border work with matching dupian silk churidaar.
Blue jacquard kurta with contrast solid-coloured churidaar.
Silk Nehru jacket with jodhpur trousers and a plain solid shirt.