Even if you're decked out in head-to-toe designer wear, you'll be somewhat laughable if you fail to follow a few crucial fashion mantras. To make the most of your appearance, ensure you're not committing any of the diabolical fashion follies explained below:
1. Beltless Blunder Wearing your shirt tucked into your pants necessitates wearing a belt. A belt literally ties your outfit together and, especially when you're dressing up, it's an accessory that can create a tasteful, elegant look. Warning! Don't cinch your belt so tight that you have gut overhang!
2. Clipping Catastrophe This fashion disaster refers to clipping devices like cell phones and iPods to your waist. Not only does it look cheesy and tasteless, strapping electronics to yourself makes you look wider and shorter. Try wearing coats or blazers with sufficient interior pocket space to store your must-have items.
3. Shoe Trip-Up Teaming significant chunky heeled shoes with slim-fit dress pants or a fitted suit results in a serious fashion transgression. Opt instead for sleek loafers or Italian-style dress shoes that might cost a little more but will gain plenty of fashion high-fives.
4. Pain in the pants Different kinds of pants look best at different lengths. The bottom hem of your jeans can extend all the way to the bottom of your shoe. Dress pants, on the other hand, should cut off at the top of your heel. Be careful that your socks don't show when you walk and that no more than two inches of your socks are visible when you sit down.
5. Sock it to ‘em! It's vital that you match your socks with your pants and not your shoes. No one wants to see holes in your socks so be sure to replenish your sock stock once every six months. And when you do so, steer clear of funky prints like polka dots or cartoon characters. The trick is to keep it simple.
These few fashion basics are all you need to know to make sure you're well-dressed for the rest of your life.
5 Important Men's Fashion Rules To Live By
Celebration time is here yet again. And like always, you must put your best foot forward in supreme style. Read on to make sure you have your fashion fundas in place for the last parties of the Year 2008...
1. Choices galore
The Indian male has never been this spoilt for choices. And if the recently concluded fashion weeks were anything to go by, there’s a lot you can do when it comes to male fashion. So think out of the box and let your instincts guide you. But even as you do that, don’t forget the golden rule – if it doesn’t fit well, if it’s too tight or too flashy – you shouldn’t be wearing it at all!
2. Party dressing
Gone are the days when a party was usually an evening affair where you could simply wear a pair of jeans and a shirt or t-shirt. The rules of the game have changed, and how! From a brunch party to an early evening affair to cocktail nights – be prepared to be invited to just about any do. And of course, you must dress accordingly! You can’t possibly turn up for a brunch in a formal suit you’d wear for a cocktail evening. Instead, opt for linen pants, matched with a linen shirt and jacket thrown in for good measure. Don’t be afraid to experiment with cut and colour –when in doubt get a second opinion.
3. Match it right
You may have seen the male models in contrasting / clashing prints when it comes to shirts and ties. But that’s absolutely no reason for you to do the same – after all you’re not a model. If you want to make a statement, wear a shirt in a solid colour and a printed tie instead. Never ever ape mindlessly.
Yes, men can accessorise too! From belts and bags to cuff-links and watches, there’s a lot you can do. Always remember to match your belt and shoes. Ditto, with socks and shoes! And no matter what anyone says, wearing white socks is a strict no no, unless it’s the gym you’re going to. Always keep in mind the time and the kind of party you’re going to – so for a brunch, it’s fine to wear a sports watch and carry along a simple yet stylish sling bag. And yes, don’t forget the sunglasses if it’s a sunny day.
5. Colour me red
This festive season red is the colour you can add to your wardrobe to make you stand out. From a simple red tie worn with a formal black shirt, to even red leather shoes or a red sling bag – add a dash of red to stand out from the rest!
Go ahead, dare to be different!
WARDROBE ESSENTIALS FOR A BUSINESS TRIP ABROAD
You're flying out on your first business trip abroad for a few days and don't know how to put your wardrobe in place. Well, here's where you bring in the experts! From a bite at breakfast to a power lunch and a night out – ensure your wardrobe has these essentials to make a lasting impression. Read on...
1. Breakfast blues You're most likely to first meet your business associates over breakfast. While this is largely an informal how-do-you-do session, you can't show up in your track pants and a crumpled tee! Though semi formals are an option, alternatively you could even opt for knee-length shorts, a plain cotton shirt and comfort slip-ons. And yes, don't forget to shave!
2. Power lunch The lunch is where you make your mark as a man on a mission. It's a power lunch, so power dress! A formal suit (preferably in black) is a must. Show them you mean business. And don't forget to get a shine on your patent leather shoes. Nothing else will do.
3. Tea time Post your power lunch and afternoon siesta, you and your associates will spend some time together by the pool or the hotel's café. This is a casual meeting where you'll probably discuss the weather. Look uber cool in linen pants and a shirt and slip on a comfortable pair of lounge shoes.
4. The boardroom For all you know, your meetings may just as well happen in a convention room from start to finish. So play it safe and carry 2-3 formal trousers in solid colours (black, blue, brown, grey, etc) that you can mix and match with a set of formal shirts. This way, you'll look fresh throughout the day if you get a chance to change shirts in between breaks.
5. Night out OK, so you've sealed the deal and made your firm big money. It's now time to head out for the night. Since you're not really going to do cha cha cha with your business associates, head to a popular local nightclub or lounge bar where you can down a few drinks. You can't go wrong in a pair of smart semi-formal trousers (in khaki or corduroy) and a shirt to match. Opt for a pair of canvas shoes to complete the look.
Remember, you are the face of the company and even a representative of the country to some extent, so be careful to be well groomed always. Enjoy the experience!
FASHION TIPS FOR CHALLENGING BODY TYPES
We all have our set of challenges when it comes to finding clothes that flatter us. If chosen well, the right clothes can hide the features we don’t like about ourselves and accentuate our best ones. Outlined here are some fashion guidelines to live by when dressing for body types that might be a bit challenging.
Tall guys listen up…
Tall guys should say away from vertical stripes including pinstripes since they tend to accentuate height. Horizontal stripes and windowpane plaids are more flattering patterns. If you are thin to boot, wearing fabrics that cling is a bad idea, but wearing baggy clothes also brings attention to your svelte physique. Wearing shirts that are slightly fitted with spread collars and trousers that are straight in the leg, not tapered in any way, work best. Also, sweaters with a closer fit to the body, but not fitted, are more flattering. And since suits with three buttons tend to lengthen the body, stick with one and two buttons.
Short guys make a note… Short guys should avoid cuffed trousers, long suit jackets, and loud patterns. You don’t want to draw attention to your smaller stature. Pinstripes and other stripes (but not too bold) and dark solid colours are your best bet since they visually lengthen the body. Also, two and three buttoned suits with long lapels will give you a flattering, longer silhouette. And remember, when buttoning your suit, leave the top button on two and three button suits undone since this will give you the illusion of height. When it comes to ties, avoid Windsor and double Windsor knots – in other words, stick with small knots. This will help you avoid looking childish.
Big guys pay attention… Heavyset men shouldn’t wear bold patterns of any sort. Pinstripes and solid colours, especially dark ones, are your friends. Bulky fabrics such as tweeds should be avoided when it comes to suits, and softer wools such as gabardines should be embraced. Do wear suits with peaked lapels since they carry they eye upwards. Shirts with pointed collars are also more flattering. Some say that suspenders are better than belts.
COLOUR CODE YOUR STYLE!
“Does my style lack colour? Well yes!” shouts Anuj Saxena, 32, Executive, MNC.“My wardrobe is a classic case of colour deprivation! I have every shade in greyand blue, though you could consider the occasional khaki spots here and there.”
Sounds familiar? While formal settings might demand a more rigid and monotonousdressing sense, occasionally you could consider injecting some colour into yourlife with some brightly coloured pieces.
Here’s what you can do to ensure you stand apart from the crowds:
1. Accessorize with Colour In case you still feel the need to stick to your monotonous wardrobe, youcould always try accessorizing to show your playful side. For example, theeasiest way to enhance your existing wardrobe is to sport a brightly colouredbelt.
Pair these bright beauties with jeans and a white-collared shirt for a casualyet hip look during the day. For the evenings, try adding the belt to a slim-cutblack suit or team it with jeans and a dark blazer for that funky clubbing look.
2. One bold piece at a time Always have wear one bold piece of colour. More than one and you will bestanding looking like a clown. The important thing to remember when wearingdominant pieces of colour is that the rest of your outfit should be confined toneutrals and basic cuts. We suggest burying those frilly dress shirts!
3. Complement your skin tone The darker your skin tone, the brighter the colour you can get away with.Those with very pale skin should choose lighter to more medium shades.
4. Layer your colours If you’re afraid of making too bold a statement with a coloured shirt orsweater, don’t be afraid of testing the look by layering your style a bit. Inthe colder months, you could try wearing a dark blazer over a coloured shirt orsweater.
5. Keep it toned down Never be afraid to wear two coloured pieces at once; just remember to keepthem in the same colour family. For example, wearing a printed shirt with asolid-coloured tie that picks up your shirt’s colour goes a long way in showinggirls you can pick an outfit.
Every guy needs a practical and functional wardrobe that will help him create amark in different occasions. But to get started, the first thing you got to dois assess your lifestyle? Does it demand wearing casuals or formals to work? Ifso, then is it acceptable to wear trousers or jeans? No matter what thesituation demands, here are a few things every man should have in his wardrobe.
A suit – The need might come up only a couple of times a year, but you sure will be glad that you have a suit on hand when those occasions arise. Navy or gray suits are classic and neutral and can be dressed up or down. You can even wear the blazer with khakis or jeans. This is an item worth spending some money on.
Black shoes and belt – An essential combo, these can be worn with khakis, jeans and your suit. Before buying a brown pair, always get black one. It will come handy, especially when attending more formal or evening functions.
White dress shirt - White dress shirts look good on just about everybody. An absolute must have, they look sharp and are versatile and should not to be worn as a casual shirt.
Solid tie - Solid ties are easy and functional. If you’re not comfortable wearing solid ties, try a classic diagonal stripe. Having several tie patterns on hand will ensure you are prepared for any occasion, be it interviews, weddings or evening events.
Blue blazer - A blue blazer is good for all year round and easily coordinates with khakis and other items.
Khakis and jeans - Jeans are a staple of any wardrobe. Khakis too. These make excellent wears as casuals or semi-formals.
Briefcase – This essential does not necessarily mean a hard case. It can be soft, or messenger bag style.
Athletic wear - For the weekends, dashes to the convenience store or hanging out with buddies, athletic wear is known to keep the comfort levels at ease.
Casual shirt - A casual shirt such as a polo or button down is a must have to wear with jeans or other casual pants.
Deconstructed suit - A deconstructed suit is great because it has a relaxed look but is pulled together. Also, the pants and blazer can be worn separately. Start simple and expand according to lifestyle. Buy comfortable clothes that make you feel confident and fit your style.