Karan Singh Grover fashion tips for men: Beat the heat with whites, pinks and blues

Let comfort and style go hand-in-hand for an easy-breezy, but snazzy look as you step out in the scorching sun. For inspiration, check out actor Karan Singh Grover

karan singh grover horizontal The charm of white never withers, right? It’s simple, understated, neat and classy, and gives you all the freedom to experiment with combinations and layers, or prints and patterns. “A white shirt or a tee is the most staple and versatile piece of clothing in a man’s wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down. It’s like a blank canvas around which you can build any outfit. Also, layering is an art. In this look, I’m wearing a T-shirt under an open casual shirt. There’s an element of tailoring involved, but the unbuttoned touch ensures the look is relaxed,” says Karan Singh Grover

Tough on the outside, and tender at heart, actor Karan Singh Grover lets us into his introspective mind about the different “dimensions” of his life

Your show Qubool Hai was hugely successful. How has the response been to its sequel?

“Qubool Hai was very popular when it was first aired on television, and thankfully the sequel has also done well. The response has been great and people really enjoyed the show. So I would say we are lucky!

The sequel has been appreciated for its new set-up. It is an important title for you too. How did you approach your character the second time?

Thankfully, nothing much was changed about the character because we had already worked very hard on it for the original show. For me, it was simply like switching on the Asad Ahmed Khan character. The sequel was set in a different world, but the essence of the character was the same.

karan singh grover blue shirt Blue is one of the most unavoidable colours in a wardrobe. Make the most of your separates by putting together interesting and eye-catching monochromatic combinations! ”Tone-on-tone casual outfits are a great version of solid colour outfits. The slight difference in colour between a shirt and the bottom can make a huge difference in the feeling of the outfit. This look is so versatile, it can be dressed up or down according to the occasion,” says the actor

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You play an intense character in the show. When you play the same character for a long time, does it have a residual effect on the actor in you?

Scientifically, a human brain can’t differentiate between the person’s feeling and the feeling of the character he is playing. So yes, Asad stayed with me, and he is a heavy character to have around.  Every actor has his own process. This is mine, and it may not be very healthy, but I look at it as a different personality of mine… one from which I can learn.

Some of the roles you’ve done in the past have shades of grey. Is it easy to play such characters?

It is not easy, but it is more fun to essay a grey character on screen because it differs from who you are in real life. So, a lot more effort goes into it than usual.

The lockdown has taken a toll on a lot of people in the industry. How have you and your wife Bipasha Basu sailed through the tough times?

The lockdown took a toll on the entire world. Bipasha and I are good at handling any sort of crisis. We give each other strength and make up for each other’s limitations. We are blessed to have found each other and as long as we are together, we can tackle anything.

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karan singh grover with hat An uber chic twist on the monochrome... Add a dash of pattern with checkered trousers, and top the look with suspenders, one of the most functional yet fancy men’s accessories, and a beret. It will lend an attractive old-meets-new vibe. “Suspenders add a dapper touch to any outfit, from your most casual ensembles to extremely formal attires. This combination of a blue shirt, checkered pants and a hat is solid proof that a straightforward off-duty outfit can still look really sharp yet interesting,” Karan says

Does it help that both of you are from the same profession and that you could both lean on each other for support?

It does help when your partner comes from the same profession because there is a lot more understanding. The most important thing is that we love, understand, listen, and support each other. We also make sure to point out if one of us is wrong or could do something better.

What are the projects you are currently working on?

We will soon start shooting for the next season of Qubool Hai. There is another project that I can’t speak about right now. Everything is at a standstill right now owing to the lockdown as the country has been hit by the second wave of Covid-19.

You’ve also been dabbling in other creative avenues… painting for instance. Does adding a totally different dimension to your personality help in being a better actor?

Thanks to the inconsistency of work in our industry (in the past year)... that gave me enough time to open myself to another avenue or dimension — painting. Adding another dimension to yourself helps you become better in whatever you do. There is a lot of connection between creating art and performing art. As an actor, it helps me understand a lot of things from different perspectives.

karan singh grover  pink shirt hat Give your Average Joe look a miss to up your style ante in a pair of well-fitted checkered trousers matched with a shirt in an eye-soothing colour. Pink maybe a tricky colour to play with, but it never goes amiss with grey for men! Plus, the fedora hat fits the look like a glove. “Checkered trousers are incredibly versatile and can finish off both formal and casual dress effortlessly. Keep the balance right by keeping the rest of your outfit neutral, to let your trousers take centrestage. Modern checks can also add flair to a dressed-down outfit. The hat is definitely giving a little bit of an edge to this outfit. An outfit can go from simple to interesting just by adding a stylish hat,” he adds

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Would you say the rise of video streaming platforms is a blessing in disguise for actors like you for being able to explore characters that are traditionally considered unconventional?

The blessing in disguise is the fact that everyone is evolving — the makers as well as the audience. A lot more content is being created, which is great for everyone who is involved in the creative field.

Is the screen size even a factor now for actors like you?

No, not at all! The screen size doesn’t matter to me.  

Your idea of the perfect man?

Someone who has an open mind, who is willing to evolve, be better for himself and for his loved ones.

karan singh grover white shirt A timeless and age agnostic combination, white and beige exude a true-blue sense of effortless comfort and calm on a balmy summer day. A subtle print on the shirt lends a slight zing to an overall look that is enhanced by a deep brown belt. ”This look is simple yet classy. No one can wrong with it,” the actor adds

What makes a perfect companion?

Someone with whom you can share both — conversations and silence.

karan singh grover abs Get your casual summer dressing game on point with printed shirts, but don’t go overboard with flashy colours . “Printed shirts are integral to the summer/spring wardrobe. Muted tones and subtle, intricate patterns make them appropriate these months. Pick the right printed shirt and wear it with the right companions, and you will be giving even the biggest style icons a run for their money,” he says

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One relationship rule you always follow?

Never take your partner for granted. 

karan singh grover pink shirt Take a break from denims, khakis and formal trousers over the weekend to slip into a smart pair of shorts instead! They are comfortable and perfect for the summer. “But if you don’t know how to carry them right, you risk looking like a slob. This look — a shirt teamed with well-fitted shorts — makes me look sharp. Accessories help. The stacked bracelets add a little bit of edge to the whole look,” he says

One trait in your personality not many know of?

I am extremely ritualistic. 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

To learn, practice, and master Telekinesis.

Your dream car?

I like bikes more!

karan singh grover check shirt Wearing a tie over solid shirts may have been a been-there-done-that look for many, so time to toy with a tie and checkered shirt to stand out from the rest in a boardroom! “Checkered shirts tend to lend themselves best to smart casual wear, but adding a tie to the look can work for a more formal business approach. You can balance the look with folded trousers and casual shoes,” he says

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What are you currently reading?

I don’t read books. I like to listen to e-books. I am listening to Sadhguru’s Inner Engineering. 

What’s your style staple?

A good watch. 

Make-up: Dinesh Patil; Hair: Ritesh Chudasama


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