Casual Chic

Keep the look basic yet sharp, says Archana Kochhar

Men’s fashion is no longer just about the boring basic trousers and shirts or a plain suit. Men know what they want and are no longer afraid to experiment and follow trends and try new silhouettes and patterns. This includes athleisure camouflage nailing the 80s street style.

Here are a few styling tips to keep in mind while pulling off the runway looks effortlessly on streets.

Untitled-2 Cargo pants(L) & Cuban-collar shirts (R)

Cargo pants Cargo pants are loose fitting trousers designed for outdoor activities. Camouflage prints with a message T-shirt can be a great pair to pull off in the Indian tropical weather.

Cuban-collar shirts Ideal for the warm weather, this 80s style can be worn with slim fit chinos that double up as an officewear on a Friday.

For more formal occasions like festivities, weddings or business, the element of power dressing comes into the picture. Traditional men’s suiting has undergone a major style evolution. From the contemporary corduroy two-piece to a men-style wide window checked pattern suit, double-breasted suit, embroidery motifs are the new obsession in men’s fashion. Another trend worth investing in is the collar motif on Jodhpuris and lapel pins. Men’s waistcoats teamed with asymmetrical zipper kurtas and drapes are also quite popular.

theme-4 Basic Vans White

Basic Vans White The Vans sneakers are a man’s go-to footwear. The serene white pair of comfort can be pulled off with almost any sort of outerwear. Be it the all-in-one utilitarian or the neutral linen tones and sandy shades of the tailored suits. White shoes are a quick fix.

theme-3 Short suits

Short suits Short suits are bridging the gap between casual and formal attire. Gone are the days of reserving shorts for casual or sportswear alone. The classic undertones of these shorts make them desirable for a hot summer afternoon meeting. When it comes to wearing a short suit, it’s essential to get the length and width of your shorts correct. The hem of your shorts should sit just above your knee cap, and be no more than three inches above it.

Archana Kochhar is a leading fashion designer based in Mumbai

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