Amp up your office wear

Try classic navy twill or grey, single-breast wool blazer with notch lapels and wear with neutral or bright-coloured shirts


Invest in navy or black cardigans. Photographs Courtesy Lacquer Embassy
Invest in navy or black cardigans. Photographs Courtesy Lacquer Embassy

At most global and Indian fashion weeks, there is conversation around easing the rigidity of corporate menswear. It could be about sporting baggy trousers with a formal shirt, carrying a funky backpack with a suit, wearing a zippered shirt with pleated trousers, slapping on a quirky cravat, tie or pocket square with a structured look, slipping into a pair of printed socks. However, getting that spot-on tip is not always easy. So we asked two designers to share their tricks on how to make trite office formals interesting.

Dhruv Kapur of DRVV

■ Let suits go extremely angular and sharper. It not only makes you look like a power player, but adds a dynamic element. For example, most suit jackets have a soft look because of their curved hemlines. Opt for sharp and straight hemlines instead. 

■Try a turtle neck (T-shirt or cardigan) under your blazer. It is in vogue and will make you look really cool. 

■ Combine lengths which normally do not belong together. For example, a regular suit jacket (say 30 inches in length) can be worn with a longer shirt (say 40 inches). Let the shirt show from under the blazer. For a visually balanced look, shorter men could show about 2-4 inches of the shirt, not more. 

■ Wear a shirt that is cut differently. It could have a diagonal closure, an in-built cravat, or a tie or bow-tie directly incorporated into your collar. This cuts down on the layers and looks chic. 

■ Experiment with collar and lapel styles of your suit jackets. And then make a statement—go entirely collarless (in shirts).

Experiment with printed socks.
Experiment with printed socks.

Nikhil Sharma of Lacquer Embassy

■Mix up different styles, colours and patterns, but maintain harmony. For example, wear a navy patterned shirt and a small polka-dotted jumper with a pair of smart khaki chinos.

■ Choose shirts in soft autumn colours—light grey, petrol blue, or sage (green)—and wear them with slim ties in bolder shades.

■ Slip into loafers, oxfords, derbies, brogues, monks or sport casual shoes. Team them with striped, polka-dotted, houndstooth or herringbone socks to add that little quirky element to your looks.

■Try classic navy twill or grey, single-breast wool blazer with notch lapels and wear with neutral or bright-coloured shirts. 

■ Invest in base-coloured shapes, like navy or camel slim-fit trousers in a medium-weight fabric, and charcoal, navy or black cardigans to help balance out the experimental looks with coloured shirts or printed socks. 

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