Ranbir Kapoor: Layering with suits is young Bollywood’s favourite red carpet look. “Wear a T-shirt over your shirt, add a tie or a cravat and, then, the jacket,” says Mulchandani. But if your shirt is bright, the T-shirt should be understated. You can wear a black suit with a dark orange shirt and a dark grey T-shirt.
Besides layering, Kapoor also experiments with scarves and cravats. “Wear these instead of ties. Long knit scarves, double wrapped or worn with an open collar, make a statement. Experiment with any colour, but the fabric should be knit,” Mulchandani says.
For metrosexuals, satin and silk are more suited. You can even go for striped and printed scarves, but match one colour on it with the shirt, advises Mulchandani.
John Abraham: Slim is the buzzword for suits. Wear them in black, charcoal, chocolate, beige or ivory. Opt for pure Italian wool blends. “John looks as good in classic suits and tuxedos as he does in jeans and a casual sports jacket,” says Rocky.
Shah Rukh Khan: According to Rocky and Mulchandani, SRK has the personality to pull off a velvet suit. “Khan experiments with his suits. He goes classic at times, or all out with velvet suits. He can wear pretty much anything with style. But a velvet suit should be purely party wear, and is limited to celebrities and socialites,” says Rocky.
Arjun Rampal: Sometimes even Bollywood stars just stick to the basics. “A classic black suit is always stylish,” says Mulchandani. According to Rocky, Rampal is conventionally good-looking, so the classic look works well for him.
Zayed Khan: The colour or print of the tie is one of the safest ways of styling a suit, says Rocky. The tie can either match the tone of the shirt or contrast it. “Go a little bold, but make sure the colour of the tie doesn’t take away from the suit,” says Rocky. Khan would have done better to try a more subtle tie, or a darker suit.
Saif Ali Khan: Actors bring their personal style to their suits, Rocky says. “Saif comes across as a fun personality, so the colourful shirts go well and he carries them off in style.” The shirts should be mostly tonal or in deep contrast with the suit, such as charcoal with pastel pink or steel grey.
Mulchandani says the palette of sunset colours such as burnt orange, magenta, purple and pink are hot this season. “Team a classic navy suit with a red or pink shirt, and a tie in the same colour scheme,” he advises.
Neil Nitin Mukesh and Karan Johar: In Bollywood, fabrics and styles are experimented with often. Here, Mukesh wears a black satin waistcoat with a tonal print black shirt. “A velvet waistcoat, or a dress shirt in silk or satin dresses up a suit, but this is restricted to party wear,” says Rocky. Mukesh wears satin shirts with his suits at most parties. Or go for a tuxedo-style shawl collar like Karan Johar. The jacket is overly formal, but Johar balances it with a simple, open-at-the-collar, black satin shirt.