Posted On Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 08:39:29 AM
Men’s fashion can be tricky unlike that of the fairer sex. One wrong colour or pattern can make you look like a fashion disaster. So, it is important to pick the right pattern and style while you shop. Here's a guideline by designers to make the right choice.
Use it well
Designer Raghavendra Rathore states that though solids are the safer option for the fashion-conscious man, experimenting with a pattern adds individuality to the look. “Use patterns and colours without going overboard.
Introducing patterns to the otherwise conservative solid look is a great way to inject a little style and visual interest.” Designer Aniket Satam adds that patterns create something special out of the boring. “Useful graphic patterns also help take away the attention from ones problem area.
A classic example would be vertical lines that add to the height. Darker shades shift the focus on bulging love handles of the person.” Designer Nafisa Poonawalla feels today’s men wants to be stylish.
“Gone are the days when men would only be seen in blues, blacks and greys. Prints, patterns, colours and cuts used in the right quotient change the entire outlook of a garment.”
Rathore says, “For stripes, one could consider going for relatively thin stripes that are vertical. To make the wardrobe versatile, one can go for shirts in check patterns with different check sizes and opt for monochromatic shades, which will also help in building a day and formal wear.
Also neckties in check patterns can enhance an overall suave look for a formal evening. Remember, never mix checks with checks. Too much of a single pattern adds monotony to the look.
Since plaid is a bold pattern, avoid overdoing it. Consider layering it wherein it is worn over a solid t-shirt or a long-sleeve t-shirt with denims or good fitting cargos for a wearable weekend outfit. Printed shirts can create a real statement.
They can be worn subtly by layering garments over the shirt to neutralise the attention.” Aniket feels thin and narrow stripes help you add height. “Avoid horizontal and bold stripes as it makes one look broader.
Diagonal stripes add to shifting focus and helps create a focal point to take away attention from a growing waistline.” He finds small checks to be dainty and classic and make the wearer look more dandy and sophisticated.
“Make sure there are not too many colour stripes in this pattern or else it might end up looking tacky.” He feels that math book checks are the thing for formal dressing, with big buffalo checks being the timeless thing in rugged denim western look.
“Abstract patterns work best in swimwear and for resort styles as they add a quirky mood to the silhouette. Tone on tone or an achromatic colour scheme works best in this case for men. Geometric patterns are the best for men. The sharp lines and dots formation adds to masculinity with a playful element involved.
Plaid adds to the quirky geek element in the wardrobe but when used in plenty it might look too vintage. It works best in half shirts for semi formal occasion and when teamed with denim looks smart for casual soiree.
Floral works best in tone on tone pattern for men in more geometric or pixilated pattern and its bold and vibrant form is best for summer beach lounging holidays.”
Satam reveals, “The biggest mistake Indian men make while wearing these patterns is affiliating all things bold and colourful and which ends up making us look like clowns.
One should be smart enough to dress according to one’s body type.” Understanding your body type is imperative to keep eyes away from your problem areas, says Rathore.
“Also, matching patterns has to be considered before using them for an outfit. It is important to become acquainted to the different types of patterns with colours to master the art of it.” Nafisa believes cut and style are two terms that are always confused.
“Awareness on the cut one wears is very important. To make an outfit look dressy, please avoid embroidered motifs which one would ideally use in kurtas. A blazer looks best if the conventional style is followed. Playing around with the lapels just messes the look.”
To look suave what works are the subtle and fine patterns. “If you want to be a little more daring, then try wearing two patterns with one solid.
The trick would be not to opt for the patterns in the same size and also make sure that the patterns have one colour at least in common.” Aniket adds, “Try and incorporate a solid colour block element with pattern for more graphic yet subtle look.”
Photographs By: Nikhil Ghorpade, Model: Sanat Sarpotdar