We all know that our glam city of Bombay feels like a giant sauna all year round. Fall or winter is clearly an illusion here. The very thought of putting on a blazer is a cringe-inducing thought for even the most fashionable amongst us. However, post-October, the weather cools down and the party season sets in. X’mas and New Year weeks mean high fashion and any style faux pas is simply inexcusable, to say the least.
This party period also calls for a wardrobe upgrade. So invest in a well-cut blazer which takes you from a workplace meeting to a dinner at a trendy downtown restaurant.
Choose in a lighter fabric or one with a thin underlining to brave the oppressive heat. Go for monotones of blues, pinks, off-whites, mauves or beiges or try patterns like plaids, hounds tooth or pin-stripes.
Ensure that the blazer snugly fits your shoulders and when you button the first button, it’s beautifully cinched at your waist. The whole rationale behind a blazer is to broaden your shoulders and sharpen your mid-section.
Another option is to fold up the sleeves of the blazer for a more relaxed look.
How to wear it right:
- Pairing it with denims: Throw your blazer on a V-neck and a pair of well-fitted carbon blue skinny jeans and complete your look with a pair of tanned brogues. To prep up the look add a pair of frames which flatter your facial contours.
- Pairing it with shorts: Roll up the sleeves of the blazer and combine them with a round-neck tee and a pair of sharply tailored shorts. Complete this look with a pair of suede moccasins. If you want to add an element of drama then a straw trilby or a fedora could be an interesting addition.
- Pairing it with a formal shirt: Like they say, to look good you don’t have to rob the bank. Just pick an Oxford shirt from your workplace closet and throw a blazer on it and complete the look with a pair of chinos or sharply tailored and slim-fitted linen pants. Dandify the look with a pair of Oxblood toned Monk Strap shoes.
- Pairing it with a casual shirt: Mixing patterns is a great idea. Say wearing a hounds tooth blazer with a denim shirt or pairing a herringbone blazer with a plaid shirt. The tension caused between different patterns makes the look strong and powerful.
- Accessorise it with a pocket square: Add a pop of colour to a muted ensemble by opting for a nifty pocket square. Pick one in paisley to inject softness and colour into the look. Also, the way you fold the pocket square says a lot about the kind of man you are.