Every season we desperately wait for fashion brands and designers to drop a new collection to adorn those pieces and put our best foot forward. Be it men or women; everybody has their eyes on trendy items to steal the show wherever they go and set major fashion goals on their social media platforms through striking snaps. However, sometimes investing time and money in trends seems worthless as they turn out to be short-lived, especially for those who love to mix and match and wear their wardrobe again and again. A reason why we decided to bring all the fashion fanatics a curated list of menswear pieces that are here to stay and will never let you go out of style. Let’s get started… - Srivalli, Pics: Pexels and Pixabay
Acknowledging the festive spirit, let’s talk about something Indian and traditional that all men need – A Bandhgala. Be it splattered with colours, crafted with motifs, painted with prints or intricately embroidered, a Bandhgala with always add up your traditional look at yet keep you in style. In the past few years, a lot of Indian designers have constantly been working on to bring out something new in every Bandhgala they create. For example, the hand-embroidered kurta featuring mirror work and French knots, from Lotus Pond Rahul Mishra festive couture 2020, the Shantanu and Nikhil ivory Bandhgala featuring zardosi and the Raghavendra Rathore’s black Bandhgala jacket. Pick your favourite and pair it up with a dhoti, slim pant or a pyjama. Accessorise with minimal jewellery, and you’re festive ready! Pic: Instagram @rahulmishra_7, rathore.com, Instagram @shantanunikhil
Let’s agree to the fact that everyone’s wardrobe is incomplete without checks. You probably have a lot of these in your wardrobe already but make sure to add some more as there’s nothing like too many checks. We all have been through days when we instantly pick a check print, sport it with well-fitted jeans and a pair of sneakers and rush out, but there have also been times when after an hour of brainstorming and trying out several outfits, we turn to a checkered shirt and head out - no matter what the occasion or situation is, checks will always be our constant favourite. You can pick a head to toe checkered suits like the Zara model and team it with a plain tee, dress up in a check print pointed collar overshirt and style it with a jacket, muffler and good pair of jeans same as showed in Saint Laurent catalogue, take inspiration from South Korean menswear clothing brand Wooyoungmi's long coat from Fall Winter 20 collection or learn it from R. Shemiste’s idea of keeping it simple with a checkered shirt on top of a high neck. Pics: ysl.com, rshemiste.com, zara.com
Why should you struggle to carry all your essentials in your pocket or bare hands, when you can buy a crossbody bag? In these times of pandemic where you need everything from the sanitiser, hand wash, gloves to a spare mask in addition to regular items such as phone charger, earphones, and cash, a crossbody bag is super-easy to carry and keep your belongings safe. They are not just functional but chic and stylish too. You can find the one that matches your taste, be it printed, embroidered or just a plain black leather bag.
A lot of designers and brands favour cross body bags, too. In its Fall 2020 collection, the French luxury brand Dior came up with a new take on saddle pouch – not too small, not too big. In case you’re looking to rock a medium-sized bag, take a hint from Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana’s SS20 Edge crossbody bag or Balenciaga’s adjustable and multiple zip pockets, logo belt bag. You can wear these on any outfit you want; just throw it on your shoulder, and you’re good to go. Pics: matchesfashion.com (Dolce-Gabana), Instagram@Dior, farfetch.com (Balenciaga)
No matter what, your Denim game should always be strong. These are those blessings in our wardrobe that go a long way, never go out of trend and are absolutely invest-worthy. Denim is your saviour any day, from high rise, flared, skin fit to low rise, a whole lot of range is available in the market besides basic jeans. Your denim can have prints, patchworks, glitters, sequins, embroidery and what not. You can pair it up with an overcoat, style it with a plain t-shirt, and don it with a kurta or an overshirt. Besides versatility, it feels comfortable on your skin too, and there’s no doubt on that. Let’s take a look at a few varieties that you can throw in your closet. The multiple pockets ill-fitted jeans at Martine Rose, Ralph Lauren’s idea of Denim on Denim, oversized pockets from Off-White and glitter embellished Denim on Denim at Alyx Fall 2020 collection. Just make sure you pick a shape and personality friendly one. Pic: alyxstudio.com, off---white.com, martine-rose.com
There comes a time when we need to put on some glitter, so this too should be a constant in your collection. Right from molten metal embroidered single-breasted jacket from British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, sequined suits from Italian fashion company Valentino’s Fall Winter20 collection, to shimmery accent coat from Dior Fall Winter 2020, you can paint your wardrobe in glitter with a variety of designer wears. If you are a sucker for an array of shades, you can always try some earthy tones – not too loud yet fit for your experimental self. In case you dig for only black and white, you know that glitter will never go out of style! Pic: Instagram @maisonvalentino, Dior, alexandermcqueen.com
You might raise your eyebrows when you hear tone-on-tone, but trust us there’s nothing we dig more than this paradigm of menswear - it’s elegant, classy, and effortless. Tonal menswear is not about dressing monochromatically, but it’s about playing with different shades of the same colour. Tone-on-tone fabrics can be styled in diverse ways –a turtleneck with a pair of pants, an overshirt with linen shorts, or kurta with a deconstructed jacket. However, pairing your choices with a blazer can definitely make an impression. You can wear these for your business meeting, get together or even a date. Low key colours are always a yes for tone-on-tone ensemble but if you are a sucker for vibrant colours then try to pair it up with muted shades of the same. Take a cue from Brommon Menswear Sartorial brand, head up to Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label Pre-Fall 2020 collection or check out how fashion blogger Bakeem Newby styled it with Asos. Pic: Instagram@thefashionnewb - ASOS, Instagram@RalphLauren, Instagram@Brommon
Long gone are the days when only black and white outfits were called timeless. In the past few years, we have seen a lot of pastel hues all over the market and understood that these tones would stand the test of time. Casual wears, formal, or festive, several collections from fashion designers are packed with a punch of pastels. The best part is that you can dive into an array of options; lavender, mint, pink, mauve, peach and a lot more. Though picking one favourite from these classy shades would be a difficult job. Pastels can beautifully blend with any combination of colours; you can style it with your black and white, throw some colour pops or paint yourself pastel head to toe. A few examples are Prada’s turtleneck from Spring Summer 2020, Louis Vuitton’s coat from Spring Summer 2021 Shanghai show, and a loose-fitting Oxford shirt from Givenchy featuring elastic details. Pics: givenchy.com, prada.com,eu.louisvuitton.com
Prints and Patterns
When we talk about prints and patterns in menswear, many thoughts might cross your mind. Over the years men have preferred to play safe with plain shirts and might have put on floral and tropical prints for a summery beach party or a vacation. But what stands strong is that prints and patterns are essentials that your wardrobe should have. Not just for your vacation mode but prints are suitable for work as well as for casual outings. Sport an outfit splattered head to toe with prints, like the GmbH model from SS 2020 collection, or keep it simple with Fendi SS21 print, which is inspired by the late afternoon’s fading rays or play those huge colourful prints like Kenzo’s SS21 collection and pair it up with a plain pair of pants. Trust us, these prints don’t only look good on runways but do stand out in day to day life as well, just make sure to put some accessories, and you’re ready to steal the show. Pics: kenzo.com, fendi.com, gmbhgmbh.eu
You probably saw this coming! Undoubtedly sneakers are something that will be here forever and ever. Who doesn’t love to strike these comfortable pairs and hit the road?! Be it a celebration, a picnic, a party or even a red carpet event; sneakers can be donned anywhere and everywhere. They are super versatile – right between wearing them with a cotton kurta and a pair of jeans to combining with your favourite sweatshirt and pants, you can style them with all your apparels. Lots and lots of designs of these keep coming every fashion season, while some are simple and plain colours, some are blazing, while others look calm and are made to do the talking – but, in the end, we love them all.
Take a look at a few of these luxury sneakers that you may want to add to your wardrobe. A combination of bright crimson, white, black and fire pink, from Nike called Zoom Freak 2, a yellow knit fabric from Gucci called Men’s Ultrapace R sneaker, an amalgamation of bright cyan, core black and solar yellow from Adidas and a Giorgio Armani’s red leather sneakers. Pics: armani.com; adidas.co.in; gucci.com; nike.com
Sunglasses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and a perfect pick depends on your face cut, need, and definitely your taste. Aviator, cat eye, oval, semi-rimless, wayfarer, shield, rectangle and a lot more, you need to carefully pick the one that suits the occasion and your outfit too. Several brands offer some off-beat collections. If you want to keep it simple, you can always opt for subtle colours, but if you want to keep a bit high on tone, you need to try some funky and fun shades. You might not prefer wearing bright shades regularly, but once in a while, you should try some, especially when you are on an outing or a vacation with your men gang. It’ll add a statement to your look. Take inspiration from Giorgio Armani classic panthos-shaped sunglasses with a full-frame, the mask sunglasses from Gucci’s Cruise 2020 collection featuring a gold metal frame and BottegaVeneta’s funky shades that’ll really add up to your beach vibe. Pics: Instaram@bottegaveneta; gucci.com; armani.com