Stylish Winters: Formal Black Outfit for Men

February begins with a warm approach to harsh winters. The weather slowly moves to a cozier onset with temperatures fit for a stylish wardrobe change! This February, we want to tell you how to leave the cozy, chunky knits for cold windy weather behind and welcome warm stylish Blazers! 🙂

When we realized that the month of love was truly also the month of weddings, and how a few members wrote to us for help, we put our thinking caps on to figure out the just right mix of spice and style great for your needs and ofcourse, the wallet.

The Curious Case of “I have everything BLACK”

Do you own a pair of black trousers? And, a black Blazer or a coat?  If yes, then we need you to know that you’re already half way through! :- ) To make it better, we recommend-

  1. Checking the blazer and getting it fitted on shoulders, chest and other areas! Take it to a good tailor and get it custom-fitted.
  2. Check the trousers. Can you make it slimmer at the ends? Is it too tight, too loose or has iron-stains? TIP- If yes, then don’t bother to get it fitted. You need a new one! Choose the darkest black which looks richer than its predecessor.
  3. Keep the Blazer and Pants together and exact-match their colors. Thumbs-up, if they do. If they don’t, you need to replace either of them! (Write to us if you need help in choosing the right Black Blazer)
  4. Find a crisp white shirt. Absolutely plain. Preferably, new.
  5. Wear them together. Choose a striking color for a Pocket-square. Groom your hair and smile. Voila!
Formal Wedding outfit- All Black, black blazer, dark coat and white shirt with black trousers.

All Pepper, with a Dash of Salt.

Hope you like it!

Let us know. 🙂

Shruti

 

Where: Are the fashionable men?

We love collecting photos of Vintage Style, Classic Fashion and ofcourse Modern Trends. We follow Bollywood fashion, men in vogue and all suave men in the industry. Although, we might like to focus more on Indian mens’ style, but at the same time we don’t leave out foreign fashion either!

People sometimes wonder where the stylishly dressed men are, but they are not all at the Runway Collections or Indian mens fashion weeks, instead they are on the street; they are the men about town! 🙂

See, our take on “What’s in fashion for Men” & “The Stylish Men of 2013” in this post to follow. See, a few cool (and equally Hot!) pictures we collected from a few fashion stylist friends of ours-

1. Not Street Style, but definitely the Dressier Side of Indian Men.

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Indian Style Sensibilities: Pure Sexy

2. That’s why we call it Street Style!

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One Word. Amazing. Wel, the 2nd word should be “Ooohh!” 😉

3. How we see more Indians on the Streets!

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When you try to spell Fashion, You get this. 🙂

4. Music Artists, Singers and the Free-Stylers!

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Inspiration: Music Artists, Vocalist, Band Members, Art Lovers, Graffiti Stars. All in All: ROCK Stars!

Love, Shruti!

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Winter Trends: Top 4 ways to wear a Mens’ Scarf

Scarves are one of those accessories that guys think are more mysterious than they really are.

Sure, there are a million and one ways to tie the damn things, but my best advice to guys looking for guidance is, well, not to overthink it! The best looks really are those that look like they were done only in a few seconds

What’s so great about scarves, anyways? But friends, really, there are so many different types that look great with a jacket and they are perfect for chilly weather! Check out below top 4 scarf patterns and explore ways to wear them as you read below-

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Neck to Neck: A scarf lives many lives.

How to wear them:

THE PARISIAN KNOT

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Knot it like Beckham.

1. Fold the scarf lengthwise
2.  Drape it around your neck
3. Insert the loose ends through the looped end and gently pull through

Stylist’s note: Make sure, there’s only one knot and is neither too tight nor too lose!

THE LOOSE-ONCE-AROUND KNOT

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Take it Easy.

  1. Drape the scarf around your neck making sure one side is longer than the other
  2. Wrap the longer end around your neck – not too tight! – and let it hang

THE SUIT JACKET TUCK 

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Suit it to the Occasion.

  1. 1. Drape scarf around your neck
  2. 2. Add jacket on top and button

Stylist’s note: A Classic style, best suited with professional attires! Don’t worry about the ends below the buttons, so long as they end around the bottom of the suit jacket. Get creative with a print like the polka dots above

Last: THE INFINITY SCARF 

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Easy & Simple: Just wear with jackets/coats

Pretty self-explanatory, right? Infinity scarves are really simple to use. Simply put it round your neck and you’re good to go! (Loop it twice if it’s long enough)

Stylist’s note: The infinity scarf is generally made of thick wool or a chunky knit, so wait til it’s really cold and you can wear yours with a winter coat. Don’t toss it over a Sweater or a hoodie, as both of them don’t really go together.

 

Absolutely Unacceptable! Top 4 things to Avoid in an Interview

What is the perfect job interview outfit? A smart suit? Business casual? Or perhaps something more fashion-forward. It all depends, of course, on your industry. But there are some lines you should never cross in an interview.

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Know it-All. Yes.

Well, don’t get too funny and just AVOID these TOP 4 faux pas-

1. Any strong Scents

2. Too much Tattoo & Piercings <Hide ’em please!>

3. Distracting Accessories or Jewelry

4. Wrong Socks and/or IllFitting Clothes.

We believe in a little Hand-Holding, so if you think you’re stumped on what to wear, take a look at News Anchors on the television. You’ll find that most anchors are wearing interview-appropriate outfits because that’s what looks professional and expresses neutrality of opinion.

A little help from our side, as we put together a few grooming basics for you-

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Follow these BASICS!

In a Nutshell, this little something will help you even better-

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Business Formals: A Good Choice!

Well, if nothing works, you know you can always write to us at shruti@stylesaute.com and we’ll help you quickly put a perfect Interview Outfit together.

Your Boss sucks! And so does his Sense of Fashion!

It’s time and again that we bump into our Bosses, and most of the times, we fashionable people end up talking about his BAD style of dressing! :-/ Not always in sarcasm, but sometimes in pity and sometimes in Mockery as well 😛

hahaha, infact, while we’re writing this, our fellow Stylist-Dev is animatedly talking about Girish, our Tech-Geek who is nicely built, tall and medium set and has a nice pair of back-knockers 😉 but still wears those God-forsaken Cargo pants !!!

And, there he goes today with his loose jeans with a SHINY (!!!) Blazer. 😦 Now, this is A pity. Why, Girish? <We hope he doesnt read our Blog as much as he does spend time on the website!)

Now, lets stop talking about Our Bosses and instead focus on some Bosses we’ve seen around! 😉 Go to these Gyms and the managers sit around with a great body and a chest to die for, but Alas! these young managers think showing off their moobs and cleavage is fashionable :-/ But darling readers, #Moobs Suck! and Male Cleavage Sucks bigger :-0 

Alright then, Guys. What we’re saying in a nutshell is, please DO NOT-

1. Wear Over-shiny Blazers. These Blazers are silvery-metallic-shiny-sparkly-satiny! Please Do NOT Buy them and if you did, then do NOT wear them! 😉

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Too Shiny for my Eyes!

2. DON’T Wear Baggy pants, or Jeans that dont FIT you or Pants with multiple Pockets! This style is just NOT for 2013 and won’t come around soon anyways 😉

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Noppity Noppity, No! Cargos are PAST, man!

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Saggies are Gone, Too. Weird :-/. Image Credit, fakeposters.com!

3. DON’T Wear Too-Tight, Leather vests or Cleavage showing Shirts. Men, if you work out & you want the world to know 😉 then Tight Shirts are not the right way.

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Working Out? You don’t ned to prove it like this, though! 😉

So, a CLEVER CHEAT SHEET for all of you on How to Spot Stylish Menswear ,

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3 Things U Need: Life, Style & a Stylist. 😉

a. Find your Favorite Brands– Brands which fit you perfectly, which fall in your budget range and which speak your personal Style

b. Trust someone in the Business. It’s like, when you trust your friend who recently bought a Civic to guide you on which latest model to buy. Similarly, follow a Stylist or a Fashionable blogger you like, and trust his/her advice.

c. Experiment with Upmarket Brands once in a while. A lot of times, what you want to become is reflected by your clothes. Try including a high-power, high brand piece in your outfit to appear more powerful, more sophisticated at work.

🙂

Well, we are a bunch of stylists and we make Men look More Awesome! So, drop us an email at fashionbible@stylesaute.com and Enjoy.

Focus: Style Resolution for 2013

As regular readers of this site, I assume there is a certain level of trust between us that allows you to follow our advice and suggestions without really having to worry that we’re sending you down the wrong path.

Here are our Personal New Year’s Style Resolutions-

1. Purchase Some Chelsea Boots:   An easy pair of shoes, we’ll wear them with indigo jeans, any number of Oxford or plaid shirts and polos. A great addition to any man’s wardrobe.

Chelsea Boots for 2013

Chelsea Boots for 2013. StyleSaute can help you find your perfect pair.

2. Buy Some Trainers:   Yes, we love them. We will be wearing them with skinny jeans, varsity jacket or plaid overshirt and tees. Nothing crazy, nothing difficult! Just comfortable and casual and a bit more fashionable than usual. Yes.

Trainers- Casual and Classy. 2013, here I am.

Trainers- Casual and Classy. 2013, here I am.

3. Invest In My First Leather:   Leather jacket is the kind of thing that will stay with you for years and years and will only get better with age, eventually becoming totally unique to you. And, when we finally discover our perfect leather jacket, we’ll be wearing it with jeans, plain tees and desert boots, or maybe even Chelsea boots (if we’ve found them by then). Sanjeev gives a <sigh> 😉

Leather Jacket is like a Soul-Mate. It'll stay with you for years and is UNIQUE to you! StyleSaute can help 'You' find it.

Leather Jacket is like a Soul-Mate. It’ll stay with you for years and is UNIQUE to you! StyleSaute can help ‘You’ find it.

Real Question: I’m straight out of College and have got a brand new job. What bare minimums should I buy for Work?

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Here’s what to buy, and the order to buy it in. I’m aiming for value here, so this will run you well under Rs 20k all told, and you’ll have the pieces for about 15 different outfits.

  1. 1x brown oxford or blucher shoes.  A lightly-used pair of brogues, lace up brown shoes from Woods or Aldo or Zara should do it for you. Steve Madden can be extremely attractive but expensive.
  2. 3x oxford shirts. One white, one blue, one with a simple pattern. Look for BlackBerrys, UCB, Allen Solly, TopShop, F&O, American Apparel.
  3. 2x Chinos. Go to ZARA and Benetton again.
  4. 1x Navy blazer. Jackets are very difficult to fit, so you’re best off buying in a store. H&M, ASOS, Van Heusen, Louis Phillipe could be your good bets.
  5. 1x GOOD jeans.  Gap Selvage in classic or slim cut can be looked into.  Levi’s 514 are also a good choice.  As dark a wash as possible, without any “distressed” details or extraneous pockets.
  6. Grey v-neck sweater or cardigan. Look only in international brands as none of the Indian brands actually sell one!
  7. Accessories: Stick to solid ties in grey, navy, and burgundy. Keep your jewelry to a 2 piece MAXIMUM. Watches count as jewelry. Go for collar stays, belts from Hidesign and Hugo Boss accessories. Calvin Klein metals can be tried.
  8. Another pair of shoes (black)
  9. Another jacket (grey)

If you need assistance in any way, you can always write to fashionbible@stylesaute.com or shruti@stylesaute.com

Love,

Shruti