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.

The ULTIMATE Guide to Looking Sharp: Blackberrys!

We know how it is at Work. Many deadlines, some stress, some fun and definitely a lot of Style if you read StyleSaute’s blog often 😉

Now, you know how we just love the word ‘random’ and ‘abrupt’ so here it is an interview of one of our favorite brands- Blackberrys! We may be a bit Random, cuz thats how Style always is, 😉 but Blackberrys is one home grown brand that we’re proud of and love for its Structure, for a change 🙂 We love the Sharp-ness and the Power BB shirts come with. So read below and see what a few top shots at the brand are talking!

1. What are the most famous fits from Blackberrys and Why?

Slim fits. In trousers, our B90 fit which is low waist, slim fit has been the most popular fit. Needless to say, in all things fashion, it’s the slim silhouette which has been ruling. 
Your Stylist can help you look Sharp.

Your Stylist can help you look Sharp.

2. what occasions do your customers buy Blackberrys for?
Blackberrys stands for the dressed up look across ALL occasions. A complete wardrobe solution can be found here.
3. How do you describe the mood of your average Blackberrys customer?

Young, go getter, fashion conscious and willing to experiment.

Someone who is individualistic and adds his own twist to his ensemble.
This requires a mindset which is fashion aware, willing to take risks and the confidence/ ability to carry it off well.
how to look slimmer men

Slims & Chinos for Men

4. Any style tips you’d want to share for men who are slightly round on the belly?

Our website, facebook and twitter community has some interesting dressing up FAQs and latest fashion advice. 

We got speaking with Aparajita Biala, a super hot marketer and a Woman-in-standing 😀 at BBs and this is how it looked-

1. Your Favorite place: By far, my recent favorites have been its been my window seat at home, mountains: the summit of kedar dome ( 22410 ft ) and Island peak (20,100 ft ), river walk by thames, London.

2. Your fave style heaven in India for men: Blackberrys J

3. What from Blackberry’s range would you choose to buy for your spouse: I think I would pick up pretty much everything; but the top 2 would be – the bandgala jacket, which accentuates the ‘V’ of a man. And well, ofcourse, one can never get enough of a man in a crisp white shirt.

Band Gala suits for men, bandh gala suit for men

Blackberrys Band-Gala is just so Chic

4. Do you help your spouse do his shopping? How frequently: I’m sure I would, if I did had a spouse. I would imagine, it would be all the time! J

5. Your spouse’s fave brand: Can’t answer that one, I’d have to imagine Blackberrys will have to be up there for him

6. Your fave mens’ brand apart from Blackberrys: Paul Smith is an interesting brand – quirk and humour matched with classics. 

7. Your fave mens fashion blog! 🙂

There aren’t too many in mens fashion blogger domain in India unfortunately. However, I’ve been following StyleSaute off late and think it has great potential.

Some of the other portals I follow are thesartorialist, GQ, styledotcom amongst many others.

Well, that was some insight. Glad to know we’re on the list with GQ! 😀

And, thank you Aparajita for letting us know your favorites across Travel, Clothing and more but I guess we’ve interested our readers enough on other important aspects of BlackBerrys and your life! 😉 Hope ONLY Sharp Men were listening!

So, you know if you want to look SHARP-er and dont know where to begin, you just need to sign up on http://signup.stylesaute.com/ or email it to me at shruti@stylesaute.com

xoxo

Too Casual? Not good for your Image!

Here are a few tips on how to dress sharp and to roll-it-like-the-boss at Office.

Now understand please, that these are elementary and many of you might not benefit heavily from the advice but readers who believe that a tee & a slipper looks super-cool on a 30 year old, I must tell you that it doesn’t! 😉 and it’s time you started dressing fashionably at like your age.

Street-Rocker at 30? Not Cool, anymore!

Street-Rocker at 30? Not Cool, anymore!

Some Basic Things to Remember when you’re trying to change your image from ‘Street-rocker’ to “Serious Professional”

Look professional if you want people to take you 'Seriously'.

Look professional if you want people to take you ‘Seriously’.

  • Switch to collared shirts from Tees.
  • Wear Pants/Pleated Trousers other than just blue jeans  (Wear khakis, dress pants, etc)
  • Shave your beard everyday, Keep a clean haircut
  • Stop wearing tshirts with words on them! 😀
  • Wear brown and blue socks – always choose darker color tones than your pants
  • Wear shoes more often than you wear sneakers… and make sure they look good.
  • Match your belt to your shoes
  • Buy a formal laptop bag and stop carrying that Reebok backpack to work.
  • Get a watch that isn’t digital!
  • Gingham. Trust me
  • Change your glass-rims from colored to “Black”
  • Don’t put an item of clothing on unless it is clean and Iron-ed!
  • Limit your use of shorts to a stroll at the market!
  • Start practicing speaking in one-line without using too many “kinda”, “like”, “You know what!” and slangs.
Know what is IN and What will Suit "You!"

Know what is IN and What will Suit “You!”

You know what to do when you feel short of recommendation on What to Wear. Shruti@stylesaute.com can be your friend in distress. 🙂

The Girlfriend Effect?

Socks with sandals, Red & Green Stripes and Stone washed Denims are the main culprits! Woah! We all have some UN-fashionable SINFUL pieces!

Lets begin with a fact- a whooping 72% of women think there is a “room for improvement” in their partner’s wardrobe!! And almost one fourth have taken steps to ‘remove’ the most offensive clothes permanently! 😉 So, tell us, has it happened with you, too??

More-over in an attempt to “set right” their man’s sartorial choices, many Indian WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends) end up buying more than 40% of their partner’s wardrobe! <really!!> And now this practice of ‘re-branding’ their men has been called the “Girlfriend Effect”. We credit coining of this term to one of our motivator MALE-friend, SVS. 😉

Now, since we’ve talked about it, we couldn’t help but sharing this photo of “Before” and “After” Victoria Beckham has had the Girlfriend Effect on the sultry footballer- David.

David "BEFORE" Girlfriend Effect

David “BEFORE” Girlfriend Effect

See how sloppy long haired David is transformed to the super chic David Beckham ‘after’….

David “AFTER” Girlfriend Effect

😀 Let us know what you think of this post at the bottom here..

Well, Have you gotten better after “Girlfriend effect”?

Hoping for More??

Hoping for More??

Get YOUR girlfriend effect into place by emailing us at fashionbible@stylesaute.com and get awesome-fied by receiving style tips and handpicked fashion personally for you. 🙂

Love,

Shruti

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

WHITE CANVAS SNEAKERS- A must have in a fashionable guy’s wardrobe!

Style Saute approved White Sneakers.

Style Saute approved White Sneakers.

There’s no other casual shoe as versatile as the white canvas sneaker. Perfect for spring and summer, but great look all year round, white canvas sneakers are stylish, comfortable, and appropriate for all casual venues and attires.

The white canvas sneaker is in the same family as The boat shoe. These shoes are both casual and refined, classic and contemporary, they look great with jeans, chinos, or corduroy.

Style Saute approved White Sneakers.

Style Saute approved White Sneakers.

Or pair them with a faded jeans for an ultra cool look, the way Zak Efron does here-

Style Saute approved White Sneakers.

Style Saute approved White Sneakers.

Our favorite look is to pair them with the darkest straight leg blue jeans you can find. Throw that together with a check or gingham button down, and you’ve got yourself a very clean look. Style a notch up by folding the hem of your chinos if you wish to pair the pair with your white sneakers!

Style Saute approved White Sneakers.

Style Saute approved White Sneakers.

Going out travelling? Try your white sneakers with ANY shorts and you’ve got yourself a great casual look!

Style Saute approved White Sneakers.

Style Saute approved White Sneakers.

Want one?? Drop us an email at Shruti@stylesaute.com and we will shop one for you in your size and style!

Men: SIX absolutely “OUT OF STYLE” trends you should phase out of your wardrobe NOW!

1. Square-toe Shoes

If you’re only going to ditch one of the items on the list, make it this. Nothing screams late 90′s more than this flat-footed and so antequated, square dress shoes. Opt for the sexy narrow tipped brogues like these brown one instead, so very available at Aldo and Woodlands in India!

stylesaute square toe

stylesaute square toe

2. Wrap Around Sunglasses

Some sunglasses are timeless, or come and go frequently, like the Aviators, Wayfarers or ClubMasters, but these hideous wrap around sunglasses from the 1990s just gotta go, dude! Opt for these  Ray Bans instead!

Stylesaute raybans

Stylesaute raybans

3.Half Sneaker Shoes

Somewhere stuck in the middle are the semi-sneaker and semi-square tipped shoes like these. These  Grand-dad style shoes might be close to your grand-dad’s heart but definitely not ours. Let this pair go off your closet, sadly but truly. Demise of an era, it is. Instead try these super-classy desert shoes, called “Chukka Boots” in brown from ASOS. They go well with almost every jeans and can look fierce and cute both!

StyleSaute Chukka Boots

StyleSaute Chukka Boots

4. Baggy Cargo Shorts

Baggy cargo shorts, made infamous by Abercrombie & Fitch had their time, but like many things these days, the look is trimmer and more fitted. Pick up some flat front shorts from United Colors of Benetton anywhere or from our Myntra, or Join now at signup.stylesaute.com and we’ll create a ‘sexy shorts & Polos’ look for you.

StyleSaute's Slim Shorts

StyleSaute’s Slim Shorts

5. Muffin top aka LOOSE-shirts

Guys, please believe the girls when they give your loosely loose shirts those disparagingly angled looks cuz nothing looks worse than a muffin top and blousy sleeves. It’s time to lay your hands on the new cuts available at many Mens formal wear brands go by names like slim cut, tailored fit, modern fit, and athletic fit. Try your hands here or drop us an email at Shruti@stylesaute.com and she’ll buy one for you in your size and favorite color! 🙂

StyleSaute's Muffin top shirts!

StyleSaute’s Muffin top shirts!

6. Really wide clown ties

The skinnier your tie, the less formal it becomes, so if you’re trying to rock the casual tie, pick one that’s looks the slimmest in your wardrobe, but Wide Ties also gotta go man! They should’ve gone-long long ago, but we’re still here writing about it! On the best bet, your tie should ideally measure 3 inches or less at its widest point, and even then, it’s pretty freakin’ wide! Try something again from Myntra here

StyleSaute's Slim Ties

StyleSaute’s Slim Ties

If you want to know more what you should be throwing out and buying in, drop us an email to our Lead Stylist- shruti@stylesaute.com