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10 menswear dos and don’ts from fashion week

This year’s Fashion Week showcased a large selection of menswear, albeit only a handful made it to our must-have list, there were a few experiments gone awry, like the capri leg-hair-showing pants — a definite no-no.

Taking cue from our shaadi jora favourites, here’s a rundown of how guys too can dress to impress by following these 10 guidelines from the three-day event:


Dos

1) Layering

Amir Adnan's collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.
Amir Adnan’s collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.

Amir Adnan knows how to layer and this look hits the nail. From the button-down, to the vest, to the leather jacket, everything falls in-sync. Pairing it with mustard pants or a lighter shade gives it the needed final touches.

Also, don’t shy away from scarves, they add oomph to an attire, but be careful because as easy it is to throw one on, it is just that easy to make it into a faux pas.

2) Pairing whites with a pale colour

Deepak and Fahad's collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.
Deepak and Fahad’s collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.

White works with everything and this mint green sherwani is proof. It’s soft, subtle and eay on the eyes while trendy at the same time.

The button-down and patyala surprisingly work together too! Notice the texture on the shirt, which complements the sherwani.

3) Printed shawl

Nida Azwer's collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Moovie Shoovy.
Nida Azwer’s collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Moovie Shoovy.

Winter weddings reqire shawls, but instead of reaching for the most obvious black and creams your mom/ sister owns, experiment with prints and colours, like Ali Sethi here.

The rich red shawl features a mughal-tapestry feel intricately woven with animals, plants and human figures. Total win!

Having said that, choose the same colour for the sherwani and lowers. Here, Nida Azwer used silk pants and a velvet sherwani, two materials which when dyed the same colour come out entirely different. Keep a close check on colour and material.

4) Funky jacket

Arsalan Iqbal's collection at Fashion Week 206. Photo: Movie Shoovy.
Arsalan Iqbal’s collection at Fashion Week 206. Photo: Movie Shoovy.

Granted this is a bit heavy on the eyes and extremely extravagant, but don’t be scared to experiment because this can be a statement piece without needing any extras.

5) Keep it simple

Deepak and Fahad's collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.
Deepak and Fahad’s collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.

If all else fails, keep it simple. Because basic white shalwar kurta and a light coloured sherwani are sure fire winners. Try not to go for sherwanis with funky diagonal buttons though.


Don’ts

1) Going shirtless:

HSY's collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.
HSY’s collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.

Walking out in a blazer sans shirt is a no. Just, no. Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan do it in movies (and only movies) for a reason.

And ditch the lapel unless you can work it like rapper Common, because it’s no easy feat, especially when one looks like an oversized safety pin on a jacket.

2) Capri pants:

HSY's collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.
HSY’s collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.

Men and capri pants do not go together. Period.

3) Leather detailing on a sherwani

Arsalan Iqbals collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.
Arsalan Iqbals collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.

This Wolverine inspired sherwani best belongs in the X-Men costume department.

Adding leather — and those too, stripes — on a sherwani kill the grace of the traditional suit. Leather patches could work too, but anything more than that is excessive and looks unappealing. Skip printed shoes that scream for too much attention.

4) The wrong kind of layering

Deepak Perwani's collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.
Deepak Perwani’s collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.

When we said layer, we didn’t mean embroidery on embroidery and the use of similar colours.

A) Never mix two different types of patterns, in this case, floral and geometric; B) If a heavy emboirdered/ pattern jacket is on the cards then plain shalwar kameez work best to highlight the work; C) Never pair two colours of the same fraternity together, it gets too loud.

5) Pairing a peshwas with a sherwani

Deepak and Fahad's collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.
Deepak and Fahad’s collection at Fashion Week 2016. Photo: Movie Shoovy.

We’re confused… this outfit features a peshwas (if we’re not wrong) and a sherwani and we just don’t see it… exactly why it’s in in the ‘don’ts’ section.

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