The wardrobe essential - Formal & casual round up

The wardrobe essential – Formal & casual round up

A man's wardrobe can be divided into two broad categories - Formals & casuals. Both the categories are equally important as they play a big role in one's image building at work and otherwise. However, it's difficult to define one particular design or colour as an essential, clothes selection also depends on ones personal taste and preference.

Formal wear

Formal wear for men is a broad category which encompasses styles, colours, patterns, cuts and a lot of other things. Lets look at a few in this blog:

The suit: The necessity of a well tailored suit cannot be emphasized any more. Like we’ve mentioned before, it is the very essence of being male. Ensure you’ve the basic colors like charcoal grey and brown. These are perfect for formal meetings in office and outdoor evening meetings with clients.


Blazer: The blazer can be the same as a suit jacket but cut a little shorter in length. It can be solid in colour but tends to look better in a pattern or an interesting colour such as brown windowpane check, navy plaid or pastel shades.

Look for jackets that have softer shoulders and minimal lining for a comfortable fit that feels more like wearing a shirt than a jacket. Try pairing them with everything from a classic jeans and t-shirt combination to a pair of corduroy trousers and a rugby top.


Waistcoat: Waistcoat can be worn for office as well as during a casual outing. Keep in mind that for office wear, the waistcoat options should be in 100 percent wool & colors are to be kept neutral.


Coats: For a country like India, where the weather varies from place to place, coats are a great option when the temperature dips down. Places in the north demand this attire, and a variation in your wardrobe is always welcome.


Formal shoes: You should be looking to own a pair of black cap toe shoes, which are acceptable by all the colors in your formal wardrobe. However, it’s nice to be a bit more urbane and own a few different pairs which compliment the clothes, rather than just match. Some of the options you can look at are the brown Oxfords, burgundy penny loafers, tan brogues and suede shoes.


Casual clothing: Casual clothing is an important part of a man’s wardrobe. Investing in pieces that are simple, classic and versatile allows you to mix, match and experiment with less hassle and clashing.


T-shirts: T-shirts work perfectly well with a pair of denims and boots and can be dressed up with a unstructured blazer and chinos. Staple tees in white, grey and navy offer the most versatility. The sleeves should finish mid bicep, whilst the body should be slim through the torso and end a couple of inches below the waist.

Jeans: A good pair of Jeans is decided by three things, fit, fit and fit. If they aren’t the right fit, you can get them altered by a good tailor. When it comes to color choices, indigo or dark blue should be one of the first colors to join your wardrobe.

Chinos and Trousers: The great thing about chinos is that they can be treated like jeans and in semi-formal situations as well. Waistcoats and jackets can be paired with chinos to get the suave look.

Casual shirts These shirts can be identified with the fit, pattern and materials which are mostly different than the formal shirts. The fit should be proper along the neck and sleeves. A way to identify the proper fit is that you should be able to fit two fingers comfortably between your neck. Also when you turn your head the collar should stay still.


Casual Jackets Whether you like leather or denims, there’s just one simple rule when buying a casual jacket: The size should be one below what you normally go for. The jacket should fit snugly around your shoulders. This gives the jacket the exact structure of your body.

Casual Shoes Shoes must change when you change your clothing style too. Pairing formal shoes with casuals is considered a huge fashion blunder, unless it’s absolutely required to be worn. Some of the casual shoe options are boat shoes, desert boots and trainers.

Boat shoes are a good idea in the summers as they are airy and can be carried off in a literally cool manner without any socks.

A pair of brown suede desert boots will see you through any season.

If you are just starting out on your sartorial journey, these two basic guidelines can be really helpful. If your clothes fit you properly, regardless of the price of the item, they will always look like it was made for your body. A good tailor is the first step towards achieving the perfect fit.

Investing in pieces that are simple, classic and versatile allows you to not only justify an extravagant price tag but also means that the majority of the items in your wardrobe can be mixed and matched with minimal hassle or clashing.

Posted in Casual, Formal on Jan 23, 2014

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