Summer of Spiffy Styles!
Exploring the trends in men’s fashion this summer
This summer, it’s time to beat the heat with a wardrobe makeover. Men are at the forefront of this style change. Bindu Gopal Rao explores what’s trending in men’s fashion this summer.
Cotton and linen are the preferred fabrics for summers by most designers, since these are the most functional fabrics. Keeping in mind the extreme temperatures, cotton is also the most breathable fabric. There is a lot of emphasis on blended fabrics and sustainability is the focus. In blends, there is an increased use cotton Tencel, cotton nylon, cotton poly (poly which is recycled from PET bottles and ocean recovered plastics). “The textures have mellowed, becoming more classic; prints are still strong and we see two variants, the small ditsy floral and the big tropical leaves and flowers. We also see a slow entry of Japanese bamboo and bamboo leaf prints,” says Rahul Ranjan, Senior Manager - Design, FLF brand Division. The most important thing in fashion is the ‘comfort factor’; you
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN FASHION IS THE ‘COMFORT FACTOR’.
could put on anything stylish but if you are not comfortable, it will reflect sooner or later. Some classics are back such as grey suits, beige pants and white shirts. Wrinkle-free and crease free fabrics will take preference over other finer materials. Manjula Gandhi, Chief Product Officer, Numero Uno Jeanswear, explains, “We are using cotton rich solid knits in varying GSMs from mid to heavy in our core basics. For casuals, we are using fabrics that give a textured or speckled look to the fabric along with a whole lot of prints with updated finishes on fabrics. Borro prints and handcrafted techniques inspire mechanically made fabrics that result in fashionable, durable and comfortable products. In the active wear segment, it is futuristic fabrics along with performance fabrics.” Linen is the classic summer material. Its highly absorbent and
breathable nature makes it comfortable for our Indian summers. Men have accepted this fabric as a ‘must have’ in their wardrobe. It has evolved into haute fashion ideal for all occasions.
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Looking beyond the classic white denim which is a summer staple, coloured jeans are a great way to add some spice to a summer look. Dressing up for recreational activities is also on the rise. Akash Verma, Founder, Chokore.com, says, “The vertical stripe is officially menswear’s new go-to pattern. Broad checks for casuals and small for semi-casual/formal will be in this summer. Athletic shorts/polos/horizontal striped t-shirts and Mandarin/Chinese collar shirts are also in.”
We will see a lot of bright colour palettes along with floral, abstract and quirky object prints. Garments like waist coats, linen blazers and breezy cotton kurtas work best in the summers. “The bandhgala is a very versatile garment and can instantaneously dress up your look. It has suddenly taken the style quotient a notch higher and the Jawahar jacket also seems to be the latest pick for men. Today, urban men are well-travelled and aware of global standards and fashion trends. Gone are the days when the colour board for menswear comprised only of the staple ‘black’ or ‘blue’. Nowadays, the colour spectrum for men’s attire ranges across every possible hue,” says Surbhi Pansari, Founder and Owner, Surbhi Pansari.
Long t-shirts are making waves with young customers, as are long body shirts. Trousers are gaining volume and slowly moving out of the skinny and tight fit template. There is a return of some old school looks this season. While white does not go out of style, this summer will see a variety of blues ranging from electric to navy. Ranu Bathwal-Founder and CEO, Popup Galleria adds, “Light washed and loose fit basic denims, side striped trousers, cuffed joggers, tone-on-tone colours such as black with black are trending.” Characterised by individual style, classic craftsmanship and fit, the current trend in menswear prefers asymmetrical cuts and off centered garments. Low-high kurtas with different lengths also rule the ramp. “It points towards keeping the style quotient just right and not going overboard with cuts, yet adding personal touch to the silhouettes. Jawahar jackets, kurtas and
bandhgalas with hand embroidery and intricate thread work are very popular for occasion wear. It is all about exclusivity when it comes to choosing a garment and men are leaving no stone unturned to look uber chic and cool. The outfits that they choose for various occasions
mostly help in expressing their spirit and personality. Whether it is a formal business party, a casual get-together with friends or a wedding, these globetrotting men prefer exclusivity when they have to choose a particular look. They leave no chance to look their best for any occasion,” says Surbhi Pansari.
Today’s urban man has become innovative with fashion choices. Therefore, what worked 10 years before may not work now. The best thing one can do is to keep in mind the aesthetic appeal of one’s individuality. “Always check trends before picking on a wardrobe look, your closet should include trendy yet comfortable clothing. Even though trends are important, everyone adds a unique flavour with their own touch and sense of style, so always stay true to your expressions. Play with combinations and colours depending on your skin tone and complexion,” advises Aanchal Saini, CEO & Founder, Rent it Bae. Vishal Mawandia, Founder/ Designer/Tailor of Zegdo explains, “Softness is the key. Chinos in cotton and linen, two inches higher than the ankle bone, pencil cuts, single and double pleats, will be in vogue. Keep the jackets light, preferably half lined, so it helps with the summer’s fresh and hot vibe. Doublebreasted shirts have made a huge comeback.” Summer always brings back the classics into the season, for they are a perfect way to embrace soaring temperature with much ease. “Smooth texture, muted metallics, powerful contrasts will ensure you put your best foot forward every time you step out in the sun; the lighter colours, especially pastel shades and beige or light wine tints are the ones that are pleasing to the eyes and yield maximum comfort to the body in summers. Not to forget the ‘business or smart casuals’ that stand to benefit the most and never go out of demand by the working professional class for its wide range of variety with maximum comfort in its build up to cut the heat wave and add variance to the office wardrobe,” opines Ketan Pishe, Partner, P N Rao.
So, go ahead and give your wardrobe that spanking new makeover and you will be summer ready – no matter what the occasion! Forget the heat this summer, because it’s raining men!