Friday - - Beauty -

Q As the sum­mer is here, I would like to know what to wear in a slightly re­laxed cor­po­rate set­ting with­out be­ing too in­for­mal. Any ad­vice?

AThe sum­mer is an op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery gen­tle­man to con­quer his deep­est fear by play­ing with light and vi­brant colours, which oth­er­wise are rel­e­gated to the back of his wardrobe. The trick, how­ever, to make it not seem too flam­boy­ant is to strike the per­fect bal­ance be­tween look­ing slightly re­laxed with­out be­ing too ca­sual or in­for­mal. This is some­thing which can only be achieved by prac­tis­ing ef­fort­less el­e­gance.

Ef­fort­less el­e­gance is a term that is used to de­scribe a look that has crisp min­i­mal­ism with well thought-out de­tails put to­gether in a care­fully stud­ied man­ner that ap­pears ran­dom and non­cha­lant.

It is es­sen­tially putting to­gether per­fect im­per­fec­tions in places that get no­ticed in an ef­fort­less but not a care­less man­ner. To achieve this look, you should opt for a blazer, prefer­ably in a lighter hue of grey or blue. Make sure that the fab­ric has a pat­tern such as a win­dow­pane check or a hound­stooth. If you are go­ing to wear a be­spoke blazer, in­struct your tai­lor to give you a slim notch lapel no more than 7cm wide, with one but­ton on the front and three but­tons on your sleeves.

En­sure you have work­ing but­tons on your sleeves and have the first but­ton­hole on your sleeve in a dif­fer­ent colour. This de­tail can be show­cased by leav­ing the first but­ton on your sleeve un­done, which is the per­fect way to ex­ude ef­fort­less el­e­gance. It is some­thing that will get no­ticed while you ges­ture with your hands when you talk or in­ter­act with peo­ple.

Add to this by pair­ing your jacket with cot­ton trousers or chi­nos that con­trast yet com­ple­ment the colour of your sum­mer blazer, pos­si­bly match­ing the colour of the checks on your blazer.

To en­sure that the en­tire look doesn’t seem too ca­sual, bal­ance this com­bi­na­tion with a white self-tex­tured shirt. Leave your shirt col­lar open with­out a tie to give a smart ca­sual ap­peal. Bal­ance this by us­ing a nice and vi­brant silk pocket square that com­ple­ments the colour of your first but­ton hole on the sleeve. This is a per­fect way to im­ple­ment the stud­ied ran­dom­ness of ef­fort­less el­e­gance.

Just so your pocket square and the but­ton­hole de­tail don’t stand out too much from your en­tire at­tire, at­tract­ing too much at­ten­tion to­wards your up­per body, make sure your socks match the colour of your pocket square.

Fi­nally match the colour of your shoelaces to your chi­nos. This care­ful at­ten­tion to de­tail will surely cre­ate an im­pres­sion in your work­place – mak­ing ev­ery­one un­der­stand that your work re­flects the same kind of at­ten­tion to de­tail and that you are a gen­tle­man who be­lieves in the fact that you are what you wear. Such is the power of ef­fort­less el­e­gance.

PAWAN AND ASHISH ISHWAR are tailors at Knights & Lords, a be­spoke tai­lor­ing house in Dubai.

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