Gone are the days when blacks & greys were defined for bottom wear! Coloured khakis are the new rage this season. Get funky & choose from a palette of colours in neutral shades of light to dark. Crimson red, sky blue and tuscan red are the hottest colours to go for this season. Go for the high quality stretch cotton fabric which would feel light on the skin and keep you cool in the summer heat.
2) Which fabrics are ideal for summers?
Go for lighter fabrics like linen & cottons for summers as they allow breathability and helps you stay cool. The soft fabric of linen keeps you looking fresh all day long and the natural luster ensures a stylized look. Go for linen shirts in bright colours like Aqua, pollen yellow or deep red and pair it with a pair of Cotton khakis for that ultra chic look.
3) Can you suggest a look which can be carried off to a formal as well as informal occasion?
Khakis are good for just any occasions. How to put together the complete look is what matters. If it's a formal day occasion, pair coloured khakis with a summery checked shirt. And for those after-hour outings, dress your khakis up with a solid evening shirt, throw on an indigo jacket and, for a dash of chic cool, accessorize with a red bow tie. You could also go for a waist coat along with mandarin collar shirt for that evening dressed-up look.
4) Can a pocket square, as an accessory, replace a tie? Also, how can one effectively team them both together?
A pocket square is not meant to replace a tie, these two accessories complement each other, but a pocket square can be worn without a tie also, especially in the summers. Go for pocket squares in prints or bright colours and tuck it to the breast pocket of your waist coat to immediately create a distinct dressed-up look. However, as an alternative to a tie, one could go for a bow-tie. Bow-ties are the hottest trend this season and you can go for the ultimate black silk ones while you dress-up for a formal event and for those uber cool parties, play on with colours in shades of red, blue, greens or even get funky with polka dotted & printed ones.
5) How many ways of folding pocket squares do you know of? Which one is currently in trend?
There are several ways of folding a pocket square such as one point, two point, three point, flat fold, puff etc. Currently in trend is the four peak style, it has a lot of fluff and dimples. To fold it just lay the pocket square flat, pick it from the centre with all five fingers, hold it like a flower, gracefully roll it a in the direction of the arrow, turn it upside down and place it in the pocket with four end looking mountain peaks. It should never appear that you struggled too much on folding the pocket square. The crisp flat ironed folds are not recommended, these styles defeat the purpose.
6) Neckties or belts are a great way to jazz up an attire. Are there any rules to follow while picking up accessories?
A well matched pocket square or a bow-tie or even a nice leather belt and bag can really help in accentuating the look of an individual. A pocket square when done right can really diversify the look of a suit in varied ways. One can experiment with pocket squares as you can choose from bold colours, patterns or paisley prints. A nice leather bag carried to meetings can add a touch of sophistication and style to your entire look. You could go for leather bags in colours like black, tan-browns. Ties in colours like navy or burgundy paired with contrasting suit and shirt can make an interesting look.
7) Can colours be incorporated to office wardrobe?
Being dressed in formals doesn't always have to mean the monotonous blacks, browns or greys. One can create a distinct style by trying suits in navy. This is equally professional and makes you stand distinct. And one can also experiment with colours in shirts. The colour palette for this season is deep colours versus regular pastels. If you are experimental then go on add some quirkiness to your attire by adding accessories like cuff-links, ties in bold, striped or printed and even leather belts and bags.
8) White is the ultimate colour for the summers. Is it possible to style it up?
White is one colour which can be worn at all occasions. White when paired with a pair of coloured trousers or khakis can just make you look trendy and cool for summers. Go for white shirts with cut-away collars/taped shirt for a formal party look or the mandarin collar shirt paired with a cut-sleeves linen jacket and coloured trousers for the outdoor look. A crisp vertical striped white shirt is just ideal for the black tie events and also brings a distinctness to the look.