Do real men wear colour? Confident men do! MH highlights six blazer and trouser pairings for the new age man.
Match made in heaven
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Forget the age-old rhyme debasing blue and green's compatibility-these two shades should definitely be seen together. This non-traditional pairing has really come into its own recently. To avoid any garish clashes, stick to shades at the same end of the spectrum; khaki sits well with navy, while a fresh leafy green will complement a darker blue hue perfectly. "One can also opt for something in a similar shade, but with a hint of colour in the form of a pattern or print, like a coloured striped t-shirt, in this case, not only breaks the monotony of the color, but also brings forth the look making it visually appealing," says Vikrant Mehta of the Virtues label. And if you're looking for ways of framing a blue and green pairing, try incorporating lighter colours like white or grey-both of which will complement, rather than clash with, the principal focus.
T-shirt, Gant, Rs 5,999; Jacket, trousers, Mint Blush, Rs 8,000, Rs 10,000; Belt, Nautica, Rs 3,200; Pocket Square, SBJ, Rs 999; Shoes, Tresmode, Rs 9,000; Watch, Arttdinox, Rs 12,500; Hat, Brooks Brothers, Rs 32,000.
Channel your inner Gatsby
How to make contrasts complement
Subtle, yet highly effective, pastel blazers have, over the recent years, developed into modern must-haves. Oozing style and sophistication, they will add a Gatsby-esque twist to any ensemble. "Team a shirt with a light scattered print and not an overall print, as it might overpower the entire look," says Mehta. Pick any colour from the pastel palette, be it sky blue, pink, or yellow, and make sure to team it with darker shade trousers to produce a sophisticated look that oozes class and elegance.
Shirt, Mint Blush, Rs 4000; Jacket, Gant, Rs 8,000; Trousers, Nautica, Rs 3,990; Shoes, Koovs.com, Rs 1,200; Belt, Brooks Brothers, Rs 4,990; Pocket Square, SBJ, Rs 999.
Go quintessentially blue
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It's a well-known fact that the navy blazer is perhaps one of the most well-documented wardrobe staples, but one can also go for something a little more vibrant. Ideal for those who want to venture into the world of colour without pushing their boundaries too far, the blue blazer (in bright or pale hues) is what you would call a happy medium. Not too flashy, yet strong enough to set you apart from the crowd, this fail-safe option is a must-own. "Make sure that your shoes are either a similar shade of your jacket or trousers, as adding a new colour to the ensemble would make it look too busy and unattractive," adds Mehta. In terms of outfit options, you can go in two different directions. For example, team with coloured chinos and espadrilles during the weekend or white trousers and loafers when going smart chic.
Shirt, Camessi, Rs 5,600; Jacket, CUE, Rs 38,000; Pants, Brooks Brothers, Rs 13,500; Tie, Pocket Square, SBJ, Rs 1,200, Rs 999; watch, Arttdinox, Rs 14,500; Shoes, Tresmode, Rs 12,990.
Pastel colour your palette
How to not make pastels boring
For the warmer months, paler shades are a great way to keep your tailored looks fresh. The combination of light grey and white provides an icy contrast to the blazing sunshine and works for any occasion, particularly smarter events such as dinner parties and business meetings. "Although a well-known technique, adding a contrast colour in the form of a shirt, socks or even a pocket square, adds a pop of colour and makes it stand out, yet not overshadow the actual colour combination," says Varun Rana, fashion features director, Harper's Bazaar India. To make this combination feel contemporary and truly effortless, opt for a slim-cut pair of white chinos or jeans and an unstructured light/mid-grey blazer that can be thrown on at a moment's notice.
Shirt, Tommy Hilfiger, Rs 4,550; Jacket, Shoes, Koovs.com, Rs 7,800, Rs 2,785; Jeans, Brooks Brothers, Rs 12,990; Belt, Nautica, Rs 3,200; Watch, Arttdinox, Rs 12,500.
Add a hint of mint
How to spice up the subtle hues
For a modern take on the classic navy and beige combination, try teaming a dark blue checked or patterned jacket with a beige trouser for a smart and sophisticated outfit that can transition from day to night. "It's all about adding playfulness to your look. A blue and beige combination keeps things classic but adding a pattern to it gives it an edge," says Nandini Bhalla, editor, Cosmopolitan India. Opt for lightweight fabrics with a slight structure to keep your look clean, yet comfortable- think smooth cotton trousers with a linen-blend blazer. Not only does it keep your style quotient intact, but also keeps your comfort in mind.
Shirt, Gant, Rs 5,999; Jacket, Pocket Square, SBJ, Rs 25,000, Rs 999; Trousers, Nautica, Rs 3,9999; Belt, Brooks Brothers, Rs 4,990; Shoes, Koovs.com, Rs 2,789; Watch, Arttdinox, Rs 12,500.
Pair red and blue with vengeance
How to flaunt timeless confidence
A wide variety of hues are available in the market these days, from primary red and vibrant cherry to softer shades of crimson and pastel pink. Whether worn for a night out in the town or to dinner with your loved ones, this bold statement option will breathe new life into your wardrobe. When it comes to styling, make sure to keep the rest of your outfit simple and let the blazer take centre stage. "Like the female version of Lady in Red, a red jacket demands confidence and if a man can work this colour, attention (of the good kind) is guaranteed," adds Bhalla. A white shirt, navy trousers and loafers would make a sensible, everyday choice. Not only does the blue and red combination work well together, it will also help you stand out in a crowd.
Shirt, Gant, Rs 5,999; Jacket, SBJ, Rs 23,000; Jeans,
VOI Jeans, Rs 1,890; Shoes, Koovs.com, Rs 1,200