Stylists identify the fashion errors men often make and offer advice on getting it right through the summer
It's not just women who are particular about being well-dressed, men are conscious of it too. But they don't seem to get it right all the time. Two celebrity stylists point out common fashion errors men make, and how to set them right.
Error: Wraparound shades These look good on the tennis court and on the running track, but not outside of the sporting arena. Protecting your eyes from the sun is important, but instead of opting for skull-hugging shades, invest in a pair of aviators or Wayfarers. And if these styles aren't right for you, take your time finding the right pair of sunglasses for your face cut. Try on a hundred if necessary, but don't reach out for the Terminator glasses.
Error: Wearing bright colours Celebrity stylist Kushal Parmanand says it is important to pick coloursthat are an extension of your personality. "Not everyone can carry off a pink shirt. It will look weird on them. If they must wear pink, they could pick a pastel shade that suits them better," he adds. Pick jewel-toned shades such as green, blue and avoid pop colours. If you have picked coloured pants, make sure the shirt and the jacket are neutral. "Colours should add to your look, not subtract from it," Parmanand says.
Error: Wearing too much perfume Whatever the ads may say, no woman likes a man who reeks of perfume. They also don't like men with body odour that leaves a mile-long trail. Parmanand says it's crucial to remember that no perfume will last forever, however 'strong' it is. Instead, choose one that lingers well. "Test it. Spray it on your pulse points and then walk around for 10 minutes and then sniff it to see if it works for you. I believe fragrances mingle differently with each person's body and you need to give it time to sit on your body to figure if it's right for you,' he adds. If body odour is a problem, invest in a deo-stick or antiperspirant and dab a little perfume on top.
Error: Wearing socks with shorts Mumbai-based designer Mathieu Gugumus Leguillon says wearing socks with shorts or cropped pants is a big no-no. If you wear them with closed shoes, you can wear inner socks that don't show. The fabric should be cotton, as they are the most hygienic and comfortable in this weather. He warns: Sporty socks with a formal style are a big turn off.
Error: Pointy-toed shoes The pointy toe looks good on women. They have the slim ankles to go with it. Men, you need to find a style for yourself. And don't sweat, several fashion outlets these days have trendy footwear for men that's functional as well. And if you can't find the right fit, go for a pair of loafers. Parmanand says neutral shades, such as ochre and beige are a good buy as they can be paired with jeans, chinos and even suits.
Error: Sweat patches It's going to be hot — and humid like it is now — for half the year. Deal with it. Mathieu Leguillon says men should be careful about the material they pick up from the racks. "Only natural fibres, such as cotton, will help avoid sweat marks and body odour," he adds .