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men are from mars

The metrosexual male is no more intimidated by bold colours or prints when it comes to legwear. In fact, he is welcoming to the so-called feminine colours like pink, yellow and leaf green

It’s the season of being flamboyant, a time when men are going to be bold and experimental in what they wear. Colours, prints and unusual styles had already affected menswear earlier. However, they were restricted only to the tops. Now, both designers and stylists seem to be pushing the envelope ahead and taking these elements to bottom wear.

Men’s fashion has never respected boundaries. And that’s the best part of it. Designers create different silhouettes for men every season. Some showcasing loose pants while others make cigarette pants. The industry is generous enough catering to men with different tastes and style. In fact, there is something to suit everybody and every whim.

If you see Hollywood star George Clooney in large polka dots trousers and jackets, then you are likely to come across actor Aamir Khan in dark pink trousers. If you catch sights of Kristen Stewart in flame orange coloured chinos or David Beckham in khaki it’s very likely you will set eyes on Hrithik Roshan, John Abraham, Sushant Singh Rajput, Ranvir Singh & Co. attired in coloured chinos of sky blue, cobalt blue, red or orange. This season say goodbye to pastels and monochromes. Men’s legwear is serenading colours and prints.

“Prints are making big this season and have graduated to come on woven trousers as well as denims. Coloured bottoms are widely accepted in the Indian market as witnessed since the last two seasons,” says Dhanya M, designer head of the men’s apparel brand, Blumerq.

Indian men are still far from trying polka dot trousers for the Indian psyche still associates this print with circus jokers or comedians of the 60s of Bollywood, like comedian Rajendranath. But that doesn’t stop one from wearing polka bottoms in tonal colours. A bold statement from an international celebrity can be beautifully translated to our native Indian customising with subtle detailing and yet staying with international trend. Experimenting has no age limitation.

Young designer Ujjawal Dubey who specialises in men’s wear and recently showcased in Gen Next category of LFW Summer resortwear 2014 show, says, “I believe style is all about attitude. Age is no bar. If you are comfortable in colours or prints, go ahead, wear them!’’

Designer and celebrity stylist of the eponymous label, Rajat Tangri, who has been in the fashion circuit for over a decade now, says, “Whatever you wear as an individual, you need to have the confidence to carry it off. Older men cannot wear the same prints as younger lot can. But then they can always experiment with very minute prints that look like texturing. They can surely experiment with colours depending on how they team it up. Teaming up coloured pants with a nice shirt or blazer is a good way of incorporating colour.’’

True, it’s the sheer confidence level of the wearer which is at show. Take the case of industrialist Yash Birla and his dressing sense. Or the much older risk management expert Jamal Mecklai. Both dress the way they want and with sheer self-assurance. In the same way we have had actor Dev Anand. The metrosexual man likes to experiment and would be keen to go for prints, even polka dots.

The younger generation is opting for low fork, harem or generally loose pants to give them that extra comfort, unhampered by colours. Fabrics like linen and stretch cotton are trending now. In terms of silhouettes, there are ankle length pants and loose linen pants with elasticated hems. In fact, a lot of textured fabrics are in. High street brands like Zara have a lot of clothes in printed and textured fabrics now.

However, one needs to keep in mind two things: These trousers don’t suit all occasions and cannot replace the formal office wear. Prints and textures work well for casual wear and are considered rejuvenating when you are in your own space. It also depends on your place of work. Like a blogger or stylist may experiment with his look at work. Those who don’t necessarily have to wear formals to work place can also experiment with these trends for office wear.

Observes designer and celebrity stylist Hasnain Patel, “It depends on the type of print you choose to wear. Short prints in solid colours are apt to be worn for beach parties or while you are relaxing at home. Hounds-tooth print or fabric can be worn to parties. Floral prints are appropriate for a wedding or red carpet event.”

Summing up the new trend Neha Shah, manager-marketing, Pepe Jeans India, she says, “Prints and colours are more of a weekend dressing trend. Indian men are still not as bold to try out this trend. Colours like ink blue, bottle green, maroon, red, mustard rule the season. Fabric – cotton with little stretch in it. Slightly narrow fitted pants or straight bottoms.”


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