Bullet proof shirt wardrobe
Various domestic companies and brands have been working in tune with fashion, endlessly generating new trends and giving a new significance to the wardrobe staple. Here are some pointers to indicate what's new in men's shirts.
Fashion winds have expanded the vocabulary of men's shirts.
MEN'S CLOTHING brings to the forefront varied and busy lives we all lead... where work is a constant presence and fun is a serious business. The old uniforms are gone with casual work environments, global influences, technological advancements and `fashion winds'. These words have expanded the vocabulary of men's shirt design.
Various domestic companies have been working in tune with fashion, endlessly generating new trends. These `brands' have given a new significance to this wardrobe staple. Following is a set of pointers indicating, "what's new" in men's shirts, helping you build a bullet proof shirt wardrobe.
The fashion calendar reflects yarn-dyed fabrics (checks and stripes). Stripes are calling like never before. It is time to go in for `geo-styling' Zod! by Zodiac offers the versatile `multi-stripe' collection for the upwardly urban male. The styling with florentine collars is available in five colours that could be sourced from any of the Zodiac showrooms or from Shopper's Stop and Lifestyle. This `striped affair' is priced at Rs. 995 Genesis (Hasbro's formal men's wear) equips you with the perfect checkmate weapon-cross check shirts. These shirts are bias-cut (diagonally across the weave) and are priced at Rs. 799.
The basic shirt re-emerging as a hip mainstream element in the modern wardrobe.
At this time in the calendar, it is fashionable to be green fingered. This goes to say that opt for natural, eco-friendly fabrics. Linen is the prescribed `fashion pill' for all men. The hollow structures of the fibre allow linen to absorb moisture and heat from the body. Zodiac could drop into your shopping basket eight cool shades in linen. Styled with a high button down collar, these shirts are priced at Rs. 1,525. You could keep your skin fresh and light in linen shirts from Basics priced at Rs. 770 onwards.
Detailing this season talks of different collar options including the semi cutaway collars, florentine collars with two buttons on the collar band teamed with cutaway broad cuffs. Button down collars are also indicated. The colourama is based on sky blue, coral red, mint green, ecru and beige.
Feminine detailing like fagotting, spaced tucks, pin tucks and beeding is crawling into men's domain. Bay Island Cottons from Arvind brand forms a part of this story. "The Pacific Collection" from the same presents a range of semi-formal shirts that are cheery and stylish cut. Designs range from bold and vivid solids to subtle and understated checks. The price points oscillate between Rs. 549 and Rs. 699.
Textured surfaces are in and the `perforated weave' is just the right fabric innovation you need. Louis Philippe's shirt collection `Mozart' made from two-ply 100 per cent cotton fabric is doing strong. This perforated weave is crafted based on the strings of the violin, thus creating fashion magic. These shirts are priced from Rs. 999 onwards. In the same narration, feature the textured shirts from Basics. This range indicated crimpled yarns or yarns that go in loops to create a different surface design.
Thank God, it is Friday - you've got more freedom! This syndrome indicates solids with ultra-smooth faces. The colour story revolves around fresh tangy hues. Don't forget to hang powder pink and lilac in your closet. Provogue offers a range of solids with smooth suede like finish on cotton. Contrast closures (buttons) create "that" element of interest. This range effortlessly takes you from the worktable to the dinner table. Extending the story are non-iron polynosic shirts (from Basics) in seven shades priced at Rs. 770. You could lay your hands on aubergine, blue and black micro-peached shirts by Zod! priced at Rs. 795.
When the sun sets, the well-dressed man has more options than ever before. The nightlife indicates `stretch satin'. The body-hugging club wear collection by Zod! is based on satin and lycra blend to highlight hours spent at the gym. This `haute endeavour' by Zodiac is priced at Rs. 1,285. Black, dark gray, burgundy and navy blue should be your favourite night colours.
To fight the splitter-splatter of monsoons, you have always craved for fabric with moisture absorption ability. The fashion solution indicates the revolutionary `Icetouch' shirt. With its unique Absorption-Transportation-Evaporation (ATE) method, Icetouch promises to keep the weaver up to 5 degrees C cooler under ideal conditions. The moisture absorption is reportedly nine times faster than normal shirts. Priced at Rs. 895 onwards. These shirts can be sourced from all exclusive Van Huesen showrooms and mega stores like Shopper's Stop and Lifestyle.
The men's shirt, originally a symbol of propriety and masculine power, has re-emerged as a hip mainstream element in the modern wardrobe. Don't view business meetings as a form of psychodrama but as performance art. Sport a reassuring shirt from your bullet proof wardrobe!
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