First and foremost, the advantages of this list are dual in nature. To start off with, these are items that will aid you in standing at least ten feet apart from the rest of the crowd. Not just that, these are also items that make an outfit, photogenic.
Also, think of this as a cheat list. If you’re a master procrastinator, you’re going to leave your ethnic wear shopping till the last minute, or maybe not do it at all. So, these are quite easily found in a man’s wardrobe, thus saving you time, effort and the superpower to not procrastinate.
Clearly, there were more than two benefits.
Silk Straight Fit Trousers
I could’ve said linen but that fabric has the tendency to wrinkle. Hence, silk. Also, silk looks festive and can easily be corroborated as ethnic wear. Your pants may or may not crop at the ankle, but they could be straight fit and solid hued. You can wear them underneath a kurta of a similar fabric and of a complementary or contrasting colour.
Shatter the myth that a pocket square, a cravat or a silken scarf is primarily a part of suiting apparel. You could easily wear one, folded neatly in a kurta pocket. Not the pocket by the side of your arms, the one on the top half of the torso. Contrasting colours and Indian prints are more than welcome!
A surprise entrant, for sure! This is the perfect solution if you have too many bomber jackets lying around or an excuse to buy if you have none. A bomber jacket worn over a white kurta is experimental, but not risque. Pair your outfit with ruched light denims and a pair of Kolhapuris.
Consider this a shoutout to desi styles more prevalent in winter. A low-cost investment with high returns, Chelsea Boots will change the entire sartorial mapping of your outfit. With a volley of colours, it just got simpler to match your accessories (read: watch) with your shoes. Wear it underneath a Pathani for max ‘stylish simpleton’ feels.
White or Black Shirt
Remember your banter with your mum every time you’re forced to wear a kurta? You can give that up now. A white shirt can easily masquerade as traditional wear if styled right. Better yet if it’s a Mandarin collared long line one. You can pair it with dhoti pants and pocket square or a cravat inside.
Lapel Pins & Collar Brooch
Lapel pins and collar brooches are an important part of the contemporary, evening wear, jewellery segment. That’s not to say, they aren’t in the long haul to be styled in multiple ways. An easy way to look more put together, these items will highlight your attention to detail.
Structured Duffel Coat & Structured Longline Cardigan
A duffel coat may be more ideal for a cooler climate and less formal ethnic occasions. That is owing to their thick fabric and the toggle-fastenings. However, a longline cardigan of a seemingly thick, structured fabric can easily be incorporated into an ethnic outfit. Perfect for layering, make sure the cardigan sits well on your shoulders though.