The New Year might have come and gone, but winter is still here – and like that pesky boy who never understands a no, it isn’t going away anytime soon. Considering we aren’t Elsa from Frozen, and the cold does bother us, there’s just one simple thing to do – as the mercury dips, it’s time to invest in some winter essentials. We have one simple rule for you: don’t be lazy and just spend some money for once, instead of wearing the same (read: raggedy) clothes that you wear every winter. You don’t think people notice? Well, hello, Facebook memories.
Do we have something to help? But obviously. Our resident fashion expert and style icon, The Guystyler picks out five winter essentials that every man must stock up for the chills (not necessarily the ones you get when you make a fashion faux pas though):
An overcoat – It might not be New York, but the weather in India is as unreliable as it’s traffic – more so, if you’re one of those single men who do not have a hot boy next to them to keep warm, this is an absolute must-have.
Dark Denims – The Guystyler personally love wearing torn jeans (Side note: but then again, he also tells me that the hair on his legs is not enough to keep him warm when it gets cold) Well, considering we aren’t bears (the animal kind), we must all invest in a pair of well-fitted dark denims for the season. The best part is their versatility – wear them casually with a bomber jacket or go for a semi formal look with a crisp shirt tucked in and a shawl collar sweater.
Leather Jacket – As hot and masculine as it may seem, a leather jacket is not magically capable of transforming you from Adam Brody into Adam Levine. So always go for one, which suits your personality and body type. If you’re a bottom, go for the ones that have an asymmetric zip or a wide collar. Conventional tops can go for Varsity cut leather jackets or ones that are slightly boxy.
A scarf – And no, we don’t mean your mother’s shawl wrapped around and stuffed in your jacket making it look like you’re Dolly Parton. Let’s make it simple: just go for a handsome cashmere one or something solid as it goes with a lot of different looks as opposed to printed scarves which are not too easy to style.
Chelsea Boots – I think there is nothing hotter than a man in rugged Chelsea boots teamed up with well-fitted trousers and a jacket. And if the man has a bike, then let me know where I can sign up.
Which one’s your favourite on your way to winter wonderland?
Have a pair of printed pants lying in your closet deeper than that homophobic second cousin of yours? Never know which way to wear the prints? Do you think that wearing the pants is a sure way to commit fashion faux pas? Think I ask too many questions?
The GuyStyler tells us exactly why printed pants are the ‘in-thing’, making sure that he gets all the fine print while he’s at it. (And I, on the other hand, give my wisdomous (if that is such a word) insight alongside, because hey, that’s what I do.)
“Printed pants have always been that one crucial piece of clothing that scares every man, second only to the form-fitting white t-shirt (The Guysexual’s side note about printed pants: we would like to put a disclaimer that this also includes gay men (or just me). ‘Those pants and that shirt? What were you thinking?’ – that’s the story of my life. Back to you, fashion expert!)
I mean I can’t tell you the number of times, I’ve been given “the look” when I’ve gone to a gay night out wearing printed pants. It’s funny but true – just like the fact that I have more shoes than I can wear, or worse, accommodate.
We’ll let you in on a secret. The trust is that a pair of printed pants just helps elevate your party look and takes it to a whole new level. Imagine a pair of beige linen pants with black Aztec prints all over them. Now team it up with a black shirt and a black blazer. That’s super hot and gives you that right amount of edge, without the need for any fairy godmothers, hypothetical or otherwise. (Goodbye Disney, we’ve got our own show running, thank you very much.)
While we are on the topic, here’s another fashion hack, just cause we like you so much. Tartan print is something that never goes out of season. The best way to wear tartan is to go for the same print combination for the blazer and the trouser so that you get a classic print-on-print look. (Disclaimer number 2: Sometimes this might be too much for a straight man to handle, even a gay one at times. So team it up with a white shirt, brown suspenders, a navy double-breasted jacket and brown brogues.)
If you are feeling slightly adventurous, you can experiment a bit more by going for polka dots, houndstooth or even paisley prints – like we say, it’s not fashion if you don’t dare to do it. (Okay, I said it.) In the end, the key is to make sure that the trousers are well fitted and made from a heavier fabric so that they don’t come across as pajamas.
Still confused? Here are a few lookbook references for you to take cues from. Go crazy!
While everyone in Delhi is going crazy about H&M opening in India, our fashion expert, The Guystyler is obsessing over the ridiculously amazing discounts over on Topman products at Jabong. Here’s an excerpt from his recent preview of the sale:
“Always a personal favorite, I can’t be happier that Jabong’s made TOPMAN go live in India. Their collection here might not be as outrageously cool and funky as it is overseas, but they’ve got the basics covered and that’s what they do best. Here is a list of 5 items that you NEED to buy from the big TOPMAN sale going on at Jabong right now:
Jeans – Where else would you get super comfortable jeans for as low as INR 2022? Topman’s premium quality jeans are on maximum 40% discount and are worth every single rupee. Guess we won’t have to sell that arm and leg after all.
T-Shirts – I have been wearing Topman T-shirts for quite sometime now and I must say that in addition to their quirky designs, the quality is impeccable. In fact, I am wearing one right now while writing this article. With sale prices as low as INR 474, you need to buy one of these. (Or multiple, if you’ve got the space for it in your closet.)
Underwear – A pack of 3 for INR 1000 is not a bad deal at all. Topman’s underwear are super cute, with the brand name printed almost on all of them. What’s better than telling your lover you wear fancy underwear? Telling your lover that you wear fancy Topman underwear.
Sweatshirts– Be it hoodies in various plain colors or printed ones, you know you can count on Topman sweatshirts to keep you warm in this changing weather (If winter ever comes, that is). Hoodies start from INR 1800, and I start from scratch right now.
Bags– Ranging from basic wallets (starting from INR 1100) to delicious black backpacks (Ranging from INR 1500 to 2800) and also the lone (but beautifully snazzy) duffel bag, Topman’s bag collection doesn’t disappoint, even if boyfriends do.
Now that you know what to buy from Topman, what are you waiting for? Head over to Jabong and make those credit cards weep (or not really.) Don’t know where to go? Well, we’ve got a secret portal right here.
Ever sinceH&M opened its fashion doors in India, our resident fashion expert, the GuyStyler (who also runs his own exclusive fashion blog here.) has made at least 10 visits to their super cool store which sells cooler clothes at an even cooler price (side note: He now needs to look for a larger wardrobe). But what everyone had been waiting for was one of the biggest fashion collaborations of recent times – Balmain X H&M.
Known for their sharp-shouldered jackets and military detailing, collaborating with a mass brand like H&M was a challenge for 29-year-old creative director Olivier Rousteing. Despite his love for H&M, Rousteing said that this collaboration was a huge task given the fact that Balmain is super-expensive (goodbye, credit cards!). Changing of fabric and using less embroidery helped them achieve the unachievable – creating fashion for everyone. And the spectacular result is in front of us!
The very affordable collection is full of military-inspired pieces – from military green overcoats and black jackets to coats with gold detailing and chunky gold buttons. A majority of the collection features edgy monochrome looks with lots of zipper detailing – as seen here in the black statement jumpsuit, which has a dazzling zipper in the front. This is all really fancy but how does this help you, you ask?
We saw that coming. Take cues from this beautifully shot lookbook and shop for your favorite look with us right here. One of the must-have pieces (and our expert’s personal favourite) would be the gorgeous red and black biker jacket featured below – it’s wicked and it’s funky as hell! What’s more?
Amazingly well tailored coats and edgy leather jackets are guaranteed to make you all want to get a piece of this masterpiece – bring out the drinks, because we are having a Rocky Horror Show Theme Party! (Not really.)
Hold on. We aren’t done yet. Here’s more good news! There’s a second H&M store that just opened in Delhi (that might add some relief to those who’ve had to wait in line for hours to get billed) and we plan to get there faster than we can say ‘I-have-no-new-clothes-to-wear’. Now now, Bombay, are you listening?
So while we celebrate one of our favourite fashion brands launching in India, why don’t you check out the look book here?