10 wardrobe changes all men need to make for that extra oomph!

Published: June 20, 2014
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It is about time you embrace your metropolitan desires, dress up coolly and look debonair.

Summer is upon us and the post-fashion week trend reports are here. Even though our standard wardrobes have refined over time, they seem a bit too boring with the same old monotony.

Here I present 10 wardrobe changes you need to make to spice up your looks:

Ditch the coat and go for the bomber jacket 

While summer coats may be making the rounds, you should know that the bomber is the ‘it’ outerwear item to have this season. If you are going to invest in some outerwear, let it be a bomber jacket.

It is more upbeat in comparison to the same old overdone coat. Yes, summer coats may be a relatively new concept, but the bomber jacket is the thing you need to stand out in the crowd.

Single-breasted is out; Double-breasted is in

Even though a single-breasted jacket may seem like a safer choice, the double-breasted will never let you sartorially down. Double-breasted jackets are the style staple this year so make sure you get some great double-breasted suits for the year. They are undoubtedly classy and the cut compliments a man’s physique much more than a single-breasted coat.

Printed jacket is the ‘it’ item. Ditch the plain old tux and have some fun with patterns

Making a statement seems to be getting harder day by day. So thank the fashion pundits that men can now have more fun with the traditional wardrobe by opting for colourful and patterned jackets.

One specific pattern that seems to be making statements this year is the plaid. You just can’t go wrong with it!

Knitted ties are in, wide ties out

First off, let me make it very clear, this year is not about the classic old wide tie. Lapels are getting narrower and you have to go accordingly. Therefore, to make a statement, wear a knitted tie.

They will add a dapper feel to your wardrobe. Yes, a narrow tie is the happening item with kids these days, but knitted ties are far more sartorially superior to its other counterparts.

Ditch the wayfarers for clubmasters

Yes, yes, everyone knows that the wayfarers are the cool boy glasses, but it is time to grow up. Wayfarers are so 2008, and if you even think of investing in one, you are too late. That trend train is long gone and you missed it.

A more fashionable approach to eyewear this year would be to select the clubmasters. They are the new ‘eye candy’ and are perfect to get you through the year. So, it’s about time you add the extra oomph to your look.

Brogues are back, so ditch the oxfords and loafers

With so many options out there, the loafers and the oxfords have had their era of domination. Hence, it is high time we bring some class back with the brogues, the reigning shoes of the year. Nothing says stylish and dapper more than the brogue. They will add the much needed old-fashioned class to your look.

For a more casual look, you can always get the suede ones.

Denim on denim 

This summer, the best way to go casual whilst looking your best would be to go for the denim on denim look. It’s time to ditch the sweatshirt and favourite pair of jeans look. Instead, go casually stylish with the blue sky and the blue denim.

Its boyish feel will leave you looking younger and add fun to your perfect look for a night out with friends. Make sure they fit well; baggy or skinnies are a serious no-no!

Go floral

Yes, you heard it right. Floral is making waves across the world as men embrace it into their own style and how can you be left out?

Ditch the plain and striped shirts you have a collection of for a fresher and trendier look. Yes, yes, you can complain that it is a girly trend and that guys should not even look at it let alone embrace it. But trust me, if topical prints can work, so can floral. Besides, menswear floral knows what men need, so no worries.

Woven belts are in; the plain old leather belt is out

A woven belt will give your look the extra edge that a normal leather belt would not. It is a bit experimental and does seem a hard one to pull off, but if done right, it will make you look effortlessly stylish. Such a small wardrobe change can add the much needed addition to your look.

Dig out your dad’s wardrobe. Old is in and new is out

Photo: Haseeb Sultan Abdul

Since spring cleaning is well overdue, this summer stealing amazing and well-preserved things from your dad’s or grandfather’s wardrobes is a great idea! Vintage items will do you wonders this summer. You will be amazed at the kind of things you can dress yourself in and make your wardrobe better. It is a discovery you need to make and one that will not disappoint!

So there you have it. It is about time you embrace your metropolitan desires, dress up coolly and look debonair. Just as Paris Hilton says,

“Dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.”

Have fun with your clothes and make a statement when you walk into a room.

Haseeb Sultan

Haseeb Sultan

The author is is a dentist, writer, and an artist. He blogs at blog.haseebsultan.com and tweets at @haseebsultan_ (twitter.com/haseebsultan_)

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