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19 June, 2018 06:01:16 PM

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Not ‘just’ pants

Independent Online/ Times Of India
Not ‘just’ pants

Summer or winter, pants are a constant with men. But designers are now reimagining the classic silhouette, so you can stay cool in various ways

Fashion, it’s been accused often, caters mainly to women.

The major design houses think for women. The wedding wear market is skewed towards them. Even on the ramp, female models get a better deal than male ones. Not completely true. Globally, womenswear may be a bigger chunk — fiscally and fashionably — but if there’s one segment that’s showing growth it’s menswear. In India too, menswear designers have proliferated, celebrity news covers men’s fashion regularly and even hitherto traditional “for officewear only” brands are ready to up the style ante. Call it the Ranveer Singh effect or the fact that the new Indian man is more fashion conscious and ready to experiment, but style for men has moved beyond just a shirt and a pair of pants.

BOTTOMS UP

While the evolution of the shirt has been well-documented, the bottoms are not so much lower (ahem!) down the fashion foodchain. Pants are more than just pants now. You have jodhpuris, patialas, cropped trousers, and even sarongs being donned by men – and this is not riding some androgynous fashion wave. Chennai-based menswear designer and Saville Row trained bespoke tailor Osman Abdul Razzak says, “Trends are fast changing. Our biggest influencers are fashion events, where you find men sporting styles from classic trousers, denims to harem pants and even kilts.”

The new man is not scared to skirt the issue too. Manskirts are actually old news now. Rajesh Pratap Singh done and dusted it in 2017. What’s the big flavour, according to Razzak, are sarongs. He has designed a tuxedo sarong using a Sri Lanka based design house’s fancy wraparounds. According to menswear designer Kunal Anil Tanna, men are ready to ditch their staple denim for cargo style pants, long cargo shorts made of a lightweight fabric, and even going a step further with new cuts.

If you are looking for a comfortable pair of pants that are also experimental, Tanna suggests putting your money on the loose Aligarhi pants – a cross between pants and a pajama. Pick any colour from pastels to deeper tones. “It is a wide-bottom pants which can be worn casually under a kurta or formally under a long jacket,” he suggests.

COLOUR AND PRINTS

The summer is time for light cottons and linen. Florals for men is a big trend now. Pick forest-y florals in shades of camel and green, or go for shades of deeper reds. Tanna suggests going lighter on the colour wheel – think softer pastel colours like light pink, powder blue or soft mint green.

For prints he suggests ones that are not too loud or in your face.

Razzak, who’s current summer favourite are the sarong style bottoms which can be carried off with great ease with a classic shirt or a T-shirt, says, “Summer is a great time to bring out both vibrant and softer colours out. From bright yellows and reds to softer pinks and blues – this season is all about subtle prints, from herringbone to houndstooth.”

For the man who wants to be edgy without being too experimental Tanna suggests the pleated linen pants with an elastic waistband and side pockets. “They are comfortable yet not too casual looking,” he adds. Besides the standard cotton and linen, Razzak suggests stretch cotton for relaxed and lounge fits – especially at a time when athleisure is still going strong. But keep your personal style in mind – comfort, too. As Tanna says, it has to be above everything else; especially in summer. So, if you are looking to change your look from the bottom up, pants are where the action’s at.

Is a sarong for you?

For years, the humble lungi has been a staple leisurewear for men in coastal areas in the sub-continent. It has got a style upgrade in a sarong. An easy-breezy pick for summer, will you wear a sarong formally? Razzak has devised a formal look, just right for the summer. Obviously, it’s a fashion-forward look that requires you to loosen up your belt – in more ways than one!

Relaxed fit pants are the best for the summers. Experiment with a pair of pleated linen pants, they are quite trendy this season.

SI

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