Author: The Pezalli Cut

5-TIE SURVIVAL KIT

5-TIE SURVIVAL KIT

There’s a reason why Essentials are called so. These are the staples which form the foundation of any wardrobe. A Tie is an understated wardrobe element which catalyzes a suave reaction. Now given a chance to shelf 5 neck-ties for your wardrobe war, Pezalli lists down the 5 most effective of the arsenal.

P.S. If you wish to find Trump wearing a blinding-red tie and making it to the list…stop reading!

 

  1. Navy silk grenadine

A plain navy tie is extremely versatile, going with almost all colors and patterns of shirts and jackets.

Grenadine is the most versatile tie material in terms of formality, going with all but the smartest suits and all but the most casual knitwear.

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  1. Grey knitted wool

Grey is not quite as versatile as navy. While navy ties go with navy suits, grey ties often aren’t the best choice with grey suits.

Still, grey is very useful, and a square-ended knitted wool tie will go with casual jackets and dress up some quality knitwear.

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  1. Navy club stripe

The nice thing about a club stripe is that it is big enough to go with any pattern of shirt, from a micro-stripe to a butcher’s stripe.

As a general rule of thumb, patterns in ties, shirts and suits work when they are not too close in size to each other. A club-stripe tie always avoids that problem.

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  1. Red Paisley

The pattern is so useful, I would include two in the capsule collection. Well, a paisley scores well on occasions where fancy counts. This one usually helps during pimping up your dull-navy or black suits. And as we say, nice simple pattern that goes with everything.

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  1. Olive printed tie with black geometrical pattern

It’s not an obvious choice: a green background, with small texture or polkas popping out. Fairly unusual colors; yet it is extremely useful.

The reason is how muted these colors incredibly well blend. For uncalled invitations where you’ll not be perceived as ‘Just another tie guy in the room.’

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PEZALLI STYLE COMMANDMENTS

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It’s been quite a while since we have documented our fanatics for tailored clothing. Bespoke is as subtle and debonair as it sounds. An experience to the world of impeccability and savoring the refined taste need absolute patience and trust.

Here, we chalk down the philosophies we abide by at Pezalli while we constantly practice the skill of perfection: Bespoke Tailoring.  

 

  •  We are passionate about quality, just like an obstinate child sitting in front of a toy shop. Everyone should invest more in quality clothing. It’s the only reason to care about craft and artisanal skills.

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  • Fit is the most important thing in tailored clothing. If you can’t afford a bespoke suit or shirt, at least spend a little more to get it altered. But the tailoring aficionados find it always better to go bespoke rather than shelling out a bomb and then trying to fit in.”

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  • It is the attention to detail and the joy of aesthetics that forms the emotional dimension of bespoke pieces. Impeccably tailored and elegantly styled clothes can make that lasting impression about one’s personality.

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  • Always travel with a white poplin (or oxford) shirt and navy smart-fit trousers.

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  • Rely on your own judgment for clothing. Until a certified style coach is detoxing your closet, you needn’t listen to every chunk of the people around. Fight for your favorites but don’t get buried too deep with your limited knowledge. If a powder blue is replaced by a navy, don’t sulk over it.

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  • “Style is relative. It’s hard to admit, but it’s true. If everyone you know dressed just like you, you’d want to dress differently.” 

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5 SHIRTS YOUR CLOSET IS ASKING FOR

 

  1. The White Poplin: Do we even need to do this? Well if you say so. Easily the most versatile of the lot. Pairing them up is no fuss. Sweaters, cardigans, suits, trousers, denims…Yes!

 

  1. The Light Blue Poplin: Not as good as white but still makes it to the list (Just kidding. It’s as good as having a White, but let’s keep both). When we say Light blue, it’s neither royal nor pale blue. Just the classic light blue with white buttons. Share his best friends with the White poplin.

 

  1. The Bold Gingham: A chequered member. Gingham checks for the time when you want to aim for ‘Safe Experiments’. We leave the colours up to you. (P.S. We love Blues and Blacks)

 

  1. A weekender Black: When you want to take down Saturday on the rocks! Don’t miss out this flamboyant colour. Go formal with beige contrasts or play the dapper Gent with an All-Black attire!

 

  1. Tartan Flannel Shirt: Let’s take a moment to thank the Scots for this undisputed champion design. Your wardrobe needs some of these to help you decide during the fall. For the days when you don’t want to pull up your sweaters but you feel cold in a crew neck tee. A little tricky for Corporate honchos but Creatives have never recorded a failure with this one!

 

 

 

 

3 BEST BLAZER COMBINATIONS FOR THE ALPHA MALE

The sartorial classic list will always have this one item which has been the game changer for most of the occasions: A Blazer. Job interviews, first date, weekend brunch and it goes on.

But styling one isn’t always easy. Indeed, too many men spend valuable time trying to pair a blazer and trousers – time they could be using to do more important things like, you know, playing video games.

Pezalli has compiled this handy list of the best blazer-trouser combinations, so you can spend less time deciding what to wear and more time wearing it.

 

Navy Blazer + Beige Chinos

The universal choice, a blind pick and  an undisputed champion. If this combination of two quintessential menswear colours can’t make you look good, then we’re not sure what else will.

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A structured blazer and a sports jacket- honours the look pretty well. Colour code: NAVY (we say NAVY, not midnight or royal blue) and let the occasion dictate your choice of chinos: flat-front for casual dress codes; pleat-front for something that’s a touch smarter.

Tweed/Wool Blazer + Jeans

Life is not always about suits and boots. (Though boots look good). For the times when pocket square bewilders you and lapel game dulls you- rough your things up as you go from subtler halls to tougher towns.

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A textured  wool blazer with jeans (personal favourite) won’t make you look off the place while ensuring your debonair doesn’t slip.

Patterned Blazer + Neutral Trousers

OK, so the blazer is sometimes boring, we get it. Well let’s accept the fact straight- if a plain colour style has already started working as a sedative, then perk your look up with some pattern.

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It doesn’t have to be much – just a subtle check like the etched windowpane or even a chalk-stripe is enough to break the fashion monotone. Go for ‘not so fancy’ combinations till you attain the Jared Leto status!

STYLE GUIDE INDEX

Style is something very individual, very personal. Everyone, we believe, in their own way is stylish. You may not speak as much as your dressing sense does it for you. Pezalli brings to you ‘the Style guide index.’ With each one having its distinct traits and characters, read on to know more which truly defines you

The Charming:

Cashmere, silk, velvet, dress shirts with French cuffs and great importance on finer details: the romantic personalities tend to dress appropriately for the occasion. This brand conscious category exude richness and make sure that people around notice them as well. Well how often do you see Mr SRK and Ryan Gosling donning a well-groomed and tidy hairstyle? Every time! There you have your Romantic style icons to look up to then.

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Corporate Clan:

You are the ‘I-like-it-the-Savile-Row-way’ person, business wear is your everyday comfort and you opt for classic colour combinations, call yourself a Classic Personality then. You like to appear well turned-out for the occasions and you prefer ageless perfection over fashion accessories. A quality classic wristwatch & casual but a refined, formal look is all that you need to share the Classic style personality line along with George Clooney and Tom Cruise.

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Creative Wizards:

Next we have is the Creative style personality. They have a flair for experiments, are unpredictable and may fall in the list of artists or poets. You are a fun with your wardrobe and never fear the opinion of others! The Caribbean Pirate from Hollywood and the Bollywood Shehenshah are the most celebrated creative style icons. Known for their brave style combinations and Expressionism, they are, in a true sense the Creatives of the Style World.

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The Trend setters:

Remember Ranveer Singh’s floral fetish and an equally upright moustache mania? The loud Bollywood lad defines the next category of the style personality: Dramatic. The serious fashion followers are the dramatic group of the style personalities. You love shopping to the core and socializing too. And you equally love head-turners gazing at you. Practically pondering, Practicality is not a consideration for you! ‘Style seriously and enjoy’ is the style mantra for the Dramatic personality enthusiasts.

P.S. Add Russell Brand in the list too.

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The Naturalists:

Nothing is more easy yet defining other than the naturalists. The fifth style personality is way more relaxing and subtle: The Natural style personality. Grooming comes as a necessary chore for you. That’s Salman Khan, if you don’t think that celebrities don’t believe in naturalistic appeal. There’s nothing wrong in choosing practicality over making statement and the Natural style personalities know it the best. Casual & sportswear make up most of your wardrobe. Favourite footwear: Trainers and sandals. Natural personalities hardly debate over the choice of clothes and often wear whatever is at hand.

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3 Colours you never thought you could Wear

“A wardrobe without black and navy is not a wardrobe”, said a man who avoided vivid colours like the plague.

There’s a reason why men escape colour coding. And it’s because they don’t want to look like a box of crayons trying to make their way through the rows of greys and blues.

Pezalli is here to expand your colour palette and add some statement pieces in the list. So next time when you find yourself dwindling between the blue and the black, make sure you don’t choose any of them.

Pink

When we say pink, you don’t always have to go imagining Nicky Minaj’s underwear or Barbie’s streaks. The vibrant colour is breaking the stereotype and has already booked its position in the modern man’s wardrobe.

Now’s the time, however, to rediscover pink’s not so feminine charms. A bubble gum shade is not in the list. Go for subtler ones like peach, rose and salmon. (Trying a vibrant shade is not a crime, but go for minimal additions initially, such as a neck tie and later strive for a double-breasted jacket)

Washed out pinks carry a different style statement than vibrant pinks. Earthy tones go well with faded pieces such as washed denims.

Corporate torsos need not worry. We got ample of pinks to pep up the formal dressing. Pair up a salmon pink banker collar with your grey 3-piece. Voila! Y’all set to rock at workplace.

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Green

Popularly known as the ‘new’ black in the circuit, green is going places: from jackets to full suits. A green for your suit is not the one which you see in the park. Green also reads less obviously gendered than other bright colours. So, unlike pink, you can pile it on without fear of prompting digs from your mates.

A starter pack to green usually starts with military olive. A suede sports jacket or a pair of trousers in this colour is a win-win situation: they’re both trending and won’t ever fall apart if paired with right amount of earthy tones.

Try building your wardrobe around the earth tones. Reason being, it takes a very little effort to pair them up together. Count on to deep reds, blues (yes you have to use this) and light neutrals to make green go the extra mile.

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Yellow

The idea is to introduce a colour without making you look like a canary. It stands on the ground of being a little tricky to pair, but far too expressive and powerful when it comes to adding it in your wardrobe.

When we say yellow, we definitely mean mustard and to some extent chrome yellow too. A double- breasted jacket works well with neutrals, while a trouser would go well with stark, say navy combinations.

It’s just as important on the inside as on the outside. Unless you are way too ready for experiments, go for less visible pieces instead of a full suit. Or if you don’t want the overpowering yellow to be the odd one in the crowd, work it out with the layering technique. It’s hard to imagine yellow in a subtle role, but pocket squares and ties have always been in the scene and trust us, you got to have one of the sets.

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In a nutshell, yellow has finally seen the dawn of wardrobes, crawling slowly up from the streets to a little more refined version.

P.S.: A little tan may work best while showing off your new yellow picks.

CORPORATE JOB INTERVIEW ESSENTIALS

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You have checked all your paperwork for the D-Day. It’s time now to scan through your wardrobe for that first lasting impression. Jotting down the essentials for the job, Pezalli put together the perfect look for beating the interview blues.

What NOT to wear for an Interview: Odd Jacket combination

You guessed it. An odd jacket combination won’t work unless it’s Saturday and you are planning for a quick brunch. Regardless of what job you’re applying for, a dark suit and a tie will rarely be the wrong choice. To be clear, a suit does not mean a mix and match trouser jacket for sure.

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The Office Job: Classics all the way

If you interview for an office or corporate job, it is always safe to wear a dark suit and a regular tie. Even if nobody at that office wears a suit to work, showing up to the interview in business attire is a way of ensuring you appear serious.

Panellists may not be interested in your flair for style but in serious business. It’s not the right occasion to be flashy. The need of the hour demands a classic and well-cut suit. We recommend:

  • A solid navy suit, charcoal or a grey suit – 2 or 3 button single-breasted with notched lapels or double-breasted.

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  • Go for staples: a solid or striped white or light blue dress shirt with French cuffs and cuff links. Prefer a classic or semi- spread collar over button downs.

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Necktie  formula

A striped shirt will go with a solid and a solid shirt with polkas, micros or stripes. Muted colours in burgundy, mustard yellow, blue and bottle green are better than bright pink or bright blue. Try dazzling without the solid satin neckties.

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Do not wear bow ties as they may be perceived as too eccentric (read creative).

Pocket Square? O yes!

What is classic, non- flashy yet refined looking: a white TV fold pocket square. Go for a linen one to cut off the sheen. Some years back some interviewers might have considered it arrogant to wear a pocket square but today it is entirely acceptable. However, there may still be people out there who feel intimidated by individuals who wear pocket squares, and if you want to play it safe, you can skip the pocket square.

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Dress up for the occasion. Go for a simple yet significant style and all the best with the interview part!

GUIDE TO SUMMER SUITS

Summer Suit Guide

Summer is here and so is the heat! Although summer months call for a more relaxed and laid back vibe, it can’t be translated into clothing as there is no excuse for unprofessional attire at workplaces. Every workplace has a different dress code, but if you want to make a statement it’s very important to stand out and what better way to do it than take the summer months as an excuse to get experimental and trendy with suits.

The thumb rule :

First and foremost it’s very important to know what to look for in a summer suit. When choosing a summer suit, the key is to opt for a lightweight fabric, preferably even light colored. Try to go for something unlined or even half lined. Though it will be less bulky and may provide less form, but will also provide ventilation and help to keep cool in this scorching heat. Another tip to remember is to give preference to loosely woven fabrics as they provide more air flow.

Summer suit colours, fabrics and trends :

Lightweight fabrics like linen and cotton are ideal for the summer although, a cotton linen blend would be more functional for workplace attire as linen has a tendency to get wrinkled easily. The most popularly worn colours to be worn in the season are Khaki, Beige, summery light Greys and baby Blues. For a semi formal attire, we would recommend the Seersucker suit for its fun playful stripes and airy feel. The chambray and fresco suits are recommended for a more formal look.

If you are open to experiments:

Feel like a lazy Sunday but have to go for a brunch? Try the new short suit trend for a semi formal, more relaxed look.

Want to go slightly bolder and make a statement? Experiment with a printed suit on a night out.

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 Pezalli says:  Attention to detail is a must when it comes to being well dressed in a suit, so don’t forget to accessorize with statement accessories like pocket squares, bright socks, patterned ties, interesting watches, sunglasses and tie pins.

STYLING TIPS FOR CUSTOM WARDROBE

A well styled wardrobe can make or break your impression in the world; therefore a well styled and groomed man definitely attracts everyone. Men’s styling is mostly given lesser importance leaving the guys around with little knowledge about fashion, trends, what suits them and what not, what best style and cuts they can carry with their body type, etc. To break all these barriers, we bring bespoke clothing that focuses on customization, fit and colour coordination of men’s clothing.  At Pezalli, we work with customers to analyse many factors, from personality, colour suitability to body type analysis.

Let’s start with first things first. A simple shirt can be a work of art defining who you are and a bespoke shirt becomes the measure of a man, because it is cut to his exact measurements and perfected through several fittings. A bespoke shirt includes expert style consultations, advising in the choice of design details, fabrics and colours that best suit each individual’s physique, skin tone and lifestyle.

Let’s begin with the most staple element of a man’s wardrobe: A blue shirt. A plain blue shirt can work wonders if paired correctly depending upon the right colour coding. Choose the right blue that suits your skin tone. Muted skin men would go well with powder blue, while the darker complexions don pop colours like medium blue. Pair it up with brown pants for the contrasting look, or with grey trousers if you want some neutral balance or put on a navy trouser for the monochromatic scheme. A greyish-blue shirt with charcoal grey trousers or a light blue shirt with khaki trousers can be listed as safe experiments. Or else go for the traditional strong contrast of ‘white shirt-midnight blue trousers’ for the dapper look.

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Not all custom wardrobes hold dynamism. Sophistication comes with the Neutral colour family. Dress in shades of Black, white, grey or beige. A light blue shirt when paired with a neutral coloured trouser makes it a perfect set up for the impeccable and stunning look.

For taller men, contrasting the top and bottom of the attire should come as a priority for the proportionate look. Go for a darker shade of blue and light coloured trousers that horizontally creates a line for colour breaking. Shorter and heavier men should go for the Matching technique. Simply match the colour and intensity of your blue ensemble to give yourself a thinner and taller look.

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Matching and Contrasting are the principal guides to the ‘Correct Colour Coding.’ Pair up a dark blue tie with a pale blue shirt or a greyish-blue suit for that perfect colour harmony. Simple, elegant yet classic. Substitute a red or maroon tie in this getup, and you have a fairly decent colour contrast.

While we choose ‘the Blue’ as our top pick, we can’t ignore the strong contrasting elements such as navy suit and white shirt. Nor can we deny the classic black and white formal wear which never fails to complement all the skin tones and physiques.

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Summers tend to be hard on everyone, therefore choose a fabric that is light. 100% cottons and linens work the best. Pastels of blue and yellow undoubtedly remain the colours of the season. And for all those formal occasions, a standard double breasted dark blue blazer and a two button are our favourites.

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Dressing up a CEO

Clothes make a man!
That statement is even truer in today’s fiercely competitive business world than when Shakespeare wrote it. In fact, studies show that a man who dresses as if he already has the higher position he wants, is much more likely to get it.

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The global CEO is no longer a mythical being only in magazines, but a reality of the Indian workplace. So, unless like Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs, wearing one outfit to work every day is your style, a razor sharp dress code needs to be in place for anyone with that corner office.

How does a CEO power dress for that lasting impression on his audience- clients, employees or a gathering?
Bespoke clothing, of course, gives you the luxury of a style that is individual. Pezalli brings you some golden rules to spruce up your CEO wardrobe.

Choose what you wear depending on your stature and position:
Your image is your most valuable marketing tool and your wardrobe is one of your most important investments. You should have appropriate attire for all occasions, from power suits for business and board meetings to sophisticated business causal ensembles for more relaxed meetings or social engagements that fit your body well and doesn’t dangle.

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A Grey 2-piece matched with 2 shirts: purple and white, and
Navy 2-piece matched with 2 shirts: sky blue royal Oxford and a sharp white Royal Oxford.
Hide your imperfections through a bespoke-tailored shirt:
Imagine never again having to settle for a shirt that fits right in some areas but not in others. A well-fitted shirt is a must aspect in a CEO’s wardrobe. It’s not the imperfections that we actually hide, but the body form which we refine through our bespoke shirt. We want all men to visually appear Y and a good V shape body. For instance, leaving up a little fabric to accommodate a belly while keeping the waist and back snugly fit goes into our ‘tailoring book of smart hacks.’
Use complementary cuts, colours and styles:
If you have ever wondered why certain personalities look better in their photographs or public appearances, then there is a science behind it.
Style personalities, skin tone, body proportions and contrast features are a few classifications and parameters based on which the clothes can be chosen to best compliment you. Identifying these parameters helps you to understand what fits and cuts, designs, lines, prints, textures and colours suit your body shape and skin tone based on your style personality.

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Higher the fabric count, lighter the fabric emotes luxury:
he drive to make millions may not have diminished much in the last 20 years, but the weight of a suit’s fabric certainly has. Lighter wool–made from a finer, smaller yarn–is increasingly being used in men’s winter and summer suits.
In shirting fabrics too, a 200 count fabric and Italian fabrics speak in itself about luxury. The incomparable sartorial experience of a Pezalli bespoke dress shirt begins with the fabric.
Invest in a sharper look:
Impeccably tailored and elegantly styled clothes can make that lasting impression about one’s personality. A well-dressed man is more confident and more assertive.
Clothes should be well fitted with no excess fabric for the neater, dapper and a more confident look. A few tips from us
Slim figures to wear slim fit Italian cuts.
Rectangular figures to wear comfort fits British cuts.
Round figures to wear regular American cuts.
Choose an expert image/wardrobe consultant to polish your appearance.

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Style consultants communicate your visual power to the world. The cost of clothing must be looked upon as an investment. For these reasons, it’s best to seek the advice of certified experts of the trade! A good wardrobe consultant, by carefully crafting your image, will make you look and feel great, exude power, and communicate effectively, thus making you more successful.
Accessories-the devil is in the details:
A smart belt can spruce up an otherwise sober or dull outfit. Always match your belt to your shoes in terms of colour and shade. Also a belt is vital, if your pants are a comfort fit, simply to give form to the garment.
Your clothes should be sharp and flatter your physique and your accessories should form an accent or punch line that creates your signature.
Films and artists are great inspiration for the man feeling a little left-of-centre; The Talented Mr Ripley comes to mind here.