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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!

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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.

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.

Gear up for that First Date

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One must dress to impress but remember not to go overboard on a first date trying. It’s important to stick to your own individual style. You need to find a balance, some way to get a little of that individuality across without being completely overwhelming. Unless you are David Beckham, your first impression really does count.

It’s probably the most important thing to take note off. So make sure you are well groomed and dressed right for the occasion. A detail-lover will look out for the shoes, tie and even the cologne that you carry Attention to detail is a must.

Going out with her, especially for the first time, is an occasion. Dress for it. Don’t sweat the tie, but a jacket would be an excellent idea. Unless your destination requires a tie, a well-fitted shirt with a casual jacket sets a perfect dressing statement.

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Don’t wear anything to which the words “zany” or “interesting” might apply on your T-shirts or even Jokes on the T shirt. However for casual settings like a going to a movie, or out for coffee, choose clean jeans that are in good condition or casual dress pants and a nice T-shirt or button down top.

Wear Color: It may be just nice to stay away from black ensembles, black and muted colors.

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Wear your best shoes: If you’re dressing up a bit, make sure you have a pair of black or dark brown dress shoes to go with your attire. If the date is more casual, wear a nice pair of slip-ons or clean sneakers. Women notice good shoes.

A good semi-casual outfit would be nice jeans, a jewel-tone sweater over a basic button-down. Add a pair of casual shoes and you’re good to go.

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Wear what you’re comfortable in. Don’t try a new trend or outfit on a first date. Chances are you’ll feel uncomfortable in it and that will make you come off as an uncomfortable to your date. Stick to the outfits that you know

Play up your unique style. Don’t go overboard on a first date trying to show how different you are from everyone else, but do try to demonstrate some sort of individuality in your choice of outfit. You need to find a balance, some way to get a little of that individuality across without being completely overwhelming. Try for patterned socks of some fun design. Don’t wear plain old boring white socks, mix it up a little.

Flatter your best features. If you want to emphasize your best physical traits, so choose what your date is drawn to. Of course your date will hopefully be drawn to your personality, too, but first impressions tend to come from looks and showing your best physical attributes will benefit that first impression.

Pay attention to how your clothing fits. Trousers that are too tight look odd, and too baggy look sloppy and like you don’t care about the date. Make sure your trousers fit well around the waist – you should be able to put three fingers comfortably in the waistband, but not much more – and that the hems hit around the bottom of your ankles.

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Find colors that work for you. When you’re picking out a shirt, choose a shade that flatters your natural coloring. Navy is a universal color. To highlight black hair and bright fair skin, try bright colors. If you are low on contrast on your face best wear muted or soft shades of a color like a maroon and not red. However if you wear specs you can spruce up your contrast with color of your specs and carry colors on yourself too. If you have light skin light colors like pastel summer colors enhance your skin tone better. Wear your best colors which enhance your face and bring attention to your face and not your clothes. It is fine to wear Signature elements like a nice pair of watch, belts and right shoes which get attention and portray your style and refined taste.

Your body shape also determines the colors you can wear. 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.

Not all 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.

The way you dress can quite possibly be an indicator of your attitude and one tends to look for clues through this.  Make sure that your outfit sends the appropriate signals

WAYS TO WEAR A BLACK SHIRT

Just like LBD (little black dress) is a staple outfit in any well-dressed woman’s wardrobe, a crisp black shirt is a must-have piece of clothing for a well-groomed man. There are always ways to wearing a black shirt and keep a few things in mind on how to pair it and with what.

The key to wearing a black shirt is ideally to team it with a different-colored, preferably, a light-colored jacket, so that there is good contrast. Though for some, pulling off black on black works wonders, not all can carry that well. So, it is best to keep your skin color in mind too before going all black.

Black is a classic and prestigious color and symbolize strength and authority. Though it can possibly match up with almost any color, but maybe, too much of contrast at times gives it an aggressive color scheme.Matchbox 73449

Before deciding to wear a black shirt, it is important to remember that complexion of a person also matters a lot. Though any man can wear a black shirt, but only men with dark hair and anywhere from medium to darker colored skin tone can pull it off well. It is quite simple – the color is not overwhelming on the person and does not create a stark contrast.

Yet another thing to keep in check is to balance the contrast in case you have a fair complexion. For, a black shirt may make your face stand out due to the sharp contrast.

It is best to try and avoid wearing a black shirt with navy-colored trousers or anything with black. Try and tone down the contrast with a light tan colored trouser or jacket or a grey jacket or trousers.

Last but not the least, be a little careful with black and don’t get the pairing up with trousers or jackets wrong.

AUTUMN/WINTER 2015 TRENDS : MENSWEAR

Welcome to Pezalli Bespoke Style Blog.

We asked Ms. Anupama Sachdeva, Creative Head of Pezalli Bespoke to give her input on the trends for the upcoming season for men. Here are some of the key A/W 2015 trends in menswear as defined by her:

  • Key print:Checks:

Head to toe colour in checks. The best way to work checks into your daily wardrobe is through tailoring. Be it the blazer, trousers or full suit, checks will be the key print for the formal wear.

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  • Key color: Pink

Salmon pink will be a hot color for formal wear.A hot pink tie would look great set against a navy suit and light blue combination. Pink comes in a variety of shades, opt for the tone best suiting your skin tone and build up for there.

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  • Trouser style: Wide cut

Wide cut trouser will be in trend instead of the traditional slim –cut styles. Just bear in mind your overall silhouette.

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  • Head to toe Neutrals:

Black, grey and white head to toe tonal dressing is advocated for the A/W 2015 season. Majority of men already own a wide variety of neutral pieces, so this trend can be experimented with what you have already.

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Hope you enjoyed reading about the A/W 2015 key trends. Which trend are you excited about out of these?