Based on the corporate wear trend forecast for India this season, here are items you should buy, wear and flaunt:
Formal shirts with short collars for a sharp
office look. They are a lot more functional than other collar lengths and will
stay popular over the next few seasons. Go for a short collar on a dressy white
shirt (which you wear either with a tux or without) or a smart pastel (blue,
grey, mauve) shirt under your favourite business suit.
Old-world three-piece suits in classic cuts for
the boardroom and business trips are by far one of the strongest trends for men
this winter. The waistcoat must be made with the same fabric as the jacket and
trouser and should give you a structured and snug fit. Ensure its 'dressy
enough' to be worn with a full-sleeve shirt, even without a jacket on top.
Broad ties are vintage. Update your tie rack with a collection of slim ties. While a black one is a must, keep a brown, blue, purple and red tie handy to mix and match with all your suits.
Textured & matt fabrics
No shinier, metallic and glossy fabrics for
business and work wear. Trends favour a matt, dull look especially for
jackets, trousers and three-piece suits. Soft fabrics and luxury wool blends
will be the flavour this season. Texture is strong and so are small prints of
tartan or multicolored checks.
Double breasted jackets
Six and eight (brass or silver) button jackets
from the early '80s have been reinvented to look shapelier. Since a double-breasted
jacket can make one look broad and boxy, wear them only if you are tall or
The era of large 'detective style' overcoats is over. Invest in a good quality, short (knee-length or higher) one for peak winter or if you are traveling to cold places. Choose solids (in camel, grey, black or brown) over prints, as they are a lot more neutral and are less likely to be remembered, even when worn over and over again.
Blouses, not shirts
Finally women have the option of wearing
'feminine' tops to work. The obvious changes from masculine shirts rounded
collars, curved ends, short sleeves and a relaxed cut for the chest and
shoulder. Black, grey, beige and brown will be the season's strong colours.
Keep the primary colours (red, blue, green and yellow) aside for spring /
Short and medium length block coloured scarves
and stoles to wrap around the neck or drape over the shoulder. Pick any primary
colour (red, yellow, blue and green) either plain or printed (floral or tribal,
not animal) to offset against the greys, browns and blacks.
Trends favour wearing knee length (or longer)
skirts to work. Colours that will dominate the season: grey, black and navy
blue. The fit: smart, tapered and close to the body it's the end of flared
styles, layers and gathers.
Structured short jackets
Structured hip length jackets over skirts and trousers. Why? Because they look sharper and feel a lot smarter. If it's not part of a business suit, then contrast the colour of the jacket with the trousers or skirt.
Fitted sleeveless dresses
One-piece structured dresses for the woman on the go. Key elements: three-fourths sleeves (or shorter) and a straight or defined silhouette. Choose soft-yet-warm fabrics. Accessorise your dress with a slim coloured belt or team it up with light woolen tights as second skin.
Short pencil heels
Keeping the look,
comfort and practicality in mind, slim (but short) pencil heels are going to be
on most fashionable feet in the office. The details: gladiator inspired (single
or dual) thin straps for the ankles, peep or open toes in front, under
half-inch heels on the rear and solids or contrasts of black and white as
This article was originally published in the online version of the Economic Times dated on 10th November, 2013