Manu Chandra’s Rules of Style

Manu Chandra, the Executive Chef, give us some snippets about how style is an extension of one’s personality and much more.

Manu Chandra talks about his favourite Indian designers and how style is an important element of one’s personality.

 

     

  • Fashion or style to me is comfort first, an extension of your personality next, and finally a man’s ability to stand out in a crowd.
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  • Linen pants are comfortable, but not when worn with coloured underwear.
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  • If you don’t have the wares to show off, don’t. A tight T-shirt may accentuate the biceps, but the gut hanging out just kills it.
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  •  Be comfortable in what you wear; squeezing into skinny jeans and running to the washroom after every drink is plain lame.
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  • It’s great if you have a Gucci belt, but don’t wear it out like a cowboy; it’s to hold the pants up not to show your bank balance.
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  • Sunglasses are for sunny weather; they look fairly lame on a January evening.
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  • How you carry a suit speaks volumes about whether it belongs on you in the first place. Again, the skinny suit isn’t for everyone. Try good ole tweeds and khakis instead, which make quite a statement.
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  • Walking into parties with daft things inked across your T-shirt is very goofy. It makes you come across as a funny guy but not a man with a great sense of humour.
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  • Cologne is a garnish, a compliment to your style. Yet if you must insist on being the room freshener for the evening, please stand in a corner or near the farthest plug point.
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  •  Any man who can carry off a hat successfully is edgy. Also, just because a man is wearing jodhpurs, it doesn’t mean he is, well, trendy or edgy. The well-dressed men in my opinion are Johnny Depp, who is a natural and totally comfortable in whatever he wears, and Tom Ford who redefines the suit, almost making me want to wear one. But my style icon is Prince Charles – I’d kill for those threads he sports.
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  • Among my favourite Indian designers are Manoviraj Khosla and Hemant Sagar. I like their style and their work.
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Manu Chandra is the  Executive Chef and Partner at Olive Beach, Bangalore and Monkey Bar.

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