Decoding Summer Style With Sidharth Malhotra

“T-shirt and denims. I think you can wear it all day”

Ditch the heavy fabrics

Wool suits may be the standard for formal menswear, but the fact is that you’re not going to come out alive of an Indian summer if you stick to your winter wear. Ditch the wool from cotton blends, linen, and lighter wool variants. Make sure to switch up the darker hues for lighter colours, from brighter blues to trusted Mediterranean beige.

No more flip-flops

It is easy to fall into the trap of reaching for your trusted chapals when you’re just stepping out of the house in the summer, but the fact is that you’re an adult now and your toenails look more disgusting than ever. Swap your rubber slippers with a pair of Espadrilles, which are as lightweight and durable as slippers while maintaining the elegance and adulthood of a loafer.

Flex with your swimwear

Swim fashion is now a thing for men, and you best embrace it. Leave your multi-pocketed, past-your-knees boardshorts at home and invest in some cool swim shorts. This doesn’t mean Speedos: find something than shows off your thighs but maintains your modesty. Find confidence and flair in patterns, designs, and prints which had found themselves decorating the latest breed of men’s swimwear. You spent all this time working on your beach body, don’t let your look be hindered by your apparel.

Choose the right shades

Don’t pick your eyewear based on what you saw Salman Khan wear. Each face shape has a frame that fits it the best, highlighting your best features and disguising your worst ones. Use simple online guides to figure out what works best for you. Also, don’t be distracted by brand names; experiment with colorful, funky frames which you may even find on the street. The key thing about sunglasses is how you carry them off; if you put enough thought into your outfit you can make a great fashion statement with a cheap pair of knock-offs. Sunglasses are like shoes in that they can lend flavor to an otherwise basic outfit, so don’t be afraid to use them as the centerpiece of your look if you find the right pair.

Loafers over Oxfords

Summer means that it is fashionable to stop wearing your suffocating leather lace-ups and finally permissible to show some ankle. Make loafers your best friend, whether at work or at play. The basic Gucci loafer is a large investment, but it is ageless and surprisingly durable. Go for one leather pair, preferably brown, and one suede pair, which you can be more experimental with. Grey suede looks great with loafers, so does a light blue. If you’re really feeling adventurous, take a risk with a red; Tod’s has a great line of driving shoes in partnership with Ferrari, full of swagger and Italian finesse.

At the time of writing this article, we incidentally ran into the dashing Sidharth Malhotra during a Pepe Jeans event. Here’s how he’s planning to dress up this Spring/Summer.

Since we’re now gearing up for new SS collections, what will your style statement be? 

T-shirt and denims. I think you can wear it all day and for any occasion – it’s versatile and never goes out of style. For instance, a plain black Tee and a good pair of denims is all you need to be dressed for the night!

Tell us about your current wardrobe? 

30 denims, t-shirts and shoes! That’s all I need!

Who are your fashion idols?

Mr. Bachchan – I think he’s impeccably dressed always!  All the ladies these days are so fashion conscious – Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone carry off denims so well!

Must-haves in a guy’s wardrobe?

The coloured shirts (especially the coral one from Pepe Jeans), comfortable denims- personalize it from the Pepe Jeans store like I did – it makes the denim look super funky. And t-shirts, especially the plain ones!

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