RULE 1# BE YOUR OWN FASHION GURU
Your personality is your style statement. You may be a firm believer in the adage - clothes maketh the man, but it's only partly true. Prioritise comfort while dressing to bring out that suave confidence. Your idea of comfort is exclusively your own - it could be a t-shirt and a pair of jeans or a snazzy jacket paired with chinos. Clothes tell volumes about your personality, and when you're perfectly at ease with yourself (read comfort again), you feel in control of situations.
RULE 2# MINIMAL IS CHIC Avoid overdressing. Contrary to popular opinion, being the dressiest person around doesn't make you stand out in a necessarily attractive light. Being understated is infinitely preferable to feeling stiff and out-of-sorts.
Rule 3# SWITCH Between roles smart dressing amounts to donning an outfit in which you can attend a party after a long day at work. You should look appropriately attired at any time of the day, as you skip between events.
RULE 4# WARDROBE STAPLES Uncommon is cool but when you follow dress codes and top it off with your personal style, you nail that dapper look. When attending a black tie event or an outdoor party, settle for waistcoats paired with a well-tailored suit. For the ethnic look, fitted bandhgalas over jodhpurs are the way to go. Paired with kolhapuris and an attitude to boot, you'll be the cynosure of all eyes.
(Milind was at the launch of Reebok's Fit Hub concept store, Delhi, and Mega Pink campaign)