Paint It black

There’s something inherently powerful about the colour of the season.

Bibek Bhattacharya        Print Edition: Feb 8, 2009

Powerful yes, and subtle too. Especially when a black suit/jacket is combined with a white shirt in a classic ensemble that never fails to make people sit up and take notice. We went through four distinct styles of black and white to get you these unbeatable looks.

The cord jacket
It’s the season to go cord, and what better way to do so than with a thin wale black jacket, cut for brevity and a minimum of fuss? Pair it with a plain white shirt and beige trousers. And if you want to go without a tie but want some kind of a neck-piece, why not go for a scarf?

He’s wearing
Corduroy jacket from Gant for Rs 8,995
Shirt from Pal Zileri for Rs 19,199
Trousers from Pal Zileri for Rs 20,399
Scarf from Cadini, available at The Blues, for Rs 1,495
Shoes from United Colors of Benetton for Rs 2,499

The Suit
With every passing season, suits are becoming better tailored, coming in various different styles and looking better. This finely cut twobutton suit comes alive with the check white shirt. The checks break whatever monotony there could have been, and the pocket-square adds a rakish dash of colour

He’s wearing
Suit from Pal Zileri for Rs 78,499
Shirt from United Colors of Benetton for Rs 1,999
Tie from Pal Zileri for Rs 5,299 Pocket square from Manzoni for Rs 2,200
Watch from Baum & Mercier, available at Kapoor Watches, for Rs 1,51,000

Style The Blazer
Leave navy blazers for the summer (apparently, some very nice ones in linen are in the offing), and go for a smart slim-fitted black one this season. Pair one with a tie as eye-catching as this red one and you have a winner on your hands.

He’s wearing:
Jacket from United Colors of Benetton for Rs 5,999
Shirt from Cadini, available at The Blues, for Rs 3,395
Tie from United Colors of Benetton for Rs 1,499
Trousers from Pal Zileri for Rs 13,599
Watch from Longines, available at Kapoor Watches, for Rs 72,500

mosimage The Pinstripes
There’s hardly anything as classy as a pinstriped suit, especially a black one with narrow white stripes. Pair it with a pristine white shirt and a scarf.

He’s wearing
Pinstriped suit from Versace, available at The Blues, for Rs 79,000
Shirt from Manzoni for Rs 5,000
Scarf from Manzoni for Rs 6,000
Watch from Bvlgari, available at Kapoor Watches, for Rs 2,14,000
Overcoat (on the arm) from Cadini, available at The Blues, for Rs 54,895

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