Suit your style

     Print Edition: November 15, 2009

TRADITIONAL ARRANGEMENT
The suits this season have a simplicity of design and an unfussy approach. Slim silhouettes and elegant cuts are the norm, with more than a hint of cropped edges. The colours and designs are traditional autumnal earth tones and elegant tailoring in wool, silk, plaid and the like.

BIG LAPEL
The myth that big lapels make a suit look bulky is busted by this elegant piece. The thick pinstripes balance the lapel, as do the strong shoulders and sleeves. The chest is fuller and this creates a subtly narrowing waist, which balances the top and bottom halves of the jacket. Suit from Ermenegildo Zegna for Rs 1,09,000

SHOW OFF
Let's face it. You've got to have a healthy amount of panache to carry this off. Looking like a hip, modern take on the Zoot suit, it has exaggerated shoulders, which is further accentuated by the thin lapels. The pattern is busy yet unfussy. As menswear gets less formal, expect to see more of these styles. Suit from Versace for Rs 91,500

PINSTRIPED
Pinstriped suits are back with a vengeance this year, and old world Mafia chic comes to dominate the look. This one is versatile-you could wear the jacket with a pair of jeans. A slightly cropped bottom is accentuated with the double flap pockets. Suit from Boss Hugo Boss for Rs 70, 950

CHECKS
Elegant and cut with style and panache, the check suit is the very opposite of stuffy. The slim lapels and the strong shoulders are the quintessential Italian element. A slim tie and a dress shirt complete the look. The pocket square adds heft and colour. Suit from Corneliani for Rs 99,600

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