As you all know, I am crazy about mens accessories. I am not particularly experimental with my wardrobe choices and I prefer to keep it simple and classic. However, for me, a statement accessory, quirky or understated, can make a huge statement.
For instance, I have often posted pictures of my quirky watch collection where I wear a bright fluo watch under a formal shirt. I just love it. And, of course, you mustn’t get me started about coloured socks. I simply can’t have enough. So much so that, the other day, I decided to be adventurous and wore blue and black pop stripe socks to my formal bandhgala fitting, and was promptly told off by my stylist.
Getting back to the subject of mens accessories, I am happy to announce that Indian guys are NO LONGER afraid to accessorise. I see wonderful style experiments with belts, shoes, watch straps, ties, bow-ties and the works, in restaurants, malls and bars across the cities. And, at the risk of sounding redundant, this brings me to the subject of my blogpost — ACCESSORIES.
So I was invited by THE COLLECTIVE, one of my favourite multi-brand luxury destinations, to spend an afternoon at their Palladium Lower Parel store, and to check out their accessories collection. After endless debate and consideration, I finally managed to shortlist a few accessories, which make it to my HOT LIST for this season.
I started off my ‘hunt’ on a rather classic note. Just so you know, there is NOTHING that pleases me more than a classic Swiss watch. So Frederique Constant’s gold and white model instantly caught my eye. I am not so much a fan of metal straps, which is why I always gravitate to the leather straps.
I love cufflinks and I lament that we in Mumbai do not sport them enough. There’s nothing more charming than a classy shirt cuff, gleaming with the shine of a cufflink. I picked out this ‘Roulette’ cufflink by Tateossian, which I found quite cool.
Back to my watch, I thought I needed a nice pair of gold Tateossian cufflinks to complement the gold on my Frederique Constant, so I chose this AWESOME pair of ‘mechanic’ cufflinks in yellow gold.
Of all the accessories on my seasonal list, this one is MY FAVOURITE. If you look at it once, it seems like an innocuous black metal and rubber cufflink….Look closer…It’s a USB drive…yes you read that right! Tatetossian’s cufflinks have 2 GB on each of cuff, in case you were wondering. How’s that for information portability!
So I was thinking, I need to make things fun around here… So I picked out this PENGUIN cufflink by Hackett London, in black metal and mother-of-pearl. I say ONLY wear this on a white shirt.
I’ve been dabbling in too much formal wear so I decided to ditch the fancy stuff and slip into this pair of orange suede loafers by Versace. Add to it this large messenger bag by Ted Baker in brown leather, and you’re good to take on any urban challenge that might come your way.
So guys, here are my TOP accessories for this season. What are you waiting for…it’s time to jazz those wardrobes up. Thanks to my friends at The Collective for being such wonderful ‘style partners’. Stay stylish folks…
Post sponsored by The Collective, Mumbai.