Winter is coming and jackets are here

The categorization of menswear into black tie, cocktail or smart casual seems facetious in a city like Mumbai, where most men don’t stock their wardrobes with more than a couple of light jackets. Nevertheless, the right fabric and a few simple rules of styling can prepare you for everything from a business meeting to your skiing photographs.

“I have five staple jackets in my wardrobe—a bomber, a heavy linen blazer which works for moderate summer and winters, a gilet, a bandhgala for festive and celebratory events, and a sherwani for festive formal occasions. I highly recommend these for everybody," says Woolmark Prize-winning fashion designer Suket Dhir. Dhir says you shouldn’t always go by what is standard in terms of fit and length. “There’s no formula for sleeve and jacket length, everybody is different, and a jacket can help you balance your proportions when stitched right," says Dhir.


If you plan to take a trip abroad and usually stick to browns and blacks for your jackets, it’s time to change the game. Couture houses are not holding back on colour this season—be it fuchsia and pinks or neons. The simplest solution is to add a chunky knitted scarf, a must-have luxe accessory this season, like a bright teal extra-long version by Acne Studios or a bright carrot and olive preppy scarf by Valentino. Pair the scarf with another “it piece", the oversized trench. If you don’t feel confident experimenting with colours, pick pieces in teal, burgundy, camel tones and even plaid and checks.

“Shirt jackets are popular this season and extremely versatile," says celebrity fashion stylist Allia Al Rufai. For great fits, Rufai recommends Prada. The brand is on board with every jacket trend this season—from oversized leather trench coats to nylon jackets in light and heavy mountain-gear style.

For some monochrome inspiration, Fendi’s beige-on-beige pieces illustrate how to make a statement with a neutral colour. If you are feeling adventurous, you could even take inspiration from Hugo Boss’ one-tone pink double-breasted jacket and pants look. Dhir picks rusts and yellows, fuchsia, dark teal and turquoise as the colours to play with this season. “An easy way to approach fuchsia is to go for a washed fuchsia look—so faded bright trousers which look like they have been worn 15 times. Washed looks make colours more palatable for men. Colours can also be worn as accents—a sombre, buttoned jacket worn over a bright shirt that peeks through," says Dhir.

One of the many ways in which the suit has been reinvented for this season is the denim suit. While Jill Sanders had a bold acid-washed oversized denim chore jacket paired with split-leg tailored denim pants, MSGM did an easy-to-pull-off version with charcoal denim jackets with sherpa lining. “Denim and printed jackets can be bold and make a statement and there are many colours to play within denim this season," says Rufai. A major trend that your body will thank you for is the oversized and straight-line puffer jacket. Off-White even presented one with a built-in crossbody bag, Balenciaga stuck to one of the hottest shades of pink, and Philipp Plein dedicated his Autumn/Winter line to puffer jackets which can serve as your go-to guide for “how to wear a different puffer jacket every day".


To test if your jacket fits right, regardless of the style, always check the shoulders and the armhole area to understand if it’s a size too small or big for you. “While I am all for experimenting, one thing that you should not do is wear skinny pants and skinny jackets. The only fitted jacket you need is a leather jacket," says Dhir, reiterating the need for balance in the wardrobe and outerwear that’s neither loose nor tight.


If you are flying out to colder climes, a long puffer jacket is just what you need to relax in style in the snow. For a sporty day in the park though, you will need more room for movement. Thankfully, this one trend has lasted for a good half of a decade now—“Nothing like some athleisure for a day out at the park to stay comfy and active," says Rufai.

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