Men, here's what to wear to the Dubai World Cup
Tips from bespoke tailoring expert Samrat Amarnani
Is it just us or do men never know what to wear to the world cup? They’re either perfectly dressed or sporting a regular suit. The answer? Tips from bespoke tailoring expert Samrat Amarnani from Collars & Cuffs tailoring house on how to be perfectly dressed. No regular suits in our books, gentlemen - at least not for the races. And now, the tips: 1. The winning outfits? According to Amarnani, they’re chinos and a blazer, formal trousers and a blazer, and a two or three-piece suit. He says your choice should depend on who you’re accompanying as well as the purpose of your visit. If you’re going with friends, the first two casual looks are more suitable, but if you’re entertaining clients, a two or three-piece suit is a better choice. Go for one with a pastel colour to match the season and combine it with a dark shirt and shoes. 2. When it comes to shoes for the World Cup, comfort is key. But shoes must also match your outfit. Amarnani recommends leather or suede loafers (stylish and comfortable) for chinos or trousers with a blazer. However, the expert stresses on skip the socks with these types of shoes, especially if they stand out beneath your trousers. He also recommends comfortable yet formal lace-up shoes, in leather or a colour that matches the colour of your belt, for suits. In this case, do opt for socks and make sure they cover your ankles. Also make sure that the colour of your socks matches the colour of your suit - not your shoes. 3. As for outfit colour, different shades of blue are always in fashion when it comes to suits. The colour is more vibrant than black and much more exciting than grey. But for jackets and chinos you can play with a lot of light pastel shades. Amarnani also recommends going for a checked blazer where the checks are a different colour from the base colour, and then matching it to the chinos. Collars & Cuffs offers a wide variety of such choices. 4. How to stand out? Don’t be afraid to use accessories. “The most popular seasonal trends from last year are making a comeback for men’s fashion. These include the pocket square, hat (bowler, fedora and top hat to name a few), boutonniere, tie, tie pin, collar pin, bowtie and cane,” says Amarnani. If we could pick, we’d opt for the cane – a la Lord Scott Disick. 5. One person with slick style is Amarnani himself. Naturally, we asked him what he’s wearing to the World Cup for style inspiration. And he did not fail to impress. His go-to outfit is a mix-and-match trouser and blazer combination with a waist coat. So a checked, two-button slim fit jacket, a plain, five-button waistcoat, and a double breasted coat in U shape. Accessories-wise, he will opt for a pocket square, boutonniere, top hat and bowtie. For shoes, he will sport formal loafers sans laces. 6. A fashion faux pas? Tuxedos. “Definitely no tuxedos; this is a fashion faux pass I’m seeing all too often at the races. Open shoes, shorts, t-shirts, leather jackets and light coloured jeans are a no-go as well; the key is to keep it classy and simple, yet with a sophisticated edge,” says Amarnani, and we agree.