When I was young, I always saw my mother set aside the heavy silk saris and elaborate jewelries for parties after sunset, apparently lighter shades were more appropriate for day functions. This concept somewhat exists till now and we usually see men choosing t-shirt over shirt for the day and embroidered Punjabi or suit for the night. That being said, when you are a student or not yet into a fully functional job, you can still opt for a neat formal look to last you the day.
Colors are cool
Polo necks and cotton shirts are comfortable and also fashionable at the same time. A good outfit also helps to boost your self-confidence. Also, don’t fall for the whole black on black look to hide a few inches, rather, play with colors. Pink, blue, green, grey, white, the choices are endless. You can always rock that salmon pink shirt with a pair of brown pants or go for the bright lemon yellow t-shirt.
N for neatness
Whatever you wear, you have to make sure that they are clean and neatly pressed. Trust me, the grunge days are so over and dirty jeans won’t win the heart of your crush. A nicely combed hair, well trimmed beard and moustache, a dust free bag, a fitted watch (brands don’t matter, the loose metal belts do!) all can do wonders to your appearance.
Skincare is sacred
So you’re a boy and you are too ashamed to admit that your dry skin needs a good moisturizer? Get over all these negativities because you are a human being and your skin needs attention. You can have a beauty regime which can involve scrubbing, toning and pretty much everything depending on your skin type and its needs.
Pants over PJs
Sure you can always choose to be comfortable but maybe ditch the track pants for the lunch date? Also in Bangladesh’s weather, too tight pants may only make your breathing difficult. Depending on your budget, you can find pants in different brand shops in pink city, police plaza, jamuna future park, new market (there’s a whole floor for jeans), badruddoza market and elephant road.
Spend for specials
Instead of many inexpensive things, invest carefully on one special item. A leather wallet will last longer so will a decent branded watch. Instead of a onetime use sunglass, you could buy one original so that you can use it for a longer period of time. It is absolutely fine if you can’t own a rolex watch or a prada bag, there are many other brands which are just as nice and way more affordable.
Everyone is different and everyone has their own take on fashion but there are few things which if you can maintain, might do more good than harm. While I am no fashion guru myself and there are days when all my energy is spent on rolling off the bed and getting my crazy hair in a bun, every now on then you can work on or experiment with your looks and just feel better about yourself.
The writer works with Bangladesh Post