Republic’s Creative Director has some strong opinions – as one would expect and hope – on what men should wear and what needs to be canceled right now.
Instep: What’s a trend in men’s fashion that needs to be laid to rest?
Omar Farooq: No socks. Invisible socks. If you must wear them, wear them properly. I feel like men took the trend way too seriously, and then the trousers became too skinny. Actually, the no-sock thing is better than the skinny pant. Slim to straight is fine, but the very skinny pants and jeans have to go.
Instep: An item of clothing every man should have in his closet?
OF: A plain black suit, a navy-blue suit. You think you don’t know what to wear? Wear a white shirt with a black jacket. Wear a sky-blue shirt with blue stripes with a blue suit, and you’ll look and feel good regardless of the occasion.
In Eastern, have your black and white shalwar kameez, stitched in high-quality fabric, by a good tailor.
Instep: And accessories?
OF: Those vary. Everyone has their own style and preference. But I do feel that the younger generation – 30s and below – are more confident in what they wear and therefore carry it well. I think [to develop a style that works] you have to be a little more aware of who you are, and be confident in who you are, and channel that outward.
– Amina Baig