From classic cuts, lush fabrics to new-age silhouettes—we’ve searched the depths of the Interwebs to bring you a comprehensive list of the best formal-wear options out there. A comprehensive list—if you may—that’ll help you score big, chart high, demand more and capture attention. Are you ready for your corner office?1. LACQUER EMBASSY
What: Subdued apparel, minimal designs, elegant bowties and lust-worthy pocket squares
For: The Whiskey Lover
USP: Clean, disciplined solids
Nikhil Sharma's brainchild and the go-to brand for OCD fanatics. This crisp, light-hearted Indian-born brand is a delight for your workplace. Lacquer Embassy is neither a stand-out nor is it trying to be one. In honest terms, the brand does fuss-free patterns and prints that are pleasing to the eyes. From classic whites and greys to your dark pastels, we're talking modern-age workwear done right!
Must Buy: A not-so-classic buttondown2. MR. BUTTON
What: Sharp apparel, waistcoats, bags, workwear-approved denim
For: The legit Boardroom-To-Bar Hopper
USP: Sharp tailoring and a knack of the Indian male sensibility
If the conventional Indian male goes by his will—dark, classic pieces will run the world at corporate offices. And thanks to brands like Mr. Button, Indian men now have a brand that caters to the off-beat sensibilities. We're not saying the brand isn't experimental enough (in fact, it's the perfect destination for 9-to-5 clothing). We're establishing the fact that it has got its target audience just right. To give your boardroom game a stylish lift in a split second, unfold an area of classics you never have, with Mr. Button.
Must Buy: D is for Denim3. BOMBAY SHIRT COMPANY
What: Breathe-easy shirts with made-to-measure fits
For: Avid Traveler Who Prefers Florals To Work
USP: Unparalleled technology, seamless rendition of work-wear prints
Straight out of Mumbai and one that sells made-to-measure at affordable limits, Bombay Shirt Company is custom-made made world-class, tailoring matched with global standards and shirts that low-key break barriers of workwear clothing. From sailor vibes, gingham checks, solid-coloured beauties to florals for CEOs, BSC ensures you step it up, all while adhering to work ethics. Incentive? Their shades and hues work for all year round and are season-less to an extent that you can wear florals, even for winter.
Must Buy: Linen Shirts4. 16 STITCHES
What: Unorthodox shirts, bow ties, pocket squares, cufflinks, scarves
For: Corporate Males Shouting 'Simpler Not Better'
USP: Exemplary prints for the experimental gentleman.
Move past your boring solids and prints that are too conservative, 16 Stitches' pattern play will turn you into a Boss Man in a jiffy. Keep the pairings minimal and the shirts as the star. Paisleys, floral motifs, they have them all, so just embrace your workplace in full bloom!
Must Buy: Paisley Shirts5. SS HOMME
What: Bespoke Formal Wear
For: The Globetrotter
USP: Traditional tailoring matched with European silhouettes
Getting married this year or planning a workwear revamp? Then you, my man, are a click away from fulfilling your needs. SS Homme (governed by minimalism, utility and plain comfort for men) offers everything on a plate for men of variable demands. Though they mainly do solid colours and experiment with prints once-in-a-while, they're mainly made-to-measure so would be happy to relent to your requests. Plus, Varun Dhawan's worn them, so this one's a real must-have!
Must Buy: Double-breasted suits