Let’s be honest. We are surrounded by cynics who tend to believe that panjabis are not comfortable. Don’t listen to them – they are gravely mistaken. In fact, panjabis are probably the most practical piece of clothing you can opt for considering the tropical weather.
Think about it, you don’t have to wear a constricting belt on your waist, no tie to strangle you and breathable fabrics to make feel like you’re on cloud nine, even when you are under immense pressure to meet that oh-so-important deadline.
There’s more to it. Unless you are in a job that particularly requires you to wear a suit (which probably should be mentioned on your contract!), you have an array of colours to choose from. You might be inspired from the fact that an increasing number of corporates are now settling for the comforts of panjabis for daily use. Ethnic wear has been a part of the sub-continental wardrobe which has been tried and tested over the years, and if you keep a few things in mind, not only will you feel comfy, but look sophisticated and trendy at work.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you come across the words “ethnic wear for men?” Yes, panjabis and the glorious comforts of cotton and linen. Lighter shades of bright colours, pastel, knee-length panjabis are trending this season with a relatively structured fit but not as skinny.
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As much as you need the attire to be summer-friendly, you need it to be trendy too. Try avoiding the jori-chumkis and elaborate multicoloured designs. Plain panjabis with minimal designs are more than competent to help you pull off a regal look fit for the weekly meetings with the team. If you want to make things a bit more interesting, opt for vertical stripes.
The local khaddar or khadi panjabi is an all time favourite as well. The texture of this lightweight material makes it a good option that will keep you cool even under the mid-day sun.
The classic white shalwar is timeless and is a sure hit. Apart from a few minor alterations in terms of fitting, it still remains in vogue and that too, for the foreseeable future. For instance, tapered shalwars (at the ankles) look good with almost all types of panjabis. Save the churidars for the special occasions though.
Since we’re talking about regular use at work, people have been quite comfortable with wearing chinos along with panjabis. Fusion can be a good thing, but make sure you don’t overdo it.
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When it comes to materials, breathable fabrics are the way to go. Cotton being the most popular choice, designers and fashion enthusiasts believe that it is perfect for the Bangladeshi summers. Be wary of the “mixes” of cotton that is widely sold. The cheaper “70%-30%” especially, since it feels as light as a “100%” cotton but has polyester meshed with it. Linen panjabis are becoming increasingly popular among people who wear them for longer periods of time.