Purushu's award winning fashion blog was founded in 2009 while studying fashion design at NIFT New Delhi. At the age of 19, he wrote show reviews for FDCI's Designer Node dailies at India Fashion Week, New Delhi. Following a stint as menswear designer at Future Group (Lee Cooper), Mumbai in 2013, he relocated to Chennai where he continued blogging and authored fashion columns for The Hindu newspaper. In 2017, Purush Arie launched exclusive gender neutral fashion line. Purushu spoke about gender neutral revolution through fashion at TEDxChennai in March 2018.

10 Must Have Semi-Casual Wardrobe Staples For Men

Dressing up is an easy art if you know what exactly to buy. Shopalike.in, a site with unique filter options allowing us to browse offers from thousands of online shops, asked me to list down ten semi casual wardrobe staples that every man should own. Here I lay down my top 10 men’s smart casual essentials. How many of them do you already own?

Reiss Knit Jumper


A navy jumper is easily the most versatile knitwear which can adapt itself with pretty much everything. A jumper in navy blue can be faultlessly layered over a blazer in winters or as a feature piece in warmer months.

Indigo Jeans – Flying Machine


A good pair of denims in darker hues of indigo should comfortably accompany you to anywhere from local mall to a casual night out at a local pub. Wear it a t-shirt, shirt, polo, blazer… literally anything you like. Avoid jeans that hug your legs like women’s jeggings.

Navy Chinos – Mr.Button


Navy chinos are a great alternative for occasions where you cannot wear a jeans but want to skip your suit trousers. The options are endless with this must have smart-casual wardrobe staple. When worn with red loafers, the navy chinos can drastically elevate your style quotient. Navy chinos look great at workplace when teamed with micro checker shirt.

United Colors of Benetton


Invest in a high quality polo t-shirt since it will go with everything you own. Match bright polos in organge or lime hues with dark chinos and navy or brown blazer for a stylish semi-casual look. Polos in dark navy or muted greys look great when worn with colourful chinos.

Chinos – Flipkart


Chinos in classic khakis are ideal for summers. Wear khakis with white or light blue oxford shirt for a classic men’s summer look.

Denim Jacket – Ebay


Denims may or may not be allowed in your corporate ambience depending upon the permissible dress code. However a sleek denim jacket with minimal wash in a dark hue can be paired with textured knits and dark indigo denims for a trendy denim-on-denim look at workplace.

White sneakers – Converse


2015 proved to us that when worn rightly, sneakers can accompany even suits. Get experimental by wearing a pair of minimal sneakers in white with subtle window-pane suits.

Tan derby shoes – Melvin & Hamilton


There’s no formal other formal shoes that can radiate character and elegance with navy or grey trousers like a pair of tan derbies can. The bonus of owning a pair is that tan derbies will work just as wonderfully with denims too.

Oxblood loafers – Modshoes


A wardrobe is incomplete without a statement making piece that is also versatile. A pair of oxblood penny loafer steps in to fill the void. Wear them with invisible socks and show off your mankles.

Neck Tie – Park Avenue


Woven or knit, a burgundy tie will look great with all your shirts, from muted greys to subtle printed ones. This chic and modern accessory can add life to even the most boring suit and shirt combinations.

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