I am always happy to receive emails from our readers and a few months ago, I received one from Mr. Ahmed Sajeel- a small business owner from Pakistan who is the Regional General Manager for BMW cars. First of all, I was flattered to see that the Gentleman’s Gazette was read in such remote places, and secondly I was surprised to see what clothes horse like Ahmed wears day in and day out.
So today, I want to present to you a number of Pakistani bespoke outfits, that are classic in the sense that they incorporate suits and jackets, yet unique because they are influenced by another culture and of course personal style.
Royal Blue Suit
Let’s start with one of my favorite outfits: Ahmed’s double breasted suit in royal blue. It looks like it was tailored from a crisp woolen cloth, maybe even a fresco or a fabric with a little mohair. (update: it is indeed a coarse, open weave fabric with a little bit of Mohair). In any case, I adore the color because it is blue – like thousands of other suits, yet completely out of the box.
The 6×2 silhouette is quite pleasing in my opinion. Unlike so many double breasted lapels, this one is not oversized but medium in width with a nice belly. Since this color is enough of a statement, Ahmed chose a blue – white micro check shirt with a dark navy tie and mid brown suede loafers. In combination with the pocket square, I think it is a superb outfit, although I would have skipped the big wristwatch but I don’t like big watches in general.
Because of the heat, Ahmed cannot wear cream white flannel trousers, and so he opted for the lightweight cotton alternative. Denim is rarely used for jackets or suits but it goes quite well with a casual ensemble, such as the white pants and beige shoes. However, the light blue shirt with a white contrast collar is clearly a business shirt that is usually worn with a three piece pin stripe suit, than with a relaxed denim outfit an sporty Mogador tie in cotton/silk.
The next outfit is a mid grey windowpane suit with a light blue overplaid. The shirt has a spread collar similar to the one Lino wears all the time, and the blue tie and dark burgundy pocket square provide just enough contrast to make the outfit interesting yet not flashy. Instead of black shoes, Ahmed chose the more casual brown oxfords.
Glenplaid and Grey Tie
Allthough hardly visible, this is a Glen urquhart suit, with a salmon colored shirt, and a dark grey tie and pocket square. In my opinion, peach looks great with grey, especially if you wear brown shoes with it.
Light Grey Blazer with White Buttons
This outfit is a excellent example of a classic, but nevertheless individual outfit. Most men won’t wear white trousers, but if you do, make sure to skip the lining or remove it because it always shows through. The light grey blazer with white buttons is not very popular but this picture shows how casual it can look. With a striped shirt, dark tie, light colored pocket square and reddish brown shoes, the overall look is neat, yet relaxed.
The Burgundy Double Breasted Suit
Last but not least, take a look at Ahmed’s burgundy suit! You certainly need guts to wear a suit like this but Mr. Sajeel does it quite well in my opinion. Note the difference in the lapel compared to the very first suit: This one has more belly, the gorge is different and the points are rounded with a larger radius.
I would probably trade the striped shirt with a plain one, though I think the tie works well, so does the darker pocket square. Brown shoes are certainly an option, although black would have been just as fine.
Now, Ahmed clearly showed to us that he has a huge range of different clothes in his wardrobe. Also, his pocket square tie combinations are all unique and even though I would not wear all the things in the same fashion, I think he did a great job. Moreover, he did not only provide food for thought, but also ideas for warm weather dressing with an individual note.
What do you think of his outfits? Do you like his Panama / Basket weave windowpane blazer at the beginning of the article? Let us know what you wear when it is warmer and don’t hesitate to send us your outfits.