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How to pull off a Nehru

post #1 of 16
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I absolutely adore Nehrus for their distinctive statemanly elegance and exotic feel.
The sole problem is that I'm distinctly non-Asian, in fact my German heritage is obvious from a mile away with my light-bright complexion and hair, and I mostly move and work in Europe and the East Coast. smile.gif

I was wondering if anyone has experience with pulling a Nehru off in similar circumstances without looking ridiculous or out of place. smile.gif In what situations can we consider Nehrus proper?
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In what situations can we consider Nehrus proper?

James Bond villian.
Peanut / hot dog vendor at ball games.
Hospitality staff.
Private smoking room attire.
Not much else.
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post #3 of 16
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Haha. I had a feeling that might be the case. A shame though, really. biggrin.gif
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James Bond villian.
Peanut / hot dog vendor at ball games.
Hospitality staff.
Private smoking room attire.
Not much else.
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My God. Go easy on him
Edited by dragon8 - 12/15/12 at 3:19pm
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In what situations can we consider Nehrus proper?

 

When conducting the orchestra at the Mariinsky Theatre?

 

 

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valery_Gergiev]

post #6 of 16
I planned to get a black bandhgala ( closed neck in Hindi) made for this winter but forgot all about it. I intended to wear them to weddings. But then I am Indian and live in Delhi
post #7 of 16
Pulling off a Nehru is clearly the best thing you can do with it, aside from not putting it on in the first place.
post #8 of 16
I'm living in Delhi and my wife has from time to time encouraged me to get one for weddings and such. I have resisted the urge (and instead wera my native garb- the suit). They do look good in the right setting.
post #9 of 16
Pretty much the same story with 'Chinese/ Mao' collars. I could never pull them off even though I wanted to - even got an Armani suit with the Nehru-esque Cobra collar once but wore it maybe twice. I see 'gweilo' in HK wearing them and it looks really odd.

However those old style chinese padded jackets and rounded collars can look pretty good; I may even buy one for the New year....
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Originally Posted by Man Of Lint View Post

James Bond villian.
Peanut / hot dog vendor at ball games.
Hospitality staff.
Private smoking room attire.
Not much else.
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My God. Go easy on him

Alright, I am having a little fun but seriously, what would your suggetions be?
I won't speak for the world, but in North America a white gent will probably be perceived as some form of tourist, traveller, entertainer, cult member, priest, weed smoker or just plain lost whereas a darker skinned gent would most likely be perceived as either a priest or a diplomat who wandered away from the hotel and is sight-seeing. To most North Americans (Canada & USA) this would be regarded as a costume, religious or regal attire. The perception will become the reality. The outfit makes a strong statement and commands some form of respect but most people will simply not know what to make of it or the person wearing it..Then again, most people on the street won't care. In any case, I am sure it would be quite safe to wear it publicly but it will draw attention. One way or another, a good haircut will help when wearing one.
post #11 of 16
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Heh... No offense taken, you're right. Yes my main fear about it is that it is somewhat costume-ish in the West. It would clearly feel out of place in any business-related setting.

Tough, I've got a feeling that it could work in a more individualistic, eccentric setting, such as in the world of art.
post #12 of 16
I usually pull mine off one sleeve at a time.
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The nehru is the equivalent of a tux in South Asia. Plain black with a white shirt and red carnation - looks very snappy imo, though admittedly one has to be Indian to really pull it off frown.gif. Most people on SF equate a Nehru with some psychedelic 60s fashion item.

 

I intend to wear one once I become a billionaire who throws his own glamorous black-tie parties. Seriously.

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I intend to wear one once I become a billionaire who throws his own glamorous black-tie parties. Seriously.

 

Can I get an invite?

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I intend to wear one once I become a billionaire who throws his own glamorous black-tie parties. Seriously.

Hire me. If you pay well enough I'll even wear a french maids outfit.
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