When it comes to fashion and food, experimentation is key. This year both industries have taken the comfort route, albeit with a dash of luxe. And what better occasion than a lunch date to get smart with casuals while experimenting with your palate? Here, we break down latest styles that go with culinary trends.

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Soup and the Millennial Gentleman

The first course is all about first impressions. Something as simple as soup too is constantly seeing innovation. This year many a menu for the soup course has featured the humble broth with a touch of some exotic ingredients. Similarly in fashion, mixing up suit separates with casual pieces is the way to go. Team tailored jacket and trousers with casual counterparts like biker jackets or baseball shirts (ideally tucked in).

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Bite-size Starters and the Startup Style Invasion

Bite-sized avatars of breakfast items are a huge hit in the appetizer course. The portions may look tiny and unassuming, but they pack in a flavourful punch that will pleasantly surprise you. Equally so, functional clothing has never looked as cool. Throw on a cashmere sweater over a crisp white shirt teamed with well-tailored denims and white sneakers and voila! This look is easy to put together and effortless to breeze in from office to brunch, and back to the boardroom.

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Salad and Healthy Dressing

#Dadbod may have been trending in 2015, but ‘athleisure’ made working out cooler thanks to chic sportswear. Beyoncé made salad into a fashion statement with her Kale sweatshirt. And with his Adidas Yeezy collection Kanye has been anointed as the new High Priest of fashion. Workout wear and sports brands like Adidas, Reebok and Nike have transformed athletic and outdoor wear. Tailored sweatpants are the new black. You can also experiment by throwing on a varsity jacket or baseball tees and button down shirts. This is some seriously luxe gym wear to go along with all the clean labelled food.

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The Main Course and the Main Man

Paleo diet anyone? The hipster beard may have finally given way to a more groomed look that one can also wear to work, and to a date. Spiff out by using masculine elements like tartan print in a fitted sweater and a suit in the hottest colours of the season – camel, white and dark blue. Or look dapper with a bandhgala jacket with tailored pants. For a more casual setting, opt for urban utility wear with military elements. A camouflage printed bomber jacket with a polo shirt and chinos or well-tailored chambray shirt and dark chinos.

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A Sweet Surprise

As with of-the-moment desserts, add a touch of spice and salt to raise your game. Men’s fashion has steered away from staid earthy tones and incorporated bright pop or pastel hues. This year has also seen prints getting bolder and graphic with florals and tropical prints seeping into not just clothing but also accessories like belts, caps and shoes. Silhouettes too have shown a shift by going gender fluid. Long line and drapes have featured heavily, teamed with super skinny jeans and Meggings.

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