The 70s are making a big comeback all over again and it looks like the John Travolta look in Saturday Night Fever is here to stay! Fashion conscious men are now sporting stylish V-necks, replete with plunging necklines and a hint of a well-worked out, waxed chest peeking out at you, very little left to the imagination. Interestingly, women on the other hand seem to be covering up their cleavage.
After Simon Cowell sparked off the trend in the West, which had over 75 per cent men admitting that they regularly left the first three shirt buttons undone when out and about in town with friends, our desi boys seem to have been bitten by the same bug too. Yash Birla, the business tycoon of the illustrious Birla family is not one to hide that fabulously worked out body behind a shirt either. Which is why, perhaps, he regularly sports outfits that give him the scope to flaunt it. Others to follow suit — both on the ramp and off it include Shah Rukh Khan, John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan and even Akshay Kumar.
Actor Vidyut Jamwal, who is always on everyone's best dressed list irrespective of what he wears, says, “I’m one of the privileged ones who is blessed with a great body, and when I have it, I would love to flaunt it. When you are comfortable and confident, you can wear anything and you can wear nothing. I feel good when people who’ve seen me strut my stuff come up to me and tell me that they want to be like me.”
Ganesh Venkatram, actor and winner of Gladrags India Manhunt, feels that women should be the ones who can best ascertain how sexy a man flaunting his he-vage in public, actually is. “I think it is pretty cool. If you’re a man who has a good physique and believes in fitness there’s nothing wrong with exposing a bit of your chest line — just not all the time. Men used to wear really tight T-shirts, but now they've moved onto this.” However, he draws the line at chest hair spilling out from underneath. “It’s all fine but if you have tufts of hair spilling out, it’s just gross!”
The if you have it why not flaunt it attitude is echoed by fashion designers too. Chennai-based fashion designer and choreographer Karun Raman, who is regularly spotted at watering holes in the city in his trademark plunging V-necks, says, “If women can flaunt their cleavage, why can’t men? It takes a lot of guts to wear a low V-neck top and I think it's stylish depending on how well you can carry it off. It’s not something you can wear all the time but definitely trendy enough for summers, nightclubs etc.”