Dikesh Malhotra, President and CEO of IMS Group, is one of those young aspiring entrepreneurs who even after taking care of such a big business house never fails to take out time for his personal grooming and care. His timeless mélange of styles fits his persona and approach has made a mark not only with his ventures, but also with his unique sense of dressing.

Esparsh Sarawagi interacts with Dikesh Malhotra to find more about how to maintain style and class quotient while being at ease in menswear.

What is fashion to you?

Fashion is lifestyle. Your clothes are just an extension of your life. They can’t be forced, but rather has to come naturally. One must feel comfortable in their own skin and their choices.

Describe your personal style in three words.

Clean, sharp and comfortable.

What is your go-to-style choice for different occasions?

I mostly wear formal pant shirt to work, a coat for meetings, suits to formal functions, jeans and tee for casuals, while at home I am usually in shorts. Talking about travel, it depends whether it’s for pleasure or work.

What would we find in excess in your wardrobe?

Since, I am mostly involved with work, you will definitely find maximum shirts and pants in my wardrobe.

Which are some of your favorite places to shop?

Well, I prefer the choices that is available in the outlets of US. They basically come in my sizes as well and I easily can choose what is best suited for me.

One style item you would never wear?

May be, a jump suit.

Three businessmen with an exceptional sense of style.

I really don’t follow any businessmen when it comes to style. However, if talking in general I do admire the style statement of David Beckham.

Topessentials every businessman should have in his wardrobe.

  • Black Suit
  • White shirt
  • Good formal shoe
  • Pocket square
  • Cufflinks
  • Belt
  • Socks

How do you accessorize your look?

I usually accessorize my look with a good pair of shoes as they can prove to be a cherry on the top.

A grooming product that is always available in your wardrobe.

A shaver.

A favorite color that is prominent in your wardrobe.

Black and white.

Most experimental outfit you have worn?

I don’t usually wear pink but I tried that once as I was forced to wear it by my wife (then GF). Well, it turned out to be good.

Two things women find irresistible in men.

Good smell and chivalry.

Whom do you want to give credits to help you discover your personal sense of style?

I think if I say my wife she would be happy. So, let’s make her happy.

Personality tips for young entrepreneurs aiming to be stylish.

Don’t care too much about what others will think. As long as it’s appropriate, just go with what you want. Find your own style rather than trying and replicating someone else’s. That will translate into your work as well. There is a sense of confidence that comes with finding your own personality and it cando wonders for you.