Who doesn’t want to look classy and sassy on their big day? Be it a man or a woman, all die for that one unique look, which will make them stand out of the crowd and look fabulous. Indian weddings are colourful and beautiful and full of different functions and eyes of everyone is on the couple who is ready to tie the knot.
Since wedding season is almost here and we all know how daunting the wedding shopping can be especially for men, here is a guide to help you with men’s ethnic shopping for engagement and wedding wear. Just read and discover for yourself the options that you were earlier missing out.
Bring out the evergreen sherwanis
The trend of sherwani in has been there for quite a long time now. Even when that trend is not going to end anytime soon, there have been certain variations in the style. The latest trend includes the shoulder and sleeves embroidery. Bold botanical patterns on hemline and border is also in trend. Patch works and cuff work is also one of the most coveted look by youths.
Talking about the trending fabric in sherwani, unlike silk and linen, this time velvet is more liked and followed by most celebrities and they are often seen getting clicked in velvet sherwanis in almost all the wedding functions. In colours, classic black, maroon, gold, wine red, deep sea green, dark purple and charcoal grey are in fashion.
Pair them up with a golden metallic watch and Indian jutti to complete the look. Nothing goes with sherwanis like the Indian Juttis. However, since the options are really vast these days, you need not get confused. Always make this a rule of matching your juttis with your sherwani to get the best look. However, if you are wearing a dark sherwani and don’t want to buy dark juttis, skin and light brown coloured juttis are always there for your rescue.
Try new Indo-western Short Sherwani
If you are bored by the look of traditional sherwanis or mens kurta, then Indo-western sherwani are the way for you. These have become one of the prime choices of youths today. Thanks to the variety of options available and the option of mix and match, you can easily get different looks with these indo-western sherwanis.
Not only is this one of the best thing to wear in your engagement, but it has also become a popular choice even for the weddings. You can go ahead with wearing short sherwani with khadi pants or can also wear three piece sherwani including the waist coat.
The latest trend in Indo-western sherwani is lapel and sleeve embroidery. Velvet is again the trendsetter when it comes with contrasting colours and zardozi work. Navy blue, wine, crimson, green and midnight blue are the best colours you can choose from to get the perfect groom’s look.
Moccasins, formal shoes and boat shoes go fine with indo-western sherwanis. Boat shoes are highly in trend with these sherwanis. Just make sure you buy a shoe that is slightly darker or lighter in colour to the sherwani. A contrasting colour does not look good in shoes under indo-western sherwani.
Say yes to the classic tuxedos
Obviously you don’t want to wear classic suits in your wedding, but if you are looking for a non-traditional look for your engagement or reception, then western suits are meant for you. You can choose from different styles and colours. Where two pieces is more comfortable and airy three pieces gives you an elegant look.
For a function in day, go with dark colour such as navy blue, royal blue, crimson and black. Black never goes out of fashion and always look great, but if you want to avoid something regular, then choose some other colour. For an evening function, light colours including skin, grey, sea green, beige looks completely fine. You can always match these colours with the dresses of your better half and look the most adorable couple in the world.
However, while selecting tuxedoes, you need to make sure you are pairing them up with a good shirt. Where classic white shirt goes with almost all the colours, a little bit of experiments can also prove good. Do not go for printed shirts with suits. Also keep in mind the type of shoes you are going to wear. Black is not always good, especially in case of different unique colour such as sea green and beige. Make sure you finalize the shoes only after selecting the suits.
It’s time for the Indo-western Suits
Pair an embroidered coat with formal Indian pants to get the perfect indo-western look. Though it is not ideal attire for wedding, this is worth every penny for engagements. Pastel coloured suits have been in trend recently and looks just fine with dark trousers. A little embellished and embroidered suit looks perfect for engagement function.
The options of neck and collar styles are also huge, the most common being Chinese collar and bandhgala. You can also go ahead with block printed and botanical motifs suit to get a different look. This is in fact one of the best option for the engagement ceremony of the groom-to-be. If you want, then you can try the lighter fabric version of the same in your haldi and sangeet functions.
Play it different with silk Kurta and long jacket
The time has shifted from waist coat to long jackets. Embroidered silk Chinese collar mens kurta with a long jacket not only looks perfect for an engagement function, but can also be worn during wedding. A dark on dark might not look good for other designs, but for silk kurta with long jacket, dark on dark is the way to go.
In bottoms, with this long jacket, you have plethora of options to choose from. Dhoti, salwar, churidar and formals, you name it and everything looks great with these sets. If you want to add a bit of quirkiness to the same, then you can go ahead with some heavy hand pieces instead of watch.
Boat shoes and formal shoes look just fine with this style. If you want a dramatic look, then you can go ahead with a light coloured pair of shoes. However, if you are not comfortable with so much of uniqueness, then the classic black formal shoes would be the best choice.
Go for tradition with a twist- Bandi with patterned kurta
Bandi, the waist coat has been in the market for ages. However, this wedding season the trend has turned slightly. Instead of plain mens kurta with which bandi was often worn, this time kurta with self-patterns are in trend. Velvet and silk kurta with khadi and chanderi bandi looks not only classy, but they are also very comfortable.
You can pair them up with a light dupatta matching the bottom. The beauty of this dress is that any pair of shoes goes perfectly fine with them. You can wear classic black or brown Indian jutti or the black formals. Nothing looks bad with this style. Make sure you have a nice pocket piece in the pocket of bandi.
Wear the all new long slit kurtas
This look is exclusively for engagement. Choose whatever fabric you like the most, and get a long length mid-slit kurta for you. The colour depends majorly on which time of the day the function is taking place. For evening functions go for baby pink, light blue, beige and light green colour whereas bright colours are the best choice for a day function.
The best bottom choice for a long slit kurta is a cotton churidar. White churidars never go out of fashion and looks good with almost all the colours of kurta. Make sure you pair them with simple leather Indian jutti with no embellishments and a leather watch. Take an embroidered dupatta and you are good to go for your engagement.
Try printed kurta with salwar
Gone is the time when floral prints were meant only for women. This wedding season do something different and try printed kurta. Bright prints on light background give you not just a classy but also a relaxed and comfortable look. Pair it with salwar and see your comfort getting doubled.
Though not everyone is comfortable with Patiala salwars (even when they look extremely stunning), if you are also one of those folks, you can always go ahead with dhoti. They give the same look as these salwar and are very comfortable. This dress is in fact perfect for a summer wedding.
Have a look at comfortable Jodhpuri pants
If you want to get a traditional look but do not want to come out of your comfort zone of western wear, then these stylish pants are meant for you. For day time, pair a light coloured Jodhpuri pant with a dark kurta. In kurta style, you can choose any one you want. These pants not only look good with Indian suits but also go well with heavy sherwanis.
These are extremely comfortable pants which give an illusion of churidars. However, they are very easy to carry and complete the look very easily. You don’t need any extra accessories for the same. Even the shoes choice is also vivid and you can go with whatever type that makes you feel comfortable.
Get comfortable with the fabrics
Now that you know almost all the new looks to try this wedding season. You should also have a look at all the fabrics that you can choose from. The grace of your suit or kurta will be increased many times if you choose the best fabric for the same. If you are not sure about the fabric and do not have time to spend locating the same in stores, you can always look for good options online.
Try some good brands such as Nihal Fashions who know what they are doing and have one of the best collections of men’s ethnic wear online. Trying dresses from such websites makes sure you are getting best material for the money that you pay.
However, while selecting the fabric or kurta keep a few things in mind.
- Always go for silk in case of doubt: there are a plenty of varieties of silk you can choose from. Just make sure you go for light silk in summer and heavy in winter.
- Cotton kurta are for day parties: cotton specially paper cotton kurtas are not only comfortable but they also come in vivid colours which serves the purpose of looking different and stunning on your big day.
- Say yes to velvet in evening: velvet have the lustre of silk and comfort of cotton. Often considered the royal fabric, it will give you the much desired royal feel. Match it with your better-half’s dress and you guys are going to look simply beautiful together.
Apart from the fabric, the fit also matters a lot when it comes to ethnic shopping for such functions. Before shopping online make sure you know all the measurements. For measuring the same you can use an old kurta of yours. However, it is advisable to get fresh measurement before starting the purchase. Also keep in mind the kurta is neither too loose nor too tight. It should be breathable and comfortable for you since you are going to have a long day. Smiling in front of camera, standing hours on stage greeting people, spending time on all the ceremonies! All these things can leave you tired, just make sure your dress eases the task by being airy and not make it difficult by being tight.
With all the options available to you, you are sure as hell going to get confused. Do not forget to try one or two looks before finalizing anything and yes, always take help from your friends for the same. While making the final call consider everything including colour and comfort into consideration and you are ready to rock the party!