Wedding Style for the Indian Man
Posted by Indian Fashion Police on July 19, 2012
I have written alot about Bridal couture on this space but many of the followers of ‘Indian Fashion Police’ also happen to be men who are interested in fashion. So why leave the fabulous men out??? is the question that keeps cropping in the teeny tiny mind of mine. I am trying to sum up few basic ideas which any man can opt for his wedding day. IFP gets to you the different styles that a man can wear as a groom and look his best.
Achkan & Sherwani
Well you have heard this word time & again during weddings in India but few know that Achkan is very different from a Sherwani. Sherwani tents out and is flared while the achkan is structured and contoured. This style can make any Indian man look like a royal on their wedding day. Sherwani usually has detail work while the Achkan can be without any detailing & just in one colour. Men looking out to work this style can pair their Sherwani with stoles, churidhar, straight fit pants or patiala pyajamas. One can accessorize it with a turban and pearl necklace to give the ‘Maharaja’ effect. A jutti in similar fabric or detail-work can be worn with the sherwani.
Achkan is more simpler form and can be styled with an elegant shawl & jutti. Brocade or Monochromatic prints in Achkan style is very much ‘in vogue’ which don’t need too much accessories to enhance the look and are fit for the summers. Just wear one, and you are ready for any event.
As the name suggests, Jodhpuri Jacket has it’s roots from Jodhpur – Rajasthan. It is how I would describe, the look of an achkan from above but short as a jacket in length. This silhouette once worn by the Maharajas and Leaders of our nation, has found it’s way to international fashion as well. These days Jodhpuri jackets are worn with jodhpuri pants & formal trousers.Because of versatility of this style, a man can wear it for any occasion like engagement parties, reception or any business meet too. It serves the purpose of a party wear as well as a formal outfit. Accessorize it a handkerchief better known as pocket square and classy pointed or square toe shoes and you will be ready to rock.
A waistcoat have been making round in menswear, though it was never a favourite in past decades. But this trend is catching up fast during the wedding season. If you don’t know what to wear for casual events or a mehendi function, how about combining your kurta with a waistcoat that has a high collar. Also you can combine it with your western wear for an evening out with friends & family. Get a waistcoat made in brocade fabric that can be worn with any ensemble.
For a reception post the wedding, please avoid a sherwani as that is better left for the traditional rituals. For cocktails or wine-n-dine style parties, opt for a Tuxedo and impress the crowd. But unfortunately only few men can carry this style off with an ease…….Rahul Khanna has to be one of the people who does justice to a Tuxedo. A single breasted jacket is preferred when it comes to selecting a Tuxedo. Emphasis is always given to the neck & shoulder fit to get the look right. Half-an-inch cuff show is ideal & the closure of the jacket should be at the belly button length in case of a single button jacket. Lace-up black leather shoes are always the choice with a black tuxedo.