Grooms Guide - Different Types of Ethnic Outfits and Accessories to Don and Steal Limelight

Indian fashion world is popular for its colourful, elegant and stylish look. Wedding season and festive events drive Indian men to wear ethnic outfits. Let’s browse through variety of styles and latest trend. You can create your unique style statement choosing from plethora of options including sherwanis, jackets, kurtas, indo-western and more. Below is a buying guide to variety of ethnic wear ranging from formal to casual for different ceremonies or occasions.

Grooms Ethnic Wear

Upper wear or top

·       Formal ethnic menswear
Formal Indian ethnic wear is ideal for weddings, engagements, festive and formal rituals.

Sherwani symbolizes royalty and prosperity. Traditional sherwani are designed from silk, brocade, and rich cotton fabric. They have high neck collars, carved buttons and are paired with dhotis or churidars. Accessorise like mala, kilangi, dupatta, and jootis with sherwani enhances his overall look.

Sherwani types

Traditional sherwani
Sherwani design is basic. It has a simple straight cut with slight flare towards the knee. It is either embroidered or embellished. Traditional sherwani has that eternal quality, which is always in trend.

Asymmetric sherwani
Sherwani has asymmetric collar as well as a slit, which offers a stylish look. You will find this sherwani designed in rich and exotic materials, each season. For formal occasion choose asymmetrical sherwani designed from heavy fabric. Team it with loose pants or churidars, matching jootis and duppata.

Jacket sherwani
Jacket sherwani is designed in different ways like buttoned or unbuttoned, short or long jacket, etc. Pair off your jacket sherwani with Patiala or dhoti n contrasting colour.

Indo-Western sherwani
The latest trend is to blend the desi-videshi style. Touch of Western to an Indian outfit is called fusion wear. Kurta donned with formal jacket is another semi-traditional design, which works great for engagement ceremonies. Indo-western style sherwani includes a curved hemline, different high neck collar styles and cuts. Wear this kind of sherwani with Patiala pants or dhoti to create an amazing look.

Achkan sherwani has a button placket in front, which falls to his knees. You can either choose a patterned, plain or embroidered achkan in silk or brocade. Pair it with choridar to gain the classy look. Achkan is ideal for occasions like festivals, sangeet, and weddings.

It is a Chinese collared jacket falling on your hips that offer a rugged, suave, and machismo look. You can buy foil printed or an embroidered bundhgalla deisgend from velvet or silk for weddings or sangeet and pair it with jodhpuri pants. Plain and patterned bundhgalla are also available, which can be worn with trousers.

Indian suits
You will see cuts similar to Western suits. However, there will be an Indian touch with regards to royal colours, fabric, and embellishments or embroidery. The common suit colours are black, blue, grey, burgundy, and maroon. Common materials chosen to stitch the suits are brocade and rich cotton. The fabric is either embellished with sequins or embroidered.

1.    Semi-formal ethnic menswear
Semi formal Indian ethnic menswear is the best option for opening ceremonies, graduation ceremonies, orations, and more.

Nehru jacket
Jawaharlal Nehru always wore a jacket, so the name. It is a flexible piece of clothing, which can be worn over a plain sherwani or kurta. Nehru jackets are available in plethora of styles and cuts. A simple Nehru jacket changes the look of your whole attire.

Safari suit
Men with fine taste in fashion wear a safari suit. Wear khaki or neutral coloured hip length jacket with matching pants but choose a contrast coloured tee-shirt or shirt to be worn inside the jacket.

2.    Casual ethnic menswear
If you desire to wear something ethnic, comfortable, and stylish for festivals or parties then below are some best choices.

Fashion and trends keep on changing but demand for traditional kurta pyjama will always remain in the men’s world. Kurtas are available in different kind of fabrics including brocade, silk, and cotton. You get to choose from collared, V-neck shirts [unbuttoned], Chinese collars, knee/hip length and short/long sleeved. Embroidered or plain kurta has to be worn with contrast or matching jeans or churidars.

It is a waist coat, which is worn around casually during ceremonies and weddings. Bandi worn with patterned or plain kurta looks cool. Pair it with coloured or matching churidar, accordingly.

Lower wear or bottoms

Dhoti signifies classic and elegant fashion in ethnic menswear. Dhoti is actually an unstitched material, which are 5-yards in length. It gets tied around mid section and your legs. Bunch gets tied at midriff but people fear that it will fall off in the middle of a wedding or function.

Fortunately, dhoti pants are designed around the archetypal Indian dhoti. He just slips into it. The flare gives an illusion that you are wearing a real dhoti. When you wear dhoti with sherwani, bandhgalla, Nehru jacket, or kurta for style, it will certainly make heads turn.

Saying the word pajamas give a feel of nightwear. However, on occasions, you desire to look handsome as well as comfortable. It is a versatile bottom wear, which can be carried comfortably with sherwani or casual kurta style.

Salwar or patiala
Patiala is a loose lower clothing with pleats donned with knee length kurta. Salwar pants can make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Choridar or Jodhpuri pants
Jodhpuri pants or choridar are evergreen options. Jodhpuri pants are a blend of choridar pants and classic riding breeches. Jodhuri pants silhouette is flared till thighs then snugs from calves onwards.

Just like choridar they have gathers around the ankle. Silk is the popular material for formal occasion because it is crisp and makes the flares of Jodhpuri pants stand out. Stylize these pants with mojaris, jooties, or Kolhapuris.

Palazzo pants
Palazzo pants are sensational attire, which was believed to be women’s fashion staple but recently it was added to bridal fashion show. Palazzo wide bottomed pants worn with knee length sherwani and embroidered jacket looked sensational.

Different kinds of Indian men’s accessories
·       Turban 
Turbans are necessary for a groom. It does not matter, if he is wearing a formal suit, pajama kurta or a sherwani, wedding turban suits his face.
Banarasi Jamawar turban has short tail and decorated with shining items and pearls on front and sides. Rajasthani turban has colourful dyed prints embellished with cotton gotas, specially made for the groom is called ‘Sehra’.

Tissue pagri is lightweight designed from georgette or chiffon material looks awesome. Jodhpuri style silk turban with lengthy layering and feathered brooch are classic. India has myriads of turban types worn differently in different states. Turbans or pheta or pagri can be either printed, plain, printed, bordered or dye patterned. They can be designed from cotton, silk, or brocade.

·       Duppatta
Indian kings wore a duppatta and turban. They regarded it as sign of stature, elegance, and pride. As per old Indian tradition, Indian groom needs to resemble a king. Hence the importance of turban and duppatta cannot be overlooked, while dressing in ethnic outfits like sherwani and pajama kurta. Duppatta gives a classy traditional and formal look.

·       Footwear
For traditional outfits like pyjama kurta, achkan or sherwani choose mojaris or jootis. These elegant slip-ons are available in different sizes, shapes, and designs. Jootis are closed in the back, while mojaris are open. Materials used in designing jootis or mojaris are velvet, leather, and brocade.

Usually, mojaris and jootis are handcrafted and decorated with colourful zari work, thread work, beads, and gems. With suits wear formal shoes that complements your suit colour. Kolhapuris are also comfort, safe and stylish option.

·       Jewellery

Adorn the turban or pagri with Kundan kalgi or sarpech to display his traditional side. Iconic layered one side necklace or natural pearl strings make him look sophisticated. String of emeralds looks dainty on his chest, when matched with polka kalgi.

Precious gemstone layers around groom’s neck lend insignia to his poised pose. Diamond and emerald brooches sit gracefully on plain light coloured sherwanis. Cascading pearls interlaced around the pagri offers the groom a bejewelled crown.
·       Optional accessories that also speak
Ethic cufflinks can be paired with sherwani. Metal cufflinks can improve the grandeur of your tuxedo, on this special occasion. Stylish watch speaks about your fashion style and sophistication. It adds to the overall look.

Now, that you know about the ethnic Indian groom’s wear, a belief that dressing is only a women’s forte gets eliminated. It means you too can dress in best outfits on your own wedding or your daughters or cousins wedding and look stylist. Below are some ways for wedding guests to look their best.

Trendiest wedding guest menswear
What to wear -
On your daughter’s or son’s wedding
Wedding makes you think traditional but give it a modern and chic twist. Go for bandis, bandgallas, or suits.

On your sister’s or brother’s wedding
Dress comfortably ecause sibling’s wedding accompany lots of rsponsibilities. However, it also needs to be luxurious, so that you stand out in crowd. Choose velvet bandhgallas or silk sherwani or brocade jacket.

On your cousin’s wedding
Just think about the fun without any responsibility and chances of meeting new girls. Choose something cool and trendy. Go for a fusion wear but make sure to wear a jacket that fits well. Slim fit kurtas with well-fitting trousers or breeches draw positive attention.

On your sister-in-laws or brother-in-laws wedding
Dress in grandeur to gain an edge amongst far-off relatives. For example, a designer bandgalla or an embellished garnet coloured jacket will do wonders.

On your nephew and niece’s wedding
Obviously, you desire to look sophisticated as well as comfortable to enjoy the dance. Wedding guest outfit colours suitable for nieces or nephews wedding can be a white knee length kurta with dazzling black velvet jacket, or bright pink kurta with white Nehru jacket.

On your yaar’s shaadi
Go like a bollywood star looking cool with kurta, turban, and dupatta. Even a velvet suit with light coloured trousers will give a smart look.

On your colleagues wedding
Wedding guest menswear for attending a colleague’s marriage is to be formal. Suits work best in spring or opt for dinner jacket.

There are some things an Indian wedding guest needs to avoid. Never wear shorts or trousers, flip flops, jeans or T-shirts, white, back or red colours. In brief, Indian wedding guest has to look elegant and decent but not cool and funky. It does not matter, if the groom or the bride is a close friend. Remember, there will be elder people present, so dress in a way that shows respect and pride with a garnish of Indian taste.

Visit Nihal’s Fashion to choose an appropriate wedding guest or groom attire to look sophisticated and in trend.

It does not mater, if the dulha avatar with epic sherwani and shehra or the dapper man look in a tuxedo is opted for. The most crucial thing is to groom and style in the best way on your own wedding.

Wedding grooming tips
o   Aversion to putting makeup needs to be kept aside because you have to look equally handsome like your gorgeous looking bride. Hire professional makeup artist to make you look perfect for camera and lights. 

o   Start taking care of your skin in advance, so that it looks stunning in the wedding photos. Drink plenty of water or consult a skin specialist for specific skin issues like acne or tan lines or sun burns, if any.

o   Focus on daily exercise, do things you adore and sleep for ample amount even though courtship is fun. Sleep deprived look can ruin your videos and pics.

o   Avoid experimenting with hairstyles prior wedding. The chosen hair style or colour can go drastically wrong. Go with hairstyles that looked good prior and will also make you look the best on your wedding day.

o   Same for face treatments. Follow trusted facials, only.

Wedding styling tips

o   Blend harmoniously with bride’s style because co-ordination will make you stick out as well-suited couples.

o   Don’t ignore jewellery, watch, pocket squares, tie pins, buttons, and cuff links. However, accessorize to add value to your outfit but don’t overdo it. For example, massive belt, or large brooch or necklace which grabs all the attention, is not right.
o   A trial before the wedding date [one week] is crucial because fits tend to change, especially if you are on an exercise routine.

o   Vibrant colours add radiance for daytime functions. However, for night or evening event pick dark shades like emerald or burgundy.

o   Make sure that the length of sherwani, sleeves, and bottom wear is sharp.

Besides all these, your smile is the most precious thing, which will complement your overall appearance. Remember, smile and attitude can steal the limelight. With all the knowledge about outfits and accessories, get ready to don yourself perfectly.