groom with a view
It’s time for the grooms-to-be to get their dose of fashion and style to look the best on their wedding day
Gone are the days when grooms had limited styling options. When it comes to Indian grooms, traditional wear never loses charm. He can choose from high-quality muga silk, heavy linen, brocades, dupioni silk fabrics for elegant kurtas, bandhgalas, dhotis, shirts, trousers and bandis. Thanks to Bollywood, sherwanis are the most common choice for Indian grooms. One word of caution: Make sure the length of the sherwani is till your knee and the ensemble is well-fitted. A pair of kurta-salwar is a good alternative as it flatters almost any body type, but ensure that you select a cut that best suits your physique. Kurta-churidar is slightly different from traditional kurta-salwar. Basically, the bottom here is tighter from the knee downward and bunches up at the ankle.
If you want to go that extra mile, then dhoti-kurta is your thing. Making it a bit manageable are the readymade versions available in different colours and styles. According to Tarun Tahiliani, grooms should wear whatever they are comfortable in and also select pieces that reflect their personal style and not follow trends blindly. “The last time I wore a dhoti was about 15-18 years back which came off and now I am wearing it again because thanks to the draping expertise. One can wear pre-draped pants and dhotis and keep the elegance of another time but again in a contemporary way,” says Tahiliani.
Raghavendra Rathore is known for his spectacular designs and men styling. The highlight of his latest collection is the classic fluid dhoti. The tailored classical Rathore Bandhgala and the Bandhgala Achkan paired with a flowing dhoti in alchemy of silhouettes and combinations are stunning options. Designs by Sabyasachi Mukherjee too have an element of old-world charm that is exceptional if you are looking for traditional attire. The Kolkata-based designer has made a trademark out of fusing various textiles and muted colours to create beautiful silhouettes that are timeless in their look and appeal. Anita Dongre’s latest collection has a range of subtle and smart bandhgalas, hand-embroidered sherwanis, dhotis, raw silk bandis, silk kurtas and salwars in a refreshing colour palette of royal blues, burnt range, beige, black and hints of lime green and pink. Speaking on groom-wear for the upcoming wedding season, she says, “Groom wear continues to be sophisticated with clean cuts and impeccable fits. For a traditional look, opt for a hand-embroidered sherwani; one in a rich fabric like raw silk or silk tissue or tussar silk with subtle detailing and accessorize it with an elegant brooch. Keep the rest of the look toned down so that the sherwani takes centre stage. You can also pair the sherwani with a dhoti instead of a churidar or salwar.”
Once you’ve finalised on the style of your wedding outfit, it’s time you navigate through the world of fabrics in detail. There are a variety of fabrics to choose
from: right from cotton, cotton-silk, fine silk, linen, velvet, royal silk to muslin, jacquard to the aforementioned ones. A kurta in Swarovski crystals, intricate embroidery of zardosi or sparkling embellishments, stone work, sequins, beads, mirror work, etc. are perfect for the main day; while a lighter fabric is apt for pre-wedding functions.
Designer Purvi Doshi feels pop colours are in for groom wear. “Jewel tones, pastel colours, dhoti with jackets, relaxed fit trousers, block printed kurtas with Nehru jackets, floor length kurtas for men are in trend this wedding season. High-sheen fabric and peaked lapels; linen meets denim design; skinny lapel are in vogue. These can be accessorised with brogues, quirky cuff links, etc.,” she says.
When it comes to the choice of colours, keep in mind the time of the function—lighter hues for the day and darker, more metallic ones for the night. Contemporary yet classic; shades of beige, maroon, black, navy blue and grey with a contrasting inner layering in electric blue or lime green are perfect. “Ensure that the choice of colour does not clash with that of the bride’s outfit,” warns Anita. While red, maroon, white and gold are the colours for traditional wedding outfits, fashion designers have introduced a new set of colours, ranging from bright to pastel shades. “Popping pink, sunny orange, bright purples, navy blues, dark maroons, black, beige and gold are the in colours this season,” says Raghavendra.
JJ Valaya feels Indian men are becoming more open to experimentation. “Owing to the heritage of royalty and craft, they are no longer afraid to embrace both with equal zest. What’s trendy for grooms this season is luxurious fabrics, unusual colours and exquisite detailing, along with attention to detail in terms of accessories such as the safa, shoes, jewels, etc.,” he says.
You can spruce up these outfits with contrastcoloured stoles, pagadi and mojri. So, go ahead and give your bride a befitting match and truly be her knight in shining armour.