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From neutral colours to subtle sherwanis, to a growing focus on accessories, groom fashion has evolved in the recent past.
From neutral colours to subtle sherwanis, to a growing focus on accessories, groom fashion has evolved in the recent past.

What’s hot for grooms this wedding season?

An expert panel take on what's trending in groom fashion this wedding season

Our expert panel told us what’s hot in groom fashion this wedding season. From neutral colours to subtle sherwanis, to a growing focus on accessories, groom fashion has evolved in the recent past. This is the experts’ view on modern grooming.

SHANTANU AND NIKHIL

What’s hot:

Wedding Wear: Keep away from those heavily embroidered and blingy sherwanis. Cocktail sherwanis, bandhgalas with unique detailing such as tonal embroidery, innovative cuts and tailor-made drapes are in this season.

Fabric: Light-weight fabrics with fluidity stands out well.

Accessories: Classic handcrafted shoes, brooches pocket squares are the right ingredients to add that extra oomph to an otherwise classic ensemble.

Colours: Neutral/softer colour palettes is the right mix.

What’s changed over the years:

Grooms aren’t typically dressed in brocade and heavy embroidered sherwanis anymore…their shift towards subtle and unique cuts and silhouettes can be seen.

Style/grooming tips:

Keep your style staples subtle, focus on accessories , Do not carry heavy shawls if short in height, avoid over layering and always team up with right pair of shoes.

VARUN BAHL

What’s hot:

Wedding wear: Sherwanis, the traditional classic wedding garment for the groom can be experimented with in terms of length of the sherwani.

For pre-wedding functions the men are more willing to experiment and wear interesting styles, draped ensembles, contemporary silhouettes instead of going for traditional look.

Fabric: Luxurious brocades, velvets, variety of silks are in vogue.

Accessories: A statement stole and a safa for the wedding day just enhances the whole look.

Colours: Apart from the classic ivories, shades of gold and red, people are willing to experiment in terms of trying new colours. They also like to coordinate their ensemble with the bride’s wedding outfit.

What’s changed over the years:

Today’s bride and groom are well travelled, confident and have a clear picture of what they want. Somebody who appreciates minimalist dressing clubbed with intricate detailing is the Varun Bahl bride and groom. They are people who do not blindly follow trends and would rather wear something true to themselves for their special day. After all, style is an extension of your personality.

Style/grooming tips:

Do not use too much colour in one outfit.

If you want some gold in your outfit, add only a hint of it. For example, just the collar and the buttons or a gold piping along the neck line and the sleeves or also some subtle gold embroidery.

You can’t go wrong with a classic bandhgala paired with Jodhpuris. Bandhgalas with fine detailing on the collar are a popular ethnic wear trend this season. These can be worn with churidars as well.

If you prefer some colour, opt for two contrasting shades. For instance, beige bandhgala with a maroon churidar or vice versa.

Make sure to accessorize well. If you are wearing a suit, add the pocket square, cufflinks, a watch and really good shoes. Never make the mistake of wearing shoes that are too pointed from the front.

TARUN TAHILIANI

What’s hot:

Wedding wear: Sherwanis are classic, kurtas with pre-draped dhotis are also catching on the trend.

Fabric: Organic, washed, Italian crepe wools for formal evening wear to crushed malkhas and linens for the day to sheer thin cottons for shirts.

Accessories: Patent leather belts, mother of pearl cufflinks and buttons and a spectacular timepiece.

Colours: Cream, gold, chocolate brown and jade.

What’s changed over the years:

It is not just about the trends; it is about where Indian fashion is headed. Indians who live here are on the cusp of a new way, which is a wonderful fusion of the two worlds our mind space inhabits. And this for me is the next big thing—where a true confluence of ideas results in a contemporary Indian style that is not “ethnic" or “western" but is a true synthesis and has a global identity and relevance.

Style/grooming tips:

Grooms should wear whatever they are comfortable in and also select pieces that reflect their personal style and not follow trends blindly.

ANITA DONGRE

What’s hot:

Wedding wear: Understated elegance and sophisticated timelessness.

Fabric: Monga silk, heavy linen, brocades, dupioni silk and kheta silk.

Accessories: Gold cufflinks and buttons or a maharaja brooch adds a touch of royal glam to an outfit.

Colours: Apart from classic shades of whites, reds and beiges, colours such as burnt orange and vibrant shades in blues are currently in vogue.

What’s changed over the years:

The yesteryears saw men wearing heavily embroidered sherwanis and opulent accessories like safa, jewelled broaches, kalangis, mojris and neckpieces. For the contemporary man, the trend has moved to subtle embroideries, exclusive handmade buttons, trim details and richer fabrics. The silhouettes are clean, classic and more versatile, so the outfit can be worn on more than one occasion. Today’s generation demands exclusivity notwithstanding the price that it may come at.

Style/grooming tips:

Accessorize smart. Brooch, pocket squares, and scarves always enhance the look of the groom. Choose your trousseau colour depending on what best suits your skintone. You need not limit yourself to traditional Indian wedding wear; today, there are many options for the Indian groom’s attire, including Indo-western suits, achkans, bandhgalas, dhotis and so on. Make sure your outfit is comfortable enough to allow you to shake a leg with your family and friends. Choose a semi-traditional look, like a textured sherwani with a silk kurta-dhoti or a ghera salwar. Fashion begins from hair, a well groomed hair style suited for your face in a more modern salon. Trimming your facial hair.

RAGHAVENDRA RATHORE

What’s hot:

Wedding wear: The classic achkan is still a popular choice, the use of embroidery has been reduced to a bare minimum but fabrics such as brocade are the substituted glamour quotient needed for a groom.

Accessories: Buttons, headgear, jewellery and sword, neck pieces, etc., are a rage, this trend has re-emerged from the India that once was .

Colours: Beiges, and jewel tones.

What’s changed over the years:

More emphasis on the cut and the choice of fabric and a big departure from over the top embroideries, giving the masculine look a new meaning.

Style/grooming tips:

Be comfortable and never worry about matching your outfit with a brides wardrobe, remember keep it simple and impactful but with your personality in mind.

KOMAL SOOD

What’s hot:

Printed achkans, light sherwanis, lots of Nehru coats, satin silk kurta churidars, etc.

What’s changed over the years:

Trends have moved towards better dressing…more prints…more stylish clothing and always a look that shows that you have come dressed up.

Style/grooming tips:

Tuxedos is the big western influence…otherwise stick to Indian.

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