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Grooming the Guy
[Wedding-October 2008]

All we ever here and what instantly comes to mind when we think of weddings is the bride! It is often forgotten that the groom needs some attention as well. Well, if attention is what you’re seeking or if you’re not familiar with ethnic clothes then now is the right time to educate yourself. First and foremost, leave that suit for later!! How many men go pick up a nice suit and don it on their wedding day? Surprisingly, most do. Even if they dress in ethnic clothes for their wedding, they will still wear a suit for the engagement, reception, or any other occasion for that matter! There was a time when men completely stopped wearing ethnic clothes and resorted to only suits. That time is finally over! Now is the era of sherwanis, kurtas, churidars, jodhpuris, bandhgala, and angarkhas. There is a wide range of ethnic clothes available to suit every style and need so why then would you possibly require a suit. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of other occasions for your Armani, but now is not it. With all the time spent beautifying the bride, the groom should not be left behind. After all, if you expect her to look great on this day shouldn’t you reciprocate as well?

SHERWANIS

Sherwanis, very common at weddings, were traditionally worn in more neutral and classic colors but contemporary designs and hues have changed that. Cream still stands as the more popular color or even golden. Black and navy blue are classic and elegant. However, in modern times, believe it or not, more raging colors have become popular. If you want to match with your bride you’ll most probably want to wear red or if you dare there are more feminine colors like pink, sky blue, and purple. Orange is a great median color if you don’t want to look bland and common in cream but don’t have the guts to wear pink! Embroidery and fabric also play a very important role. A good quality sherwani will probably be made of pure silk. This is a must for anyone. Just when you thought embroidery was for women only…you’re wrong because sherwanis come in a variety of embroidery designs and textures and sometimes even outdo the bride! It’s up to you to decide, who will get all the attention! Sherwanis will also remain wedding day classics and whatever type you choose they are very traditional and regal.

PINK SHERWANI ANYONE? PERFECT FOR THE DARING YOUNG MAN!

CONTEMPORARY COLORS SAY YOU’LL LOOK PASSIONATE IN PURPLE:

NOTHING SPELLS DIFFERENT MORE THAN SKY BLUE:

MATCH WITH YOUR BRIDE:

JODHPURIS AND BANDHGALAS

Jodhpuris are perfect if you’re not quite the sherwani type and would much rather prefer a Western suit. Jodhpuris give a similar look with a traditional touch.

The bandhgala is quite similar to the sherwani but with five buttons instead of seven and consisting of a shorter length. Also simlar to the jodhpuri, it is another great option and considered as fusion wear.

THE INFAMOUS KURTA

Pair your classic kurta with a churidar or dhoti…if you dare! The dhoti is considered formal wear throughout India. It is not so commonly worn as it once was but if you are having a traditional ceremony then you may want to get one. In this case, the dhoti will be a plain white so pair it with a very vibrant and embroidered kurta to achieve a wedding look.

ANGARKHAS

Angarkhas, originally of Rajput origin, have been popularized by Shah Rukh Khan in Paheli.

COMPLETE YOUR LOOK

Just as the bride needs jewelry and accessories the groom needs a few finishing touches as well.

TRADITIONAL JUTTIS GO BEST WITH ETHNIC CLOTHES:

A GROOM IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT A TURBAN:

There are many kinds to choose from. Yours will be determined by your culture and background as well as matching to your outfit.

JEWELRY IS NOT JUST FOR THE BRIDE!:

Weddings don’t come often and are one of the few times for men to look traditional so take advantage of this opportunity and remember to look your best. With the right touches, you will look like royalty!

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