If the sheer number of male showstoppers at Lakme Fashion Week is anything to go by then Indian men’s fashion is definitely going through a metamorphosis. Even ace Indian designers like Falguni & Shane Peacock as well as Shantanu & Nikhil have rolled out menswear collections to rival their womenswear creations for all the upcoming summer weddings. Gone are the days of simple basics for every occasion. The new age of Indian mens fashion is a breath of fresh air for all those debonair gentlemen out there.
Indian men have well and truly embraced fashion and are willing to spend the dough to not look like mos. Bad attempts at rhyming aside, this style revolution is definitely the cause of a growing number of Indian male celebrities experimenting with their looks. From sports stars to Bollywood actors to industry stalwarts, nearly every male dominated field has style icons that are looked upon as inspirations especially when it comes to wedding and occasion dressing.
It’s no longer just the woman’s domain to hire a team of stylists to curate their fashion statements for important events. Indian men are fast realizing the importance of being media savvy and that requires some suave dressing to match a killer personality. While you might not be a star or a business honcho with the need to hire professionals yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress like one.
As the gloomy winter skies clear and the sun finally makes an appearance, everyone around you is likely to be in a celebratory mood. It also means you’ll have plenty of summer weddings to plan for in addition to other soirées. So until you make it big and can hire others to worry about all your outfit styling needs, here are a few tips and tricks to acing your summer wedding dressing game.
The old-school basic beige kurtas for nearly every wedding function just won’t do anymore because frankly there is nothing more Dad-like than sporting the same kurta for a decades worth of weddings. Luckily Indian designers have revolutionised the almost dead colour with some unbelievably cool design fixes. Abstract embroidered sherwanis, military style jackets in varying lengths and even simple beige sleeveless bandhis in beige can look totally fresh and on point for this year’s summer weddings.
Hazelnut Cream Sherwani by WYCI
Beige Soild Nehru Jacket by Alvin Kelly
Thread Embroidered Beige Sherwani by Siddartha Tytler
Elegant Taupe Bandhgala Jacket by WYCI
If you thought that flowers were only good for begging for forgiveness when you’ve massively screwed up with your gal then here is a curve ball for you. Floral prints and embroideries are no longer meant only for women. Indian designers have been pushing flowers for men for some time now but the trend has finally permeated into collections everywhere making it hard to miss. Floral printed and embroidered motif waistcoats, flower accented kurtas, silk embossed sherwanis or even a mix of floral and geometric prints are all possible summer wedding trends for men depending on how much flower power you want to exert.
Floral Printed Peppermint Sherwani by Siddartha Tytler
Geometric Peppermint Digital Printed Sherwani by Siddartha Tytler
Black Floral Printed Waistcoat Set by Siddartha Tytler
Peach Chanderi Kurta Set by Siddartha Tytler
Off White Quilted Waist Coat Set by Anju Agarwal
Ivory Floral Digital Printed Sherwani by Siddartha Tytler
If flowers are just a big no no for your macho style then you can just as easily get into the summer wedding spirit with pastels. Simple and soothing pastel colour combinations are definitely the flavour of this summer dressing season. You can either be bold and wear two complimentary pastel shades together or offset a particular striking pastel with a neutral hue. If you simply cannot get your head around traditional Indian outfits in pastels then test the waters with a pastel blazer instead.
Peach Brocade Paneled Sherwani by Siddartha Tytler
Marzoni Powder Pink Linen Jacket Set by Siddartha Tytler
Light Peach Kurta by WYCI
Peppermint Embroidered Sherwani by Siddartha Tytler
Still don’t want to budge on your basics? Well then the easiest hack to updating your style for this year’s summer weddings is to embrace some quirky motifs. Kitschy and cute embroidered emblems or all over prints are all the rage. Try the trend with a sleeveless bandhi jacket paired with a kurta set for a super easy hack. This one works especially for the fashion averse who are just starting to take some dressing risks.
Light Peach Waist Coat Set by Anju Agarwal
Mouse Grey Matka Silk Waistcoat Set by Siddartha Tytler
Pink Waist Coat And Kurta Set by Anju Agarwal
Kurta And Printed Waist Coat Set by Anju Agarwal
If you absolutely will not try something new and cannot fathom wearing anything other than your beloved blacks, blues and greys then you must atleast give monochromes a shot. The classic combination could work for anything but can also look really snazzy in a sea of colours at a summer wedding. The appeal of this style is totally timeless making it a worthy investment for the frugal fashionistas out there. Embroidered, ombre, printed or quilted, there are countless ways to wear this trend and you can easily swap the separates with other colours for a quick style update.
Black And White Ikat Sherwani by WYCI
Cotton Kurta With Floral Embroidery by Anas Wahab
Black And Ivory Applique Sherwani by Siddartha Tytler
Heart Motif Hand Quilted Waist Coat Set by Siddartha Tytler
Ombre Effect Digital Printed Sherwani by Siddartha Tytler