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The Indian groom’s sartorial guide

Gone are the days when the bride alone would bring style to the mandap. Today’s power couple shares the responsibility of presenting a chic and stylish front together. Meet the millennial Indian groom—he is suave, style conscious and won’t just settle for what his missus-to-be picks out for him. After all, he has a sartorial mind of his own, along with a vision of what he wants to look like during his wedding festivities. He is royal in his demeanour but bold in his approach—pulling off striking prints, pop colours and classic cuts with equal ease.

Sabyasachi. Palermo Afternoons. Photography by Tarun Khiwal.

Sabyasachi. Palermo Afternoons.
Photography by Tarun Khiwal.

From embroidered bandhgalas worn with cropped pants to embellished sherwanis teamed with embroidered churidaars, designers have been presenting traditional menswear that is fashion forward within limits.

Alchemy By AnitaDongre Summer Resort 2017 l Anita Dongre Man

Alchemy By Anita Dongre Summer Resort 2017 l Anita Dongre Man

The dushala shawl has emerged as a must-have for every groom to lend his looks regal flair. It can be with everything from a bandi and bandhgala to a sherwani to give the groom’s look some old-world appeal.

Varun Bahl ICW 2016

Varun Bahl ICW 2016

Florals are not longer reserved for just the bride and her squad. Prints and embroidery featuring full blooms are now often spotted on kurtas, sherwanis, and bandhgalas.

Sabyasachi. Palermo Afternoons. Photography by Tarun Khiwal.

Sabyasachi. Palermo Afternoons.
Photography by Tarun Khiwal.

These are looks that are fitting picks for the mehndi or sangeet. For the groom who dares, try a little print-on-print.

Rohit Bal

Rohit Bal

The past few seasons have seen a return to ivory, groomswear included.

Alchemy By AnitaDongre Summer Resort 2017 l Anita Dongre Man

Alchemy By Anita Dongre Summer Resort 2017 l Anita Dongre Man

Wear it in all its traditional glory for the pheras, with a quirky twist such a fun print and overlapping style for a pre-wedding function or wear a layered look in the colour for a laidback vibe.

Varun Bahl ICW 2016

Varun Bahl ICW 2016

The contemporary groom likes to mix the old with the new—think solid sherwanis with printed churidaars and kurtas with flare, or churidaars replaced by palazzos or slim trousers.

Rohit Bal AICW 2015

Rohit Bal AICW 2015

Sabyasachi. Spring Couture 2017. The Udaipur Collection. Jewellery by Kishandas For Sabyasachi. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur.

Sabyasachi. Spring Couture 2017.
The Udaipur Collection.
Jewellery by Kishandas For Sabyasachi.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur.

So while every designers has their signature predictions for the groom-to-be, the only vision this mister needs to stay true to is his own—because there’s no beating an ensemble worn with an abundance of confidence. We’ll say ‘I do’ to that. And you?