When it comes to an Indian wedding, sherwanis counts amongst the most popular dressing options for the groom. A traditional attire of Indian men, it was initially worn only by the males in Uttar Pradesh, along with the city of Hyderabad. However, with the passing time, sherwani came to be the ultimate wedding attire, wooing grooms in almost all the parts of India. Quite similar to an Achkan, or a doublet, it gives the perfect ‘traditional’ look to an Indian man. Combine it with a stole, mojris and Bandhni pagri and you are all set to make heads turn in your own wedding.
What is Sherwani
Sherwani is somewhat similar to a coat, but extends down till the knees (sometimes even lower). One of the traditional garments worn in South Asia, especially India, it is worn on top of a kurta, a loose shirt that also reaches till the knees. A sherwani can be paired with a churidar, khara pajama or a shalwar. At times, it might be worn along with a dhoti as well. The dress is made from heavy suiting fabrics, has a close body fit and is fastened in the front, with buttons. Many-a-times, there is a lining underneath the sherwani.
There are a number of fabrics that can be used for the purpose of a sherwani. The one chosen by the groom will depend entirely on his personal preference as well as the budget. Generally speaking, different types of silk and poly-silk are the fabrics mostly chosen for wedding sherwani. You will find sherwanis in cotton also, but they not gel well with the lavish affair of an Indian wedding. Whatever be the fabric, Indian wedding sherwani is often heavily embroidered. In some cases, stone work, sequins and crystals are also used to adorn it.
Red, maroon and golden comprise of the most popular color options, as far as sherwanis for the Indian groom are concerned. Apart from that, many of the grooms also prefer going in for colors like off-white, cream, brown and gray for their sherwani. Then, there is the universal black as well, which goes perfectly with any and every type of wedding. The exact color of the sherwani will depend upon the time of the wedding (day or night), the complexion of the groom and the personal preference of the groom.
Amongst the accessories that go well with a sherwani, the first item that comes to mind is the stole, which is draped around the neck. Its color depends upon the color of the sherwani. However, in most of the cases, red, golden or silver colored stoles are worn with it. Coming to the footwear, mojris and jootis make up the best options. However, if you are uncomfortable in them, you can go for sandals as well. The other accessories that can complement a wedding sherwani are gold/silver cufflinks, watch, gold bracelet and gold chain.