is the nattily dressed groom wearing these days?
The new rule is that
there is no rule. Every wedding is unique, and every groom goes with what
he finds most appealing. The suit, fortunately or unfortunately, is still
the strongest contender for groom wear, but the colours chosen are what
brings the suit to modern times. According to Kaushik Srimanker, designer,
Studio Sinitta, "Most grooms to be today go for suits with unusual detailing
like round necked, or wide lapelled coats, to bring an element of uniqueness
to the outfit." Of course, for those who prefer the tried and the tested,
colours like navy and brown will never go out of fashion.
for those who would rather die than be seen in these colours, newer alternatives
like rust, moss, earth tones and even for the adventurous, patterned fabrics
in brocade are the choice available. At Zegna, the Italian suit label,
you can custom design your suit in fabrics straight out of Italy and have
a master cutter in Italy cut your suit. That way, you get the great cut that distinguishes
your suit from the off-the-rack versions in the malls and the economy
of costs that the stitching in India brings. But it still doesn’t come
cheap, expect an average suit to cost around Rs 50,000.
with the suit, you need to ensure that your accessories are eyecatching
and not eyesores. Pure silk or brocade ties with sober yet elegant motifs
are the safest bet. If you need to be a little more flamboyant, you could
go in for a cravat, with a complementary handkerchief folded appropriately
and tucked into your coat breast pocket. Do get a suit with intricate
buttons on the cuff and the front, they look very elegant and dressy.
If need be you could always ensure that these are buttons that can be
replaced with ordinary brass ones for everyday use.
a suit is not your cup of tea, go ethnic. Bandhgalas,
they're all part of the look the sartorially inclined groom is sporting
these days. With the advent of the wedding as an indulgence, most grooms
are going all out to look as resplendent as a prince on their wedding
day. At Studio Sinitta, Kaushik has a selection of bandhgalas with subdued
embroidery down the neck and front for the discretely elegant groom to
sport. Designers this year are predicting the return to good taste after
the sudden splurge towards unbridled ornamentation. Consequently most
designs for the groom use classic cuts and fits, accentuated with traditional
motifs like the paisley and buti. Most accessories to this look include
a traditional jamevar shawl, a decorated turban, a bandhni scarf or a
traditional patterned scarf, draped on one shoulder. Do team this look
with embroidered mojris and a bright streak of tilak on the forehead.
After all, when else could you get all out ethnic and be the star attraction
of a gathering?