JUNE 2013
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida


Kiran Bahl


Happy Father’s Day! Don’t forget, Father’s Day this year is Sunday, June 16. Let’s make this time a special one for all our dads, granddads and dads-to-be. The latest looks for Indian menswear is most exciting. This is the time where summer collections are out, and fall and winter collections are being introduced. Let’s read about the trendiest styles and help dad be as amazing on the outside as he is inside.


It’s the traditional groom’s outfit. And the traditional groom’s immediate family members’ outfits too. Regal, royal and luxe, the sherwani consists of a long jacket, mid-calf length with pajami bottom. A fresh twist on this look this season? Color. Whites and creams look appropriate. To modernize, try a red or blue sherwani. Purples and greens are racing in the leads too. Just be sure to coordinate with your beautiful bride, and all will be well!


The Indian version of the tuxedo has become so popular lately, particularly with the non-Indian population. I am oh-so-proud observing men globally carrying the Jodhpuri with such élan. A simple blazer with dress pants, just like a tux, the jodhpuri is different in a few ways though. The most important difference is in the neckline. A high Nehru-style collar is the traditional style. Ornate threaded embroidery around the collar, down the neck and chest, and sleeve cuffs adds ethnicity too. Lastly, the material of a Jodhpuri is mostly of an Indian silk or crepe silk. So soft, so distinguished!


Many men are coming into the shops wondering what a Western jodhpuri really is. Is it a traditional jodhpuri? Or some modern fusion ensemble created for runways? Think of the Western jodhpuri as a mix between a jodhpuri and sherwani. The jacket is slightly longer than the jodhpuri or blazer jacket, almost at the knee. Instead of resembling a tuxedo jacket, however, the jacket is more embellished much like a sherwani jacket. Sequins, prints, embroidery and beads brighten the look. The bottom consists of dress pants or loose dhoti salwars, versus the normal pajami look. These outfits are not new; they have been around for centuries. With Indian menswear becoming more and more popular throughout the world, older looks are coming back recreating tradition beautifully.


A light sherwani is just like a sherwani. The only difference is the padding or jacket style. A sherwani is an actual jacket, padded and lined with silk. A light sherwani is not. The sequins on it may be lined underneath, but it is not as heavy or stiff as a sherwani.

Kurta pajamas are casual greatness. New cotton looks involve more pastel shades, such as mint greens, beige browns and even lilacs and baby pinks. They look great paired with the traditional white pajamis and match so much better with our outfits, ladies!

Happy Father’s Day once again to all the dads in our lives. Mothers always seem to be more appreciated as parent figures than their counterparts; dads sometimes get left behind in the popularity charts. Fathers are just as important and we thank you for all you do. And, as always, remember to ‘gro with style’!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, “An Indian Boutique” in Tampa, Orlando and Sunrise, can be reached at (813) 843-9040, e-mail kiran@grostyles.com or visit www.facebook.com/grostyles

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