JUNE 2016
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Celebrate dads in stylish sherwanis

Kiran Bahl


Happy Father’s Day! On Sunday, June 19, it will be time to celebrate and cherish all our dads out there. Adding to the excitement is the array of clothes and accessories on runways for the men (or little boys) in our lives. From wedding and party wear, to get-together and pooja wear, every look is as trendy as ever.

Gentlemen, notice how popular sherwanis have become? They’re being worn more and more, no matter how distant the guest may be from the groom or guest of honor at weddings and functions. Those long, padded silk coats with churidaars underneath look formal and elegant. Now, however, designers have spiced them up to be more contemporary and appropriate for any and every generation.

Traditional Sherwanis Dress Up with Variety

The traditional sherwani is almost always in a white, cream, or beige color. It’s adorned with mogul-style embroidery, usually including the good-luck and always tasteful meena-kaari colors: red/maroon, sage green, and gold. The churidaars underneath are always white, as has been the custom for ages. A more sober color emerging that’s much darker yet still equally refined is navy blue. It’s surprisingly stunning!

The bold at heart will jump at the turquoise and silver, maroon and white, and pink-and-gold creations, but the groom who’s not as secure with such louder colors may opt for a twist on the traditional look. That could be a beige sherwani with silver or white work, or a white sherwani with only maroon embroidery and sequins.

A flashier version of the traditional white or cream sherwani is the same color, only mixed into a gold brocade fabric. The small texture /pattern change transforms the outfit completely, making it look very current.

Colors Make Modern Sherwanis Blaze

Bridegrooms now are demanding a sherwani that’s more exclusive and upmarket looking. Runways achieved that by offering pieces in a more couture variety.

A short brocade vest underneath a long open-jacket sherwani is becoming prominent, as is a built-in dupatta attached to the sherwani. Such looks are catching even the most discriminating critics’ eyes, and will definitely keep the spotlight on you a little longer! Prints, too, have become a phenomenon, appearing in paisley or ambi prints on sandsilks, and pinstripes or tie-dye hues on brocade. Experimenting is not scary, gentlemen! Be confident and try these sure-to-please styles!

Either way worn, the sherwani is definitely here to stay and has even put its contender, the jodphuri (a blazer/suit jacket ornamented with Indian embroidery and regular pants/slacks), at risk of losing its No. 1 position in mens’ choice of desi wardrobe!

Mens’ accessories, too, are garnering attention. Dupattas, or stoles, in extra bold colors such as purple and pink are trending, as well as a double dupatta style. One is worn traditionally draped from the neck to the front of the sherwani, while the other is looped around the neck and left hanging toward the back. Royal, indeed. Pagris, or turbans, too are normally groom-only attire. However, groomsmen, relatives of the groom and even regular partygoers are opting for this more ethnic feel!

Once again, Happy Father’s Day to every dad out there in every form, dads-to-be included! Ladies at times may seem overwhelmed with their motherly duties, but everyone knows and agrees, the more help, the better! Four hands are always better than two! And we thank you, dads, we appreciate you wholly. And as always, remember to “gro with style!”

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

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