Wedding receptions can be totally exhaustive. Apart from the fatigue of the ceremonies, finding an outfit that you haven’t worn earlier or seen someone wearing can be a tedious task. But don’t give up so easily: if you have already tried out shervanis, kurtas and westerns suits, now you can try achkans.
Often confused with the shervani, the achkan stands out with its strained side button line. Coming in different shapes, sizes and fabrics, the achkan is a great alternative to the usual shervani. If you are unsure about styling your achkan, read on to know how to rock an achkan perfectly.
1. Go Solo: The beauty and the grace of the Achkan lies in its uncommon and notable button line. To style yourself in a way that covers the buttons would be, is simple words, stupid. The achkan is not your usual kurta and hence should never be paired with a Nehru jacket. If you had planned to do it, breathe easy as you have averted a major fashion blunder. It’s a bad idea to even have a stole with you. Anything that diverts the attention of the achkan must be discarded.
Photograph: A model in a silk achkan
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What are the perfect bottoms and embellishments for the achkan? Click next to know…
2. Bottoms: An achkan will never give you too many options when it comes to bottoms. The most elegant and sophisticated way to pair an achkan is to wear it with your churidar. They lend a handsome amount of dressiness and class to your silhouette. If your achkan is on the shorter side, you may even pair it with trousers. Stick to your handsomely fitted trousers without pleats. Do not attempt to wear a knee-length achkan with trousers at any cost. You’d never get away with this creativity.
3. Embellishments: Achkans do not call for a lot of loud embellishments and their decree should be duly respected. If the embellishment involves subtle embroidery, it will add to the overall charm of the outfit. If you enthusiasm for embellishment is on the higher side, we suggest you to satiate it with petite motifs on the hemline. Too many embellishments will demolish the look of your achkan entirely. So play safe and keep the embellishments light.
Photograph: A model wearing a self embroidered Achkan
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On the next slide, the buttoning rules.
4. Buttons: Always have your achkan buttoned up. The flap of the achkan hanging loosely on your chest crushes the entire elegance of the outfit. If you feel that being buttoned up is not the thing for you, this rule might be relaxed a bit. You could leave the first one unbuttoned. It would add a pinch of casualness to your dressed-up silhouette and may be useful for those sangeet nights when you dance away to the wee hours of the morning.
4. Shoes: Yes, we admit that a pair of mojris or nagras are great options to wear with your achkan but you may choose to experiment a little and opt for shiny derby shoes instead. Derby shoes silently add to the class quotient of the silhouette and are a better option. But do not choose loud-coloured shoes. Stick to your blacks and beiges and head to the reception with élan.
Photograph: A model in a FabIndia achkan
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