The myth is busted; wearing a suit is not the only way to have a gentleman’s look during the wedding season. Men’s fashion has come a long way and when it comes to having a stylish yet formal look, a classic sherwani is a great option. Apart from adding the Indian touch to your look, it makes you stand out from the herd of suited gentlemen. But for those of you wondering how to wear the sherwani perfectly, here are some quick pointers.
1. Have the proper length: Sherwanis come in diverse forms and sizes, but it is important for you to know what length to choose. If you are looking for a traditional sherwani, make sure it’s hem manages to reach the lower half of your knees. Team this sherwani with a churidar or a salwar to have a classic look.
If you seek to be more creative, you may let your sherwani be a little shorter. We advise you to wear Jodhpuri pants or trousers with these to avoid a major sherwani blunder.
(Photograph: Saif Ali Khan in an off white sherwani with churidars)
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2. Proper footwear: When you are creating a traditional look for yourself, punctuate the entire look with suitable footwear. It is advisable to wear a traditional mojri or a jooti but what’s not advisable is to have too much embellishment on your footwear. Try to keep it simple and classy. While wearing a traditional sherwani you may also wear a laced-up brogue shoe.
3. Accessorize optimally: Over accessorizing your sherwani can spell disaster for your look. Keep it minimal and avoid that extra dose of bling. A pocket square and a silk stole are great options with a traditional sherwani. You may also tie a contrasting turban on your head - only if the occasion permits. A lot of tasseled embellishments are also uninvited.
(Photograph: (L-R) Sahil Sangha wearing a sherwani with a pocket square and laced up brogues; Imran Khan accessorizing his sherwani with a stole)
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4. Sharp fit: Sherwanis are potent enough to add a dollop of elegance and class to your personality but on the other hand, an ill-fitting sherwani can destroy your entire look.
Be careful to choose a sherwani according to your body type and ensure a perfect fit before wearing it. While choosing mandarin collars (Bandh-Gala) make sure it doesn’t clutch your neck too hard.
The shoulders should never stoop and if the position of the sherwani’s flare is at the wrong place (instead of the hips), you may end up looking bulkier that you actually are.
5. Never go solo: Let’s get it straight, always wear something inside the sherwani. Traditionaly, the sherwani is worn over a kurta but if you don’t want to conform to the traditional way, its fine; but it is always advisable to wear a fitted tee or a vest under that sherwani. It isn’t a bright idea to flaunt your chest (and chest hair!) through that outfit.
(Photograph: (L-R) Aamir Khan in a perfect fitted sherwani; Fawad Khan wearing an Awadhi collar kurta with his sherwani)
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