Make heads turn

Dazzle the damsels this winter at every wedding you attend (except yours). Lest too many exchanged vows leave you feeling confused, we came up with four ensembles that can solve your sartorial dilemmas.

Bibek Bhattacharya        Print Edition: January 27, 2008


Sherwani & Trousers from Rohit Bal collections
They have been around for a long time, and there is probably no other piece of garment (apart from the kurta) which is so patently Indian. A term derived from the Middle Eastern tribe of the Sherwanis, this elegant coat has been a hit from the Mughal era onwards. And going by the various styles available now, its popularity does not seem to be slacking at all. So, dazzle the wedding dos with this ensemble by one of the best designers in the country.

The look: Creams and off-white colours always come off very well when you’re wearing a Sherwani. Take a cue from the countless gentlemen who wear Sherwanis regularly, and keep the designs simple. A good cut will always win the day.


Another Indian signature piece, the bandhgala was for long the preserve of the Rajputana royalty, until the high collar became an international rage in the 1960s.

Long silk Kurta and waistcoat set from Rathore

Over time, the design has become more streamlined and contemporary. The embroidered collar and the attention to detail makes this suit the classiest way to attend a wedding without looking overtly dressed up.

The look: Always remember that small subtle touches add to the glamour of wearing a nice ensemble. If you’re wearing a black bandhgala, contrast it with a red silk pocket square. It makes a world of difference.


There’s nothing so quintessentially Indian than the kurta. Whether the fabric is cotton or silk, the soft colours add a shimmering fluidity to shapes and silhouettes. This could possibly be called the classic Indian look.

The look: Combine the kurta with a waistcoat and wear the look with aplomb.

One important thing to remember when you’re spicing up your kurta with flourishes, is that it does not always have to be about contrasting colours.

For example, a red waistcoat will look good with a kurta of similar colour as long as the fit is exactly right.

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