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A groom’s guide to a classic yet versatile wedding wardrobe

Building a wardrobe is no mean feat. To simplify the process, we put the spotlight on some classic and multipurpose pieces that will take you through your big day and beyond

CLOSET MAXIMISATION

Weddings are a big day— not only for the bride, but also for the groom. It’s equally important for a groom to put together a versatile wardrobe for his wedding and all the social events that follow. The groom’s wardrobe, therefore, should comprise a mix of classic and modern pieces. Sandeep Gonsalves, Director and Co-founder, SS Homme, states, “A favourite at Indian weddings, and a quintessential choice for other functions too, the sherwani is a must-have. One can opt for solid, subtle colours like beige and ivory or choose brighter hues like orange and red. A textured sherwani is also a good choice for men who like to make a statement in minimal yet elegant ensembles. For prewedding functions, one can never go wrong when teaming a classic bandhgala in a neutral shade with a long kurta and trousers or jodhpuri pants. Chinos, in neutral colours, can be paired with a shirt, kurta or bandhgala depending on the function. The great thing about chinos is that they can be worn and styled in multiple ways for various occasions.”

ABSOLUTE HERO

Fuss-free and transition worthy are the criteria most men follow during shopping. Gonsalves shares, “Black trousers and a crisp white shirt are wardrobe all-rounders that can easily transition from day to night. During the day, you can complete this look with a bundi and add a contrasting pocket square to the mix. For an evening out, replace the bundi with a blazer and complete the look with a bow tie.”

THE PERFECT ADDITION

Most men prefer investing in time-tested pieces especially with respect to accessories. While discussing the versatility of a pair of shoes, designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil say, “It is important to own a pair of classic black and brown shoes that suit almost every occasion. Should you wish to add some versatility to your closet, invest in a pair of statement-making shoes.” With accessories being the easiest way to lend a finishing touch to any ensemble, designer Paresh Lamba picks a statement brooch and pocket square as his essentials. With an assortment of brooches, pocket squares and odhnis to choose from, designer Payal Singhal simplifies the decisionmaking process, “Since men don’t wear jewellery, a watch does the trick for them. Pick an heirloom piece or invest in a classic design that will serve you through the years.”

MEET THE ESSENTIALS

The groom’s trousseau should feature items that are versatile and sophisticated while bearing a cultural edge. “For that, a cocktail sherwani, a set of signature drape kurtas and a couple of versatile evening shirts are essential. A couple of waistcoats and bandhgalas are must-haves too,” feel designers Shantanu and Nikhil. According to designer Kunal Anil Tanna, your everyday wardrobe must comprise a selection of well-tailored shirts like formal for the office, dress shirts for social occasions and linen shirts for everyday wear. “Make sure your range of trousers strike a balance between formal pants and casual chinos,” he states.

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