Dressed to the nines

Dressed to the nines

The festive season brings with it a host of events and parties. With a little nip in the air, a delightful assortment of sweets to gorge on, Diwali card parties and weddings give us a chance to spend some quality time with friends and family, and are a perfect excuse to dress stylishly.

What better way to embrace the festive spirit than by donning traditional Indian wear. A classy and sophisticated look can never go out of style. If you need a little help finding the right styles and silhouettes for the occasion, here are some simple and useful styling tips to get you all spruced up for the most happening time of the year.

Oh, and before we jump straight into your festive makeover, here’s a little inside pro tip — the colour of the season is navy blue. Every top designer in the country is creating a special collection around the colour, and is predominantly teaming it up with white. So if you are heading out on a shopping spree, I suggest you keep an eye out for outfits in this regal and classy colour that’s perfect for a day time or an evening look.

Wedding season

Come autumn, wedding cards start crowding our mailboxes. Although Indian weddings are a lot of fun, they can be stressful, especially when you have five different ceremonies to attend, and you want to look stylish in all of them. My best tip is to always wear something that fits you perfectly and is comfortable to move around in. Because at weddings, you are not only expected to run around and get a lot of work done, but also expected to dance to the latest and the loudest Bollywood numbers. Hence, movement is a key aspect while choosing clothes.

For a day-time ceremony like a mehendi, go with the elegant bundi, kurta and breeches ensemble. Don’t forget to accessorise with a pocket square. Alternatively, you can also opt for a Pathani kurta — a piece of clothing that’s really trending at the moment. As for the sangeet-night, a bandhgala suit or a bandhgala jacket worn with breeches and a classic shirt to show off from the collar would be perfect. Most men don’t end up wearing a shirt inside, which is definitely a fashion faux pas, so let’s make sure that we don’t fall under that category, shall we?

When it comes to a wedding, there is usually a lot of dancing involved in a baraat, which is why I suggest you wear something comfortable like a kurta or a kurta-bundi combination that’s stylish and extremely easy to carry. Nothing looks better than a classic tuxedo for a wedding reception and for the after party, go with a classy checkered blazer with trousers. Scrap the tie and go for a pocket square instead. Never ever close the last button of the blazer or a two-button jacket.

Diwali parties

Diwali parties aren’t just about drinking and playing cards. It’s also a great way to meet new people and socialise, which makes dressing right for the occasion all the more important. A bundi is the most versatile piece of clothing in any guy’s wardrobe and is the perfect go-to piece of clothing for Diwali parties.

Style it with a kurta and breeches if you’re in the mood for something traditional or you could even carry it off with a crisp white shirt and a pair of pants. You have the option to choose a linen bundi for a casual look or if you’re in the mood for something a bit more formal, go with a silk bundi. Add an extra bit of oomph with a silk pocket square and you have the perfect look for the season. Alternatively, if you want to dress to impress and want to take things up a notch, I suggest you go with a bandhgala jacket and team it with your favourite pair of denims or trousers.

Accessorise right

It’s one thing to get your clothes right but teaming it with the right accessories is as crucial. Keep it simple and classy, with a stylish watch and leather shoes to go with tuxedos and suits. Invest in a good pair of mohjiris to go with your kurta-breeches look and always remember to carry your favourite pair of sunglasses for a day function. The sunglasses will not only protect you from the sun, but also give out a fun and effortless vibe.

(The author is co-founder & chief business officer at Stage3)

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