When it comes to Indian wedding dresses and especially Indian wedding outfits for groom, then there are so much that we can choose from as there are plethora of options ranging from Sherwani to Achkan to Jodhpuri Suits and a lot more. Choosing an Indian Groom Outfit for the wedding and other occasions has never been easy but we are here to help you make the right decision.
If you hail from North India, you just can’t avoid wearing a sherwani at your wedding! And your sherwani has to complement the gorgeous lehenga of your bride. South Indian tradition calls for grooms to wear a white mundu and a shirt-style kurta.
And if you are a groom from the Eastern part of India, a day for dhoti-kurta shopping is all that is expected out of you when it comes to preparations for your wedding outfit. Sounds remote, isn’t it?
Well, gone are the days when the Indian groom outfit was just a matter of convenience. Though still, a wedding trousseau for the groom is unheard of, men these days are taking care to choose their wedding day outfit. In fact, some men also prefer to make a list of all outfits they would be needing for all pre and post wedding functions.
We really appreciate this new emerging spirit of fashion among Indian men and today we will take a step forward by telling you more about Indian groom outfits. Hopefully, this guide will help you choose wisely!
Types of Indian Groom Outfits
1. Double Stole Anarkali Sherwani
This exquisite groom wear is a combination of aesthetic designing and masculine fervour. The color combination is unique as well as the styling. A beige sherwani jacket with gold work is topped over a light sea green anarkali kurtaand bottom wear! A pleated stole is draped with an embellished belt on one side. Along with accessories like a royal headgear and moti mala, the groom also flaunts a second stole in a dark teal shade with rich gold border.
2. Jacket Jazz with Kurta
Groom outfits such as this are perfect for the reception night. The sherwani kurta and churidar bottom are in a light peach raw silk fabric and have been topped with an embellished jacket. The jacket is in cream shade with minakari-like embellishments in multi colors.
3. Black and White Classy Indowestern
Pairing white with the darkest of shades creates an extremely masculine and powerful vibe! This groom has paired a well-tailored straight sherwani jacket in a very dark maroon to wine color with simple straight white trousers, a white turban and just a mala.
Grooms who want to try a Boho look or experiment with their wedding outfit can go for this. This style involves a kurta with a well-fitted upper part and a flared bottom part.
5. The Kurta Pajama
This is the most common Indian groom outfit where a kurta is paired with a trouser-like bottom wear called the pajama. Pajamas come in straight cut with string tie-up mechanism at the waist.
Nowadays, numerous variations have come up in case of this look. Grooms pair silk embellished kurtas with churidar bottoms. These are not traditional pajamas. Instead of having a straight cut, they taper at the bottom forming wrinkles that resemble a band of bangles. Grooms also pair kurtas with harem pants or salwars.
Kurta pajama is usually wear on occasions like sangeet, cocktail events or other traditional Indian wedding events. In South Indian weddings kurta pajama or dhoti with kurta would be the first preference for the groom.
6. Jodhpuri Suit
A Jodhpuri suit is an ethnic outfit for men that originated in the last century in the princely state of Jodhpur. It combines a kurta, a bandhgala jacket and jodhpur or churidar bottoms. Though originally not a wedding outfit, brocade and jamawar versions of the same can be worn by Indian grooms on their wedding day.
What we can derive from the already mentioned, four main types of wedding outfits is the fact that all of them involve a kurta of some sort. We all know what a traditional kurta looks like. Hence let us shed some light on the new and emerging cuts in kurta fashion.
7. Chipkan Kurta
A chipkan kurta is inspired by Mughal fashion. It is a royal take on the normal kurta.
8. The evergreen Sherwani
The sherwani is a very popular Indian groom outfit of the present times but has its origins not in India but Central Asia. It is basically a heavily embellished kurta with high collars. It is paired with a churidar bottom and also comes with a dupatta. There is a grand and regal essence in this outfit.
Sherwani is preferred for wedding and not so much for other smaller occasion in Indian wedding. Since there are a lot of variations that you can do in your sherwani. You can choose from various embroideries, fabrics and color combinations. Also you can opt for silk stole which is slightly embroidered as that would compliment your Sherwani.
In Indian groom outfit for wedding sherwani is defiantly on the top and be it a hindu or Punjabi Wedding, sherwani is the goto outfit for Indian grooms.
9. The Dhoti Kurta
A dhoti is a piece of 4.5 metre long unstitched fabric draped on the lower half of the body. Post draping, it appears like a stitched salwar-like bottom wear from outside. Dhotis come in solid colors with embellished borders.
They are paired with traditional long kurtas. Silk or tussar dhotis are worn by Indian grooms from various communities. Based on the region you hail your wedding dhoti may be called a veshti or a panchey or a chaadra etc.
10. Bandh Gaya suit
Bandh gala (means closed neck) suits are very much in fashion these days and no surprises at all since it looks totally amazing on indian groom. In indian groom outfits you have so many options but galabandh is every green and traditional.
11. Achkan Kurta
This type of kurta has a high neckline, a straight cut and buttons on one side instead of the middle.
Achkan has come a long way and now it has established its place for Indian Groom Outfit. Though you can have it plan but you can always play with various fabrics and embroideries. Usually it is preferred by groom in Muslim Wedding but it has become very popular amongst men for all wedding functions.
The main difference between a Achkan and Sherwani is the length and shape of the jacket. In case of Achkan the length is above or till the knees but for sherwani jacket length is well below the knees. Also sherwani has more flare whereas Achkan is usually body fit.
Instead of a normal neckline and button line, this kind of kurta has a cross-body cut on the upper part. In many cases instead of button fastening there are tie-up string fastening mechanism on one side of the body.
Indian groom outfit or rather Indian groom’s wedding trousseau would be incomplete without a kurta and anghrakha kurta takes it on a new level. Sober yet classy and pair it with Kolhapuri chappal (flip flops) to enhance its look.
Indian Grooms Who Have Nailed Their Wedding Outfits
Now you are aware of the factors that would help you choose your outfit as a groom! But what you still need is a holistic idea of how to coordinate the various components and carry a good Indian groom outfit. We have picked 20 grooms who have done it just right!
13. Emerald Green Stole
A well-tailored sherwani jacket in white or ivory can be teamed up with anything. This groom wears one with delicate textured detailing, an embellished collar and gold statement buttons. He has paired it with a deep emerald green silk stole with an intricately embroidered gold border and gold motifs.
14. Draping it Right
This groom’s outfit is simplicity at its best! A cream sherwani, minimalistic with embellishments, has been accessorized cleverly. Gold mala, red silk pocket square and chain-style gold brooch look great. What stands out is the uniquely draped stole.
15. Navy and Red Fusion Achkan
This groom’s outfit is a perfect example of great color as well as style combination. An achkan jacket, which is an Indo-western piece of clothing has been paired with a dark red silk dhoti. The achkan is in the darkest navy shade and boasts floral embroidery in dark red and brown. The red silk dhoti has a gold work border – the same in the stole as well! The headgear is also in the same red and gold combination.
16. White with Pastel Shade
Fond of pastel shades? Choose an outfit like the one this groom wears! An embellished off-white angarakha sherwani has been accessorized with a pastel pink stole and headgear in a same shade.
17. Maroon and Beige Sherwani
This light beige sherwani kurta boasts ethnic jaali work and has been paired with a rich dark maroon velvet stole with gold border. The headgear is also in the same color.
18. Embellished Angarakha
This groom’s outfit is simple yet glamorous but not imposing! He wears a traditional angarkha kurta in a light pink pastel shade with straight white tapered pants. The highlight of the look is the detailed and exquisite thread and zariwork in a matte gold shade, on the kurta. The buttons are also in the same matte gold color.
19. The Layered Look
This groom boasts a unique look! His outfit has numerous layers. He wears a white kurta over straight white trousers. On top of the kurta he sports a textured waistcoat with embellished buttons. On top of that he wears another long embellished jacket that is not buttoned and showcases the unique layered look. He uses a stole in a light sea green pastel shade with an embellished border.
20. The Printed Pagdi
This groom wears a gorgeous cream color sherwani. There are no color variations except for the floral prints on his turban. The peachy pink prints add a dash of vibrancy to the outfit!
21. Mint Green Kurta
The groom’s and bride’s outfit have nothing in common. Yet they complement each other so well! While the bride has a bright navy blue Kanjivaram silk saree, the groom wears a muted mint green brocade kurta with a white dhoti and dupatta. His turban is mint green like his kurta.
22. Powder Blue with Gold
The colourful garland of this groom goes beautifully well with his light powder blue sherwani kurta which he has paired with gold churidars and a gold turban.
23. Summer Wedding Masterpiece
This airy and light kurta is for an Indian groom of a summer wedding. The glamour quotient is upped by the jaali and mirror work on the kurta. It has been paired with a salwar bottom.
24. For the Perfect Pair
25. That Red Dupatta
This groom would remind you of the retro Bollywood number – “laal dupatta mal mal ka”. Surely, the groom has themed his outfit on this line. His embroidered tussar kurta looks traditionally beautiful with the bright red dupatta and the red churidar.
26. Midnight Blues
This Indian groom outfit is breath-taking, to say the least! The midnight blue silk kurta is made out of Benarasi brocade weave which is so gorgeous and intricate that no other embellishment or accessory is required! The muted gold churidars do justice to the kurta!
27. The Pastel Pink Shawl
The groom wears a simple white sherwani-churidar with small gold motifs all over the kurta. What really distinguishes this look, is the pastel pink shawl that he carries cross-body. The pastel pagdi complements the outfit and so does his pearl mala.
28. Play it Simple
Grooms who like to play it simple or those who are bound by tradition to wear all-white outfits, can go for such a look. The groom pairs a white angrakha kurta with a white dhoti and polished leather jutis. There is chikankari detailing on his kurta. This tradition style kurta goes perfect in a Bengali wedding.
29. Jewelry Love
You might be asked to wear family heirloom jewellery on your wedding! What kind of an attire should you choose in that case? Take a look at this Indian groom outfit. A simple white kurta-pajama has been paired with a dark red dupatta. The kurta has some textured detailing on it and that’s all! This gives enough focus to the groom’s malas without making him look over-the-top!
30. The Maroon Uttariya
This groom takes the dupatta to the next level! Instead of pairing a simple dupatta with his sherwani, he wears an uttariya. An uttariya is a narrow yet long dupatta that is worn over the neck and allowed to run all the way down the length of the kurta in front. This maroon uttariya has gold detailing too.
31. Wine Kurta
A beautiful yet unique choice of color for the Indian groom outfit – this wine kurta has embossed details on it. It has been rightly paired with a gold churidar and dupatta.
32. Embellished Shawl
This groom wears a simple off-white sherwani. The special element in his outfit is his black shawl that gold zari embroidered motifs on it! The sequin and colourful stones embroidered on the shawl gives it a very exotic look.
33. The Velvet Kurta
Indian groom outfits are all about the rich fabrics! This glamorous velvet kurta in a rich maroon color is looking gorgeous on this groom. The kurta also has traditional zardozi embroidery on it!
34. Off White and Light Blue
This Sikh groom looks attractive in his off-white sherwani. However the highlight of the look is the light blue turban and the dupatta in the same color. The gorgeous malas he wears adds a regal touch. Moreover, the detailed sequin embroidery on the dupatta, the kurta sleeves and the collar area does full justice to the attire.
35. Multicolor Kurta with Benarasi Dupatta
This funky Indian groom outfit is totally out-of-the-box! A cream churidar has been paired with a cream kurta which has multi-color thread work on it. Another dash of color comes from the gold and green Benarasi brocade dupatta.
36. The Two-layer Sherwani
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This Maharashtrian groom wears a gorgeous sherwani that has a jacket-like top layer over the peachy-mustard kurta. The turban, dupatta and churidar are also in this unique yellow color.
37. Matching Lehenga & Sherwani
Accessories with Indian Groom Outfits
38. The Headgear
Traditions rule when it comes to this accessory. Most north Indian grooms wear the traditional turban while grooms in Bengal wear topor.
39. The Dupatta/Stole
If you are going for a sherwani, you will have to carry a dupatta along with it. Usually grooms wear the dupatta around the neck. Some grooms, instead of dupatta, carry a heavily embroidered shawl with their pajama-kurta or dhoti-kurta. This looks extremely classy.
40. The Jacket
Indian groom outfits like the Jodhpuri suit come with a jacket that has elaborate brocade designs on it. Grooms also wear embellished Nehru jackets or waistcoats along with the kurta-pajama pair. Jackets also look great on Anarkali kurtas – be it the sleeveless waistcoats or the long full-sleeve jackets with a slit all the way down the middle.
41. The Jutis
Shoes should complement the ethnic outfit of the groom. Jodhpuri or Kolhapuri jutis are the most common choice. Leather moccasins complement Jodhpuri suits. Nagrais or mojaris look great with heavily embellished kurtas.
Most Indian grooms don’t wear jewellery. However, small and elegant items like a vintage brooch may make a lot of difference.
43. The Mala
Some grooms wear pearl malas over their kurtas or sherwanis. It complements the grandness of the outfit.
Factors to Consider While Choosing the Indian Groom Outfit
The Cut & the Fit are Crucial
When it comes to menswear, the fit becomes more important than the style. So get hold of a good tailor who understands cuts. Go for numerous trials before accepting the finished products. Even if you are opting for a readymade outfit, get it fitted as per your body type!
The Bottom Wear Makes All the Difference
Most of the time, we make the mistake of focusing only on the kurta or top-wear of the outfit. But the look of an Indian groom outfit depends a lot on the bottom wear.
Whether you team up your kurta with a pajama or a dhoti, a churidar or a pair of jodhpur pants, ethnic trousers or a mundu, harem pants or salwars, determines the ultimate look. Whether you appear taller, leaner or wider, depends on the type of bottom wear you choose and the height of your kurta.
Colors that Complement
Unlike the Indian bride who in a lot of cases has to wear red on her wedding day, there is no such strict rule in case of the Indian groom outfit. It goes without saying that you need to choose a color that complements your complexion.
Also, if you have planned a theme wedding, try to match the color of your outfit with the theme. Some grooms and brides plan outfits together! In this case, they should choose colors that complement each other’s outfits.
Indian groom outfits come with a variety of embellishments. From zari and sequin embroidery to zardozi work, kasab, jaali, chikankari, Benarasi brocade, Kashmiri aari, Jamawar weave etc – the list is endless.
Moreover, most Indian grooms don’t wear jewellery so there is no fear of the jewellery design clashing with the work on the bodice of your kurta. So we suggest that in order to match up the grandeur of your bride’s lehenga or saree, go for an outfit with elaborate and detailed embellishments.
The Fabric Matters
Indian groom outfits should come in rich and luxurious fabrics like pure silk, tussar, silk brocades, rich velvets, resham jamdanis or elegant raw silks. It is important for the groom to choose an outfit in such a fabric in order to match up to the glamor quotient of his bride’s outfit.
The Bottom Line: Indian Groom Outfit
Hope this guide on Indian Groom Outfits would help you choose the right outfit for your wedding! We would suggest you should always consider the weather and season before choosing your groom wear. Also keep in mind that if you must have at least one outfit which is color coordinated with your brides outfit.
There are so many options as mentioned in this blog but you must choose something that you are comfortable in as you will be performing a lot of ceremonies and comfort is paramount.
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The bride and the groom take the oath of equal participation in every aspect of their conjugal life! This preserves the balance of the marital union. Then why do we ignore the outfit needs of a groom and focus only on bridal fashion? With this thinking we have today compiled an extensive guide to the ultimate Indian groom outfit. Hope it will be helpful!