The wedding season is approaching and the trend reports dictate that the chances of you being invited to a destination wedding are pretty high. In India, we have every Ranbir Kapoor film to take inspiration from for men’s destination wedding styles. But it’s a little more complicated than that if you really wish to stand out and want the style to reflect your persona. Destination weddings are not only a fantastic experience and opportunity to spend time with loved ones but also provide a great platform for experimentation with garments. So we are going to share our sartorial intellect to give you a breakdown of what you need to carry and how to make the best of it.
The Welcome Dinner
Always stick to a semi-casual ensemble during a welcome dinner. You don’t want to sport an extra-formal business suit for your first impression amongst the wedding guests. A semi-casual ensemble makes you look approachable and helps you kickstart the event in the most fashionable manner possible. You want to reduce the number of shoes you carry to a bare minimum and you can do that by carrying a pair of classic brown or black lace-ups. For a tropical destination, you may want to be prepared for both an indoor and an outdoor setting. So pairing a summer jacket with a minimally designed shirt maintaining a cool color palate for both is the way to go. Stick to cotton and avoid velvet and silk for the same at all costs.
Mehendi – Sangeet
Now we can start the experimentation and take it a step forward. It is not uncommon for the mehendi and sangeet functions to be indoors. These occasions aren’t meant to be formal so its best to avoid heavy garments or even garments that may slow you down. A classic Bandhgala with a sharp silhouette and an experimental color palette is always a good idea these occasions because it is probably the best time for you to showcase your style. Don’t hold back on the design aspect and select a color and design that you know you can pull off. Pair the Bandhgala with non-embroidered slip ons and dark colored pencil pants that are just falling below your ankles. A key trend in Bandhgalas for men is Bandhgalas with geometric prints to add a bit of charm to the entire ensemble.
The wedding day event is one where you could either go very right or very wrong. You want to avoid looking too casual and you must opt for a crisp and clean look. Endorsing accessories to give your garment an extra edge is essential on the day of the wedding. A classic Kurta and Bandi combination with light colored churidaar is the way to go since the pheras can be a time-consuming process and you don’t want to wear something extremely heavy while you’re witnessing the event. Adding a patterned pocket square and broach to your bandi pocket completes the look and adds a great.
Considered to be one of the most glamorous events, you do not want to miss out on making a statement. The most common approach is to pick out a black tuxedo and just show up. However, with the evolution of fashion, a suit or tuxedo is widely available in refreshing shades and experimental silhouettes. Step it up and try a satin, try a worsted wool, try a burgundy – but escape the monotony. Opting for a bespoke suit or tuxedo is the quintessential fit for this occasion. Playing with the lapel, cuffs, pockets and even structure is what you should do in order to escape the same boring two-button suit. Stepping it up with geometric detailing, pin-tucks, heritage cuts – there is so much you can do. Glossy lace-ups and hand-made bowties are a statement in itself.
Indian weddings are hosted to bring out the royalty within you. Hence every event does come with an unwritten dress code. The aim is to keep you sartorially ahead and keep you away from any dilemma. In the end, I’d say always keep yourself ahead and deviate from being just the next guy. Break out and aggressively own the space as your runway, but remember always keep it understated and minimal.