The Royal Sherwani

The royal Indian sherwani

The royal Indian sherwani

There has got to be a distinct and unique fashion feature in a country that is regarded as the birthplace of many traditions and now, the world’s largest democracy. India or the Indian subcontinent as it is usually referred as has moved up in fashion circles but there are few things that have stuck to its back. The Sherwani is the most royal outfit for an Indian male. The roots of Sherwani date back to the fifteenth century when the Mughal emperors existed. The Sherwani belongs to India.

Today’s Indian man loves to wear Sherwani but with a slight difference. Sherwani is basically a long coat like outfit usually till the knee’s length with a few exceptions where it may be longer. It is always worn over a Kurta and a Pyjama. For many years it was regarded as the dress of the noble and the affluent. Today, that equation has changed and Sherwani has become synonymous with special occasion. Sherwani is worn across many cultures and faiths in India. The manner in which they wear may be slightly different but the essence is almost always the same. When I was traveling few months ago, I happened to attend a wedding in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The groom and his close friends were all wearing grand Sherwanis with embroidery hand work on it. Some of them even had a few jewels stuck up there. Talk about pampering one!

Back in the city where I come from, Sherwani is an integral part of many a man. In fact there is something known as Hyderabadi Sherwani because it is longer than a standard Sherwani. Most Bollywood actors, top-notch politicians and bureaucrats wear Sherwani to the limelight. A ready to wear Sherwani off the rack in an upscale designer men’s boutique can cost anywhere between $50 and $2500. Well, a lot depends on the fabric, the work done on it, etc. Perhaps it’s the history of this land which makes most men look sharp and suave in a Sherwani.

sherwani styles

sherwani styles

The last time I worn a Sherwani was for my cousin’s wedding. Indian weddings are lavish affairs with guests over five hundred people as average. The Sherwani I bought was a designer one from the house of Meena Bazar. It is among the largest chains of traditional and ethnic wear from men and women. The Sherwani I bought was off white with zari hand work around the collar and the sleeves.

Sherwani for a groom

Sherwani for a groom

Back in the days of the Nizams, the Hyderabad was a popular place for this outfit. Men always wore Sherwanis even on regular days. Of course, the regular ones were a lot more simple than found now. Sherwani has become and will continue to remain a fashion icon in India for men because it is not worn everyday and also because it gives a very grand look. Sherwani has changed the way Indian men see fashion as and although a lot has changed in terms of fashion and trends, a Sherwani continues to defy all odds and lives in the heart of over a billion people!

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