The opulent era of erstwhile kings and maharajas
is an enigma for us all, but while admiring the regal attire replete with intricate gold work, formidable turbans and grand accessories is one thing, carrying them off without looking like an actor out of a period film is quite another. Here are pointers you can follow to nail the royal look in its contemporary avatar.
Weddings and festive occasions
Needless to say, almost all of the Indian wedding wear harks back to the era of the maharajas. Sherwanis made from flowing fabrics adorned with heavy gold embroidery, the quintessential garment of the groom
, will leave no stone unturned in making you look like a raja right out of our glorious past.
The current trend, however, is a subtler look that affords you comfort and makes you look elegant at the same time. A lighter garment like achkan—a shorter version of the sherwani— or even a waistcoat
paired with accents like an ornate brooch or a brightly coloured sash is sure to make you look every bit royal without being too gaudy. For a sleeker and slightly Western look, sport a bandhgala or jacket with a Nehru collar
and swap the traditional salwar with Jodhpur pants.
Western formal evenings
A royalty-inspired look need not always be traditional. While bandhgalas in solid colours like royal blue and black work well for both traditional and formal occasions, you may also opt for a plain, simple shirt along with a braided blazer. Pair it with slim pants like Jodhpurs or skinny, straight-fit trousers for a royalty-inspired look.
Accessories to complete the royal look
Footwear: Pair your traditional outfit with Punjabi or Rajasthani mojaris. While the former are better suited for kurta-pajamas, the latter go well with both true-blue traditional and Indo-Western looks. If you think these are uncomfortable, wear polished low-heeled boots to carry off the look.
Accessories: A brooch and sarpech (if you’re wearing a turban) can add a royal flair to a toned-down traditional ensemble, while a western look can be rounded off with a brooch and well-finished cufflinks
Written By : Neehar Mishra