The journey of the sherwani goes back several centuries – as a matter of fact, the first versions of this now popular outfit goes back to the late Mughal and early British periods. It is considered that the first sherwani was based on the British frock coat, but it was made more appropriate for the Indian subcontinent, in the sense that it would be worn over a kurta pajama.
In the years since, the outfit has seen several changes and what we see today is the vision of several talented designers and the insistence of several fashion forward men.
In the past few years, the manner in which the mens sherwani are being designed and worn has changed dramatically.
There was once a time when the sherwani was worn mainly with the pajama, but these days, they are being teamed with dhotis, Patiala salwars, churidar and even regular formal trousers. Today, the sherwani is the preferred choice for most grooms to be and even their best friends and close family members. Not only does the attire proffer a sense of royalty, it is also quite comfortable, especially when it has to be worn for long hours, at a stretch.
If you are looking to pick up a sherwani for a special occasion, such as your own wedding or the wedding of a close family, keep a few things in mind. Start with assessing your own body type, because your body structure will help you pick out the best design.
If you are on the taller side, you will be able to carry off most styles of sherwani and you will be able to combine them with any kind of lowers. However, if you are on the shorter side, then you might not be able to carry of the sherwani with a dhoti, because it might make you look shorter.
While a lot of brides and grooms like to colour coordinate on their special days, you might want to go for a colour that is contrasting, yet complimentary. For instance, if your bride is wearing maroon, you could go for a cream or beige, which will look nice alongside the maroon.
What material you choose will be highly dependent on what weather you are getting married in and where you are getting married. Velvet, silk and cotton are the most preferred materials, but if you are looking for extensive embroidery then cotton would be the best bet.
When you are picking out a wedding day outfit, ensure that you pick out something that is indo western sherwani, because that is what will make you stand out.