The Guide to Menswear Accessories

We all remember the time all men had to do was put on an outfit, spray some cologne and brush their hair for their big day? Not really! This didn’t happen with our generation. This was the case during our parents’ weddings. Expecting only the bride to care for her outfit, accessories and appearance on the wedding day is equivalent to stereotyping men to be the only ones responsible for the finances of the household.

A bride spends months acing her wedding day look, it’s only fair the groom invests time and money to complement her on the day all eyes are on them.

There’s a list of non-negotiable accessories the groom must flaunt today.


#1: The Pagdi/Turban/Saafa 

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A traditional groom’s crowning glory is his turban or saafa. You can choose from a wide selection of fabrics and patterns like leheriya, self woven brocades or even tie dyes. A shade of red is the typical colour worn by grooms though you can sway towards a pink or an orange saafa depending on the colours on your sherwani.


#2: The Kalgi/Sarpech

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A safa without the kalgi or the sarpech is simply incomplete. This bejeweled accessory accentuates the look of the turban. Gently perched in the front, these pieces come in zari work or are studded with precious/semi-precious stones. Grooms also opt for feathered ones to go with an elaborate attire. This accessory comes with the sweet tradition of the grooms’ sisters pinning it up for him before the wedding ceremony begins.


#3: Kirpan/The Sword

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Traditionally carried by Sikh grooms, the kripan has now become a style statement. It compliments the sherwani giving the entire look a royal touch.


#4: Necklaces

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Strings of pearls, a thick gold chain, kundan or an uncut necklace have been part of the groom’s ensemble ever since the time of our Indian maharajas. The haar or the neckpiece has been sported by plenty Bollywood stars on their wedding day. As much as it is a style statement, for some grooms, it’s a family heirloom being passed down generations.


#5: Juttis/Mojris

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The ethnic footwear, mojris are such a significant part of the groom’s look. Traditionally, the brides’ sisters hide the groom’s juttis and return them in exchange for money. That one part of your entire ensemble goes through a number of hands during those hours of the ceremony. We can’t have those be just average. Mojris can be custom made to fit your feet and match or contrast the colour of your sherwani.


#6: Dupatta

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A long scarf with tassels at the ends is draped around the groom’s shoulder to his other arm to complete the look of the traditional sherwani. The duppatta contrasts the colour of the sherwani and can match the turban’s and your bride’s outfit colour.


Scoring the right sherwani or bandhgala comes to any groom with a reasonable fashion sense and an involved sister, but getting those accessories right in order to accentuate your look demonstrates your personal sense of style, and THAT my men is how you do justice to your bride.


Written By: Shilpa Mago

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