Complete Guide to Types of Men’s Ethnic Wear

by Vikram Sharma Textile designer

Indian fashion is known for its refined and elegant appearance. The wedding season in India encourages most men to dress in ethnic attire and shop for different styles and trends to create their own personal style statement. Sherwanis, kurtas over cotton vest, jackets, and other Indian wear for men are available for a variety of occasions. This is a comprehensive guide to various ethnic wear styles, ranging from formal to casual, for various occasions or ceremonies. Let's check it out!

Formal Indian Wear for Men

Weddings, engagements, festivals, and formal ceremonies call for formal Indian attire for men.


It is a symbol of wealth and royalty. Sherwanis are traditionally made of silk, rich cotton, or brocade, and feature traditional carved buttons, high neck collars, and are typically worn with chooridars or dhotis. They're finished off with a dupatta, kilangi, mala, and jootis.

Types of Sherwani

1. Classic Sherwani

Straight with a slight flare, down to the knee, sometimes embroidered or embellished is the most basic and basic cut. The richness of a classic sherwani is reflected in its timeless quality, which never goes out of style. Sherwanis began as a northern Indian dress for Mughal royalty and have since evolved into modern-day wedding wear for men.

2. Asymmetric Sherwani

This is a brand-new trend. A stylish sherwani with an asymmetric collar and slit. Every season, designers create sherwanis in luxurious and exotic fabrics. Sherwanis are a popular choice for various formal occasions and are often made with heavier fabrics. It looks great with chooridar or loose pants, matching jootis or shoes, and a dupatta.

3. Jacket Sherwani

Sherwanis with jackets are becoming increasingly popular. With a long or short jacket, buttoned or unbuttoned, a jacket sherwani can be designed in a variety of ways. Wear your sherwani with contrasting color dhoti or patiala pants. 

4. Indo-Western Sherwani

Some men prefer comfortable clothing with a touch of western elegance, according to the latest fashion trend. Indo western, a perfect fusion of Indian sherwani and western suits with the curved hemline, is the obvious choice in this case. To create an extraordinary look, Indo western sherwanis are designed with various styles of high neck collars and cuts and paired with dhoti or patiala pants.

2. Achkan

Sherwanis with a front button placket are known as Achkans. It's almost like a classy knee-length jacket with buttons up the front. It can be plain, patterned, or embroidered and worn with chooridar pants, dhotis, or salwar made of heavy fabric like silk or brocade. Weddings, sangeets, and festivals are all possibilities.

3. Bundhgala

Bundhgala is a hip-length Chinese collared jacket worn with jodhpuri pants or trousers. Plain, patterned, embroidered, or foil printed, it can be made of heavy fabrics like silk or velvet. Ideal for sangeets and weddings.

4. Indian Suits

Indian suits have the same cut as western suits, but they are embellished with Indian fabrics, royal colors, and embroidery. Indian suits are available in a variety of colors, including maroon, burgundy, black, blue, and grey. Rich cotton, brocade with Indian embroidery, and sequin embellishments are all common fabrics.

Semi-Formal Indian Wear for Men

Semi-formal Indian attire is appropriate for graduations, orations, and opening ceremonies, among other occasions.

1. Nehru Jacket

The most versatile piece of clothing in any Indian man's wardrobe, the Nehru jacket is named after Jawaharlal Nehru, who was frequently seen wearing it. Nehru jackets come in a variety of styles and cuts. The whole outfit is given a classic, traditional look by this simple jacket. Nehru jacket, chooridar, south Indian white lungi, or salwar pants go well with kurta or plain sherwani.

2. Safari Suit

If you're tired of kurtas and regular shirts, a safari suit is a great option for men with a refined sense of style. Wear any contrast color shirt or tee inside a neutral or khaki-colored matching waist or hip-length jacket with pants.

Casuals Indian Wear for Men

Something ethnic, comfortable, and chic is required for casual parties or festivals. Here's what you should wear.

1. Kurta

Traditional kurtas for men will always be in demand, even if trendy and fashionable outfits come and go. Kurtas are unbuttoned collared, Chinese collared, or v-neck shirts. Cotton, silk, and brocade are examples of fabrics. They can have short or long sleeves, and they can be hip or knee-length. Pair a plain or embroidered kurta with chooridar pants or jeans in the same or contrasting color.

2. Bandi

One of the most popular casual dresses for weddings and other formal occasions. A bandi is a waistcoat that can be worn with a plain or patterned casual kurta and chooridar pants that match or are colored.


1. Dhoti

Dhotis are the bottoms of every traditional man's dress and are typically worn at weddings or religious ceremonies. They were traditionally worn by yogis and Brahmans, and they are still very popular among men in southern India. However, they're making a comeback as a fashionable item of clothing, particularly for grooms. Pairing your sherwani with a traditional or unique dhoti pattern and style can be a good idea.

2. Salwar

Salwars, also known as patiala salwars, is a traditional Indian garments that not everyone prefers to wear with their Indian attire. But yes! Choose these salwar pants to wear with your sherwani or kurta if you want to feel relaxed and comfortable.

3. Chooridar Pants

Chooridars are a type of Indian tight pants worn by both men and women. They're also known as jodhpuri pants, and they're a great choice for formal occasions. Chooridars should be in the same or contrasting color as the kurta or sherwani.

4. Pajamas

Pajamas aren't just for bedtime. They're designed to be easy and comfortable to wear. Perfect for wearing with a casual kurta or sherwani.

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