Diwali : 6 Dress Ideas For Men

The trimester of September, October and November is filled with excitement for every Indian and it’s hard to miss the festive feeling infused in the air. Whether it is the massive Ganesh festival of the west, Durga Puja of the east, Gurupurab of the north or the celebration of Diwali all across, there is something for every Indian to celebrate. Men’s Indian clothing is all about prints and colors – bold prints and regal colors.

We’ll share with you simple ideas of dressing up in ethnic wear that is elegant and dressy enough for the festivals and might even pass off as casual wedding wear.


This is the easiest look to carry as it has a more casual appeal than others and can be worn on other occasions as well which require a subdued dress code. A short kurta with prints is a good option for festivals and it can easily be paired with either jeans or chinos. Finish the attire with kolhapuri chappals or leather sandals, or loafers if you must.


Printed shirts are a really stylish option if you wear them with solid pants and loafers. Pair dark colored shirts with dark pants and same goes for light colors. They are a low maintenance option and can be worn outside of festive occasions too.


A lot of people already have a simple long kurta pajyama set and can easily style it up with a light printed drape, shawl or silk stole wrapped around the neck and have an easily available diwali wear. Many fashionable ones can also wear a drape over a vest. Complete the look with kolhapuri chappals or leather sandals or mojris.


A Nehru jacket is a more versatile option than drapes and it lends a slightly semi-formal look. A plain kurta should have a jacket with prints or contrasting color and its best to tone down a printed kurta with a plain jacket. What is best about Nehru jackets (or vests) is that they are an affordable way to spice up a simple, old or loose kurta! Team it up with leather sandals or kolhapuri chappals.

long kurta styles men
(L-R: printed, embellished and a kurta with drape (image courtesy: Subhashish Mandal)

There are many types of long kurtas available for men – pathani, straight cut, printed, embellished, and they all look good for the occasion in demand. They are comfortable ad convenient and are so versatile that they can be worn with a vest, drape or just on their own. Metallic kurtas give a nice edgy look. Finish the look with a kolhapuri.

ethnic footwear styles for men


As we have mentioned several times in this article, kolhapuri, leather sandals and juttis go well with almost every item of men’s Indian clothing. Get either of them in a dark brown color or black color and that will match with almost everything and will take care of the footwear woes. A new leather pair can bite though, so slightly oil them before wearing for the first time. For those wanting to keep it is contemporary, they can choose to go with monk strap shoes.

leather sandals for men


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