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Sherwani Trends for 2021: Men’s Indian Ethnic Wear Trends

We have noticed some really cool sherwani trends like frock styles, belted silhouettes, bold prints, and soft pinks! Check out the latest sherwani trends for 2021.

Sherwani Trends for 2021 Men’s Indian Ethnic Wear Trends

Hey there! Sherwanis, bandhgalas, suits, tuxedo, form the majority of men’s fashion wear, but that doesn’t mean they have to be similar. Every season we have fresh trends breaking the stagnance of men’s fashion wear. Similarly, even this season we have spotted some really cool trends in men’s fashion wear that we would love to share with you.

Whether your best friend’s getting hitched, or your uncle is having a grihapravesh ceremony, the sherwanis neatly stacked up in a quiet corner of your wardrobe jump to your rescue! Sherwanis are one such ensemble that can be worn on several occasions, be it a big fat Indian wedding or a close family get together, parties, or ceremonies, you can always pick these.

The task of choosing the right sherwani for you can get tricky, but fret not! We are here to help. After scrolling through the latest designer menswear collections of top Indian fashion designers, we have rounded up the top new trends in this article. We spotted bold prints, broad dupattas, frock style sherwanis, and much more to choose from! Why wait? Find out the top sherwani trends suitable for various occasions.

Men’s Sherwani Trends for 2021

1. Shawl-like Dupatta

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L to R: Manish Malhotra, JJ Valaya, RAH

Sherwanis with dupatta are not new, but guess what is? Broad shawl-like dupattas paired with sherwanis! We are seeing the dominance of shawl-like dupattas in majority of the menswear designer collections, thereby making it to our list of top sherwani trends for 2021.

Speaking of shawl like dupattas, we have seen an array of designs, which we loved exploring. We spotted both solid colored and multicolored dupattas, with contrasting borders. The borders varying in width are decorated with zari work and embroidery. Intricately decorated with linear patterns and floral motifs, the borders are contrasting plain stoles. In some cases, we came across printed dupattas, or dupattas with slight embroidery near the edges. However, these stoles showcased a slightly thin border with less detailing.

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L to R: Sabyasachi, Shyamal Bhumika

The shawl-like dupattas are elegant and give a rich look. The embroidered dupattas with broad borders are usually picked by grooms whereas the printed ones with slightly thin borders is a decent choice for parties, and functions.

2. Open Jacket

Sherwanis paired with visibly open jackets are the new cool. Pairing sherwanis with trendy jackets adds the chic factor to the overall appearance. This season we are seeing a variety of jackets with wide openings that are teamed with the sherwanis. The jackets come in different sizes, they are either of the same size as that of the sherwani, or slightly longer.

For example, the lilac sherwani by Manish Malhotra is paired with a long jacket. The richly embroidered jacket is balancing the plain solid sherwani and the narrow pants with long cuts on the sides. Whereas, the metallic grey sherwani by Falguni Shane shows a printed jacket of the same size.

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L to R: Manish Malhotra, Abu Jani, Falguni Shane

On one hand, the embroidered or printed jackets are balancing the plain sherwanis, on the other, the heavily embroidered or printed sherwanis are paired with comparatively simpler jackets. However, all of them are front-open that is giving a good look to the sherwani peeping from within!

3. Pastels

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L to R: Falguni Shane, Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra

Pastels monopolizing the female fashion trends are not new but this year, we are noticing their prominence over male fashion wear as well, especially the sherwani trends for 2021. We have noticed muted greens, silver, pink, grey, lilac, and mint in the designer sherwani collections. The pastel sherwanis were printed or embroidered with equally light shades like silver, white, gold, with brighter colors surfacing only occasionally.

Apart from the similar embroidery, carrying a dupatta or jacket of the same color is a part of the trend as well. However, we did spot contrasting dupattas too. Additionally, even the pants paired with the pastel sherwanis were light in color. The pastel colors are not only a popular minimalistic trend but they are soothing as well.

4. Frock-Style Sherwani

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L to R: RAH, Manish Malhotra

A counterpart of Mughal anarkalis, frock-style sherwanis have a narrow bodice and flare out from the waist. This is one of the most unique and striking trends in the list of sherwani trends for 2021. Although not super prominent in the designer collections, some of the most popular designers have included frock style sherwanis in their collection.

Previously, we have seen frock style sherwanis in Sabyasachi’s collections but the heavily flared sherwanis we are seeing this year beat the previous ones. The sherwanis are either paired with wide-legged pants or narrow churidars. The plain solid frock sherwanis come along with equally long and heavily embroidered jackets or shawls. Most of these sherwanis have full sleeves with thick borders.

The majestic appearance of this trend forces us to relate it with the Mughal era kings dressed in similar sherwanis. The trend is different from the regular menswear fashion, so if you wanna ditch your regular sherwanis and suits for once, go for frock-style sherwanis! This trend will easily stand out in the crowd.

5. Single Bold Motifs

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L to R: Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal

Motifs beautify any garment but among the myriad of motifs ranging in different sizes, shapes, and forms, choosing the right one can be a herculean task. Why not go with the ones that are trending?! This season we are spotting some stunning single bold motifs on the front of the sherwani.

For instance, the silver deer embellished on the black surface of Kartik Aryan’s jacket designed by Manish Malhotra is sufficient and beautiful. Similarly, the huge floral motif with a bird on Rohit Bal’s jacket, too, is a statement style that suffices. These standalone minimalist motifs add to the subtlety of the garment. These are a perfect fit for the youth heading out for evening parties, birthdays, or even weddings.

6. Asymmetric Bandhgalas

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Shantanu and Nikhil

Bandhgalas are a hip-length menswear garment with a closed collar and usually long sleeves, that rose to popularity in the mid-’20s. This season we are seeing bandhgalas with a twist! Yes, you got it right, asymmetrical hems and seamless drapes. We saw dark solid colored bandhgalas along with contrasting or matching vests and narrow pants. The bandhgalas were mostly plain with drapes, and symmetry adding to the look. Black, brown, maroon are a few prominent hues that we spotted for this trend. You can accompany these bandhgalas with a matching vest, it is a good fit for formal occasions or festivities.

7. Button Placket

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L to R: Sabyasachi, Falguni Shane, JJ Valaya

Placket refers to the opening in the garment, which is fastened up using buttons, hooks, zipper, or snaps. Button placket has been a prominent trend in our previous sherwani trend analysis, and it has made to the latest sherwani trends for 2021 as well. We have noticed various designers using buttons as a major design element in sherwanis. We mostly spotted regular round buttons either of the same color as that of the sherwani or in metallic shade. For instance, the white sherwani by Falguni and Shane Peacock exhibits gold buttons.

8. Belted Sherwani

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L&R: JJ Valaya; Center: RAH

Belts are a major part of men’s western wear, but on a sherwani or to fasten a dupatta? Welcome this new trend! Sherwanis with exquisite belts is a statement maker this season. The sherwanis by JJ Valaya were accompanied by light brown leather belts sporting exotic gold buckles. On the flip side, Rimple and Harpreet Narula went for an intricately embroidered belt matching the sherwani. High time for men to explore a belt’s versatility? Share your thoughts!

9. Intricate Patterns

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L to R: JJ Valaya, Falguni and Shane, RAH

Sherwani intricately adorned with zari, stone, threads, and other surface works form yet another striking sherwani trends for 2021. We are seeing a mix of both splash of bright colored patterns and a monochromatic pattern on the surface of the sherwanis. We have noticed linear patterns, bird motifs, geometrical patterns, leaves, and even floral prints. The intricate work is a revelation of commendable craftsmanship. However, I am not a great fan of this trend as there is so much happening at the same time that it comes across as chaotic. But its rich work makes it a decent pick for grooms and their best men.

10. Soft Pinks

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L to R: Anita Dongre, Shyamal Bhumika, Varun Bahl

This season a tinge of soft pink is widespread in the designer sherwani collections. Almost every big and small designer is playing with different shades of pink. We are seeing dark pinks, light pink, a combination of both. The soft pink sherwani by Varun Bahl vividly displays the use of different shades of pink. It is a top choice not only among modern-day grooms but also for the minimalist guys who are looking for a change from their regular neutral hues.

11. Royal Monochrome

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L to R: Falguni and Shane, Shyamal Bhumika

Royal monochromes are the last trend in our list of the latest sherwani trends for 2021. Setting aside the love for muted pastels, venturing into the arena of royal colors can be a refreshing change. This season we are spotting solid monochromatic sherwanis in royal hues like red, blue, and green with slight embellishments around the collars, decorative buttons or broach. We are seeing similar colored trousers along with these sherwanis.

Menswear fashion designers are relentlessly fusing and playing with old and new designs to bring in some new trends to add to the existing portfolio. The frock style sherwani, striking bold prints, and the belted sherwanis are impressive. Modern-day grooms already love broad shawl like dupattas and it is a significant part of celebrity’s wedding attire.

That was all from our end on the latest sherwani trends for 2021, let us know which trend you liked the best. Don’t forget to tag @shilpaahujadotcom in your pictures dressed in these trendy sherwanis!

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  1. JK Fashions

    August 7, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    WOW awesome. I like Button Placket…

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