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Fashion Lookbook For Men: Diwali Outfit Ideas To Slay The Festive Look

By Trishi Dhingra

Updated - Nov. 7, 2023 8 min read

The brightest, most lively Hindu festival is just around the corner and you better be dressed for it. Not for anyone else but yourself. Now, I'll admit this year was rather dim and getting ready isn't something on the top of your priority list but that doesn't mean your Diwali outfit should turn out to be boring or worse... last years.

Now guys, be honest... if I were to walk into your closet right this instant do you think there's a piece of clothing that goes with Diwali 2023? If your answer is no, you have some shopping to do. And to inspire this well-planned spree, here are a few handpicked Diwali outfits ideas for men, that will not personify your heart's compassion but also highlight your soul's enigmatic anatomy.


1. Basic dhoti kurta

The first name that comes to mind with the mention of ethnic wear is a Kurta. But little do we know that there are tonnes of options when we choose to go around it. But in my opinion, the safest way to go about wearing Kurtas is to pick a printed one. Not only it adds a little splash but also saves you the trouble of accessorizing too much. Now, moving down to the bottoms, a plain Dhoti is a frivolity and tradition every guy should don into, at least during the festive seasons. And finally, complete your Diwali look with black or brown sandals or Kolhapuris.  

We recommend: KISAH Men Pink & White Printed Kurta with Dhoti Pants from Myntra @ ₹ 2744

Image Courtesy: Myntra



2. Asymmetrical nehru jacket

Who doesn't love Nehru jackets? They go well with almost everything you wear beneath. Adding such a layer of fashion and that too a pretty offbeat one is sure to work wonders for your Diwali look. Now, I don't have anything against the basic Nehru Jackets but it's Diwali 2020 guys and nothing will ever get you the attention your outfit deserves until it's different and quirky. Thus, behold this beautiful asymmetrical Nehru Jacket. Pair it with a plain white kurta dhoti/pyjama set, brown mules and you're good to go. 

We recommend: Raymond Men Black Solid Woven Pure Silk Asymmetric Nehru Jacket @ ₹4,549


Image Courtesy: Myntra



3. Printed kurta & jacket combo

Being exuberant about the latest fashion is one of the many ways to explicate your confidence. Those who are aware of the latest trends, yes the chic ones, mostly rise to the occasion. Their persona is something that the world looks up to. And to be what you are, by displaying the wish and desire to look different yet the best is the true meaning of festive couture. Just like this out-of-the-box ensemble. A printed mid-length kurta styled with a basic black traditional jacket, white straight pants and black monks. Now, I might not be a certified fashion designer or critique but with my fair share of fashion blogging, I can safely say that this look... right here is a masterpiece. Not too much yet very plush and uptown. 

We recommend: Jompers Men Green & Gold-Coloured Printed Straight Kurta from Myntra @ ₹899


Image Courtesy: Myntra



We recommend: SG RAJASAHAB Men Black Checked Longline Ethnic Tailored Jacket from Myntra @ ₹1,407


Image Courtesy: Myntra



4. Printed short kurta

Comfort is always a major element of fashion, and to feel comfortable is being trendy in itself. Just as this printed short kurta with dark shade chinos and shoes. So, if there's a part of you who still wishes to keep your Diwali outfit on the mellow side, this combination will serve you right. But on the other hand, if you'd like, there are a lot of ways to accessorize this standard look. Firstly, you can add beaded bracelets or a basic watch. Secondly, in the place of these dark chinos, try a white dhoti instead. Lastly, don't forget to trade these awfully casual shoes with a nice Kolhapuri Chappals. That's it. Happy Diwali to you guys!


We recommend: Bene Kleed Men Khaki Printed Straight Kurta @ ₹695

Image Courtesy: Myntra



We recommend: Roadster Men Navy Blue Slim Fit Basic Chinos @ ₹999


Image Courtesy: Myntra



5. Chikankari kurtas

Chikankari Kurtas have my heart for always, thus I never take their name in vain. Far more elegant than the basic kurtas, Chikankari is a work of art every guy should own in the form of a traditional outfit along with loose-fit bottoms. Not only this makes you look fine but keeps your super comfortable. It offers radiance and sophistication missing from the other ethnic wear for men and I think this might be the best option if you're too shy to experiment and still wishes to look amazing. In conclusion, wear these on your Diwali celebration and be the hit of your party. 


We recommend: Jompers Men White Floral Embroidered Chikankari White Romance Pure Cotton Kurta from Myntra @ ₹919

Image Courtesy: Myntra



Also Read: 6 Online Chikankari Brands You Gotta Bookmark Today


6. Asymmetric kurtas

What's new in the fashion street, trail cut uppers! If you've not come across any lately, then you don't belong to the world of fashion. The trail cut goes just fine with everything you throw along. But the trick lies in choosing the colours. Go for solids and darker shades and contrasting bottoms. In the end, complete the look with a pair of traditional footwear, Juttis, sandals or simple Kolahpuris. Defining fashion and comfort on the same page, this combination is right out of the fashion lookbook for you!


We recommend: See Designs Men Black Solid Straight Kurta from Myntra @ ₹769

Image Courtesy: Myntra



7. Play with printed shirts

Now, if you aren’t feeling up for a Kurta, we completely understand. Well, we have another way of helping you look in a mood for some celebrations without a Kurta, too. How? Well, block printed shirts in vibrant colours are, too, picking up as one of the latest ethnic wear for men trends to watch out for. They look absolutely stunning and give a peppy, joyous vibe, too. So, if you are looking to ditch the Kurta look, this festive season, printed shirts are the way to go.


We recommend: Byford Faded Green Printed Shirt from Pantaloons @ ₹899

Image Courtesy: Pantaloons




8. Make sure to accessorize it right

Attention to the details can give your festive look a finishing touch. Adding a pocket square to your jacket can be an intelligent accessory to add. Silk pockets squares like the ones shown below can add that complementing edge to your festival outfit.


We recommend: Peter England Red Pocket Square @ ₹270

Image Courtesy: Peter England 



9.  Wear watch and bracelets

Never underestimate the kind of enhancement a watch or a bracelet can add. A good metal strap watch is not only a useful gadget but is also perhaps the safest accessory to pair your outfit with. If you are fond of and are comfortable in wearing bracelets, you should undoubtedly wear them with your outfits.


We recommend: Edge Ceramic Midnight Gold - Slimmest Ceramic Analog Watch from Titan @ ₹26,995

Image Courtesy: Titan



10. Blue Denim Jeans + Slip-Ons + Sunglasses


The ditsy pattern on a short kurta with a banded collar and rolled-up sleeves is a classic example of fusion print. This type of print can easily be pulled off at a family event when paired with blue/black denim jeans, black/maroon slip-on and sunglasses (Only if it's sunny & outside. To make the printed short kurta look even better, throw on some beaded bracelet and you're good to go.


We recommend: Taavi Men Mustard Orange & Green Bagru Printed Sustainable Straight Kurta with Roll-Up Sleeves @ ₹1,154

Image Courtesy: Myntra



Diwali makes for the epitome of Indian festivities. And for even the slightest tint of this celebration, decking up your look is the least you can do for yourself.       


Frequenty Asked Questions:

Q. What do Indian men wear?

A. For men, traditional clothes are the Achkan/Sherwani, Bandhgala, Lungi, Kurta, Angarkha, Jama, Shalwar Kameez and Dhoti or Pajama. 


Q. Can I wear kurta with jeans?  

A. Short kurtas can double as a semi casual shirt that does not require to be tucked in, hence making them perfect to be paired up with jeans, and worn to just about any place and occasion.


Q. Is kurta a formal wear?

A. When it comes to Indian ensembles such as salwars, kurtas and churidars, formal or informal looks depend on the fabrics they are made from. However, kurtas made of beautiful and expensive regional cotton can also constitute formal or evening wear.


Q. What colors are suitable for men's ethnic wear during Diwali?

A. Bright and vibrant colors like royal blue, emerald green, deep red, or golden hues are perfect for Diwali. These colors symbolize prosperity and festivity.


Q. Should I wear traditional accessories with my ethnic outfit for Diwali?

A. Yes, accessories like ethnic jewelry, turbans, or even a simple pocket square can enhance your Diwali look and add a touch of elegance to your outfit.


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