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Kiran Bahl

Happy Father's Day! The time has come to celebrate and cherish all our dads out there. Even more exciting is the array of clothes and accessories offered on runways for the men (or little boys) in our lives. From wedding and party wear, to get-together and pooja wear, every look is as trendy as ever.

Gentlemen, notice how popular sherwanis have become? They're being worn more and more, no matter how distant from the groom or guest of honor at weddings and functions the guest may be. These long, padded silk coats with churidaars underneath look formal and elegant. Now, however, designers have spiced them up to be more contemporary and appropriate for any and every generation.

Traditional Sherwani - The traditional sherwani is almost always in a white, cream or beige color. It's adorned with Mogul-style embroidery, usually including the good-luck and always tasteful meena-kaari colors: red/maroon, sage green and gold. The churidaars/salwars underneath are always white, as has been the custom for ages. A more sober color emerging, that's much darker yet still equally refined, is navy blue. It's surprisingly stunning.

Modern Sherwani - Bridegrooms now are demanding a sherwani that is more exclusive and more up-market looking. Runways achieved this goal by offering these pieces in a wider array of colors. The bold at heart will jump at the turquoise and silver, maroon and white, and pink and gold creations, but the current groom who's not as secure with these louder colors may opt for a twist on the traditional look, such as a beige sherwani with silver or white work, or a white sherwani with only maroon embroidery and sequins. A flashier version of the traditional white or cream sherwani is the same color, only mixed into a gold brocade fabric. This small texture /pattern change transforms the outfit completely, making it look extremely current.

Either way, the sherwani is now strongly here to stay and has even put its contender, the jodphuri (a blazer/suit jacket ornamented with Indian embroidery and regular pants/slacks), at risk of losing it's No. 1 position in men's choice of desi wardrobe.

Send us your fashion questions and concerns. Follow the trend! E-mail us at [email protected], and we'll answer any and all your fashion dilemmas! Here's this month's Fashion Drama Question of the month:

Q: I've just bought myself the prettiest saris. But on most of them, the back is way too low. My bra straps would show completely! What do I do? - Maya, Palm Harbor

A: Hi Maya! Thank you for asking such an important question! Many women ask the same question time and time again when wearing backless styles. Here are some solutions that should help. Try sticking on bra petals. They're cups, like stickers, designed to hold and keep things in place. For larger busted ladies, this method may not work because of the added weight. Instead, have your seamstress sew bra pads inside your blouse. That would help for sure!

Once again, Happy Father's Day to every dad out there in every form, dads-to-be included! Ladies at times may seem overwhelmed with their motherly duties, but everyone knows and agrees, the more help, the better! Four hands are always better than two! And we thank you, dads, we appreciate you wholly. And as always, remember to gro with style!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, "An Indian Boutique," 2035 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612, can be reached at (813) 843-9040 or (813) 903-8334.

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