JUNE 2021
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IN HONOR OF FATHERS!

Kiran Bahl

By KIRAN BAHL

Happy Father’s Day! Sunday, June 20, is also the start of summer in Florida (although to many, it’s already too hot and sunny!). Between deciding whether masks on or off now, let’s also continue our annual tradition and answer our fathers’ fashion questions this month, in honor of them.

MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS ARE ALWAYS MATCHING. CAN FATHERS MATCH WITH THEIR SONS?

And why not? Even better, match the whole family together. Social media especially has cute photos of mothers in their ghararas and other suits matching with their daughters, young, in their teens and grown alike. Now up the look and match everyone in the family! Matching doesn’t have to mean stitching custom outfits from the same exact fabric. Matching can mean all dressing in the same colors. Mom can wear a pink kameez and white salwar, dad can wear a white kurta set with pink dupatta and the kids can wear all pink or all white. The options are many and fun to play with! Even shades of the same color can work beautifully. Mix pistachio and forest greens or sky and navy blues. Together, it’s a look that’ll seem put together and frame worthy.

ARE STOLES OR SCARVES STILL IN FOR MEN FOR WEDDINGS?

Yes, they are, but more for kurta sets. There was a phase of wearing one or even two dupattas with sherwanis at weddings. Even bolder, some decided to wear them with their jodhpuri suits (not a good look really). Opt for colorful dupattas for a festive and summery feel. Not wanting to stand out too much? Go for neutral or metallic colors for a more streamlined and safer vibe.

JEANS WITH KURTAS OK?

They’re just that, OK. Definitely no for any occasion that calls for a semi-formal or formal dress code. A maybe for a casual event, preferably a pooja or house party. I have to ask though, why wear heavy denim over the traditional light and airy cotton churidars/salwars? They’re so much more breathable and finish off your kurta just right.

ARE VESTS WITH KURTAS STILL IN STYLE?

No. Let’s keep the vests in your wardrobes until next season. Why look political when you can look polished instead?

MY WIFE ALWAYS TRIES TO MAKE ME WEAR THE SAME BRIGHT COLORS AS SHE DOES TO WEDDINGS. HOW CAN WE MATCH WITHOUT DOING THIS?

It’s very sweet your wife loves you and wants to match! But I also understand if you don’t want to wear a bright red or orange kurta matching her sequin sari. To still look coordinated but not overly the same, like above, choose a similar shade in the same hue. Choose color though, it’s in! If she wears a red sari, choose a baby pink kurta. If she must wear that bright orange lengha, choose a peach kurta. The combo will have you both shine and together.

Once again, Happy Father’s Day to all. Fathers are indeed a child’s first hero, someone to learn and look up to. Let’s spread the love to all the fathers in our lives, who juggle work and family lives as best as possible. And, as always, remember to ‘gro’ with style!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, an Indian Boutique (www.grostyles.com), can be reached at (813) 843-9040 or kiran@grostyles.com

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