What To Wear For An Indian Event, And What NOT To

Are you someone who is venturing into the world of formal dressings for an Indian event? With all the different options out there, it can be challenging to figure out what to wear for an Indian event. Should you go with a lehenga, a salwar suit, jeans & top, a dress or a good ol’ fashioned saree, the choices are aplenty. In this blog, we will share with you what we think you should wear to an Indian event. 

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India loves to celebrate. Whether it’s a gully cricket match or world cup, whether it’s someone’s birthday/anniversary, someone’s graduation or a wedding! We love to celebrate and with each celebratory event, comes the age-old exclamation, ‘I have nothing to wear!

Now, we Indians have come a long way. From wearing only traditional silk sarees and dhoti-kurta, we are now into suits, blazers, dresses and gowns. But still, a major part of India’s essence lies in its clothing. By wearing traditional garments, we represent our acceptance towards the Indian culture and get warmly accepted by society.

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So, What Do I Wear To An Indian Event?

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The topic of Indian wear and events can be confusing. They are diverse and they vary by region, culture, history, climate, geography, and religion of that region. So, if this is your first time at an Indian event, it’s best to go for traditional attires AKA saree, salwar suit or lehengas. 

Sleeve or Sleeveless?

In a typical Indian event, it’s best to avoid sleeveless clothing. For men, they can go for kurta-pyjama, kurta-jeans or dhoti. For women, sarees are the typical choice. One can go for salwar suits if tying a saree is cumbersome. Avoid a sleeveless blouse if this is your first attendance at an Indian formal event.

Bright or Dim?

Best to don bright colours. A bright paithani, a Kanjeevaram or a Banarasi with detailed zari work can work wonders for any event. 

Dress Code For Attending An Indian Event


With a saree, you can opt to wear sandals and chappals or belle shoes. Since your feet will be mostly covered by the saree pallu, you can go for comfort footwear. Although sports shoes seem to be the most comfortable option, try to avoid wearing them as, during these events, you may be required to take off your footwear often.


You should always keep in mind that Indian clothing tends to be loose-fitting. Therefore, you should avoid wearing tight clothing. Instead, opt for loose-fitting outfits. Also, remember to cover your shoulders and legs.


Accessories play a huge role in making your look complete. Make sure that you carry a purse or bag. You can also carry a small handbag or clutch.


Jewellery is also an important accessory. You can carry earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and watches. You can also carry bangles and anklets.


Although there is no compunction about donning your hair a certain way, avoid taking extreme measures to look appealing. Keep your hair as comfortable as you can because your hair should demand the least amount of attention during the event.


Depending on the weather of the day, your makeup will be automatically decided for you. In any case, avoid heavy makeup unless you’re the star of the event 🙂

What NOT to wear to an Indian event

In India, the ‘Saree’ is perceived to be the most appropriate and formal dress for any formal occasion. The fabric can come in different shades and look enchanting.

When selecting what to wear at an Indian wedding, a Saree would be unflinchingly one of your best choices because it sets you apart from other Western wedding dresses. Additionally, if it’s your first time wearing a saree, you don’t really want to feel uncomfortable.

So, when it comes to what NOT to wear to an Indian ceremony, try to avoid-

  • revealing clothes, 
  • low neckline clothing,
  • black colour clothes (especially for a wedding or other ceremonial occasion).

The women usually wear a long, flowing garment like a saree which covers their bodies. It is combined with pallu (a sort of wrap at one end, around the woman’s waist) or choli. To complete the ensemble get a ghunghat worn over hair to fix it around the head and neck.

Conclusion to ‘What NOT To Wear To An Indian Event:

In India, a woman is expected to wear a saree on formal occasions. The attire worn by Indian women is a symbol of purity that reflects their inner selves as well as their modesty and morals.

A couple of years back only the older generation wore sarees, but now what seemed like an exclusive choice cannot be better described than the blue jeans of India! A newlywed proudly requests her father to buy her a shopping bag and voila! Dad is busy carrying off that ‘bahu’s two latest acquisitions of Indian attire – one being the most expensive Indian printed silk saree, another being 3 metres of ikat fabric.

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