Break These Fashion Rules

Never wear shorts with a sportcoat or bucks                                                      You can actually wear shorts with a sportcoat and bucks. The key is to make sure that both the shorts and sportcoat are impeccably tailored. Think more Bermuda inhabitant than overgrown schoolboy. But please, skip the knee highs, no socks necessary here.

Make sure your pants cover your ankles                                                                 A hem that hits above the heel sounds about right if you’re headed to a boardroom or a Bar Mitzvah. For the other 90% of your life, feel free to relax and roll up your khakis and jeans. An inch to an inch-and-a-half should do the trick. Ankles can be bare, but showing a smidgen of sock, preferably with a pop of colour, is a nice touch, too. If you look like you’re ready for a 40-year flood or a circus, you’ve likely gone too far.

Avoid clashing black with navy or brown                                                            Old-timers will tell you that navy suits should never be paired with black belts and shoes. There’s an even harder style stance when it comes to wearing black and brown. But as the saying goes, black really does go with almost anything. Here’s how to break the fashion rules for navy or brown with black. Make sure your brown bluchers are polished to perfection to match the inherent sleekness of their darker background. Another tip here is to use different skins and fabrics. For example, a pair of black leather driving gloves will work well with a brown wool overcoat.

Always match your shoes and belt                                                                      This fashion rule probably came from a long line of color-blind gents who couldn’t discern the difference between black and brown. But if you’re blessed with the color-recognition capability of a kindergartner, focus your efforts on color coordination rather than cloning. Brown shoes, for example, should certainly partner with a belt of a similar tone (one that’s too light or of the cordovan camp would be needlessly distracting). By the same token, if you’re daring enough to sport drivers in, say, a rich, red suede, let the shoes do their job and let a more neutral belt take the backseat.

Wearing your heart on your cuffs!

In case you have always had the outlook that women are the only ones carrying jewellery, then you are definitely wrong. In the past, there may very well be particular groups of men’s who purposely isolated themselves from all the items of jewellery because they didn’t want to be tagged as sissy; well they’ve essentially changed their notion. A new breed of men have emerged,  labelled sassy metro sexual man, who believe in wearing minimalistic but sophisticated jewellery and cuff links being one of them. Cufflinks add elegance and style to men’s fashion.

Times have definitely changed. Men are embracing more extensive grooming habits, dressing more stylishly and accessorizing with jewellery such as bracelets or rings. According to a survey by Market Research, men’s jewellery made up 10 percent of the total jewellery market – a number that is growing.

History of cufflink is pretty simple. Tailors and men used pins, straps as well as laces to tie their clothes together when cufflinks were not yet invented. As time passed by, tailors started using buttons with precious gems in it to lock the sleeves. In the late 17th century, ordinary men could not afford to purchase these types of cufflink; only men with noble blood and rich people could.

However, during the 19th century, ufflinks comes in different colours and sizes as well. There are even cufflinks which are for professionals with their specific emblem, rainbow designs or with precious gems like onyx, ruby and even diamond cufflinks:cufflinks spread like wildfire amongst many countries. One could see variations in the type and material of cufflinks. Thus, apart from gem stones materials like glass paste, gold and silver plates, metal alloys and different crystals were used in cufflinks. With this; there are a couple of variations of cufflinks; the single faced and the double faced. The hottest cufflinks is the single faced.

Think of them as refined bumper stickers for your wrists. Cuff links can show people your hobbies, vocation, even drinking preferences and what not; it is like wearing your heart on your cuffs!                               

To Belt or Not to Belt?


OK, so you’ve got it all down: the perfect fitting clothes, the right colour combinations and a great pair of shoes. You’re going out and you want to look your best and something that you just cannot do without is a good belt. Even though belt is known to be an accessory in a man’s wardrobe but it is also a utility piece, a man’s belt can be equal parts afterthought and lynchpin of his entire wardrobe.

In fact, it is the belt’s often overlooked complexity that has so many men wearing them improperly. While there are several types of belt fabrics, I want to focus today on the highest quality one – leather. There are just two types of belts you must know: Casual and formal. And the best way to remember these two is to use a rule of thumb — literally.

If the belt is about as wide as your thumb, it’s a dress belt. Anything wider means it’s casual. Leather belts are versatile. They can be part of either casual or formal attire and, when in harmony with the rest of the outfit, they will accentuate the pants and shirt or t-shirt. They can be worn at any age and will go well with probably 95% of all the clothes you have in your closet right now (mixing and matching them is another story, though).

But you can’t wear leather belts in any way that you want. There are certain rules that you must follow to avoid making a style blunder. If you’re not quite sure, you should also know that formal belts usually sport a glossy, reflective finish, while casual belts are more often found in flat, muted shades and textures. To cover your fashion bases, try to own at least one of each.

Casual belts, on the other hand, can’t play in both teams. They’re bigger, have a more rugged aspect and a bigger, more colourful buckle.

So, how many you got in your wardrobe?

Stay Suited!!!

Can you picture James Bond in anything other than a well-tailored suit? The automatic answer would be a NO. This maybe so because suits are generally associated with power, stature, classiness and off course chic. A well-tailored suit enhances anybody’s look and brings forth gentlemanliness.

Wearing a suit commands and projects respect in a professional or personal situation. Arriving at an event or meeting in a suit, conveys a subtle message that you are competent and professional. The impact and effect of colour can be powerful. Colours have different psychological meanings and can create an impression. What does the colour of a suit signify:

Navy – Honesty and trust

Black – Authority, Sophistication, Assertiveness and Detachment

Tan – Elegant, Open and Approachable

Brown – Stability and Security

Charcoal Grey – Strength and Refinement

Burgundy – Classic and Formal

The suit you wear probably makes as much a statement these days as the car you drive. Whereas the colour and style of your suit is important, equally the suit fabrics have much to do with both feel and appearance. The fabric or what the suit is what the suit is made of is very important. There are many different types of fabrics a suit can be made of each one will feel different and will have its own purpose.

Suit designs come in all shapes, sizes, patterns, styles, colours, and even materials. Men have a huge selection to choose from when purchasing a new suit to wear. The types of suits are not all that complicated. The main thing you really need to know is that there are four main styles. All the others are just a mixed combination of the four. We have 2 Button Suits, 3 Button dress suits, Double Breasted Suits & the Mandarin Suit.

Which style you choose is really a matter of personal preference. We at P N Rao have a wide range of ready to wear suits. Our excellent team of tailors also make sure that every suit we make is perfect in its fit.                           

P N Rao – A Legacy in Elegance

The strive for perfection for P N Rao began in the year 1923, when it opened its doors to customers, comprising largely of the British who looked upon the Late Shri P N RAO to help create attires that matched their exact requirements.

With a steady clientele and a penchant to grow, the business expanded over the years and so did our commitment to the highly complex art of tailoring suits. Over years of dedication and expertise, we can say that we have mastered the art of exquisite perfection in suitings.

Today, P N RAO is a one-stop shop for all your suiting needs. We not only stock ‘ready-to-wear’ suits from the best brands of the world, all under one roof, but we also customise them to fit you to perfection. We continue to stock the best fabric brands and tailor make not just suits but masterpieces that fit the body contour with unmatched style and elegance.

Although the beacon has changed hands over the years, the vision for excellence remains steady as does our perseverance and our belief that we can do even better.