5 accessories that will add elegance to your sherwani

It is so true that Sherwani has been an integral part of traditional Indian attire for all kinds of celebrations we could ever think of. And especially the first and best pick for the big fast wedding, be it the groom or the guest. The word ‘Sherwani’ actually refers to the dress of the people of Shirvan in the Southern Caucasus region, the people from that region had a considerable impact on the arts and culture of the Mughal Empire and hence sherwani is all here with us. Undoubtedly, a sherwani adds elegance to your appearance, but wouldn’t it be great if you could more elegance to the sherwani itself. Well, the following accessories could help you on that and P N RAO can help on owning those accessories with style.

Tie the turbans

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Turban is something that will do the first part of the whole trick. If you’re in a sherwani and wearing a turban, one can bet for sure, they’ll notice your turban before they have a glance on your sherwani. Adding to these, turbans are an integral part of an Indian groom’s outfit. And, instead of settling for a simple turban, go for a bejewelled one. You could shop for graceful designer turbans at PNRAO in Bangalore; turbans which are studded with precious or semi-precious stones, coloured to match your sherwani and with stunning patterns are all awaiting you at PNRAO.

Kalgi, the turban’s delight:

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Turbans may catch the attention of the masses, but a kalgi pinned on to it will steal the show. Kalgi is a brooch for your turban. Establish a prominent look on your turbans with pinning a shinning kalgi to it. It’s real better to go for an ornamented kalgi that would match with the colours of your sherwani.

Go grand with the Pearl mala

These are nothing but the pearl garlands that a man could mount on while in a sherwani. Pearls are highly underrated by men, but men can pair to their sherwani them with utmost poise. The Pearl malas or garlands were traditionally worn by Maharajas on special occasions, not to mention that those were made of freshwater pearls.

Pin the brooches

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You can just simply pin brooches on your sherwani to liven it up. A brooch is a versatile accessory and it could be easily paired up with any kind of outfit, be it the traditional or the western. Go with gold brooches for your sherwani to embed the style direct into the sherwani.

Sport on a Jutti, the royal way

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After putting in this much attention to your whole attire, it would be unfair if you didn’t care about the footwear to match your sherwani. Just sport on a Jutti, as you’ll never be so wrong in life if you had thought people will never notice it. Especially if you are a groom in the big fat wedding, make sure you will never miss out the Jutti.

What To Look For In A Tie?

A neck tie is perhaps the most important piece of clothing accessory in a man’s wardrobe. Wondering why? Well there have been surveys which say that women first look at a tie to judge a man’s personality. Neckties speak a lot about a man’s personality providing just the perfect finishing touch to the whole look.

Hard as this may be to believe, tie-wearing is on the upswing, even among young men. They also make a popular choice for gifts. However, buying a tie can easily turn out into a failure, especially in a case you are unaware of some simple & basic rules that are a “must” when buying a new tie. To find a great tie at a value price, you have to pay attention to the details.

Here are some pointers that will help choosing the right tie:

Make sure the length of the tie is right for your height.
The entire length of the tie must be neither very long, nor too short. If you have a tall stature, you need to buy a long tie. The best measure of length, however, is how it falls on your own body. The tip of a properly-tied necktie should reach just past the trouser waist.

Make sure the tie is not too wide.
Knowing the right size of the tie will serve you well whether you’re buying handmade Italian imports or off-the-rack at supermarkets. Fashion has widened and narrowed ties back and forth over the years.  Don’t bother keeping track. A good necktie is right in the comfortable middle.  3 1/4″ is ideal for most men (the width is measured at the widest point, before the tapered tip if there is one).

Choose the right fabric or material to suit your needs.
Length and width are easy to judge with a ruler and a few minutes in a dressing room. The real difficulty between buying good ties and buying great ones at a value price lies in your ability to judge the fabric and construction. The highest quality made ties in the world are made from fine silk. Synthetic fabrics give a similar sheen but none of the rich texture and straight drape of silk.
Check to see if the silk has been cut “on the bias” — across the bolt of cloth — by draping the tie over your hand.  If it hangs straight it was cut properly.  If it curls and twists to one side or the other it was not cut on the bias, and is not going to hang as neatly.
The texture of the silk is also important.  Rough silk that catches on your skin as you slide a hand over it indicates a cheaper product.  The fibres are already stiff, and will break and lose their lustre quickly.  Look for smoothness and flexibility in the surface.

Be aware to the tie care/maintenance demands.
It is important to read the care labels on every tie so you could know what will need to be done in order to keep your tie looking clean and new, as some materials require spot cleaning, dry cleaning or even special laundering.

Get creative with the tie(s) you pick out.
Opting for solid colours gives you greater flexibility in pairing the tie with different shirts, and choosing a patterned or multiple coloured tie can give a plain suit a pop of colour and looks great against a solid white shirt for a hot of style.

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!

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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?