Dress up for your best friends wedding!

The best part of everyone’s life is the time spent with a friend. Literally the ultimate moments of happiness were the time with a friend who has always been at your side during all aspects of life. Now, when it comes to his/ her wedding, the specialness of the moment doesn’t limit within their lives, but extends to yours too. It’s seemingly important in what’s your choice of dress to your friend’s wedding. Let’s see about the various choices that you could make based on the wedding situations.

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Daytime wedding
In recent times, suits have been an increasingly popular choice when it comes to a wedding. We at P N RAO have seen the difficulty that rises among people with what type of suit to wear to the wedding. And is not just an ordinary wedding, it’s your friend’s wedding where you get a chance to showcase your style with your all other fellow friends. In a daytime wedding on summertime, it’s always advised to be in a light-coloured suit, especially linen or seersucker. While for the weddings on winter, it’s time for warmer clothing like wool suits and a navy blazer. Navy blazer with charcoal pant makes an awesome fashion team, at the same time depending on the temperature mount on a sweater underneath the blazer. You could also dress up with decent dress shirt, tie and dress pants, but dress it up with a blazer to add up elegance to the whole attire. And remember, daytime wedding are no place for tuxedoes

Evening Occasion
It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter when it comes the colour of suit at evening occasions of the wedding. For any evening occasion of the wedding, a dark suit is always appropriate. Just stay casual; you can wear a blazer and clacks with a nice tie. It’s vital to make sure that if you have a tuxedo, or you just like wearing one, by all means do it. A tuxedo is an evening thing; it adds up grace to your appearance throughout the occasion. Remember James bond in his tuxedo and a bow-tie, how sartorial he looked on it. That’s the right way to feature yourself in the evening occasion of your friend’s wedding. When you suit up in a tuxedo, you can choose between a black shirt and a collarless white shirt to blend in style with the ensemble.

Desi weddings

You could be the best friend to him/her who has always spent your free time at his/her home. This means you’re part of the family and you have very good relationship with the friend’s family. This is the time when you turn to wear something that will be in match with the whole family’s fashion plan for the big day. Wear a suit if the family is taking the western road, but if it’s going to be the Indian way, you know what you’ll have to wear. It’s most probably the sherwani, India’s favourite wedding outfit. Get your sherwani to be bright and with a festive outlook to get in sync with the wedding celebration. Well, now you the appropriate attire to dress up for your friend’s wedding.

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Dress up on HOLI

Being Indians, we have always loved to dress up grand of any occasion we go, but when it’s comes to dressing up for holi, a whole new approach is the need of the hour. With just one more day to go it’s high time to get enlightened on what to wear on this festival of colours. The foremost thing to consider is where you are going on this holi, is it to the full-time fun filled holi celebration with colours or to the evening parties or the houses of the relatives. Here let’s see about the most awaited celebration of colour powders and waters.

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The colourful adventure

To start with the fundamentals apply olive, mustard or coconut oil on your skin and hair, and make sure that this doesn’t mean get soaked with oil. This will prevent colour from seeping through and make it a lot easier to get rid of it later as well. Now pick up a light coloured dress, preferably white and make sure is a perfect fit shirt or t-shirt and not so tight or not so loose. If you don’t have a white one, you can choose wear light shades of green, yellow, blue and pink. You should choose for light colours as the celebration is about colours and they should be visible, in dark coloured outfits colours are not visible enough to prove your celebration.

Be under-cover

It’s always better to wear a full-sleeve t-shirt or shirt so have your skin safe from the chemicals in the colour powders that could affect it. The selection of dress can be old, but not worn out, since a worn out dress can put you in awkward situations when you are having fun running, playing and splashing colours. If you feel your hair is too sensitive of the colours that will be splashed at you please remember to wear a cap or cover your hair with a light coloured scarf. Wearing a scarf can make you look trendy and at the same time have your hair in safe zone. For the selection of pants an old fitting jean will do good.It’s always better to go with cotton outfits rather than clothes made of other fabrics.

Accessories for holi

Make sure you keep your expensive watches, branded sunglasses and designer accessories like handbags, belts and shoes at home. Since you aren't going to manage to keep them safe or dry, please avoid carrying phones and other gadgets and gizmos. The same will go for expensive jewellery. The only accessory that’s advisable to wear is a normal chappal, have in mind to wear normal rubber chappals or the Hawaii or your flip-flops, these will help you enjoy the whole celebration aiding you move free. Strictly say no to leather slippers. That’s it folks, you are all ready for the exuberant celebration of a lifetime. Spread the colours of life into every heart in this holi festival.

Dress right this Valentine’s

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, a lot of guys would have already planned for the big day. From proposing to your love till going on a dinner, your plans may vary in accordance with the chapter of your love story. Certainly your plans for the Valentine with your love are going to be great, but what about your outfit plan? Did you even put an eye to that thought? Not all men are lucky in wearing the outfits gifted by their love, because you know the reason.  So, you will have to suit up yourself.

Style your hair

First and foremost thing to look into before your get dressed is to style up your hair. Groom your hair and facial hair in a pleasant way. Have a hair style that will fit you; pre-plan this part and get your hair cuts at least two days before the big day.

Sport a watch

Sport a watch to your wrist. You may not need that to check the time as you will definitely have a hold to your mobile. But, a wrist watch just shows you more elegant. They are of great use when your loved one is going to come late and you will have to pretend to the world that you are not waiting by being busy looking into the watch. Remember, no fancy watches with vibrant colours; have a classy watch with a metallic finish.

Suit up with a class

Now comes the main picture, look for a dark jean or any other dark coloured trouser, it’s cool if those are of dark blue or black. Now if you’re going for a t-shirt, do it with white Tees; if you are going for a shirt, do it with a dark coloured one. Researchers say that women get wilder when they see men with darker or fiercer shade shirts; just exploit the fact by wearing one. Try choosing new colours in which your love has never seen you. Most importantly no fluorescent colour shirt or trousers. Make you sure the outfit is going to make a perfect fit to you and not body hugging. Even if you’re muscular you don’t need to flaunt your muscles to your love, especially on Valentine’s Day, unless that’s what she loves the most in you.

Get a tie

If you’re planning to exhibit your class, then you surely should wear a tie. The best present comes with a bow-it’s the finishing touch. Show your love that you took time and effort to pay attention to details when you dressed up for her. Pick a slim, textured tie to fit your shirt.

Tighten your lace

Shoes, the final part of your dressing needs some extra attention. Please do not wear worn out shoes. Just select light weight shoes that are the best fit to your dress. Get a classic belt that will go in hand with your shoe colour. A cooler is just optional in your dressing up part.

That’s all folks. Get dressed up and spend your Valentine making the best ever memories of your love life.

Smart tricks to impress her parents

When we, Indians, decide to celebrate our love and finally get ready for the bond of marriage, we do it with so much pomp and show that no wonder it is called “The Big Fat Indian Wedding”. The toughest part of the Big Fat Indian is the road to the hearts of the bride’s parents. You, absolutely, must wow her parents to get that stamp of approval from them. No matter how well you get along with your bride-to-be, convincing her parents is, of course, going to be one Herculean task that you just can’t afford to mess up.

You might know your girlfriend as a complete drama queen (in an adorably cute way, of course!) but she’ll always be an innocent little girl for her parents. And they will put you in the hot-seat under their watchful eyes to scrutinize every little thing you say or do. As much as it might scare you, you must put up your best foot forward to ensure that they see the best of you.  With the right steps, you will become that knight-in-shining- armour to whom they shall delightfully entrust the hands of their darling daughter.

P N RAO has always been on your side when it comes to weddings. So, how could you not help you with this big step? We bring the best of our tried and tested pointers to help you wow her parents.

1. The Smart Dressing Rule:

She might like you to flaunt your spiky hair-do and your snazzy leather jackets with ripped jeans on any other day. However, that’s really not something that you should wear for that crucial first meeting with her parents. You must come across as a perfect gentleman so that they can trust you with their daughter.

Shave and dress appropriately. Pair up a formal or semi-formal shirt with a simple chino for a last impression. Ensure that the fitting is just right for you. After all, you don’t want to look like a nerd in loose clothes! Accessorize with a smart watch that compliments your look.

2. Know your basics:

To increase your chances of bonding well with her family, make sure you recall all the important information that she has shared about her family.  These petty little things do make a difference!
For eg: You wouldn’t want to get Chicken nuggets for her strictly vegetarian mother.

If you are planning to get gifts for them, choosing gifts becomes simpler with that information. You can pick just the perfect thing for them. Besides, knowing something about them beforehand gives you something easy to talk about. You can then lure them into a charming conversation and stay clear of any trouble.

3. Engage them in a conversation:

Before they shoot you down with their qualms about your relationship, get a grip on the situation. Be the smooth talker and lure them into a conversation that keeps them hooked.

Don’t shy away from getting the ball rolling, if that’s what it takes. Talk politely and respectfully. Compliment them for their upbringing and all things. Answer their questions with humility. Besides, it would be just the perfect way for them to get to know you better in a short span of time.

4. Bond well with her Dad:

Let’s be honest here. Mothers will always be easy to impress: Compliment them on their appearance, dressing, cooking and housekeeping and half your job is done there. After all, mothers are usually the more compassionate ones who can easily spot the gentleman in you.

Convincing her Dad usually is more of a trouble because they tend to be stricter, especially with the suitors for his daughter. Learn about his interests and engage him a conversation. Make sure you show him the best side of you. Once he gets to know the perfect gentleman in you, he wouldn’t have any reasons to hold back any more.

5. Be honest:

They are about to trust you with their daughter for a lifetime of togetherness. This is not a place for you to hide stuff from them. Be honest about yourself.

Make sure you don’t hide anything from them, especially about your family and career. You do not have to act as a different person. Be who are and make them believe in you. They just need to know that their daughter will be happy with you forever and you shall do all it takes to make sure of that.

6. No PDA:

Yes we know that there is nothing wrong in holding hands or a gentle peck on the cheek but that’s really not something you should risk doing in front of her parents. No matter how hard is the temptation, never try to get cosy with your sweetheart when her parents are around.

Take a cue from all the heroes in the romantic Bollywood blockbusters where the hero tries PDA in front of the girl’s parents. The results were never good!

Yes, we agree it is a huge deal but be confident of yourself.  Be yourself and don’t panic.
Just show them that you truly intend to promise a lifetime of happiness to their daughter and rest everything will fall into place.

P.N. Rao wishes you all the very best.

Styles to look forward to in 2015

The days when fashion meant something to do with women alone are gone. Today it is equally important for men to look as trendy as their counter parts. Men always look for safer option and go for safe shirt and predictable trousers. Younger men are looking forward to the hip hop and rock culture, while the older men are looking forward to tailoring and body fit.

Given below is an image which gives us an idea regarding the components that go into men’s style. Clearly, certain elements are specific to individuals. These components are surely going to play a great part in the styles that are going to rock 2015.

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Black and White is a sure go to any day, any season. The classic look is undeniable to continue its magic through this year too. Urban fashion has surely rocked the last few seasons; trends are surely going to be in that direction. Bermuda and shorts are back in place this will look classy especially with a sweater. Blazer is another inevitable fashion statement that has surely the likes of continuing to look good on appropriate occasions.

It is also likely that sportswear-formal is surely an add-on if you are looking at a macho look.  The shift towards a more casual wardrobe will gather pace.

Color combinations are also going to play an important role in this year’s fashion. “In a world that has become increasingly chaotic, the nostalgic blues enables us to retreat into a safe place of quiet calm while harmonious greens from nature offer a reassuring presence”, says Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute.

Jawaharlal Nehru and his Bandhgala jacket

The first thought of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is a man of extreme simplicity and innate style. With his eloquent speech and sartorial elegance he was indeed a shining star in his era. Today is a day to remember him for his great works and also for his stylish outlook too.  Well renowned for his Bandhgala jacket and the Nehru topi, he did have a modish aura around him.

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However, the strangest part of the story is that Pandit Nehru himself did not wear this jacket named after him. The jacket was designed after the South Asian achkan or sherwani, worn by the first Prime Minister of Independent India.

The Nehru jacket is a hip length coat with a mandarin collar. This varies from the one wore by Panditji in its design – his jacket reached was a knee length one, while the Nehru jacket reaches up to the hips.

The Nehru Jacket – Bandh Gale ka coat (Hindi for close necked jacket), is believed to have been designed in the 1940s and has become a part of the formal wear in the subcontinent. The jacket attained its popularity when classic bands such as the Beatles and Monkees wore these. This jacket also started featuring in various James Bond movies, as the villan’s attire.

However, we like to remember him not only as a senior member in our freedom struggle and post independent development, but as a star who carried the classiness of new culture. From then to now, the Nehru jacket has come a long way. Today we see a lot of movie stars sporting the Nehru jacket. Stars like Saif Ali Khan, Fawad Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Ayushman Khurana are a few among the many who have taken the style to a whole new level.

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We would like to end with one of his statement from his famous “Tryst with Destiny” – “It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.”

The science of tying a tie bar

  A tie bar is used to fasten the tie to your shirt so that it stays in place but a tie bar is also a small detail that can have a big impact on a look. Tie bars come in two styles: pinch clasp and slide clasp. If you wear a thin tie then slide clasp would be more appropriate. A tie bar can have positive impact on your looks and at the same time can also have a negative impact. So it is necessary to wear a tie bar correctly and here are some tips to help you with this.

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P N RAO Suits – Tying a Tie Bar

       Position: The ideal spot for the tie bat is in between the 3rd and 4th button.

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P N RAO Suits – Tie Bar

     Size: A tie bar should never be wider than your tie. 3/4 the width of the tie is just about perfect.

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P N RAO Suits – Tie Bar

Attachment: The tie bar should be pinned to the shirt to keep the tie in place at all times.

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P N RAO Suits – Tie Bar

Colour: Gold or silver colour tie bars are perfect. Its classic and looks great on everyone. However, it’s great to go funky at times for a completely different look.

Fusion Magic

Trend has changed and the practice of wearing complete formals is rarely seen nowadays. Recently a new trend called “Fusion wear” has gained the attention of Indian fashion industry and now it is trending among men these days.

No one prefers to wear complete formals now as the Fusion style of wearing Shirt and jeans, which is one of the fusion styles, has been accepted as formals. It is trendy, gives you a stylish look and also found to be more comfortable. That’s why many of them have chosen Fusion wear than complete formals.

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As more and more professionals switched to Fusion wear, many companies also accepted it as an appropriate formal wear. And it’s not only something you could wear to your office but also for other occasions such as parties, wedding ceremonies etc.

It comes with many other trendy wears and has caught the attention of men. The western styled formals has been altered and re-designed to make it look more Indian. And thus it becomes a mix of Indian and western styles. It has got a taste of Indian culture, which anyone could understand from the designs and it has been greatly accepted in the market. The Fusion wear magically makes you look classy and some of the fusion wears make you look young. Fusion wear has also become a symbol of standard and it is one of the major reasons for its acceptance over the complete formal wear.

5 mistakes that men make with their suits!

“Clothes and manners do not make the man, but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance”
–  Arthur Ashe

Looking smart and sharp formally is easy when men have their suits on. Being in the business for about some time now, we at P N RAO, have witnessed the evolution of ‘suitings and shirtings’ style over the years in our country. Suits are the most dependable option while choosing a formal attire. It is needless to state here that suits help men (and women alike) make an impression on formal occasions. On the other hand, the same suit can go all wrong if it is worn inappropriately – without a perfect fit.

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Find below 5 unfathomable mistakes that men tend to make with their suits:

1. A peeping undershirt – Though unintentional, a poking undershirt may undermine the entire look of the suit. Avoid wearing an undershirt which peeps from inside the shirt that you wear with your suit. However, if you have the habit of wearing an undershirt, you may get a’ v-neck’ that won’t creep up from under your shirt.

2. Wearing long blazers – Suits which are longer than the necessary length for a person, make the wearer look sloppy. When unsure of the ideal length of  your suit, follow our technique of getting the correct length – have the hem of the suit fall till your fingertips end naturally.

3. The labels – Bespoke or not, never forget to remove the labels of the suit before wearing the suit. Many men with the intention of removing the labels later, forget to remove them. It could turn out to be an embarrassing situation, so be cautious!

4. Long trousers – You definitely would not like to call for a disheveled look. Therefore, ensure that you have your trouser just rest on your shoes. It should not embarrass as a horizontal crease that shows up with a long trouser. Also, avoid wearing pleated pants. These make one look heavier than one actually is. Opt for flat fronts while getting a trouser stitched.

5. Flashy accessories – Focusing on flashy accessories like tie-clips, pocket squares, French cuffs and so on will take the focus from your suit.  Stick to simple and classic accessories only.

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At P N RAO, have your suit tailor-made with superior fabrics and impeccable craftsmanship. Each suit is custom-fit for you and personalized with your choice of trims and expertise.

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.