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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Types of relatives at an Indian Wedding

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Being Indian is incredible; what’s more incredible are the Great Indian Weddings. In India, a wedding is something more than two souls tying a knot. It’s the single most memorable event for the couple getting married, while it’s a fun filled family get-together for the rest of the family members. A wedding is more like a family festival celebrated with auspicious and amusing rituals aided by the participation of the entire family. These weddings are the places where your get to meet so many types of relatives from the classic vintage people to the modern yo yo dudes. Let’s look creep into the types of relatives that you may cross through in your weddings.

The Organizers

 These are the people who have gained lots of trust from your parents and other relatives, now they are in charge of your whole wedding plan. From the food menu to the music played in wedding they put in their well-experienced plan and try to make the celebration big. At times their decisions may not join in sync with your expectations, but trust them they are experts in the field they know what’s good.

The Gamers

They are the flock of elder people who are interested in games, especially cards. These people have their own fun and don’t really care about what’s happening around. They are always busy with their games.

The Advisory Council

This council consists of the people from the vintage era. As they are high in the family tree and are more respected that they take their advantage of imposing their ideologies onto the wedding arrangements. As they are elders, we have no other go; we will have to listen to them. And that doesn’t mean we follow that, just listen; they want to be heard.

The Criticism committee

 Ah, these are the most annoying people finding faults in every single thing they see on our wedding. Starting from the colour of the decoration papers to the food served their criticism is going to test our patience by all means. Just don’t get into a conversation with them, maintain distance to keep things cool.

The Distant Visitors

The people from far, far away and visited us long, long ago get a chance to visit the family after a long time. These are the people who embarrass you with releasing your childhood secrets into the crowd, as that’s the only thing they know about you. Usually they have this dialogue to say “You have grown up so fast”, as if they just saw us yesterday.

The Gossip Gang

If you are ever bored or tired just meet this gang highly populated by the ladies of your family. In a few minutes they will just remove your ignorance you had on your family, by discussing stories of almost all genres that ever happened in your family.

The Braggers

Now, here come the so called high class members of your family who keep on brag themselves. These people are slightly business minded and are a great show off; they keep on talk about the gift they are planning to give you, their son who has recently purchased a car at US, etc. Just maintain some distance unless you are going to have some fun in being sarcastic with them.

The Teenagers

They are your distant cousins who get to meet the family after a long time. These teenagers are fond of weddings as they might have imagined more on in it, due to the influence of cinema. They try to have fun playing, dancing, singing and more fun on playing pranks on the relatives present there. Your wedding will be never seem lively without these people.

The Kids section

The gang of your niece and nephews and every other small kid present at your wedding spread the happiness more into hearts by just watching them. The jumping, playing, dancing and all naughtiness they exhibit are going to be the memorable events of your whole wedding ceremony.

This is not all, a wedding has so many other hearts and souls meeting and greeting you for your well being in future. Experience the wedding with all fun you could, for it’s a once in life time opportunity.

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.

Things to avoid while buying your shaadi ki sherwani

On your wedding day everything becomes as important as the most important thing. However, there are priorities that can’t be altered. Among them the wedding dress surely falls among the top three. Your wedding wardrobe is surely going to be a permanent memory of your lifetime. Therefore, ensuring that the perfect combo has to be met is of ultimate importance. Considering that sherwanis have become the tidal trend for grooms, because of its regal classy look. However, you should ensure that you look nothing short of fabulous.

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Here are a few tips that you could keep in mind, when you are planning for that one great sherwai, on your one great day.

  • Fabric is the key

Only a sherwani with a great fabric will give you that commendable look that can cast a spell on your partner. Anything outrageous would surely put of all the people, on a day when you want all eyes to be on you. So get the most elegant fabric, it is not optional but a mandate for your look.

  • Contrasting Colors

You don’t want start your life in contrasting colors!  The responsibility of ensuring that you look a great pair falls greatly on your attire. Ensuring that both the bride and groom look coherent on this great day is very important, because your snaps are going to be a lifelong keepsake.

  • Fit is hit

On your wedding day you do not want to look like the dress belonged to someone else. Keep in mind that custom made design would suit better as compared to the available fits. Also ensure that when you are on your wedding shopping spree take clothes that fit your body type. If you are very skinny- padded shoulders could make you look a little better built. Comfort is another point you would not want to compromise on such a day.

  • Attractive Aura

On your wedding get the best looking sherwani and never settle for anything lesser. Look for ones with extensive embroidery with an opulent texture. Sophistication is a key element of the groom; he has to look the best in the hall.

So make your wedding count! Get the best and look the best in for that one great day that has the value of a lifetime.

The Modern Age Karva Chauth Vrat

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Karva Chauth is a festival celebrated by Hindu women in the northern parts of India. During the festival, women fast from sunrise to moonrise for safety and longevity of their husbands. It is a festival associated with faith and trust and is considered as one of the most important fasts observed by the married Hindu women. In the evening the ladies listen to the Karwa Chauth Katha (the legend) and after the moonrise the fast will be over. But now the changing times has changed the nature of traditions and festivals. Now Karva Chauth is performed in the sense of creativity, performance and modernity.

There was a tradition of decorating hands with beautiful hena on this occasion. It usually took a lot of time and effort to get this done.  But due to the lack of time or busy office schedule, married girls miss this custom. In the modern age, where everyone is busy, girls chose to decorate their hands easily with mehendi wale found in malls and shops. To make it even more easier girls could also opt for beautiful tattoos available in the market.

In the modern age the advance booking of beauty parlor by the married women to look different and lovely on this fest, has increased largely. Not only salaried married girls are following this tradition due to busy office schedule, but also housewives are taking the advantage of it for looking different. So, now the bookings are made before several days of new age Karva Chauth in the beauty parlors for jewelry and dresses along with makeup and facial.

There is a trend of giving gifts between husband and wife on the carnival of Karva Chauth. The gift is connected to emotions. Nowadays, there are some new methods connected to it. Earlier husband and wife use to gift each other jewelry, clothes or accessories but now it has changed to huge properties, fixed deposits, tour packages, gift vouchers etc.

Nowadays, husbands have started to express their feelings of love on the day of Karva Chauth. There was a time when only 1-2 percent of husbands took the fast along with their wives but now, the percentage has increased significantly. Now, a husband understands that his wife stays starving though out the day for his wellness. So, husbands often arrange their food from outside. In addition to this, they help their wife in completing the household tasks and emotionally express their gratitude as well.