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.

Honeymoon on a budget

Getting married is so exciting and wonderful … and stressful … and expensive. After all, saying “I do” to your significant other also means saying yes to a reception hall, a caterer, and half-a-trillion other intricate details such as flowers, place settings, and the list goes on and on. While the wedding will certainly be one of the happiest moments of your life, you also deserve an epic honeymoon that will kick off your marriage bliss — and won’t run straight through your savings.

Given below are a few  renowned destinations abroad that could enable you to choose from the wide variety of choices in your budget. We hope that the below list could surely be of use when you are looking to choose some destinations for Honeymoon.

Bali, Indonesia

This is indeed the Indonesia’s most touristed island in a most sought after destination for honeymoon. The breathtaking volcanoes and private beaches surely make it greatly desirable. The green scenery gives you the tranquility and serenity that’s ideal for a romantic setup.

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Luang Prabang, Laos

A couple in love with architecture, would surely find it an exciting destination. The elegance of French architecture, golden temples, eye catching waterfalls, cave temples and laid back riverside ambience gives you the extra thrust for those fun filled moments in life.

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Borneo, Malaysia

Bornea is the Nature’s way of bringing you close to beauty; this is the lovers’ paradise. Nothing beats the scenic beauty and green laurels of trees that fill the place. You can enjoy wildlife on rainforest treks, exploring waterfalls in national parks.

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Switzerland

The land of the Alps is but a blissful imagery that can get anyone spell bound. The colorful and neat country gives you those solemn moments that are work preserving as a memory of a lifetime. The Alpine mountain ranges are the real highlight of the land.

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Thailand

Be it the white sandy beaches and the crystal blue waters of Pattaya or the exotic spiritual exuberance of the land, they have marked their name among the most desired places in the world. Their tourism tagline truly holds true; TIME magazine has reported it as the most visited city in the world in 2013.

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We are hoping that this information was helpful and informative. We also wish you an amazing time with the love of your life.

has reported it as the most visited city in the world in 2013.

We are hoping that this information was helpful and informative. We also wish you an amazing time with the love of your life.

A bow tie says a man has a sense of humour!!

After years under the chins of the pocket-protector crowd, the bow tie is cool. It now appears on “Gossip Girl” characters, fashion runways and sports stars – as well as young urban metro sexual men. Forgotten by fashion for years, a bow tie today is both nostalgic and new.

Bow ties have remained one of the most classic and elegant piece of clothing since a long time. Like bitters in cocktails, bow ties are a particular taste that ebbs and flows, Bow ties are believed to have predated long ties. The real origin of the bow ties and wearing them with the formal suit dates back to 1700 era. It is perhaps the simplicity and elegance of bow ties that has made it so well renowned on all sorts of formal functions and parties.

Traditionally the bow tie is self tied, although many men nowadays prefer pre-tied bow ties. The classic bow tie is black in colour and is worn with a tuxedo jacket, and pleated tuxedo dress shirt. Not formal enough? Then the white bow tie will be your choice. White bow ties are rarely worn and usually reserved for so called “White Tie Affair”. The white bow tie is then matched with a tailcoat jacket, wing tip collar dress shirt, and a white vest instead of a cummerbund. White tie attire is usually associated with height political functions that most men will never get invited to.

Bow ties are not always for black tie events. In fact many professions are associated with wearing bow ties. The most common professions people think of are Professors, Architects and Designers. These bow ties are usually much more playful in colour and pattern. Stripes, checks and polka dots are quite common. Winston Churchill for example was known for wearing a polka dot bow tie. In Recent times David Beckham has been snapped in a bow tie with a vest but no jacket – formally informal. Increasingly, teens love them, too. Kevin Jonas, the eldest of the Jonas Brothers pop trio, wears bow ties with the top button of his casual shirt unbuttoned.

Most of all, wearing neck ties has become the most important style statement and fashion sense for men. Today, you will find men accessorizing their neck and adding this extra special piece of apparel to their dress for the royal look.

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A Kurta for Every Day

Almost every Indian wears and owns a variety of Kurtas. They are one piece of clothing that has continued to remain strong even amidst the onslaught of western attires.

Kurtas refer to a long loose shirt with its length just above or below the knees of the user. During earlier times, it was considered as a men’s dress but in modern era, it is used by both male and females. A kurta is traditionally accompanied by a pajama but the new generation has added a twist to it. These days, you can find youngsters teaming kurtas with a churidar and or denim jeans as well.

Kurta is a Persian/Urdu word. It means a collarless shirt. It is a traditional type of dress worn generally by the people of the Indian sub-continent. Kurta used to be one of the primary attires for the natives of Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. People used to wear it on different occasions like festivals, fairs or at family functions.

The kurta usually opens in the front; some styles, however, button at the shoulder seam. The front opening is often a hemmed slit in the fabric, tied or buttoned at the top; some kurtas, however, have plaquettes rather than slits. The opening may be centered on the chest, or positioned off centre. A traditional kurta does not have a collar. Modern variants may feature stand-up collars of the type known to tailors and seamstresses as “mandarin” collars. The most common decoration is embroidery, typically executed on light, semi-transparent fabric in a matching thread. The upper front portion can be embroidered with threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather or paper.

The most fascinating aspect of kurta is its compatibility with both formal as well as informal occasions. One can even wear it at work. Men love to wear kurta pajama in the comfort of their homes or simply to laze around the house with friends. It is very comfortable; nothing can be more comforting on a sweltering summer evening than a loose fitted cotton kurta. One can see men wearing silk kurta pajama at social events. If you prefer to wear it at home, then cotton will be the best choice. Youngsters also like to wear it because it acts as a style statement and makes them look different from the crowd.

If you are looking for designs and colours in kurta then you are all set for a vibrant surprise. There are plenty of designs available in trendy colours making up for a fascinating range on offer. It summer time, so our recommendation would be to go for cotton and light silk kurtas. People normally prefer to opt for heavy fabrics and embroidery in winter or for weddings. Fabrics like khadi silk, wool or hand spun kurtas are also very popular during the winter months.

A Button Story….

   

I had an unusual hobby when I was a kid- I used to collect buttons, different kinds of button; I had an entire box full of them in varied designs and colours. I treasured them. There are many people around the world from whom buttons are the most fascinating object and they collect buttons and for good reason. What many of us don’t realize is that as buttons have played a very important role in human civilization as the history of buttons holds many secrets about the past and the civilizations that used them.

Early discoveries of button were traced in India. Yes, I am talking about Mohenjo-Daro of the Indus Valley civilization. Button-like objects have been found in the Indus Valley of ancient India and date back to around 2000 B.C.E. These were not used for fasteners, but for ornaments. Before they were used for fastening, pins, leather lacing and belts were used to secure clothing.

Buttons were originally made of bronze or bone; they were later made of other natural materials such as antler, porcelain, paste, wood, ivory, shell, nuts, horn, pearl, glass, and eventually synthetics such as celluloid, glass, metal, and plastic. Buttons have been made of leather, china, pottery, gems, paper, metal, and many other materials.

Button and button holes were discovered in Germany in 13th Century and it soon spread like wild fire to England and other neighbouring countries. As with almost anything that is new, they became a fad. Buttons and button holes covered the clothing of the well-to-dos. The number of them and what they were made out of became a status symbol. Buttons increased in size and opulence by 17th and 18th Century.  France and England were the centres of industry. American manufacturers had also begun making fine buttons; however, most were being imported from England.

For the most part, buttons were mainly made for men’s clothing. Waistcoats, shirts and outer coats were covered with beautiful buttons, as many as 24 in a set. In addition to clothing, buttons were also used to fasten shoes and gloves. However some buttons are miniature works of art, crafted by silversmiths and potters, or hand-painted with floral designs, portraits or familiar scenes from well-known fables.

Buttons have definitely come a long way and it sure has its own share of surprising stories, I have come across some so let’s take a look at them:

  • It has been rumoured that King Louis XIV of France spent over $5 million on them in his lifetime.
  • Ever wonder why men’s suit coats have non-functioning buttons sewn on the sleeves? Some say they are just for decoration, but there is also the story that King Frederick The Great of Prussia started the practice in the 18th century. The rumour goes that after an inspection of his troops, he ordered that buttons be sewn on the sleeves of their coats to discourage them from wiping their noses on them!
  • The Scovill Manufacturing Company in America made a set of gold buttons with the profile of George Washington on them that were presented to Marquis de Lafayette during his U.S. visit in 1824.
  • The first buttons made from celluloid, one of the first types of plastics, were made in the 1860’s.
  • 9th century, well-heeled Victorian women generally didn’t dress themselves, so their buttons were designed to be handled by right-handed servants. Although wealthy men may have had servants to lay out their clothes, they generally dressed themselves, and so the buttons on the right side of men’s garments made more sense.
  • Some Museum and art galleries hold culturally, historically, politically, and/or artistically significant buttons in their collections. The Victoria and Albert Museum has many buttons, particularly in its jewellery collection, as does the Smithsonian Institution.
  • For a time, buttons became larger than could possibly be functional. In fact, men’s clothing at one point sported buttons the size of small dinner plates!
  • Buttons has also been used as containers for drug peddlers to store and transport illegal substances! At least one modern smuggler has tried to use this method.

Fasteners are used to create permanent and semi-permanent bonds between materials, as well as joints that can be opened and closed, and purely decorative additions. Buttons are one of the oldest and most widely used types of fastener. Nowadays, hard plastic, seashell and wood are the most common materials used in button-making; however buttons are not left behind when it comes for designer button. Keeping up with the latest trends one can shop online for buttons too.

Buttons divide into two basic types, depending on how they are attached to a piece of material. Sew-through buttons have holes in them, often two or four, and thread is passed through the holes and the material to bind the button in place, either using a sewing machine with a special button foot or by hand. Shaft buttons have a connector on the back that is attached to the material with thread.

  • Shank buttons have a hollow protrusion on the back through which thread is sewn to attach the button. shanks may be made from a separate piece of the same or a different substance as the button itself, and added to the back of the button, or be carved or moulded directly onto the back of the button, in which latter case the button is referred to by collectors as having a ‘self-shank’.
  • Flat or sew-through buttons have holes through which thread is sewn to attach the button. Flat buttons may be attached by sewing machine rather than by hand, and may be used with heavy fabrics by working a thread shank to extend the height of the button above the fabric.

Stud buttons (also pressure buttons, press stud buttons or snaps fastener) are metal (usually brass) round discs pinched through the fabric. They are often found on clothing, in particular on denim pieces such as pants and jackets. They are more securely fastened to the material. As they rely on a metal rivet attached securely to the fabric, stud buttons are difficult to remove without compromising the fabric’s integrity. They are made of two couple: the male stud couple and the female stud couple. Each couple has one front (or top) and rear (or bottom) side (the fabric goes in the middle).

  • Covered buttons are fabric-covered forms with a separate back piece that secures the fabric over the knob.
  • Mandarin buttons or Frogs are knobs made of intricately knotted strings. Mandarin buttons are a key element in mandarin dress here they are closed with loops. Pairs of mandarin buttons worn as cuff links are called silk knots.
  • Worked or cloth buttons are created by embroidering tight stitches over a knob or ring called a form.

Both button loops and buttonholes may be found singly and in sets. Loops extend beyond the edge of the fabric, while buttonholes are cut in the fabric itself. There are three standard buttonhole shapes: rectangular, oval, and keyhole; and buttonholes may be bound or overcast. Bound buttonholes are created by adding extra fabric to the area and are often found in tailored garments. Overcast buttonholes, made by machine or by hand, use stitching to keep the cut edge of fabric around the buttons from unravelling. Usually, there is an exact match of the number of buttonholes and the number of buttons, but shirt cuffs often feature several buttonholes so the wearer can choose the one that gives the best fit.

The dimension given for a button’s size is diameter. In general, sewing instructions, on store-bought sewing patterns for example, the number and size of any buttons needed is specified by inches in the notions section.

The fashion world today is filled with buttons of varied shapes and sizes which are not just functional but also more about adding character to the outfits.

At P N RAO, we make sure to use the best set of buttons for every suit or sherwani we stitch.

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