Introduction

This is our way of saying thank you to the most important men in our lives, who have always believed in us and have stood by our decisions in choosing our profession. This is to all our Dad’s, Husbands, Father-In-laws, Brothers & Uncles who have once again today, supported us in achieving & living our dream of becoming Image Consultants & Soft Skills trainers.

Presenting a brief guide on men’s accessories, collated by the Pune chapter members after researching about their history, importance as per the occasion, roles and goals, their varieties & various uses of them, which will definitely be useful and a handy reference to all the men.

Along with it is a small testimony of a dad who is either a father, husband or brother to our respective members, sharing their experience on how these accessories as well as image management tips have been important in building and managing their image in their personal as well as professional lives.

Tie

– by Nikita Sankeshwar Gorde

The history of necktie goes back to the 17th century when it was originated during the 30 year war in France. King Louis XIII hired Croatian mercenaries who wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform. He liked it so much that he made these ties a mandatory accessory for Royal gatherings, and – to honour the Croatian soldiers – he gave this clothing piece the name “La Cravate” – the name for necktie in French to this day.

Today, ties are available in many widths, cuts, fabrics, and patterns. It is all about choice and allowing the modern man to express his own personal style. The standard width for ties is still in the 3.25-3.5 inch range, but to fill the gap to the skinny tie (1.5-2.5″), many designers now offer narrow ties that are about 2.75-3 inches wide.

Often a man needs to learn how to tie a tie is because he has to show up for a job interview in the near future. At a formal job interview, one of the things a man wants to project is his confidence. This is best accomplished when he uses a thick, wide and triangular Windsor Knot tie.

However, while the tie knot is a very important aspect of your attire, your overall appearance counts as well. Hence, it is important to understand what makes up your entire attire standard & appropriate to most occasions and at the same time which makes you look smart and confident.

To help you choose the best suitable tie, for a specific occasion, based on your roles and goals at a given point of time in your life, here are a few types of ties which will give you the best available options.

Types of Tie

Four in Hand Necktie: This is the tie most of us are familiar with. It’s a staple in most offices and is certainly appropriate for most formal occasions. It comes in a variety of widths, colors, patterns, and material, so the options are endless. Knots are another way to add some spice to this classic.

The Seven Fold Tie: A close cousin to the four-in- hand tie, this style is made from a square yard of silk that is folded seven times. This type of tie is again great for the office or a formal event. Due to the material, these ties can be a bit pricey, so it may be one you pull out only for special occasions.

Skinny Necktie: Another variation of the four-in-hand tie, skinny ties became popular in the 50’s and 60’s with bands like the Beatles wearing them onstage. These ties are still popular today and are great for the office, but still looks sharp for a night on the town. Skinny ties are great to wear with jeans for a stylish, but edgy look.

Bowtie: The bowtie can be a fun alternative to the everyday tie and is a must have for truly formal events. They are perfect to pair with a seersucker suit. This type of tie can be used in a variety of settings from Balls to cocktail parties to everyday wear.

Western Bowtie/String Tie: This is a variation of the classic bowtie. Most people might think of Colonel Sanders when they see this style of tie. While it is still popular in some parts of the world as formal wear, it comes off as a bit too casual for other regions.

Bolo/Bola Tie: Bolo ties became quite popular in the 70’s and have been worn ever since then by baby boomers who like activities like gold panning and making dream catchers. This groovy piece of man jewellery has made a small comeback in recent years. It gives more of a casual look and it may not be work appropriate.

Cravat: A dressier variation of the cravat, the ascot is typically pinned rather than knotted. It is used for formal occasions, though some military uniforms use an ascot as opposed to a standard tie.

Neckerchief: Possibly one of the most overlooked options in neckwear, it’s common to see boy scouts wear these as part of their uniform. This type of tie is not formal, unless required with a uniform, so therefore isn’t appropriate for most work or formal occasions. It is, however, a great and unique way to dress up your everyday way.

“The Necktie symbolizes dignity, poise and confidence. It helped me move around with my superiors, colleagues and peers with ease during my hey days. It also brought a lot of discipline into my day to day work life.”

– Mr. Vilas Sankeshwar

(Nikita Sankeshwar Gorde’s Father)

Tie Pin

– by Richa Vaidya

Why would you want to wear a tie pin or clip? Well it’s a decorative accessory and just like cufflinks, signet rings or collar bar, it is just a little way to make your outfit unique and make you stand out from the crowd. The second reason you might want to have tie pin is that it keeps your tie in place and it guarantees a clean look, for e.g. when you eat and lean over to reach something, your tie doesn’t end up on something that stains. You will find tie pins in different kinds and types, few are:

Tie Pin/ Clip: It’s a called a clip because the way to wear it is to first is to clip it on to your tie and then you clip it into your shirt, that way the tie is attached to your shirt and it won’t move.

Tie Bar: Another thing is very similar to a tie clip is called tie bar. It doesn’t have a clip mechanism but it’s just made in a way so there is some resistance and you can slide your tie in there.

Tie Tack: This is the original tie clip. It can be found in many shapes, metals and even with diamonds, rubies affixed to it. It usually has a little chain with a T- bar attached to it, which is put through a shirt buttonhole to keep the tie and shirt in place.

Placement: Now in terms of positioning ideally tie pin or tie bar should be placed between the third and the fourth button of the shirt and depends on your jacket stance where you want to have it, but ideally in the middle and not too far up and too far down. Make sure the tie pin or bar should only cover 75% – 80% of the tie.

“It’s been a wonderful experience since the time Richa joined the Image Management course with ICBI. I never would have considered any of those accessories, colors or even styles if I had to choose it by myself.

Everything is so nicely organized and up to the mark in my wardrobe as per my routine. Having my very own Image Consultant – I am loving it”

– Mr. Dig Vijay, Father of Aaryaman.

(Richa Vaidya’s Husband)

Cufflinks

– by Preeti Rawat

Cufflinks are accessories that are used to button the cuffs of a shirt. While a button does a perfectly fine job of fastening a shirt cuff, cufflinks communicate a little more luxury and style. Appropriate cufflinks can help round off a polished look with attention to detail.

When to wear cufflinks?

Due to the range of styles available for cufflinks, they can be worn to work or in a wide range of social settings. Care should be taken that the level of formality shown in your cufflinks matches the rest of the attire.

Work:

At work, cufflinks communicate a formal presence, and can give you the pop you need to look more polished on special days such as the big presentation to the board. Adding cufflinks makes you look more dressed up, without actually having to be more dressed up. While meeting a client, putting time into your suit ensemble shows a client that you respect the meeting you have scheduled, and are willing to go a little further to get the business. Here, keep the cufflinks relatively casual or you risk alienating the client.

At a Social Event:

You can wear cufflinks for weddings, holiday parties and social get-togethers. In fact, a standout pair of cufflinks can start a conversation.

How to wear Cufflinks ?

For style purposes, one should wear a jacket with the cufflinks. For the mechanics of cufflinks, one needs to wear a shirt with double cuffs( French Cuffs). Double cuff shirts have no buttons, while single cuff shirts do. The cufflink replaces the button. The mechanics of cufflinks is simple. Open the cufflink, slide it through the buttonholes on the cuff, then lock or fasten the cufflink. Cufflinks can have toggles, posts or bars that twist and can be easy to wear once you get the hang of it.

Types of Material:

Cufflinks can be made from metal, precious metal, leather, wood, enamel, gemstones etc. While any cufflink can be more formal, precious metal cufflinks are almost never considered casual. A plain metal set of cufflinks will go with almost any occasion.

Enamel cufflinks are highly versatile and suitable for a range of functions. Titanium is a great choice for professional looking, durable, easy to match cufflinks. Precious metal cufflinks are appropriate for fancy events, but don’t fit the bill for a more casual wear. Precious stone cufflinks are exquisite looking, particularly suitable for formal occasions such as wedding or cocktail receptions. Leather cufflinks are a fun way to play with texture in more casual settings. Silk knot cufflinks are made of silk thread and are perfect for casual gatherings.

Cufflinks and Shirt Colour:

Matching your cufflinks to your shirt colour gets a little tricky due to the sheer number of options available. You can match almost every ensemble you create, if you invest in one simple set of gold and one simple set of silver, or white gold cufflinks. When you choose a neutral coloured shirt you can have more creative licence with your cufflinks. When you are not wearing a white or black shirt, a conservative rule of thumb is to match the colour of the cufflinks to your shirt using the same colour, but in a different shade. This monochromatic approach minimises risk and keeps you looking polished. Another thing while wearing a metal cufflink is to match it to the colour of the belt buckle as well as your wrist watch. When matching a coloured set of cufflinks to your outfit make sure that the colour is found somewhere else on your outfit such as the tie, parts of the shirt or the pocket square etc.

In conclusion, there are no hard and fast rules. Wear cufflinks when you want to wear them. Where else can a man wear a piece of jewellery that is both functional and ornamental? Try them, and you will get compliments from people who notice the details.

“An investment in my appearance wasn’t just for        the visual appeal. It helped in boosting my self- confidence, enhanced my social standing, and augmented my competence and trustworthiness, both at work as well as in the social space.”

-Lt. Col. Vivek Rawat, Father of Dhruv & Vihaan. (Preeti Rawat’s Husband)

Belts

– by Veenu Pareek

A belt is a cinching system that goes around the waist using tension to hold

up a person’s pants. Even a piece of string can be a belt!

Belts are worn for both function and style. A seemingly small accessory,

they can have a surprisingly large impact on the impression you make. They can be a piece that pulls an outfit together or end up becoming a distraction that sabotages its overall effect.

You should wear a belt with all pants (including jeans) that have belt loops. That’s what the loops are for! Leaving it off can look sloppy. Certainly, with formal outfits, when your shirt is invariably tucked in, belts are essential. With more casual get- ups, when you’ll be wearing your shirt untucked, you can get away with skipping a belt, but you may still miss its functionality; remember that belts

aren’t purely decorative — they help keep your pants up!

Belts can roughly be sorted into two categories: Formal and Casual.

 Matching a formal belt with your outfit : When you’re wearing a formal belt, be careful to match your leathers and match your metals: the strap of your belt should not only be the same color but also the same level of shininess as your shoes and other leather accessories, and the buckle should be the same color as your other metal jewellery and accessories (with the exception of your wedding ring, which can contrast with the other metals you wear).

Casual belts come in many more types, styles, and colors than formal belts, and can be used to show more of your personality and individual style.

“For me, belt is very important accessory in one’s outfit. It gives me a great sense of confidence and complement to my dressing. It is very important, to pick and match the right belt to create an impact.”

– Mr. Ramnish Bedi, Father of Tanishq. (Veenu Pareek’s Cousin)

Shoes

– by Swapna Menon

‘Good Shoes take you to Good Places.’

Well, having said that shoes give the finishing touch to your outfit I believe it is an important aspect of creating a brand YOU. I am not writing this article with an intention to sell my ideas however the goal is to give you an idea how and what to wear, when to wear and how to pair it for different occasions.

Men love shoes. This may sound against the stereotype gender bias statement even though they might not brag about which shoe or how many shoes they have in their closet. Men are quite picky and passionate about their shoes.

When I started thinking about it, I realized that the choices of shoes may vary person to person based on the Age, lifestyle and personal preferences. I would name it as few rules and must have shoes that I feel that every man should have.

Rules for Shoes:

  1. Wear the right shoe for the right occasion: Often people pair up their formal outfit with a pair of running shoes or safety toe work boots. The function of

a running shoe is to protect the foot from the stress of running, while permitting you to achieve your maximum potential. The function of a safety toe work boots is to safeguard your feet injuries derived from working in dangerous places and conditions. Take care of the Appropriateness of the occasion.

  1. Invest in quality: Every man knows that a shoe can make or break your However, not everyone can afford a high-end brand, especially when you have to invest in one or more types and colors. On an average day, you’ll ask your shoes to absorb the force of your weight 3000+ times; a poor choice here can lead to not only discomfort but injury one step at a time. Thus, the cheap raw material and glue which is used to make inferior quality shoes may save your money now but may not last long. I suggest you plan your buy and save for the purchase. Take care of your shoes and it will last you longer. You can also take advantage of refitting and resoling services which can make your shoes last for another few years. This way you can take care of the Affordability of your foot wear and the cost per wear will be lesser than the low-cost cheaper quality footwear.
  2. Never sacrifice proper fit and comfort: A wise man once said ‘A Comfortable shoes and Freedom to live are two most important things in life’. My personal suggestion is to purchase shoes from a store. Take a walk in the shoes you are planning to invest on and then make a buy instead of going online for the sale and low-price hacks. It’s more like our income, if it’s less it may pinch if it’s too large you may stumble. You may even get some tips from the experts in the store as to what could best suit your style and how to take care of your shoes. In addition to the right size I also suggest that you pay attention to the width of your feet too. Men with slightly wider or narrower feet may have to choose their sizes accordingly.

Shoes should never be your quick impulsive buy. Let the shoes project your personal style. Be Authentic.

  1. Take care of your shoes: The biggest mistake men make is neglecting their shoes after bringing them Put some time and effort into the fabric and the soles, and they’ll stand up and look Attractive to whatever punishment your feet inflict.

Types of men’s foot wear- Dressy shoes

Oxford Shoes: Oxfords are lace up shoes built to be worn below a man’s ankle. They are commonly divided into two types- Balmoral oxford and Bluchers due to the difference in their lacing systems. Balmoral oxford the

dressier of the two, is classic and simple and can be the best option worn with formals and suits. Bulchers comes similar in shape to the Balmoral however comes in much wider range of styles and colors. Bulchers utilize brogueing, a split toe, or color combinations and look best with casual clothing. It may also come with wingtips and brogued cap which may match your business casuals.

Loafers, Monkstrap and Slip-on shoes: Slip-on shoes are more casual by nature as they do not use laces, by design, although if conservatively styled they can and have been worn with suits. I would recommend it for business casual wear with Monkstraps with a buckle

closure, loafers with a metal link across the middle, loafers with a slotted leather band across the top. Tassel loafers are accepted as business formals in some circles while relegated into a weekend wear in others.

Dressy Boots: Dress Boots are a must have for every man. It brings out the ruggedness to dress though, you may not be the rugged dude who enjoys off roading once in a while. Many of these shoes are used for hiking and working while more often it’s worn for their style and not their function.

Casual shoes

Saddle shoes: A casual oxford shoe is distinctive because it utilizes a layer of leather over the instep that is normally a different color than the rest of the shoe, thus classifying it as casual but stylish choice.

Boat shoes or Top Siders: Made to be worn on the boat to prevent slipping, these shoes have migrated to the wardrobes of men looking for summer shoes. Available in variety of colors these can also be worn without socks.

Sneakers: Sneakers, primarily designed for sports also once known as trainer shoes are now in trend and will always be in trend and has become an everyday wear both for men and women. It comes in wide range of colors and styles however the rules of wearing them outside the gym are universal. These can be best worn with a narrow bottom jeans, chinos and shorts.

Leather Loafer: Separated from the slip-on leather dress loafer, these shoes are built with heavier rubber soles and more casual uppers. They come in wide range of color and style; however, the purpose of their construction is to fill the void between canvas shoe and dress shoes.

Sandals: This is one of man’s earliest forms of footwear. It is still our solid choice for protecting the bottom of our feet while allowing maximum air circulation to the feet.

Clogs, Flip-flops and Crocs: One question that often comes in my mind is ‘Is there ever an appropriate occasion to wear Crocs and flipflops?’ In my opinion these are for those who are unable to distinguish between a public place and their own living room. Beyond lack of protection from sharp object and still smouldering cigarette butts these provide no aesthetics which is a debatable issue, however cool he or she believes it makes them look.

Conclusion:

As stated earlier the choice of shoes completely depends on your age, life style, and personal preferences. This article aims to provide an overview of the type of footwear and the occasions to wear it so that one makes a right choice for the right occasion and create a powerful Brand YOU.

“A thorough understanding of the types of shoes and the appropriateness of the same with different outfits would not only enhance the style quotient, but also boosts the self-confidence and personality. I would rather say that the complete look of an outfit can never be achieved without an apt pair of shoes. This article has indeed made me much more conscious of what I wear and has had a positive impact on my character too.”

-Col Sunil A., Father of Dhruv. (Swapna Menon’s Husband)

Watches

– by Shrruti Patole Clarence

The origin of the word “watch” claims that it came from the Old English word woecce which meant “watchman”, because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts. Another account says that the term came from 17th century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their shipboard watches.

The watch which developed from the 16th century to the mid 20th century was a mechanical device, powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears and then moved the hands, and kept time with a rotating balance wheel.

Styles changed in the 17th century and evolved and men began to wear watches in pockets instead of as pendants (the woman’s watch remained a pendant into the 20th century).

Wristwatches were first worn by military men towards the end of the nineteenth century as it was clear that using pocket watches while in the heat of battle or while mounted on a horse was impractical, so officers began to strap the watches to their wrist.

In 2013 Bathys Hawaii introduced their Cesium 133 Atomic Watch the first watch to keep time with an internal atomic clock. Unlike the radio watches, this watch contains a tiny cesium atomic clock on a chip. It is reported to keep time to an accuracy of one second in 1000 years.

The wrist watch or the automatic watch has evolved ever since and we now have an array of watches to choose as per our role, goal and occasion!

Analog Watches: have a face with hour and minute hands and either markers or numbers that display a 12-hour day. These watches are considered classic and more formal, making them suitable for business, formal events or a date!

Digital Watches: have a LCD display or LED face that shows time in numeric form. These watches are considered casual.

There are various other types fit for different occasions where Dress watches, Classic watches and Diver watch (with leather strap) are considered more formal and high end Chrono; pilot or even a smart field watch is considered as level 3 to level 2 dressing watches.

Watches with metal bands are considered less formal. These can be worn with a jeans, chambray shirt and dress boots combination. Digital watches should only be worn with casual clothes or workout attire.

A quick reference guide!

 Use these tips to ensure a harmony between your clothes and your watch!

  • Leather compliments leather – The material and color of your shoes is a suitable reference for the choice of watchband. Start by matching belts with shoes. A black watchband should be worn with black shoes and belt; a brown band with brown belt and shoes. A silver or gold band suits either
  • Metal Compliments Metal – The metal case of the watch (the frame around the face) should complement the metal accents of your other
  • Heirloom Watches Bend The Rules – Heirloom pieces represent a legacy. They are usually worn as a good-luck charm or as a memory of original owner. An heirloom watch is an item that cannot be subjected to the rules of matching watches with clothes for a simple reason that they are a great conversation starters making the person memorable!

4)  When In Doubt Match Your Watch To Your Shoes. 

  • For the best effect, pick a watch according to your size as well – watches should be proportionate to your body. Thin men can work slim watches, while bigger guys can carry watches that have boxier and robust watch

“Watches are an integral part of my everyday wear….a quiet reminder for me to watch over my actions consciously. A good time piece accentuates your professional attire making it suave. It is also a testimony to the fact that you value time besides making a style statement.”

  • Ashutosh Ahire, Father figure to nephews Arnav & Aakarsh.

(Shrruti Patole Clarence’s Cousin)

Sunglasses

– by Brunda Manurkar

Sunglasses, informally called shades, are a form of protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes.

When to use –

Land Vehicle Driving:

Sunglasses can protect the eyes when driving a vehicle, particularly at high speed, from dazzling glare caused by a low Sun, or by lights reflecting off snow, puddles, other vehicles, or even the front of the vehicle.

Aircraft piloting:

Many of the criteria for sunglasses worn when piloting an aircraft are similar to those for land vehicles. Protection against UV radiation is more important, as its intensity increases with altitude.

Sports:

Like corrective glasses, sunglasses have to meet special requirements when worn for sports. They need shatterproof and impact-resistant lenses; a strap or other fixing is typically used to keep glasses in place during sporting activities, and they have a nose cushion.

Special protection is required for space travel because the sunlight is far more intense and harmful than on Earth, hence sunglasses are a must have.

Space:

 Frame shapes/Styles:

 Aviator sunglasses feature oversize teardrop-shaped lenses and a thin metal frame. The design was introduced in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb for issue to U.S. military aviators. As a fashion statement, aviator sunglasses are often made in mirrored, coloured, and wrap-around styles.

Oversized sunglasses, which were fashionable in the 1980s, have become a fashion trend since the late 2000s. They usually come in bright colors with colored lenses. Because of their larger frames and lenses, they are useful for individuals who are trying to minimize the apparent size

or arch of their nose. Oversized sunglasses also offer more protection from sunburn due to the larger areas of skin they cover, although sunblock should still be used.

Teashades (sometimes also called “John Lennon glasses”, “Round Metal”, or, occasionally, “Granny Glasses”) are a type

of psychedelic art wire-rim sunglasses that were often worn, usually for purely aesthetic reasons, by members of the 1960s counterculture. The original teashade design was made up of medium-sized, perfectly round lenses, supported by pads on the bridge of the nose and a thin wire frame. Modern versions tend to have plastic lenses.

Wayfarers were introduced in 1952, the trapezoidal lenses are wider at the top than the bottom. The original frames were black; frames in many different colors were later introduced. There is often a silver piece on the corners as well.

Wrap-arounds are a style of sunglasses characterized by being strongly curved, to wrap around the face. They may have a single curved semi-circular lens that covers both eyes, usually with a minimal plastic frame and single piece of plastic serving as a nosepiece.

“I am fond of sunglasses, and have a collection of various brands, Brunda guided me for choosing sunglasses according to face shape and also match the attire. The knowledge on various sunglasses imparted has benefited me to choose the right attire and sunglasses as per the occasion. I thank Brunda for guidance and to keep up the good work with passion and consistency”

-Mr. Rahul Manurkar, Father of Shruti & Antara. (Brunda Manurkar’s Husband)

Laptop Bags

– by Pallavi Bengeri

A laptop bag is a bag which is especially meant to hold a laptop. An ideal laptop bag is the one that keeps your laptop safe but fitting snugly without any fear of slipping while you carry it around.

There are many types of laptop bags as illustrated below. The most popular ones are the backpacks and shoulder/handbags. Others include a sleeve, tote, briefcase or a wheel bag and messenger bag.

What features to look for in a laptop bag:

  • Your laptop should snug fit into your bag
  • Your laptop bag should have organized compartments to keep accessories like charger, hard disks, microphone, head phones, stationary, wallet
  • It should be of durable quality either made of nylon, leather or polyester. The inner lining should be thick as it acts as a shock
  • Your laptop bag should be checkpoint friendly in design, if you are a frequent traveller.
  • It should be attractive and stylish in appearance echoing your personal

“My role in Digital Transformation Strategies calls for confidence, authority & to be pre-emptive. This laptop bag perfectly suits my personality and the role.”

– Mr. Gururaj Bengeri., Father of Manasi & Gaurav. (Pallavi Bengeri’s Husband)

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