Aiguillettes and lanyards are both ornamental accessories used in military, ceremonial, and formal dress. They serve decorative purposes and may have functional aspects as well. Here’s an overview of each:

A lanyard is a cord or strap worn around the neck, shoulder, or wrist to secure and display items such as identification badges, keys, or whistles. In military and ceremonial contexts, lanyards are often more ornate and may serve a symbolic or honorific purpose.

while aiguillettes are specifically associated with military uniforms and denote rank or position, lanyards have a broader application and are often used for practical purposes such as securing items or displaying badges. In certain military contexts, lanyards may also have symbolic significance, representing achievements or affiliations. Both accessories contribute to the overall appearance and symbolism of military and ceremonial attire.