Go trendy with jewels

Amrita Prasad
Thursday, 11 October 2018

Right accessories can add more style to your apparel

Navratri is the perfect opportunity to dress up but no ensemble will be complete without the right accessories. Indo-Western looks are in vogue, especially during the festive season. When you are decked up in a fusion wear, your jewellery should complement your attire. Going overboard with the ornaments may ruin the look and feel of your attire and thereby your overall appearance too. Hence, selecting what goes best with a blend of traditional and contemporary is what you need to rock your Navratri look. 

Jeet Singh, owner of Hanger Lifestyle, a fashion apparel brand based in Delhi, feels that one needs to be selective about wearing heavy-looking accessories.

“There are hundreds of accessories and jewellery pieces available in the market that look heavy but are light and comfortable to wear. As we all know, Indian dresses demand heavy Indian accessories that could be worth more than a thousand bucks. Think whether you really need to spend such huge amount for that one time look? Perhaps not. So be careful, if you are opting for those heavy accessories and jewellery. Also, you wouldn’t want to go with such heavy accessories that you’re barely able to move. Wear the jewellery which you can carry off easily,”  he adds  
While we all love our golds, silvers and diamonds, wearing them during Navrati when you want to hit the dance floor with your dandiya sticks, is not at all a wise idea. You wouldn’t want to lose your diamond necklace or the ravishing gold charms or pearl chains. “Don’t turn the occasion to something unpleasant. Play it around with semi precious jewellery or even go for some oxidised or antique jewellery that look great during Navratri time,” he advises. 

Choose them right 
While experimenting with our looks and combining the tradional with the modern, we are often clueless about what jewellery to choose.  Bhavana Jakhi, Head — Digital Ventures, Om Jewellers, shares a few tips on how to select jewellery if you are wearing a fusion wear this Navratri; 

  • Pair a long floor length dress in traditional prints with a classic pair of chandbalis. There are many trendy options available in chandbalis such as ones embellished with various colours of enamel or designs with pearl hangings.
  • Be experimental and infuse traditional designs with Western looks. The thumb rule is that it should look well put together. For example the dhoti pants that are paired with short kurtas or Western tops. You can accessorise it with a layered necklace and a pair of cuffs. You can choose a traditional gold temple necklace and gold kadas. Temple jewellery will add a pure traditional look to any outfit. The contrast of the traditional jewellery on Indo-Western look will create a unique look.
  • Chokers can be traditional or contemporary and can be styled to complement many looks. In case of Indo Western outfits, choose a sleek, stylish diamond choker if your garments have heavy work. If however, you choose a lightly embellished kurta or dress, then opt for a more elaborate meenakari work gold and kundan choker. When wearing a choker, make sure the neckline is not very high as it will not look aesthetic. Complement the choker with a stylish headgear and ring. Avoid heavy earrings as they will look over-the-top.
  • A simple kurta complemented with statement jhumkas can amp up your look in a jiffy.
  • A bright ghagra and a crisp white t-shirt can be complemented with a pearl and stone long necklace embellished with a dash of colour by using coloured stones or meenakari work. One single statement necklace can do the job.

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