For Indian women, no outfit is complete without pretty trinkets. They not only have the west for inspiration but also have plenty of choices when it comes to the vintage or traditional jewelry/accessories that are often heirlooms passed down generations!
Gone are the days when traditional jewelry was strictly meant for traditional wear such as sarees, lehengas, salwar suits etc. Nowadays, they are also used with modern ensembles owing to their aesthetic appeal and versatile nature.
If you’re wondering how to pair your mom’s favorite jhumkis with something other than a kurta, here are some of the ways you can pair traditional jewelry with Indo-Western outfits like a boss:
1. Team Almost Any Outfit With Oversized Earrings:
There is a lot happening on the earrings scene. Elegant jhumkis, chandeliers, chandbalis, Afghani earrings, silver tribal earrings are making waves in the fashion world and you can’t do without owning a few pairs of each! They match almost every outfit by giving them a definitive desi twist.
Want to go Boho-chic? Settle for a tie-dye top, faded shorts and add a pair of chunky oxidized earrings to add the oomph. You can do the same with Kaftan dresses and ponchos as well.
2. Get The Anklet Game Right
Anklets are in vogue; there’s something immensely graceful about them. Team up your favorite pair(s) of anklets with denims, shorts or a sundress when you hit the beach or want to go for a brunch and don’t have much time to dress up elaborately.
Chunky tribal anklets from various handicraft and flea markets are a hot favorite among the young crowd! A plain tank top with ankle length jeans or harem pants teamed with a tribal anklet with coins/bells (the more the merrier) will make your get-up edgier.
3. Add Brilliance With Kundan Necklaces:
Kundan necklaces are easily available in various parts of the country. The bright, colorful necklaces are a staple in weddings, engagements and similar occasions. But that would be a bit too boring, isn’t it? Go offbeat by using them as a statement piece! Pair them with your little black dress or an off-shoulder skater dress to create the perfect standout look. Kundan necklaces look amazing on any neckline, leaving you room to experiment with your look. Just keep the earrings subtle and simple and you’ll never end up looking over-the-top!
4. Opt For Layered Neckpieces:
Layered jewelry often consists of several pendants, a delicate cluster of chains and body chains. How about giving it an Indian flavor with multiple layers of gem, pearl or bead necklaces? These layered neck-pieces can be used to add color and contrast to even the simplest of dresses, jumpsuits and pantsuits. Use this look to paint the town red!
5. Also, Layer Up Kadas And Bangles:
All jewelry aficionados surely have kadas and bangles in their collection. However, you need to give the matching bangles and kadas a miss. They are a strict no. Instead, take a select few bold and heavy-looking kadas, pair them up with some bracelets and match them with your earrings. They look the best when worn with a white button-down shirt and distressed jeans along with a pair of sneakers. Remember, the idea is to draw the attention towards your wrists!
6. Say Yes To Nose Pin:
Who can forget the nath worn by Sonam Kapoor at Cannes? Her bold look with the nose pin set a new trend that left us spellbound! You too can make way for the traditional nose pins in your trinket box. Available in many varieties (including clip-on), wear them with a crop top and skirt. Likewise, you can team them up with a plain t-shirt, skinny jeans, embroidered jacket and Kolhapuris to up the style quotient!
7. Adorn Your Hair With Hair Accessories:
The use of hair accessories is quite widespread throughout different regions of India. There’s the maang tikka, the maatha patti, juda pin, hair comb and an assortment of other hair accessories that can make you look no less than a diva. They make your hair look more beautiful and can glam up any outfit instantly. For instance, use hair clips with traditional Indian motifs in metal and gemstones in your messy bun with a floor-length western gown.
With these tips, you’ll be easily able to nail the indo-western look a boss. We hope you loved them as much as we do!
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