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jewellery for festive season

Jewellery for festive season

~: Indian women can look ravishing this festive season with jewellery and accessories that complem

Let’s admit it… Indian women simply love jewellery. Our mothers and grandmothers, and generations of women since time immemorial have loved it. With the kind of religious, social and adornment value jewellery has, the female wardrobe [and now even the male] is incomplete without jewellery. Jewellery is a must-have accompaniment to the traditional Indian wardrobe, essential for all the religious rituals and celebrations and parties that follow. It’s time for decking up for the festivities [Navratri, Dussehra, Karvachauth and Diwali] or the umpteen weddings during this season.

Mind-boggling range

The right kind of jewellery can add oodles of glamour and style to the dreariest outfit. When selecting jewellery, the variety certainly is mind-boggling– in terms of brands andjewellery stores, materials, and precious and semi-precious gemstones, and types of accessories ranging literally from head to toe. How do we match jewellery with our personal style, outfit, occasion and the season’s trend? Here area few suggestions.

Choose earrings to suit your face

First, let’s talk about selecting the right kind of jewellery to suit your face shape and height. Earrings require careful choosing. The size should be commensurate with height – petite women should opt for small-sized earrings, medium height women should go for medium-sized earrings, and taller women can choose bigger earrings. The faceshape plays a crucial role in determining the earring shape [See box"Earrings by face shape"]. If you are a simple dresser, avoid large, chunky jewellery – you will feel and look uncomfortable, no matter how beautiful the pieces you wear.

Match with your outfit

Next, match the accessories with your outfit. Usually workplacewear is simple, with small and thin being the mantra. Earrings, chains, bangles, pendants in pearl or discreet diamonds, set in gold or silver, or platinum look stylish without being ostentatious. For casual wear like skirts and capris, funky accessorieslook great. Chunky necklaces, big pendants and earrings, charm bracelets, even anklets and flashy rings are all cool and chic, but wear only one big piece at a time, to accentuate it properly. When you are likely to wear heavy traditional Indian clothingwith intricate embroidery and embellishments, the ruleof thumb is: less is more.Accessorise judiciously.

Suitable for traditional Indian attire

Let’s discuss jewellery selection in detail.
Saris: Wear long chandelier earrings or big studs to give a stunning effect. If the sari border is heavily embellished, skip the necklace and wear a dressy watch and/or a thick kada/bracelet. For simpler saris, thick beaded necklaces with a big centrepiece and smaller earrings look great, especially when teamed with plenty of thin bangles. Try a maangteeka for a uniquelook, especially if you have long hair. Pair this only with a matching kada or bangles – earrings or necklace are redundant.
Lehengas: These usually come with the works – heavy embellished dupattas, embroidery all over, and beaded blouses. If it’s the traditional style of lehenga, you can go in for kundan jewellery matched well with the colour of the outfit. For the mermaid style skirt with corset blouse, the ideal accessories are a thick necklace or choker, a single kada and small earrings. Or, a thin gold chain with a big pendant,and matched large earrings and kadas. You can even try a maangteeka with bajubandhs and a big ring.
Skirts: Long layered necklaces, big pendants on long thick chains and a single beaded anklet look chic with skirts – ideal for Navratri dancing.It also sets you apart from the common oxidised or typical Rajasthani style of jewellery.

Earrings by face shape

Face shape Earring type
Wide rectangular Medium-sized chandeliers
Round Long drops or rectangularshaped
Heart shape Triangle shapes with thebase down
Oval Any style looks great

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