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Blinging it up

Jewellery, the great Indian obsession. Roli Gupta offers some easy-to-use tips to jazz up your attire.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2008 19:37 IST
Roli Gupta

Jewellery, the great Indian obsession, is an inseparable part of our attire. Real or artificial, effectively used earrings, nose-pins, hair accessories, chains, bracelets, brooches, watches, finger and toe rings, and even anklets, can add a touch of panache to even the drabbest outfit.

The key word here is ‘effective’. Wearing dangling earrings or a chunky beaded necklace to a client meeting can make you look like a scheming bahu from a K-serial. So what’s the right choice?

It’s difficult to zero in on one, given the choices available. The solution is to decide on the look – formal, semi-formal or casual. Then, make sure the accessories compliment the outfit you’re wearing and your personality. Height also needs to be considered. Petite women should ideally opt for small-sized earrings while taller ones can go in for bigger earrings.

Facing facts
The face shape has a significant role to play too, especially when it comes to earrings. Medium-sized chandeliers go well with a wide or rectangular face. If your face is rounder, then it is long drops or rectangular shaped earrings. Triangles compliment a heart shaped face. And if you’re blessed with a perfect oval, then you can try just about anything. The latest fashion fad is to wear thick bangles of different colors, charm bracelets, thinner bangles and a watch all on one arm. Sameera Reddy and Katrina Kaif flagged off the trend after Race. However, whatever the current style, one should never go overboard with accessories. You don’t want to look like a walking Christmas tree, do you?

Conventional look
At most workplaces, through the weekday, the look is conventional and formal. Pearl studs or diamond clips go with the ambience. A plain outfit can be teamed with a small brooch for a touch of understated chic. Occasionally, you can get away with thin gold or silver hoops, more so if there’s an office lunch or after hours drink with colleagues coming up. Thin gold chains with small pendants are also ideal office accessories.

Mix and match
Evenings are party time. If it’s a big bash that calls for heavy saris, long chandelier earrings or big circular studs are the perfect match. If the sari has an embellished border, a necklace can be skipped altogether. For simpler saris, thick beaded necklaces with a big centrepiece are charming, teamed with small matching studs. To give a V-neck cocktail dress the dressy look, opt for a pretty brooch at the centre, coupled with a bracelet or thick bangles and an elegant watch.

Thinking big
Skirts or capris with single colour tunics look fabulous with long, layered necklaces or big pendants on long, thick chains and a single beaded anklet. A charm bracelet is cool too. Shopping or lunches with friends, a family outing on the beach or a picnic demands smaller accessories. If big happens to be your style, wear a single large piece — either a necklace or earrings, bracelet or kadhaa or even an eye-catching brooch.