Desi jewelry is one of many positive features about my culture and identity. It’s fun, intricate, and bold, and gives its wearer an elegant, regal look. It’s a way to connect with our roots while looking beautiful and appropriate for any desi occasion, particularly weddings.
However, we either have too much or too little of it. Or we may have as many as six earrings for a wedding ceremony but no necklace that goes with more than one dress. So here’s the ultimate guide to what you really need.
1. A necklace delicate enough to wear with everything you own.
Wearing a necklace will instantly make you look like a heroine from a Bhansali flick (and I mean that in the best way). Paired with a blouse that exposes the neck and collarbone or with matching earrings, these necklaces will transform any look.
For people looking for something that can be worn with almost any outfit, try looking for a style that is a cross between a collar necklace and a choker with only silver or white beads/stones. Even a thin, minimalist necklace will compliment the outfit. Just keep the neckline in mind when planning on wearing one.
2. One pair of bold earrings that looks like it belongs in a carefully curated high-end boutique.
Even the most ardent minimalist needs a pair of bold earrings as they can make your look all the more memorable.
Most are lightweight and come in a range of styles and colors. If money is an issue or desi fashion is anathema, just keep two earrings; however, they should be bold and eye-catching either way. Jhumkas are well-loved but a chandbaali has magical powers. And let’s not forget that a magnificent pair of chandelier earrings that catches the light brilliantly is just as beautiful.
3. A pair of small or medium earrings that’s somehow statement-making and delicate at the same time.
There will be days when those chandbaalis are too much for an outfit. Or maybe big earrings don’t seem that impressive to you.
This is why small earrings should be kept handy in your jewelry box. They can be worn on their own, for a minimalistic touch, or worn with a necklace for added drama.
Despite what jewelry companies will say, a necklace worn with small- or medium-sized earrings looks much better than when it’s paired with large earrings.
4. Your own mathapatti with enough bling to temporarily blind whoever happens to be looking at you.
These can seem excessive and overtly traditional at first glance, but when worn, it’s the only accessory you’ll need!
Thanks to Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone, mathapattis are being given a new life in the modern age. Even if you decide to forgo earrings and a necklace, a mathapatti is more than enough for any outfit. Just make sure that they’re light and not too over-powering.
Also, keep the size of your forehead in mind. If it’s too small, consider buying one that is more delicate and dainty in style and size.
5. These stunning bracelets you’ll actually want to wear all the time.
The style of your bracelet depends on the occasion and personal taste.
Glass bangles are great when worn at mehndis. For a timeless and elegant look, a kangan (or karaa in Pakistan) that is at least 1.5 inches wide will have a magnificent effect on your ensemble. It can be worn on its own or paired with two similar ones that are thinner than the widest one. A cuff works just as great to pair with your desi ensemble.
Haathphool (a bracelet that resembles a glove as it is chained to one or two finger rings) is best left for a bride because they’re a bit too ornate and traditional and can become dated pretty quickly.
The sky’s the limit.