Put a ring on it!

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Married women often have certain jewellery or items which they wear which symbolizes clearly they are married.  Sometimes they are small like a ring but other times they can be cumbersome making you want to give it a miss as they not always go well with your look. So lets take a look at few and how can we still look uber chic with them :

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1.  Gold bangles : whether kadas or just plain gold bangles some indian communities consider it super important that a married girl should always have bangles and that 2 on both wrists, as wrists should never be empty.  We can still manage to make them look appropriate with Indian wear but what about jeans?  Here’s your solution :
Well try and have one lighter bangle or kada n wear only one or better opt for a thin bracelet kada, which looks stylish as well as traditional.  Especially when one is working and pairing chunky gold with business formals becomes a task,  watch in one and a thin gold bangle with filigreed work or plain will also work.  Even with Indian business attire if you wear even a couple of coloured bangles just put a simple gold one or kada with them and you can still play with your accessories. Always opt for less yellow gold as yellow gold is more of an eyesore. 

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2. Red or green glass bangles: very traditional and very important in some cultures,  but could clash with all outfits,  especially non traditional ones.  Look great with saree and suits but the rest of the time can make your clothes and colour choices restricting.  So apply the same rule of one or 2 in one or both and you can wear other bangles or watch, which would make them less pronounced and also add colour and tradition to your wrists.

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3. Chudas : considered essential in some cultures for at least the first month or year of marriage. They are worn in both hands and are a lot of bangles and kadas together.  Punjabi chudas are red,  hyderabadi are white,  Bengali wear red polas,  white conch bangles and loha kadas.  They make your outfit choices very limited,  but you can work around it.  Chudas are the most tiresome as they are worn for a period and since they are so striking its hard to make them unnoticeable. My suggestion opt for ethnic or fusion wear till the time duration with your outfit having a hint of red, rock the new bride look till you can.

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4. Mangalsutra and gold chains: don’t know why but after your wedding the jewellery you wear becomes related to how well your husband does. So lets find a solution for you not looking like a jewellery model :  long mangalsutra might look too traditional but I find the shorter ones more eye catching especially with western outfits. If you wear long necklaces then earrings should be miniscule and not dangling so as the focus remains on one,  gold chains somehow the princess length that is a little above your cleavage look best as they give a necklace and not a chain effect.  So when you do have to wear one these 2 lengths work best,  and pairing them with studs complimenting the locket or chain works best. Another option for a more funky look is layering it with longer chains, so that you can play around with your look and not be stuck with the same boring jewellery.

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5. Toe rings : bichias or Toe rings are traditionally worn by married women,  these are easy as you can wear the band types and get a couple funky ones to accessorize your toes and show them off in nice sandals or slippers flats or wedges preferred.

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6. Nose rings : nose pins are better than the balis or natha for regular wear. But some corporate do not approve of body piercings and also it does not go with all types of outfit.  Opt for a diamond stud,  or any stone keeping it small and not very big. You can change it if its coloured, clear stones tend to go with all,  a little diamond dot adds a little bit of ethnic chic to your look.  As for the big ones or the nath,  wearing it during family functions or weddings and opt for small earrings to give your look a twist from the regular big earring look.

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7. Rings : most engagement and wedding rings are simple and apt for daily use,  but what if you get a cocktail size or a kundan maharani style or worst still gold embossed one.  These rings at times clash with your look,  they are apt for building a look around at functions or parties but not for regular days. If so then opt for only the ring and nothing on your wrist in that ha d or maybe just a simple watch,  so that can become your style.

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8. Bright and dark lipstick : for alot of women make up =lipstick  which is definitely not the case. Some in-laws insist so what do you do if you are not a lipstick person?  Focus on eye make up or best wear tinted gloss, the problem is when one is not comfortable wearing dark shades it shows and secondly they don’t look good on everybody.  So yes red and burgundy lips are trending but does that mean you follow it definitely not.  Start with light shades of pink, peach,  brown and then start experimenting.  Make up only looks good when  you are confident but that doesn’t mean florescent green outfit looks great bright pink lips. Use your head and compliment your outfit and skin tone.
  Thus, these are some of the married symbols women might have to wear but remember you can always get around it and still wear the jewellery.  Wearing a full gold set or heavy set on a daily basis can be uncomfortable and a task so always keep only one heavy piece and the rest can be light or non existent. Layering jewellery, big necklace small earrings, heavy bangles no rings,  big ring no wrist accessories are just some of the ways to look classy instead of a jewellery store.
  So respect traditions but don’t compromise your style and looks interweave with your personal style and look. Be like Jackie O not a serial bahu 🙂

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