The New Mix~ Wear Western, Accessorize Maharashtrian

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We often avoid investing too much in traditional jeweler. Unless of course, if we know for sure that we’re going to wear them often. But, with most of us women working, our wardrobe is dominated by formal wear, and then some casual and party outfits. Now, if you’re someone who prefers western silhouettes over your kurtas and salwars, desi jewellery would even more feel like a geek in a room full of entertainment freaks. Right?

Wrong! Don’t you give away your nose and toe rings. They add a dash of quirk to your plain Jane western look. Here’s how:

Nath (Nose Ring)

The nath is no more a piece of jewellery to be worn only over your navvari sarees. We’ve spotted women pull these off with elan over kurta and dhoti pants. The ones with little pearls are perfectly girly and add a flirty sensibility to one’s look.

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Pair your nath with a tiered dress or skirt, to go with that girly vibe. To finish the look, slip into a pair of kolhapuris. Give your look a finishing touch by really doing up your eyes.

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Thushi (Neckpiece with Dori)

Surely, you’ve worn these beautiful, stringed chokers at least once in your life, even if you’re a non-Maharashtrian. In case you don’t have one, do invest in a thushi, because there will be several ways you can team this up with outfits. Buy one in silver, if you really want to play safe.

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A thushi will look best on either low-cut v-necks or high collars. Rummage through your wardrobe to get that plain, fitted tshirt out and team it up with a skirt – either full-length, or really short. Match the colour of your ballet flats with your thushi, or play safe with a pair in medium brown.

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Vaaki/Baajuband (Arm Band)

A lot of people love wearing chattai vaakis on sarees. That’s primarily how they’ve always been worn. But, these studded arm bands can really up your style quotient.

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When wearing the vaaki, keep your look subtle and understated – tube dress, a fish tail braid, some dainty-looking rings, and delicate earrings (think studs) – so the vaaki stands out.

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Veni (Hair Ornament)

We usually spot very traditional and elderly women don the veni. On occasions, though, even the younger women find it really cool to embellish their hair with one.

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You could surely rock the look with a saree or a lehenga. But, the veni will stand out in style if you team it up with a nice printed, flowy dress, hoops in gold, hair tied up into a low bun, golden gladiators, and some dainty-looking rings.header-2

Mundavlya (Headband)

The very traditional mundavlya adds the right amount of grace and a humble look to a bride’s and a groom’s look. It is unusual for anyone to wear it on any other occasion.

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However, you can always wear a version of it. Think Boho chic – A long, printed dress, minimalistic makeup (mascara and tinted lip balm), flat, stringed sandals and finally, a thin gold mundavlya, or a chain along with hanging earrings to resemble the same.

WM Tip: If you’re looping earrings through a chain, make sure to use silicon stoppers, so the earrings don’t fall off.

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Jodvi (Toe Ring)

The jodvi was originally worn only by married women. However, it’s now a fashion trend followed by college-goers too! Toe rings look really cool even on denims.

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Stretch your fashion sensibilities a bit. Pick out that basic LBD. Wear it with a pair of delicate-looking sandals, so the attention goes to your feet. Make sure to paint your toe nails in bright red or pink.

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“When it comes to fashion, experimenting is always a good idea.”