As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to prep up for December – a month, which is often pegged as the time of festivities, exotic holidays and destination weddings. But this time around, it’s time to steer clear of the mundane and infuse some panache into your wedding attire. Yes, we’re talking about ways to make the accessorizing bit count. Diamonds being one of the most coveted and preferred jewels among Asian brides and bridesmaids alike, it comes as little surprise to learn how most women turn to these sparkly gemstones to step up their styling game. But is there any such thing as going overboard with diamonds? And how do we know where to draw the line?
Here are ways to go all out this wedding season without letting it upstage your attire!
-By Pooja Prabhan
Whether you’re a minimalist or like going all out with jewellery, there are some cardinal rules you must weigh before deciding to sport diamonds. Doing so helps demarcate between stellar and shoddy – and goes a long way in determining how well-turned out you would be. Considering you wouldn’t want to create a look that falls in the latter category, here are ten pointers to tick against to emulate some of the most striking looks with diamonds (with zero effort.)
Let the focus be on standout neck pieces, while leaving the rest of the accouterments to the minimum. This idea is best recommended to create a subtle yet striking appeal – especially if you aren’t the bride. For instance, if you wish to sport a chunky diamond studded choker, make that the highlight in your attire. Go easy on the rest of the accessories. Tie your hair into a slick bun sans to draw attention towards your neckline and the neck lace. To complete the look, you can play around with colours and probably paint your pout in a deeper hue. Nude eyes are trending, and so are well-defined brows. Use this to your advantage, especially while sporting diamonds, to draft the spotlight towards you – without making it seem like you have been trying too hard. For those who want to take a detour from the ubiquitous bun, do up your hair into a messy bun. You may even do up your hair in beach waves and sport a floral crown. Do these add an extra dose of charisma? Oh yes!
Wedding outfits usually tend to be intricately ornate with heavy sequins. In such cases, you could channel a wee bit of edge by sporting a simple long chain with a prominent pendant. Remember, the diamond will do the talking – if you let it. The crystal clear gem has complete potential of making its prominence felt – without you having to try too hard. If you are sporting a blouse with a low neckline or a boat neck, skip the neck piece and sport chandeliers instead. This adds the right deal of spark without making it seem like you’ve tried too hard. Alternatively, you can also try the ‘more with less’ rule: Wear heavily sequined blouses with thin chains and eye-catchy pendants. And team plain blouses with chunky accessories – a jankly neck lace, heavily sequinned chains and the like. But ensure you don’t wear all of it at one go, because diamonds are statement-worthy enough to do with less.
No matter how much you’ve been waiting to flaunt your diamonds along with your other favourites from the accessory stash, ensure you don’t mix them with anything else. Nothing spells disaster like a mix of of other metals along with diamonds. For instance, steer clear of wearing a lot of silver or gold with diamonds. It takes away the appeal.
You probably wouldn’t have heard about this, and even if you did, let’s break it for you anyway. Darker hues look the best, when worn with diamonds. So pick from a range of deep hues like oxblood, plum, mauve and of course, black. Do justice to those sparkly pieces by wearing them on contrast hues.
For a complete yet understated appeal, try working around accessorizing with diamonds this way: Pair dainty drop earrings with a wide cuff bracelet and a thin neck piece. This look works like a charm, and exudes oodles of oomph without trying too hard. And the biggest plus? It just doesn’t seem like you’re trying to let your love for jewellery dominate your attire.
Quite a bracelet junkie? Try the classic combination of pearl and diamonds to get the mix and match act right! This pairing can work well on other accouterments like chains and brooches. Team it with a pair of statement rings and you’ve put together a noteworthy look. Don’t forget the manicure, though!
Dressing according to your body type isn’t restricted to just clothes. It’s always an intelligent idea to have fun with accessories – but by keeping your frame in mind. And what does that actually mean? It’s simple. Let the size of your accessories be in proportion to your frame – sport tiny, delicate earrings; studs are your best bet if you are petite and go for chunkier options if you are slender.
Monotones are best suited to be worn with diamonds. Wearing the same hue from top to toe accents the jewellery bit. Pick monotones with a thigh high slit for a sparkly evening appeal.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But what if you’re stumped about how exactly to flaunt them? Choose a tennis bracelet! Diamond tennis bracelets are perennially stylish accessories that would jazz up your attire in a jiffy. And the biggest plus? You don’t need to be a pro at styling to work it in your favour. You can wear them to up your glam quotient for work, accent your ethnic ensemble or even add a degree of sass to that gown you intend to wear to the next soiree.
With off-shoulders having a major moment, what better time than now to flaunt them with a nifty diamond set? Keeping the rest of the look basic, with just emphasis on a nicely designed jewellery piece helps draw the attention towards your neck. The look is fuss-free, brimming with panache, and requires no great effort to try.