How to Accessorize a Plain Saree
In order to accessorize a plain saree you will need to choose a statement jewellery piece. It can be statement earrings, necklace, nose ring, or a belt. Since that will be the centre of attention, keep the rest of the accessories to a minimum. For plain cotton sarees, opt for delicate jewellery.
Plain sarees can be an interesting choice for both everyday outfits and special occasions because they leave a lot of space for accessories and creativity. A plain saree can look elegant, if you know how to accessorize it. In today's oneHOWTO tutorial we will teach you all about matching accessories for saree: what jewellery to wear with saree, bindi, bags, belts, shoes, hair accessories for saree, and accessories for cotton saree. Read below as we explain how to accessorize a plain saree.
How to accessorize a plain saree: the basics
If you want to accessorize a plain saree and look stunning, take the following points into consideration:
- with a plain saree, you can go wild and embellish it heavily. However, you need to make sure that each element works well with the other, so if you are not sure a pair of earrings look good with a necklace do not wear them, or you risk of missing the all point of a plain saree: elegance and minimalism
- when trying to accessorize a plain saree, the attention will be on accessories, so make sure they are of good quality
- choose matching accessories for saree according to the occasion. If you want to wear a plain saree for work, you won't need a statement piece, small matching accessories work better in that case. If you are going to a party, of course you will choose more embellished accessories
- match the jewellery with the color of the saree. Although plain sarees leave more freedom when it comes to choosing accessories, you still need to make sure the accessories match the color of the plain saree. With some colors such as white or black sarees, you can almost wear any jewellery.
Now that you know the basics, we can move on and learn what jewellery to wear with saree.
How to accessorize a plain saree: what jewellery to wear with saree
Jewellery to wear with saree can range from one statement piece, to a full feast of small earrings, necklace, nose ring, and bangles. A plain saree allows you to wear quite a lot of accessories without looking over the top.
Let's see the kind of jewellery you can wear with a plain saree:
Earrings: you can opt for big, traditional, tribal jewellery, big and intricate jhumkas or chandbalis. If you choose to wear big earrings, do not wear a necklace.
Necklace: a heavy necklace usually looks good with a plain saree. If you choose a heavy necklace, do not wear earrings. Also, remember that heavy necklaces do not suit people with big and chubby necks. If you want to wear both earrings and necklace, opt for a simple chain necklace.
Nose ring: a big and embellished nose ring can look stunning with a plain saree, of course only for a special occasion.
Hand harness: since you can go wild when accessorizing a plain saree, why not opting for something special like a hand harness?
Bangles: you can either wear lots of small bangles, or a arm cuff if you want the attention to be on your arms
As you can see, there is so much choice when it comes to how to accessorize a plain saree. Let's see what else you can wear with a plain saree.
If you want to know how to accessorize a white saree, read our tutorial.
How to accessorize a plain saree: complete the look
There are a few additional points to consider when it comes to accessorizing a plain saree.
Shoes: a wrong pair of shoes can spoil any outfit, but this is even more true when it comes to sarees. While sneaker are a definite NO, you can wear flat chappals with a plain saree for an everyday look. If you are wearing a plain saree for a special occasion, you could wear stilettos or any high heels, but never platform heels. A plain saree will allow you to wear highly embellished shoes you cannot wear with anything else, so go heavy on stones and colors!
Bag: saree generally calls for small bags. If it is an everyday plain saree, opt for a plain, small leather bag. If it is a special occasion, wear a clutch or a potli bag. Again, similarly to shoes, because the saree is plain, you can wear embellished colorful bags.
Belt: a plain saree is the perfect outfit for a belt. If you find an original, embellished belt with stones, lace, or embroideries, go for it because it can become the main accessory of your plain saree. You can also choose kamar bunds or waist chains, which are hard to wear with anything but a plain saree, and make you look sensual wearing a saree.
Bindi: complete the look of your plain saree outfit with a bindi. Get a vertical and long bindi if your face is round or square, and a round one if your face is long. Again, you can go wild when it comes to how to accessorize a plain saree with bindi.
Nails: make sure the color of your nail polish contrasts with the color of your plain saree.
Cardigan: if it is cold, you can wear an embellished cardigan, scarf or shawl to go with your plain saree.
Blouse: since the saree is plain, you can wear a more embellished blouse, and make that the centre of attention.
You pretty much know how to accessorize a plain saree now, now we will talk about hair accessories for saree.
How to accessorize a plain saree: hair accessories for saree
Before you choose the right hair accessories for your plain saree, you should decide how to style your hair, which will greatly depend on the occasion. Here are a few hair accessories for saree you can consider wearing with plain saree:
- Clips and combs
- Hair bands: again, if you wear an embellished hair band, that can be the centre of attention
- Maang tikka: a plain saree also allows you to wear a maang tikka without looking over the top
- Mogra flowers: Those look amazing with a plain saree, but only for special occasions. Wear mogra flowers with a tidy bun.
As you can see, there are nice hair accessories for saree you can wear with a plain saree. Let's now see something that needs special mention: cotton saree.
How to accessorize a plain saree: accessories for cotton saree
Plain cotton sarees need a special mention because you cannot accessorize them the way we explained above. Cotton sarees are normally quite heavy in structure. That's why they look better with light and minimal jewellery. Try accessorizing your plain cotton saree with small jhumkis, a silver or gold chain necklace and a few small bangles. That will be enough accessories for a cotton saree.
Now that you know how to accessorize a plain saree, you've got the Indian look complete!
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