How to accessorize a saree

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How to accessorize a saree
Gold jewellery looks great with a colourful saree. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The saree has a long history and is an important garment in Indian culture. Today, the saree features heavily in religious ceremonies such as weddings as well as making a fashion statement when adorning Bollywood celebrities on the red carpet. Choosing the right accessories for a saree can complete a look and help to make to saree suitable for any occasion. Fashionable accessories can add a modern edge to the saree while more traditional jewellery can be more appropriate for religious ceremonies and as a sign of a family’s heritage.

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    Match your accessories to the occasion as well as the saree. Choosing the right type and amount of accessories to suit an occasion will prevent you from appearing overdressed or underdressed. It is also a good idea to balance a look by choosing lighter, more subtle accessories when a saree is heavily embellished and bolder accessories to dress up sarees with plainer decoration. Cotton sarees can also provide a feminine, casual style when teamed with simple accessories.

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    Bear colour in mind. While accessories that feature hints of a saree’s colour can complement the outfit, too much of the same colour throughout an outfit and the accessories can be overpowering. Too many colours throughout the saree and accessories can also detract from the beauty of the garment. Colourful sarees can be complemented by metal jewellery, particularly when the colour of the metal matches the colour of any silver or gold embellishments in the saree.

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    Coordinate your jewellery. While a combination of different types of jewellery, including bangles, earrings, necklaces and hair jewellery, can look great when teamed together to accessorise a saree, it is important to make sure that the pieces are styles in a similar way and that all jewellery is made from the same material as gold and silver jewellery can clash when worn together. A coordinating brooch is also an effective way to tie a saree in with accessories and can also be used to help the saree to drape in a different way. A few pieces of traditional jewellery can add an interesting touch to a modern look while traditional jewellery can often feature more heavily in bridal jewellery.

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    Choose the right bindi. Bindis look great with sarees and modern ranges offer a wealth of choice. While colour and decoration can be used as a subtle way to complement the colour of the saree, the shape of a bindi can help to complement different face shapes. Elongated bindis can look flattering on round faces while rounder bindis can look great on longer, oval faces.

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    Wear the right shoes. Coordinating heels can help floor-length sarees from dragging on the ground and can also help a saree to look more flattering. The extra height added from high heels can help legs look longer and help shorter women look more streamlined in the long skirt. For a daytime look, cotton sarees can be teamed with monotone or metallic flat shoes or sandals to add casual elegance to the outfit.

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