Look spunky

Look spunky

Fashion add-ons Accessories can make or break your look. Know what’s in, what’s not, and then, make your fancy fashion choices. Sharmila Chand offers a low-down on the accessory trends to watch out for this year.

A floral crown to pep up the hair band, gemstones for your eyebrows, pretty lace-up heels for your feet, figure-flattering sash belts, fedoras and floppy hats, slogan bracelets – 2015 calls for free spirits willing to experiment with fashion.

Necklaces as headgears? Yes, a delicate neckpiece can adorn the head as a stylish tiara. Or a stunning single strand of diamonds, taken from a neckpiece, can be worn around the head, as a maatha patti.

“In 2014, floral patterns and prints were used exquisitely in bags and other accessories. But this year, it’s the turn of jewellery to go floral. The floral bloom will be evident in the intricate necklaces and feminine earrings,” says Ashish Saboo MD and CEO, Addon Retail Private Limited.

“This season, there is a move towards the cooler and softer side of the colour spectrum like mint green, lemon yellow and pastel pinks. Pieces teamed with semi-precious stone beads are also here to stay. Bold and chunky motifs are trending and when it comes to weighing in on the look of 2015, attention to detail is important. Teaming traditional kundan pieces with western evening wear is going to do wonders on the runway,” adds Jasmine Shah, co-founder of Just Jewellery. Let’s take a look at some of the trendy, quirky accessories to up the glam quotient this year.

Talk to the brow

The textured brow trend is hot and here to stay. Bring some focus to your brows with gemstones and shimmer. If you like a subtle style, go in for colourful bindis around your eyebrows, just like a bride. You can also put them along the outer corners of your eyes. Combined with big earrings, brow art will lend you a fresh look.

Heels that wow

Lace-up heels are art for your feet. These decorative heels have laces that start at your toes and end at your ankles, enhancing the beauty of your pedicured legs. The style is so sexy and versatile that they also come in beach sandals and punk-style boots. Wear them with abstract prints and you are ready to rock.

Matter of curves

Say goodbye to skinny belts and say hello to figure-flattering sash belts this year. Highlight your curves with an obi-style wrap belt. You can even let the wrap hang loose at the hip for a more casual appeal.

Eye in focus

Eyewear gets a flashy makeover this season, with over-the-top and sizzling colours. Ditch those monochromes and breathe life into your eyewear with some neutral, pastel shades. Mirrored lenses broaden their spectrum in hues like lime green and bright blue. Classic retro frames are getting a makeover with colours like leather brown, cranberry red and outdoor-inspired neutrals. Bold, broad frames are in.  

Chains of beauty

Body jewellery, especially chains, have made a huge comeback. Worn in different styles, bare or over clothing, they make a hot statement. Pair cross-body chains with a flowy dress or a casual tee. An attractive piece of jewellery that softly falls over your leg across your thigh or even the entire leg, thigh chain is all set to take the fashion world by storm. Even arm chains are going to be big this year. Draped gracefully along your shoulder to your arm, these  chains add a delicate touch of sparkle.
 
Sport a slogan

Nothing says modern and funky like slogan bracelets. So, stack them up in layers on your wrists and let them speak for themselves. Go in for tarnished metal ones for a groovy appeal. Leather chords and nylon threads add a new dimension.  

Power of flower

“Floral patterns are making their way into 2015 like never before. From large and loud to tiny details, it’s all about going floral this year,” says designer Kiran Uttam Ghosh. The easiest way to sport floral prints is through head accessories. Add a pretty angle to your pastel dress with a floral crown or go in for a woodstock-inspired hippie headpiece for the bohemian in you.

Loud and bold

2015 will be all about irregularity when it comes to earrings. Sport them in varied colours and shapes.

Tassels, stones and chokers, which were on everybody’s fashion list last year, will continue to dominate this year. Long-chain pendant necklaces will make a comeback with the pendants becoming louder and bolder.

Leather is better

Leather accessories will be the game changer in 2015. Leather boots, necklaces and belts will get a big thumbs up this year. While natural genuine leather comes in beautiful shades of wine, blue, black and browns, 2015 spring-summer will be welcomed by pleasant and gregarious shades of tangerine, toasted almond and scuba blue.

Bags to match

Valentino Buffoni, designer, Phive Rivers predicts, “2015 will experience totes as a constant trend in the women’s accessories segment, along with shoulder bags and satchels. Briefcase bags and box-shaped bags will be the trendsetters in corporate spaces. For the casual day-outings, we foresee fringes, fur bags, textile-embellished and metal-accessorised bags along with innovative surface ornamentations, highlighting different weaving techniques. Informal meetings will be adorned by varied designs and geometrical patterns like envelope bags and clutches.

Macho bags will also make a return, where we are likely to see young,confident women carrying military-style bucket bags and haversacks of the past with utmost oomph. 2015 is sure to push back old-fashioned regular silhouettes into the closet, while natural leathers clubbed with striking designs will make it out into the public life.”

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