Let’s pay an ode to the humble braid and its many forms.
(Velvet and chanderi blouse, Torani; silk trousers, Payal Khandwala; 22K gold bangles, both Anmol Jewellers; 22K gold antique polish earrings with red kundan stones, Mahesh Notandass Fine Jewellery)
Look 1: Elevate your traditional braid and add a touch of royalty by playing with hair accessories. Part your hair in the center and opt for a sleek, long braid. Make it your own by adding beaded accessories or embellished accents.
(Silk sari, Ekaya; gold Bangles, all Gehna Jewellers; 22K gold ring with meenakari work, Anmol Jewellers; antique gold finish chandelier earrings and gold plated ring, both Aulerth)
Look 2: Swap our satin ribbons for a silk fabric (that matches your outfit) and braid it all together. Once the braid is secure, roll it into a half ponytail.
(Silk blouse, Tilfi Banaras; silk sari Raw Mango; gold plated necklace, Paksha; gold bangle, Gehna Jewellers; 22 gold plated earrings, Tribe Amrapali; 22K gold ring with meenakari work, Anmol Jewellers)
Look 3: Let’s go back in time – or to Bollywood of the 90’s – and revisit the two braid hairstyle. Add a few frills (like golden ribbons) along the braid and at the bottom. Make sure you don’t miss the mini braids at the bottom.
(Silk sari, Weaver Story; silver and hairpiece and gold plated necklace (worn in the hair), both Aaharya)
Look 4: There’s nothing like a long, jeweled braid that takes us back to our roots. To create this look, start with one braid at the crown and weave it with another braid. You can use a traditional braid accessory or play with your existing jewellery to dress up your hair.
ilk blouse, Weaver Story; silk sari, Tilfi Banaras; gold plated earrings, Tribe Amrapali; gold polished hair pins, hairband, earrings (worn in the hair) all Diaries Of Nomad )
Look 5: The school girl pony tail gets an upgrade. Use a gold headband on the crown and add your favourite jewels along the braid. You can also take this look out for a spin this festive season.
PHOTOGRAPHER : Dhruvin / A Little Fly
FASHION DIRECTOR : Pasham Alwani
WORDS : Sanjana Salunkhe