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Body harness jewelry

The fashion world has found another unique way to make a statement, this time with body harness jewelry. The jewels of 2016 don’t just decorate your ears, fingers and wrists but delve into the realm of ankle and torso coverage.

A great way to experiment with your personal style is to join the body chain fashion tribe. Once the style of the island hopping celebrity set posing languidly on their Yachts, this trend has become popular with designers and high street brands this summer of 2016. An unconventional form of a chain, a body harness goes beyond the neck and clings itself to the body around the waist and towards the back.

As the Indian summer moves towards its peak, we are encouraged by the weather and fashion trends to opt for clothing that bares our shoulders, arms and torsos. Body jewelry provides the perfect compliment to these easy, breezy fashion trends.

Though a body chain may be referred to as the new-age jewelry, it is anything but that. Fashionistas attribute the style to two influences — India and the Middle East. In India, the style is believed to have originated from classical dancers, who supposedly wore chain-like trinkets around the waist. As for the Arabic influence, the style takes its influence from the belly chain that the belly dancers wore during their performances. However, the modern day body chain resembles jewelries originating from Britain, when it was under the Roman rule.

Many tribal cultures also use body harness jewelry as a way to adorn themselves, especially during rituals and celebrations. Amongst the celebrity set, Rhinana, Kendel Jenner and Beyonce have all been spotted wearing this style of jewelry. International fashion designers such as Valentino and Rodarte have also showcased it in their SS2016 collections.

Models sashayed down the runway at Alexander Mcqueen wearing industrial looking body harnesses, where as Calvin Klein showcased delicate gold body chains. There is no need to restrict this trend strictly to the beach, as it works in versatile ways with many summer outfits. Given bellow are six ways to wear the body harness trend.

1. Shimmering under a transparent lace or chiffon top or maxi dress: The subtle glint of a body chain perfectly accentuates sheer summer clothing.

2. Over swimwear: The perfectly way to look edgy and glamorous while wearing a sexy bikini.

3.Around the midriff: This can look especially appealing and accentuate the waistline, working well with the current crop top trend.

4. Shoulder chains: This style of body jewelry can look fabulously trendy and dressy. It looks perfect when teamed with a tube style outfit.

5.Over a body con dress: A neutral body con dress provides the perfect background to body jewelry.

6. Over a day outfit: The perfect look for brunching or going out and about town, these body chains look cool and effortless over plain t-shirts teamed with jeans or shorts.

At Pookaari we provide you with carefully curated and on trend options of body jewelry. Shop from our collection of hand harnesses and torso covering necklaces by designers such as B’bling, Closet Queen, Raya, Glam Diva and Desi Panache. 

Bib Necklaces

A perfect way to accessorize any summer outfit is by adding a bib necklace. Named a bib due to its resemblance of the clothing item, this necklace is usually a U shaped piece of jewelry worn in proximity to the neck. It can take your outfit from ordinary to outstanding, in a second .It is a sure fire way to add glamour and interesting style elements to your fashion choices. Every simple look can turn into awesome, just by adding a cute bib necklace.

The best to update your wardrobe this summer and look gorgeous, is buying one (or more) bib necklaces for your jewelry collection. You are likely to find lots of cute, cheap necklaces in lots of stores and in almost every color (and also in metallic colors). A bib necklace can be a little intimidating especially if it’s too big. But don’t let that stop you. Start by wearing a bib necklace with a white or black loose t-shirt (or other plain top) and some jeans. Avoid wearing them with bold patterns and let it be the focus of the outfit. Don’t team it with big earrings or excessive rings and bracelets as it can create an overbearing and over the top look. Let it fall over the fabric you are wearing or also on bare skin for a more casual bib necklaces can be made of cotton, fabric, beads and stones. Gold and silver metallic pieces accentuated with gems and crystals make for a more chic and formal look, which can work perfectly with your evening wear. They can even be added as interesting elements of embellishment to dress up an other wise plain traditional Indian outfit.

For SS2016 most designers have showcased cascading, gem drenched pieces dripping g with jewels and embellishments. Oscar de La Renta , Lanvin and Viktroria Haymen amongst many others have multiple bib necklaces in their collections. High street options are also available by the dozen, and many interesting pieces can be curated of street vendors and craftsmen as well. Given bellow are six different options to team your bib necklace with.

1. With a neutral top or dress to let the necklace be the center of attention.

2. With a contrast colored outfit to create a bright summer look that pops.

3. Over stripes for a nautical feel.

4. With a printed top or dress for a more busy and vintage style.

5. With a buttoned up and collared shirt to create an interesting, peep

6. Over bare skin for a sexy and more glamorous look.

At Pookari, designers provide you with multiple options of bib necklaces in a range of materials. Desi Panache provides a variety of options with chains, stones and funky neon colors. Malleka had glamorous metallic pieces perfectly suited for an evening look while Closet Queen delights with its stone studded jewels. Choose one or many of these styles to update your summer wardrobe and look on trend and glamorous this season, no matter what you are wearing!

Swinging with style: The Chandelier Earrings

As any fashionista can tell you, your jewelry collection is not considered complete unless it contains at least one dazzling and fashionable pair of chandelier earrings. By definition, a chandelier style earring means a long elaborate dangling earring, typically consisting of various tiers of gemstones, crystals, beads etc. From red carpet events to a night out on town, these long dangling earrings enamor everyone. These attention grabbing pieces dangle and sway from your ears, adding that extra drama and glamour to your look.

Made from a variety of materials, they can range from highly expensive and exclusive precious jewelry styles to affordable costume pieces for a trendy and current look. All age groups, making them an extremely versatile addition to your wardrobe, can also wear these earrings.

Historically, chandelier earrings closely resemble mini-chandeliers with a series of embellishments that drop down, sometimes cascading to different lengths, creating tiers. These tiers create movement and in many cases, create additional sparkle and shine.

These earrings have enjoyed a long history of being used as adornment, cultural identification and a sign of wealth and prosperity for thousands of years, dating back to 2500 B.C. According to legend, evil spirits were thought to be able to enter the body through any of its openings and take control. The first earrings were probably worn to bar away these spirits. Even though earring styles and popularity have fluctuated throughout time based on economic conditions, fashion and style influences and societal factors, they have always remained an important part of fashion.

Originating in Asia and the Middle East, Earrings were used as a simple way to determine the wearer's religious, political or tribal identity. Earrings were also an indicator of the individual's social status in the community and were considered a sign of wealth and prosperity. Among sailors, a pierced earlobe was a symbol that the wearer had sailed around the world or had crossed the equator. Earrings were also worn for acupuncture purposes, commonly believed to aid eyesight and hearing.

During the Roman Empire, wealthy women used earrings to show off their rich status. By the 2nd century A.D., gemstones such as sapphires, emeralds and aquamarines were used regularly in earring designs. By the middle of the 20th century, earrings of all shapes and sizes were popular, though there was a clear distinction between more conservative earrings worn during the day, and more glamorous earrings worn in the evenings. In the 1970′s, pierced earrings gained popularity and at the same time, styles merged and were no longer limited to either day or night wear.

Looking at the trends in 2016, many designers such as Alexander Mcqueen Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci and Celine have showcased massive chandelier earrings, some of them almost grazing the shoulder.

At Pookaari, we showcase a large collection of Chandelier earrings, by designers such as Raagini Mittal, Preeti Mohan, Vijayshree Sovani , Valliyan and Bbling to name a few. 

Made in a wide variety or colors, materials, our carefully curated chandelier earrings make the perfect addition to any outfit and can be shopped in styles to fit any occasion. Take advantage of their multifunctional character by wearing them on special occasions for a more luxurious and chic look, or wear them in everyday life to bring some bohemian free-spirited touches to your outfit.

Hanging on to the top trend this summer: Tassels

You have to have been living under a rock not to have noticed the fact that tassel jewelry and accessories are trending hard right now .You can literally find these fun and flirty trims hanging from the wrist, neck and ears of fashion bloggers, street style stars and celebrities every where you look. Apart from making you feel stylish and super trendy, these swingy little adornments also inspire you to feel strong, smart and statuesque. They are literally appearing all over the place, dripping of the ends of handbags, scarves, shoes and every other accessory

The word tassel originated from the Latin word ”tassau”, which refers to a clasp at the neck of a garment. Historically, this trendy little fringe you wear has a lot of significance. Between Roman emperors and contemporary fashion designers, tassels have had a long history of ornamental power. They have always been used as a symbol of power and prestige. In the beginning, tassels served as a weaving knot in garments to stop them from unraveling. Ancient priests and military officers began to wear them to denote superior rank and as talismans to ward of evil spirits. Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun was unearthed from his tomb wearing a tassel around his neck.

In more recent history, we have the French to thank to turn the humble tassel into a trendsetter and giving it a luxe legacy. The sixteenth century art of Passementerie turned tassels into a royal embellishment, commissioned by the  likes of Napoleon and King Louie the XIV. In India, traditional ‘Jhaalars’ were tassels used in decorative elements of clothing, décor and jewelry.

For Spring Summer 2016, the international range of accessories with tassel embellishments is as extensive as it is varied. You can choose from investment pieces like dainty tassel bracelets by jewelry designer Aurelie Bidermann, which are perfect for wearing alone or stacking up with others. Oscar De La Renta’s chunky beaded tassel earrings are also a fun way to wear this trend. For the more budget conscious, fun and affordable options from retailers such as ASOS and Nasty Girl are also available.

We at Pookaarii provide a wide variety of tassel jewelry as an option for everyone, young and old. Our BBling collection tassel necklace is an eye-catching option for how to wear this trend. As an everyday look, we have tassel pendant necklaces by Masaya trimmed with gold chains to add a glam edge. For a night out, Valliyan by Nitya has a more formal gold and emerald necklace with chain tassels. Our personally curated Pookaari collection has the Infinity necklace and Veer lapel pin with pearl tassels. Potli bags by Seetam and scarves by Bon Vivant also showcase this trend with their tasseled trimmings.

Needless to say, tasseled jewelry and accessories are the way to go to update your style quotient and stay on trend this summer. So don’t wait, add these pieces to your wardrobe right away and be fashion forward and forever stylish.

Charming us this summer: the Charm accessory trend

While going through various styles of designer jewelry, you are sure to have come across  the charm jewelry trend. These accessories are often tiny and delicate, but they sure do pack a punch. Charms are by definition an attractive or alluring feature that is added to accessories or jewelry. They are usually stones or baubles or even small trinkets of a specific shape that dangle off bracelets, earrings and necklaces. These are usually added to pieces individually or in multiple quantities and styles.  The purpose of these is to be pleasing to the eye and also add femininity and individuality to your look. These jewelry pieces are often personal, and provide an intricate and enduring peak in to the wearer’s inner world. Charm jewelry is also highly attractive as it dances and tinkles together with every step the wearer takes.

Historically speaking, the wearing of charms began in the way of an amulet or talisman to ward of evil sprits and bad luck. During pre-historic times, jewelry charms would be made of shells, animal bones and clay. Later on as civilization evolved, jewelry had charms made out of gems, rocks and sometimes wood.

Evidence of charms being used as ornaments in Germany and Africa was found up to 30,000 years ago. Ancient Egyptians, who were extremely evolved in their jewelry, used charms for identification and as symbols of faith and luck. They were even used to identify individuals to the Gods in their afterlife. Charms themselves have been the subject of several waves of trends and were worn by Assyrians, Babylonians and Persian civilizations from 600-400 BC. In Europe, Queen Victoria started the fashion of wearing charm bracelets amongst the noble classes.

In modern times, the jewelers Tiffany and Co. introduced their first charm bracelets in 1889. This look has gone on to become iconic and identified with the brand, and is now used in all their jewelry. Today, designers such as Juicy Couture, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi and Valentino use charms in their earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Alexander McQueens spooky skeletons and Moschino’s retro tapes are also an example of on-trend charm accessories. In 2015 bag charms became all the rage, and were showcased by high street and high-end designers in a variety of different styles.

At Pookaari, we have curated a collection of charm necklaces by designer label Quirkbox. These one of a kind charm pieces are adorned with dangling accents in metal and natural stones and are a great way for the wearer to flaunt their individuality. They can be worn with all kinds of outfits, from a little black dress in the evening to a white t-shirt and jeans to update your daytime look. Invest in these pieces to add to your wardrobe, and you are guaranteed to stand out and grab attention in any crowd.

En’wrap’tured by scarves

A scarf, also known as a Kremer, muffler or neck-wrap, is a piece of fabric worn around the neck, near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or for religious reasons. They can come in a variety of different colors, fabrics and styles. Historically, it is said that scarves were invented as early as 230 BC. Chinese warriors wore cloth scarves to mark their military rank. Romans in 10AD were also known to wear a linen kerchief or ‘sudarium’ knotted around their waist or neck. Croatian soldiers also wore scarves in the 17th century.

Practically speaking, scarves were worn for a variety of reasons. They can be worn to cover the head or neck, as part of a military uniform, for religious reasons or to support a sports team.

During the early 19th century the scarf became a real fashion accessory for both men and women. American politician Helen Gahgar popularized the look in the 1920’s. This versatile piece of cloth became iconic with brands such as Hermes, Pucci and Etro. Turban style scarves were also popular as a chic way to cover up a bad hair day. Scarves have also played an iconic role in many Hollywood movies such as Bridget Jones Diary, Funny Face and Confessions or a Shopaholic.

Scarves are made in a wide range of fabric, silk chiffon, organza, voile, cambric, linen and lace to name a few. Synthetic scarves are also popular as they are easier to maintain and don’t crumple. They can be worn in plain printed or embroidered styles, as a matching color or contrast to your look.

In 2016 if there was one accessory trend that was seen during New York fashion week over and over again, it was that of the skinny scarf. On the runway and around the necks of street style fashionistas, these 70’s inspired trend put a fresh spin on any and every outfit. These artful, long and one-sided drapes were spotted at Rodarte amongst other collections. Lanvin and Pucci were other designers who also showcased scarves in their collections. At Giambattisa Valli , models were spotted wearing plain white scarves around their necks held in place by large metallic brooches.

In India, dupattas and shawls have long been used as wraps with traditional outfits. Bandhini or Bandhej style woolen scarves are also popular in the Kutch district of Gujrat. Tribal women are often depicted with colorful scarves trimmed with coins wrapped around their heads. In modern times, women wearing Indian outfits have also started using skinny scarves and stoles instead of dupattas for a more convenient and fuss free look.

At Pookaari, we have a special section of handpicked and curated scarves to update you look and add to your wardrobe this summer. Masaya offers a range of reasonably priced cotton scarves in attractive digital prints, while Boho Rhapsody provides silk scarves in color-graded stripes. For a more fun and trendy look, shop white linen scarves by Bon Vivant embellished with fun multi- colored tassels.  Wrap one of these trendy scarves around your neck to update your outfit and add an extra pizzazz to your ensemble and stand out this Spring!