If you love adorning your hands with beautiful jewellery, bangles are the accessory for you! Bangles (also, called choodi in North India) are types of bracelets that are closed rigid loops, and they can elevate the style quotient of any outfit. Bangles are also integral to Indian culture; they are a part of the sixteen ornaments a bride must wear, and newlywed brides wear red, white, and/or green bangles (depending on the region they are from).
Do you wish to buy bangles but confused about which ones to get? Let’s be on our way to understanding different types of bangles:
Bangles are one of the oldest pieces of jewellery, there is evidence of bangles being worn by people as long ago as 2600 BC. Early versions of bangles were made out of copper. But that doesn’t make it a dated piece of jewellery by any standard! Bangles are still as fashionable, they have made it on multiple fashion shows in various forms, like beaded and stone studded.
Bangles are made of a variety of materials, mainly metal and non-metal. Metal bangles include bangles made with various metal finishing, while non-metal bangles include bangles made of other materials like wood, plastic, glass, and shell apart from others.
There are many types of bangles available for one to pick from, the type of bangle perfect for you depends on your dressing style and taste in jewellery.
Metal bangles include bangles that are made of metal, and they have various finishes, like silver, gold, rose gold, and bronze. Metal bangles can either be thin with little or no decoration, or they can be large and eye-catching. Some metal bangles come with interesting elements like mirrorwork, cut out work, stonework, and so on.
Gold Plated Bangles
Gold plated bangles are quite popular in India, they come in both traditional and modern designs. Gold plated bangles pair well with rich colours like red and purple, but can also look good with colours like blue and white when the outfit is planned well. Minimalistic stacked gold bangles look chic with western clothes like the classic white tee and jeans combo, or floral dresses. There are also thick gold bangles that can be worn on their own to complement an outfit. Gold imitation jewellery is gaining a following because it has the look of authentic gold jewellery, yet it is affordable. This allows for one to buy multiple pieces for different outfits. Imitation gold bangles are often studded with dazzling white or colourful stones that make it look more festive. Imitation gold bangles look especially great with traditional wear for fancy shindigs like weddings and parties.
Silver bangles look trendy and look cool with so many clothing combinations. They can either be slim, making it possible to stack them or wear them on their own, or they can be chunky. Thick and ornate bangles are good investments for people looking for statement pieces. A fool-proof way to make light coloured outfits look good is with silver bangles, but use your own creativity to wear them in ways like never before. Simple stacked silver bangles give a stunning look when donned with a pastel coloured kurta and a colourful scarf. You can also wear a thick but sleek bangle with stonework or cut out work and wear it with slim fitting midi dress for a polished look.
When one talks of traditional jewellery, mentioning Kundan jewellery is a must! Kundan bangles feature gorgeous stonework, Kundan work is known to be made with expert craftsmanship. These bangles have an exquisite look about them and add grace to Indian wear. You can experiment with western looks too wearing these bangles. Wear Kundan work bangles and necklaces with rich sarees or lehengas to look royal, or try wearing bright silk thread bangles with subtle kundan work with a lemon yellow T-shirt, jean jacket, and thread work earrings with ripped jeans or shorts.
These bangles include bangles made of materials such as plastic, glass and thread.
Plastic bangles are quite popular in recent times, as they are inexpensive, durable, and stylish. They are also available in many varieties. Resin bangles are a type of plastic jewellery that grew in popularity in the 70s and were sold in many funky shapes and colours. These days, there are so many plastic bangles to choose from, be it slim solid coloured plastic bangles, or wide plastic bangles with stripes. There are also plastic bangles with the look of colourful glass bangles. Plastic bangles can either be a simple accent to your outfit, or the statement piece that completes it.
Glass bangles are an important part of various cultures in Southeast Asia, and brides in India often wear red or green coloured glass bangles. Glass bangles are popular are they are available in every hue in the spectrum, and look simple, yet pretty. They are sold in both slim and thick varieties, so you can choose according to your likes. If you love a splash of colour in your outfit, you can pick up a pack of colourful glass bangles and match them to your clothes. You can even wear different hues together for a look one can’t take their eyes off of.
Thread bangles are an easy way to add a rustic beauty to your everyday look. They are made by wrapping thread around plastic or metal bangles and are available in bright colours and embellishments, including stonework and tassels. A set of vibrant thread bangles with simple metallic bangles will level up a white kurta and palazzo combination.
How to Style?
There are so many ways to wear bangles, whether you like subtle designs, or like going all out! For casual clothing, there’s more liberty in the choice of bangles one can sport, if it is bright plastic bangles or plain stacked metal ones. Incorporating bangles into formal wear is not difficult, you can wear a single minimalistic bangle with pearls or stones to look classy yet pretty. As far as traditional looks go, a true traditional look is incomplete without beautiful bangles!
Wear metallic bangles with monochrome outfits for an extra edge to an understated outfit, for example, a pastel dress. Update your beach look with a thick metal bangle on one hand with stacked metal bangles on the other, wear these with a striped tank top and distressed shorts with colourful flip-flops. Use metal bangles in minimalistic designs to spare a colourful outfit from looking over the top, like a printed shirt with a light coloured pants. But if you’re not afraid of wearing colour all over, colourful glass bangles may be your calling! Glass bangles in vibrant colours can be stacked and worn with a colourful maxi dress for an eclectic look! Thick glass bangles can look boho with a blouse and a dark coloured skirt with knee length boots, wear mismatching colour bangles for an added quirk.
Want to accessorize on a budget? Plastic bangles can be your saviour! They are sold in so many variants, you will surely find one to suit your personal style! Try thread covered plastic bangles in bright colours with a short black kurti and red palazzos with ethnic earrings. Or try minimalistic plastic resin bangles in solid colours and pair them with a patterned T shirt in a light colour and white trousers for a cool summer-friendly look. Plastic bangles with the look of glass bangles are also commonly found these days, and can be worn with daily ethnic wear for a dash of brightness.
Kundan bangles are timeless, and make a woman look drop-dead gorgeous when worn with a saree, lehenga, or any other formal traditional outfit. If you want to push the boundaries, you can try pairing slim Kundan bangles (with bright thread work if you love bright colours, or stones set on a metal bangle) with a pastel coloured shirt and jeans with jutis.
There are even ways to style bangles with other accessories. Don’t be afraid to mix bangles made of different materials together, some combinations can lead to fabulous looks! If you love wearing watches, a metal bangle with the plating of your choice with matching bracelets can be the perfect companion with your watch needed to stand out.
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