Friday, 11 July 2014

Styling harem pants, embroidery top, patchwork bag and ethnic jewelry.

My friend Kristine has just come back from her trip to Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh State in India. She was so fascinated by Indian wooden crafts and clothes that she asked me to help her make an Indian-themed outfit. Kristine dreamed of something modern-looking, as she wanted to wear it to work (she is a landscape architect).
So I couldn't use traditional Indian clothes, otherwise it would look "too ethnic" and Kristine's clients may find it strange. =) I decided to adopt several principles like natural fabrics, vivid colors, embroidery, yellow gold and more. Here is the result:

Indian dresses are very brightly colored and mixing grass green, burgundy red, orange and a lot of gold is considered normal. That's why the bag in this look has all colors of the rainbow in it. Simple mono-colored top and pants balance the multicolored bag and draw attention by their style and embroidery. Wooden jewelry with gold elements are a great example of contemporary design with a prominent ethnic influence.

The top is in Burnt Orange color and has a lovely flower embroidery and lace applique. Shop here: O.S.A., $28  

Harem pants are made of fine quality linen - they are soft and very 'easy-breezy' to wear. They have 4 well-placed pockets and just the right length, so I bet, Kristine would love wearing them when she works in the garden. =) Shop them here:  Vivid linen, $118 

Soles and back parts of Spanish espadrilles are resembling the design of hand-woven baskets sold on Indian craft markets. You may think shoes might be heavy with the way the heel is, but in reality they are very comfortable and lightweight. Shop here: VISCATA hand-made Spanish espadrilles, $69 

The bag is made of top grain lambskin and canvas. It is sturdy, huge and vivid floral patchwork is fun, so be ready for lots of compliments! =) Shop here: AmeriLeather Rosalie bag, $65

These tribal earrings made of sono wood remind me of Holy cow horns. Cow is a sacred animal in Hinduism and a symbol of "wealth, strength, abundance, selfless giving and a full Earthly life." Shop here: 81stgeneration, $23 

Cult arrow head ring looks like it is an antique jewelry piece from the ancient times. 
Shop here: by boe, $19  

Crest-shaped necklace has a unique design and looks pretty antique. Shop here: by boe, $48

The cuff bracelet is bold, striking and absolutely noticeable. I totally love how wood looks together with gold! Shop here: 81stgeneration, $44 

The ring is called "Wooden candy" and the name speaks for itself - it is trendy, magnetic and fun. White, neon yellow and orange are also available and will look great with this outfit. Shop here: Victoria Cors, $30

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