Fashion designer Nikasha Tawadey believes in all things minimalistic. Her collections always emphasise that looking gorgeous doesn’t always mean going OTT, especially when it comes to styling yourself everyday.  A dori that is eye-catching or a border that’s interesting – that’s all it takes to make a statement. God is in the finer, more subtle details.

What we love the most about Nikasha’s designs is that they almost always work with Indian textiles and her colour palette celebrates the grandeur of Indian hues. Rust, mango, orange, pink, royal blues and bright greens have been a staple feature in her collections and even leading Bollywood ladies just can’t seem to get enough of them!

In an exclusive tete-a-tete, Nikasha tells eStylista how to add ethnic to your wardrobe without looking like a Christmas tree on Diwali (Yeah, that’s how mis-matched some of us look when we sport Indian wear on an everyday basis!). Subtlety is a skill we must master when it comes to Indian clothes and Nikasha is just the person to give some sound advice. 

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Top Ways to Add an Ethnic Idea to Your Wardrobe Everyday

1. Play It Up With A Scarf

Play with volume and colour by adding a simple scarf made from a funky dupatta or sari. You can go the woven way by picking an ikat, jamdani or tie & dye. Do experiment with bandhini or lehariya or even embroidered chikankari for a fun look. A scarf in an ethnic fabric adds colour, confidence and quirk to your otherwise neutral work wear.

2. Glistening Glass Bangles

Wear about a dozen glass bangles to create a bit of drama to your look. Bangles are great accessories to wear on Indian as well as western wear. It’s about choosing the right ones. Go from glass to fabric to lac, and make sure the rest of your outfit is simple. Balance, balance!

3. Bring Out The Silver Jewellery

When it comes to jewellery, go all out and pile it on. Bracelets, a chunky choker and even jhumkis look striking when teamed with neutral outfits. But wear them in moderation and choose pieces that are timeless and elegant. 

4. Jaipuri Prints For All Occasions

A loosely-buttoned silk kurti or silk chiffon kurta in fun Jaipuri prints looks oh-so-classy when paired with a white shirt or even black formal pants. Try to add one new print to your wardrobe everyday.

5. Smoky Eyes and Fresh Flowers

Kohl-lined eyes with fresh flowers in your hair are the epitome of Indian beauty. If you’re looking to add ethnic without going all out – these tiny additions might help.

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