Body Jewellery – wear your attitude
A few years ago, body jewellery was looked upon as something that the wild children did – those who lived without rules, bending them, breaking out of the box etc. Not that this was appreciated as such – parents would look askance at someone with numerous piercings and children would be told that a earring and a nose ring are the only body jewellery they are allowed because they were the parameters of what was ‘decent’.
However, like many things, the rules have changed, and the rules of fashion more so. Now, piercings or body jewellery is all the rage and it is not uncommon to be sporting a lip ring, an eyebrow ring, a belly stud or numerous ear piercings.
Ear piercings have been around for some time – numerous ones that is. They look pretty elegant and chic if you choose your earrings carefully. If you pierce your ears numerous times, be extra careful not to attract infection, especially if the piercings are done together. Clean them daily with antiseptic and wear pure metals like gold till they heal completely. You can wear extremely cute jewellery in your ear – start at the top with really tiny studs. These come in adorable shapes – flowers, stars, turtles, musical notes, butterflies and what have you. You can be adventurous and opt for skulls and crossbones, dragons, spiders or snakes. They are generally beautifully wrought and found at most jewellery stores. Wear a really tiny one in the topmost hole, a slightly bigger one in the next one, and so forth. For the final hole in the lobe, wear something slightly bigger and perhaps, a earring which dangles.
Nose piercing: This is also something that has been a trend for ages, except now, the jewellery one wears has changed drastically. Gone are the hoops and traditional diamond studs – of course, people still wear them but the hip and happening crowd wear silver studs in different designs like leaves and stars- pearl nose studs are pretty and elegant and the more brave in taking fashion risks wear daggers and stakes through their noses. All in the name of style – this makes one look edgy and different if you carry the look correctly.
Eyebrow piercing: Generally associated with the hippie culture, an eyebrow piercing hurts a lot – so be warned before you opt for one. However, if you do go through with it, remember that if you add this body jewellery to your repertoire in the correct stylish sense, it would look great. Make sure the stud you wear is small and rounded – silver ones look best. If it sticks out you risk looking like you belong to unsavoury gangs and also, might experience and unfortunate tug or two on it.
Bellybutton piercing: Be careful with this one too, because you can risk injury. However, if you have a flat or curvy stomach, this body jewellery looks beautiful – especially if you are classy about it. Wear tiny studs or hooks through the piercing, add a gemstone or two to the list and your belly piercing will look chic when peeking out from beneath a t-shirt or when you wear a sari or ghagra.
Lip and tongue piercing: Be careful of these because they can look very ‘trashy’ not to mention hurt a lot. These also involve much infection if you are not careful. However, if you do carry it off then it can add that bit of edge to your look. For example, if you dress conservatively generally, then a lip stud will add panache to your look – you can always remove it for the board meetings! But be warned, a tongue piercing might not be looked upon with great tolerance by many employers, especially in India.
Body jewellery is a conscious and creative fashion decision- they are in fact, a step away from the most ultimate body jewellery ever – tattoos. So take that step only if you are sure that you can carry it off – else you will be left with a lot of pain, not to mention regret.