At the onset of the pandemic, we all found ourselves in a sweatsuit induced rut.
I’m not going to lie—I rejoiced at the fact that I didn’t have to wear my ‘outside clothes’ anymore. Pantsuits were replaced with tracksuits and my motivation was quickly overtaken by indolence. As work meetings, coffee with friends and even celebrations were all slowly replaced by virtual calls, my outlook changed. At the end of the day, a video call is meant to replicate reality. Dressing up for one therefore is embracing the new normal. Not to mention, psychologists have found a direct link between what you wear and your state of mind in any situation.
So, I charted out a style bible which allowed me to retain my newly realised comfort—in lieu of pants, I decided to wear diamond jewellery. With all the focus on your top half, you can save the tailored trousers and high heels for when you leave the house. Instead, play with innovative necklines & dazzling diamonds to make a statement. Follow this guide that will see you through every virtual event.
Let’s talk business
A blazer always leads to powerful communication. Pick a subtle yet beautiful colour like this lilac version—the oversized fit makes it even more comfortable. Wear it with delicate, geometric studs that don’t distract from the fact that you’re here to talk business. Layer dainty diamond necklaces to subtly accentuate the deep neckline created by the blazer. Top off the look with sparkling rings that spell success.
With birthday celebrations, anniversaries and even weddings moving online, your jewels are going to do all the talking for you. Opt for an unconventional silhouette like this one-shouldered ensemble. Its drama is matched by equally OTT diamond chandelier earrings. Accessorise your freshly manicured hands with statement rings—stack them, alternate them—the more the merrier.
We’re all familiar with those manic days when you have one commitment after another.
Picture this: A working Saturday interspersed with meetings, a catch up session with an old friend and finally, a date at the end of the day. To see you through it all and first to the rescue is a classic shirt. This floral number, with an almost Shakespearean high neckline, forms the perfect base to layer your natural diamonds over—subtle yet striking flower motif earrings, a delicate pendant and your on-the-daily diamond rings.
Lunch with the girls: online edition is as fun as the real deal. Keep it simple with a well fitted knit—choosing nude tones will make your diamonds shine even brighter. A pair of flirty, dual coloured hoops and understated pendant top off the look. Animated conversations always entail hand gestures so don’t forget to add a sparkly wraparound ring.
Our version of virtual movie night entails a classic watch (think Love Actually), lots of snacks and finally, a cosy outfit topped off with diamonds of course. A cream coloured polo knit does the trick. Layer over the long sleeves with gold toned diamond bracelets. Stackable rings and minimalistic solitaire earrings are the perfect addition.
If there’s one thing 2020 taught us, it is to embrace change, cherish the good and celebrate every little thing. So if you’re planning a virtual call for work or with friends, go on and accessorise your top with diamond jewels as you would’ve done for a regular outing. Only this time, the perk is that you can rock it sans pants.
Photographs: Shubham Lodha
Styling: Divya Gursahani
Styling assisted by: Nishtha Parwani
Hair & Make-up: Riddhima Sharma
Production: By the gram
Model: Dipti Pawar/ Anima Creatives