6 Classic Wardrobe Essentials for the Modern Indian Woman

Are you always staring at a wardrobe full of clothes and yet find nothing to wear?


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Don’t worry! It’s a common plight of all women and we are all in the same boat 😀

Here’s a recommendation on few wardrobe must-haves that work for both ethnic and western looks, thus seamlessly blending the traditional with contemporary. With this guideline handy, you can create a range of looks suitable for any occasion

  1. Long Shirt Dress

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Shirt dresses are such an easy breezy option, especially in tropical climates. It is in fact one of the most versatile pieces you could own. Team it up with jhumkas, leggings and kohlapuri chappals for a desi look or wear it as a shirt dress with a nice slim leather belt clinched on your waist for a chic look.

You could dress it down with sneakers and denims or pair it with well fitted pants, strappy heels and an evening clutch for a night out in style.

    2. Strappy Heels 


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Carrie Bradshaw would be mighty pleased to see this one in the list. But on a more serious note, strappy heels are a staple in any modern woman’s closet and with neutral shades like nude or black, you can never go wrong!

These go perfectly well with both Indian as well as western looks and will see you through any occasion in style. Women who aren’t too comfortable in pointy heels can go for kitten (midi) heels in same colours. But always keep comfort in mind and look for heels that are practical and sturdy.

      3. Silk Stole


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A handmade stole is a great fashion accessory with any traditional or western outfit. Whether it is hand embroidered, printed, simple or sequined, a classic silk stole is something everyone needs, to look well put together on days you aren’t sure of your outfit.

Wear it as a dupatta over your salwar suit at a wedding or twirl it around your neck as a scarf over dresses or shirts for a smart-casual look. What better way to keep you warm and cozy when there’s a slight chill in the air and look stylish too!

    4. Relaxed Palazzo


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A palazzo is a no-brainer wardrobe staple. If there’s one fashion item that has been universally accepted by women of all shapes, it’s a relaxed palazzo. Probably one of the most comfortable outfits you could have in your wardrobe and perfect for days when you feel bloated but still want to look presentable.

Opt for a solid coloured or a striped one and team it up with a well fitted shirt for a more work-appropriate look. Alternatively you could even dress it up by wearing a short kurti or a chikankari kameez with chunky earrings for a more ethnic look.

At the end of the day, it’s all about being comfortable, isn’t it? 🙂

 5.  Statement Choker


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If you want to amp up an ensemble, a statement choker necklace is the best idea. It has always been on trend and can instantly add some drama and zing to any regular outfit. Be it sarees, cold-shoulder tops, turtle necks or V-neck dresses, a choker perfectly frames your neck and elevates your look to a whole new level.

You can glam up a simple saree with a choker, ear studs and hair tied up in a bun and be assured of turning few heads your way. An equally interesting option would be to pair it with an evening dress (LBD or maxi, up to you!).

6. Long Jacket


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A long brocade jacket is a fantastic fusion between the ethnic and contemporary. If you don’t find one at the store, get your local tailor to create a bespoke piece in brocade, tailor-made just for you. The right fit makes all the difference. I am currently obsessing over the versatility of a structured well-fitted jacket.

There’s no end to the different looks that you could achieve with it!

Think of wearing it over a simple white kurta with jeans or layer over a saree for that elegant look. You could even rock a jacket on an evening dress or a pencil skirt. Invest in the right kind of fabric and ensure that the fit complements your figure to enhance your whole look.