Top 5 wardrobe basics for Indian Women


Many write a list of wardrobe essentials for women and, most of them include the LBD, White shirt and Blue Jean. However not every gal requires them! There are quite a few women that I know are super stylish and wear only Indian clothes!!! So here's a revised list of 5 wardrobe essentials of Indian clothing for every Indian woman.
 
1. Kanjeevaram / Sequin Saree: Saree is the essence of Indian clothing. Sarees come in a variety of lengths and tons of drapes. Every Indian gal needs atleast 1 saree in her wardrobe, or rather make it 2. There has to be 1 saree that's just grand and exquisite which is perfect to wear to a wedding or a cocktail event. It could a splendid Kanjeevaram silk saree or an intricate glittery sequin embroidered saree or a mix of both that would make you the queen of the room! If budget permits why not Sabyasachi??!!!
2. Handloom / Khadi saree: Not everywhere does a grandeur of a Kanjeevaram or Embroidery work out. Some events like meetings, formal get togethers require a subtle look. It could be a saree but a simpler one like Bengal cotton handloom saree or an Ikat Khadi saree. Best places to get such simple sarees would be best from the weavers at exhibitions, or from boutiques that handpick the best!
3. Anarkali / Kurti: Though saree is fabulous, wearing it everyday can be a bit cumbersome. There comes to the rescue with Salwar Kameez. This again has tons of options in tops like kurti, anarkali etc, bottoms like chudidhar, patiala etc. A few in various degrees of grandeur and in various colors would be a perfect wardrobe. The shorter ones are best worn with patialas and the anarkali are best worn with chudidars. 
Quite a few options of kurti for women are available online like Biba! With mix & match a lot can be achieved with few pieces and some creativity. A couple a short kurtis, a couple of anarkalis should make quite a few outfits by wearing them with leggings, patiala, jeans and maxi skirts. 
4. Leggings: Leggings for Indian women are what jeans are for western women. It is essential and we need a few in all basic colors - black, white, beige, red, sap green etc. The plain ones are much versatile than the velvette or lace ones. They almost replace chudidhar. They are good to wear with kurti or anarkali, or to wear within translucent maxi skirts. But always never forget, leggings are not pants! 3-5 pieces in 1 pack are available online to start with and a few more to suit  some unique colored kurtis.
5. Dupatta / Stole: 2.5 to 3 m in length and 1 or 1/2m in width, dupatta are the most versatile things to own! Every gal needs quite a few in different levels of grandeur from zardozi to tie-dyed to just plain and in various materials from nets to chiffons to heavy cottons. These can be worn as dupatta or half saree or sarong or turban or can be draped in several ways! Best way to purchase them is by collecting them bit by bit as and when you come across one that you like!

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  1. Thank you so much for this revised list. I´m fed up of most indian fashion blogs as they only showcase western clothes and ignore indian wear thereby neglecting a vast number of indian women who would love to look stylish but prefer or are compelled (by profession) to wear ethnic stuff. Keep up the good work.

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  3. u look so pretty in indian wear
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  4. You carry the Indian saree really well... especially the Handloom/Khadi saree. You look awesome on the runway :))

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  5. These are must in an Indian woman's wardrobe.

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  6. All the outfits are so colorful and gorgeous! I think I'd love to have a Khadi saree the most, seems the easiest to wear anywhere.

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  7. It's always nice to discover little things and elements about other cultures. Clothing is an important part - and I enjoyed this articles. These basic pieces look great!

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  8. I have just completed a cultural module in my floral design degree so this is lovely to see. I am always drawn to the bright colour and patterns of indian dress. x

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  9. I love the pictures of your outfits! I used to have a few Indian friends so I have seen a lot of saree's. I think they are so beautiful!

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  10. I have a saree, a gift from a friend from india. Until now, I have not had an idea how to use it beside just tying it up traditionally. :P Still experimenting...

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  11. I have always loved the look of a Saree and have always wanted to own one. They just look so good on everyone. I think I'd look good in one too. :)

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  12. The Indian attire looks lovely on you, were u on a ramp there? - Shivansh Chaudhary

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  13. When it comes to clothing for Indian women, I admit, I only knew of the saree. I had no ida you had a lot of other options, and in beautiful patterns, colors, and designs too!

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  14. I don't really wear Indian clothes now-a-days. But everytime I wear, I am sure to look pretty because of sheer beauty of Indian clothes. You look very nice in that saree.

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  15. Nice write up. Though, I am not from India but I really admire when you take the culture of your country. Thumb up

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  16. You look great on your outfit. I like how you outfits are so colorful with all the intricate details.

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  17. What I love about these dresses is that they are colorful and they bring out one's femininity and gracefulness. But it's so hot in our country this time of the year, wearing dresses and layers can be uncomfortable. -Claire Algarme

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  18. I didn't know there were different types of saree. To be honest, I find Indian clothing really beautiful and fascinating. You are so creative when it comes to putting together patterns and colors. Every outfit I've seen so far is full of life and energy! It's really amazing.

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  19. You know your creamy radiant in those Indian outfits. I'm easily attracted to seeing Indian women in their beautiful native wears, makes them unique and lovely!

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  20. This post is very educational. I did not know these different kinds of clothes that Indian women. Thank you for providing photos of these outfits as well to clarify the differences.

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  21. I love traditional Indian attires! It's great to understand the different types! Loved this post!

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  22. Collecting bit by it is fun. This is a nice post for info., glad I visited today. :)

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  23. I have seen quite a few Indian women here in the Philippines but never did they wear the "Handloom / Khadi saree" it seems like a very modern. I like this style of dress.

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  24. Indian costume is really comfortable and colourful~ I love the accessories they had to go with... Simply cheer up anyone with the colours~

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  25. I am going to get myself a set kurti and legging for the coming deepavali and my friend's wedding.

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