If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's that there's absolutely no control over external things. However, what we can control is the decision we make mindfully about our fashion choices and well, in life in general.
Don't we have a few clothing pieces in our wardrobe that we always turn to? The ones that are versatile enough to be repeated again and again in different ways.
There is something about a few classic pieces that every Desi woman should own in their wardrobe and we have curated a list to help you with it.
Women Wardrobe Essentials -
1. Timeless Sarees
This six-yard rectangular length of fabric is the most versatile piece to own in your wardrobe. However, the actual fun lies in the draping.
In fact, there is an anthology of short films showcasing more than 99 regional sari draping techniques. While there are more than 100 iterations of this beautiful garment, the most common one is the Nivi drape in India.
There are infinite varieties of saris in the market - in varied colors and fabrics to choose from. From handcrafted Chanderi sarees to indigo mulmul saris in varied hues, from handwoven Banarasi Saris to Kota Doria cotton sarees in earthy palette, one can be spoilt for choices when looking for Saris in India.
So, if you want to go all desi, you can complete the quintessential Indian look with earrings, bangles or a watch, necklace, and a crystal-encrusted maroon bindi and voila, you're ready to rock! A complete must-have in women's wardrobe!
2. Simple Cotton Kurtas
If you're an Indian woman, there will only be a 1% chance of you not owning at least 1 kurta!
Well, yes, we just made this up :P But the accuracy of the data can't be questioned, given how kurtas have made a comfortable space in every woman's wardrobe. Easy-breezy, comfortable and oh-so-breathable - seriously, what's not to love about cotton kurtas in this summer weather?
Whether you're a college-goer or a college lecturer, a housewife, or a working professional, cotton kurtas come to every woman's rescue in the scorching heat. Styled with a dupatta or without, with pants or as a dress, kurtas are perfect to run your daily errands in style.
From tie and dye kurtas to hand block-printed kurtas, from Shibori printed kurtas to floral embroidered kurtas, at Shalvi Fashion, you can find designer kurtas at super affordable prices that can help upgrade Indian women wardrobe with ease.
3. Any Handcrafted Piece
India is a land of varied intricate crafts and these crafts have existed for centuries now. No matter which part of the country we go to, there will be some form of craft bringing magic to our life.
There are so many brands and designers who time and again reimagine these crafts with the aim to carry forward the legacy of these karigars.
Their objective is to preserve and promote the traditional art and craft of the country. The painstaking efforts and the exceptional skill-set that the karigars develop or inherit from their families are inspiring.
You don't have to be a craft aficionado to value or admire these stunning crafts. In fact, Indian women especially admire these crafts and want to treasure these handcrafted pieces forever.
A hand block-printed kurta or a Kota Doria kurta, a gota-patti suit set or a handwoven Chanderi Sari, a shibori print kurta or Dabu dye dupatta, you can incorporate some form of craft to your wardrobe with us.
4. Intricate Silver Jewelry
Jewelry has the power to spruce up any outfit effortlessly. And then comes into the picture, the stunning and intricate silver jewelry.
From traditional jhumkas to of-the-moment necklaces, you can style the silver jewelry with the simplest of kurtas and lehengas and still look ravishing. You'll be bombarded with some beautiful silver jewelry pieces when you scour the web.
And no matter what you choose, you can elevate the most basic outfits with a beautiful silver accessory.
There are so many Bollywood celebrities who are nailing the look effortlessly. Be it Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, or Kriti Sanon, the Bollywood tastemakers have let the jewelry take center stage in their ensemble. So, mix and match with lengths and sizes and have fun with stunning silver accessories to upgrade your Indian look.
5. Classic Kolhapuri Chappals
Simple, comfortable, and beautiful, Kolhapuri Chappals are a staple that needs to be added to every Indian woman's wardrobe. They are open-toed T-strap sandals and are handcrafted with leather.
Their sandy brown color is attributed to the tan using natural dyes. Kolhapuri chappals go with every Indian outfit, thus making it a perfect addition to your shoe range.
Originated from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, Kolhapuri chappals date back to the 13th century and are also approved by the Royals of the city. Designers have given the Kolhapuris a modern twist by introducing heels with the chappals like kitten heels, wedges, and block heels.
In fact, Kolhapuris are known to last a lifetime if kept away from moisture. So what are you thinking? Add a Kolhapuri chappal to your wardrobe and step out in style!
So, add these 5 wardrobe essentials and gear up to rock any Indian look. Hope this women's wardrobe essentials checklist helps you ace your look effortlessly!