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#DesiGirlStyle: 10 Essentials Your Indian Wear Wardrobe Needs

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However much we love our trusty denims and skater dresses, we’re still desi belles at heart, who love decking up in traditional wear every chance we get! From a heavy anarkali to a comfy kurta, there’s a certain effortless elegance that comes with Indian wear. Whether it is for work, a family pooja, a wedding function or just like that, we tell you some essentials your Indian wear wardrobe needs. Pick up these little babies, and you’ll be ready to take on this festive season in style!



1. The Easy, Breezy Kurta


essentials your desi wear wardrobe needs - kurta


Bright kurtas in light fabrics, fun prints and chikan embroidery are a quintessential staple for your ethnic wear closet. Pair them with jeans, leggings or patialas to stay comfortably cool on a hot day. An easy kurta will bail you out every time on those days when you feel like you have absolutely nothing to wear.


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2. Always Have Leggings Handy


essentials your desi wear wardrobe needs - leggings


Replace those annoyingly stitched churidars that are loose around the knees but too tight at the ankles with a comfy pair of leggings. Aside from the basic black and white pairs, get them in different colours to mix and match with pretty tunics and kurtas. They really are a boon for your Western as well as your Indian wardrobe, and are comfortable enough to live in!


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3. The Festive Anarkali


essentials your desi wear wardrobe needs - anarkali

No traditional wardrobe can ever be complete without the classic anarkali! We love anarkalis for their super-slimming ability, flattering fit and the power they have to make us feel oh-so-pretty - which makes them an ideal go-to for a Diwali party or a wedding function or a dressy desi dinner.


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4. A Gorgeous Blouse


essentials your desi wear wardrobe needs - blouse

A beautiful, well-fitted sari blouse with gorgeous embellishments or sheer details is important to have as it can be a saving grace when you borrow a sari from your mom, aunt or friend. Get the blouses in colours like black, gold or cream to pair with just about anything. It will save you the last-minute scramble when you need to attend an important event!


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5. A Jhola for the Day and a Clutch for the Night


essentials your desi wear wardrobe needs - clutch

After you have carefully put together your outfit, the bag that you pair with it can either make or break your look! An over-sized envelope clutch is not going to cut it when you go desi - you need a vibrant jhola to pair with your casual kurta, and an evening clutch (that can be blingy, minimalistic or embroidered) to go with a heavy sari or salwar suit.


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6. A Versatile Dupatta/ Shawl


essentials your desi wear wardrobe needs - dupatta

A heavily embroidered or crushed dupatta or a colourful patchwork shawl is perfect to mix and match with outfits, and could be just what you need to add some richness to a simple salwaar or to pair with a sari on a chilly night!


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7. Traditional Jewellery Set


essentials your desi wear wardrobe needs - jewellery

Traditional jewellery gives you the right kind of sparkle you need to complete your look in your Indian best. A stunning kundan set can compliment any desi look. Pair it with a beautiful sari for some undeniable elegance.


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8. An Ethnic Skirt


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A pretty, vibrant skirt can be worn with tank top for a fun desi touch to your style and can be paired with a gorgeous blouse and dupatta for a mixed and matched lehenga. It is one item in your closet that you can count on to make you feel beautiful always.


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9. The Right Shoes


essentials your desi wear wardrobe needs - juttis

We love a comfy pair of Kohlapuris or juttis to slip into and save you the fuss of what shoes to pair when you go traditional. What’s so great about them is that they are versatile enough to even wear with jeans to bring an Indian touch to an ordinary, everyday outfit. For a more formal, dressy look, you can’t go wrong with a pretty pair of silver or gold heels or wedges to elevate your style while making you look taller.


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10. A Classic Pair of Jhumkis


essentials your desi wear wardrobe needs - jhumkis


No matter what you wear, from a kurta to a sari to a heavy salwar suit, a stunning pair of jhumkis in silver or gold can be worn to finish off your style with fabulous flair. They’re gorgeous, can dress up any look without being too heavy, and are perfect for making a beautiful statement when you go traditional.


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