We all give into the impulse of purchasing something in vogue and trendy, even though we know we won’t wear it more than once. And while it’s okay to stock and discard seasonal trends from your closet, a well-curated stock of certain essentials is non-negotiable. These are staples that will come to rescue when that flared midi is doing you no favours or the over-sized jumper is making you feel fat. And since we are not the kind of people who keep insider tricks to sartorial success to themselves, we decided to share our list of 10 wardrobe essentials you can use again and again! Our wardrobes are well-stocked with them - are yours?
How many other pieces in your wardrobe can lay claim to making you look equally chic just about anywhere -be it a meeting or a date? This sartorial must-have (we prefer ours in luxurious silk, thank you very much) always comes to the aid of a fashionista-in-distress. Whether you’re looking for something to go with your formal navy trousers or printed skirt. No wonder we’re totally smitten!
POPxo recommends: Essential Chiffon Shirt by Mango, Rs 1,290
We don’t need to lecture you on the importance of a well-fitted pair of jeans now, do we? Let’s face it - this is what you’ll come back to when you’re bored of pencil skirts or are over your luxe sweatpants phase. Hence it’s advisable to always have a snug pair at hand. A dark colour is your best as it can be styled formally or informally (for instance, with a white shirt and blazer for a working lunch or with a sequinned crop top for a party). Skinny jeans are a no-brainer, but you can choose any cut that suits your body type.
POPxo recommends: Cheap Monday Stretch Crop Jeans, Rs 4,900
The epitome of a typical Parisian look, the classic Breton striped tee does lend one’s repertoire an inimitable je ne sais quoi. Apart from its obvious styling with denims, you can easily team this super tee with shorts and skirts as well. What’s more, it’s the ultimate addition to your arsenal to rock a print-on-print look too. Rest assured, this is all you need to nail street-style chic every single time!
POPxo recommends: Nautical Striped Jersey Tee by Forever 21, Rs 1,009
Black leggings could easily top the list of things you will wear a million times, no questions asked. If you still ask, simply because there are so many ways to style it! They can double up as pants when worn with an over-sized sweater or a mid-thigh-length top or tunic. You can just as easily wear them under dresses and skirts when the cold kicks in, while travelling and running errands, or with your kurtis for a traditional look. Talk about being multi-purpose!
POPxo recommends: Only Black Leggings on Jabong, Rs 1,995
We all have those days when we’re in desperate need of a pick-me-up. And there’s nothing like a fabulous outfit to make you feel like a million bucks. So, everyone ought to have that one go-to sexy ensemble. It could be a bold top with a plunging neckline or a snug bodycon dress for some, while a sequinned top or pencil midi will probably work for others. Whatever it is, find this sartorial soul mate and never let it go!
POPxo recommends: FabAlley Black Sequin Profuse Bodycon Dress on Myntra, Rs 1,700
Want to look like a style icon without even trying? Just turn to a trusty blazer. A classic black blazer, one that fits you like second skin, is sure to do the trick. It’ll see you through many a meeting and presentation, that’s a given. But it can also add effortless sophistication to a dress, palazzo pants or a simple jeans-and-tee look just as easily.
POPxo recommends: Dorothy Perkins Black Boyfriend Blazer on Jabong, Rs 2,950
From Audrey Hepburn to Sonam Kapoor, every style icon of her time has given her nod to this trusty little dress. So don’t stop yourself from waxing lyrical about the LBD either. It truly is the ultimate when-in-doubt dress, no matter what the occasion. So if you were looking for a dress that’s one for the ages, you just found it!
POPxo recommends: Moon River Dress by Stylista, Rs 1,290
A stylish printed scarf is one of the most versatile pieces you could ever own. You can knot it up to give your work look a finishing flourish, or wrap it carelessly around your neck to update a boring dress or top. And that’s not all - a smart scarf can also double up as a headband, belt or bag accessory! This nifty closet staple is full of surprises, isn’t it?
POPxo recommends: Gardenia Rose Scarf on Stalk Buy Love, Rs 249
From dressing up your night-out ensemble and complementing your formal pant-suit to adding glam to a simple dress, a pair of classic black pumps will never fail a girl. So if you had to live the rest of your lives in one pair of shoes, this should be it!
POPxo recommends: Black Pumps by Nine West, Rs 4,390
We often get so caught up in the flurry of activities that there isn’t enough time for a change of handbag. Which is why a tan/nude structured handbag, which is roomy enough to store your essentials but compact enough to be evening-appropriate is a must-have.
POPxo recommends: Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Small Tote on Elitify, Rs 17,493