10 Absolute IndianWear Essentialz

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This is by-far my favourite time of the year and I am unstoppable. As much as I love to live in my pyjamas, the weddings and festivities make me wanna dress up in my finest Indian wear and doll-up whenever possible. My crooked liner and uneven blush can never take out the excitement I feel this time. I love the fact that I get to flaunt my traditional best without feeling overdressed or out of place. 

I don't exactly buy a lot of Indian wear, however, there are few essentials I have stocked over the years and have realized no matter how many times I wear and mix-match them, they somehow never go out of style. 

My wardrobe is so incomplete without these items and as my duty to mankind I am here to make your life simpler. 


My attempt at doing an outfit post has failed, but keeping in mind the festive/wedding spirit I drafted this post to compile timeless items with which your Indian wear dilemma is sure to be sorted.


Here is a quick list of items I have put together for you:

Jhumkis: A pair of Jhumkis suit any face shape and is by-far the most versatile traditional jewellery. You can pair only jhumkis and it is sure to complete your look. I absolutely love my gold tiered jhumki I wore for my wedding. Apart from these I have a few imitation ones and quaint silver ones, which are really pretty.




Black Anarkali: Anarkalis are the most flattering of outfits irrespective of shape or size. A black anarkali looks stylish and is ideal for night events (cocktails, reception, sangeet etc.). Pair it with stylish dupatta or flowy jacket or a small embroidered koti (like worn here) and you will get an all new outfit each time.

Gold sari: Rekha and Kiron Kher have definitely made us fall with their sari collection everytime they appeared on screen. But, one sari shade somehow always made an appearance, which was either a beautiful gold kanjeevaram or benarasi. Gold is a superb colour that looks classy and dressy at the same time and matches blouses of any colour. This gold kanjeevaram sari is a part of my wedding trousseau. I have worn it once when I came to my new home in Delhi post wedding. I already have a ton of ways in my mind; can't wait to try them one by one.



A cream and gold salwar suit: If you follow what Twinkle Khanna, Bachchan ladies or Mrs Bendre mostly wear, you will notice that an off-white/cream chikankari or a lucknowi suit salwar suit always makes an appearance. A personal favourite, this combination beautifully suits Indian skin tone and even the simplest of dress can look grand. A touch of lip gloss, a hint of kajal and a pair of heels, that's all this outfit needs. 

A golden churidar and dupatta set: You will be surprised at the versatility of a golden churidar and dupatta set. I bought a silk set and mostly wear with kurtas which have a hint of gold as it matches perfectly. I can easily transform the look of simplest of kurtas by wearing this set with it.

Golden sandals: Finding footwear for Indian wear is very much a challenge since most options have loud embroidery. If you find the perfect gold pair then you surely are lucky. 
The pair below are my wedding shoes.



Potli bag: Potli bags have stayed since time immemorial. The silk ones or the embroidered ones, these bags are extremely handy and easy to carry. I have two - both are gifts, one from my husband and other from mums friend. I am yet to use them, but I already know it can match most of my Indian wear.

A black blouse: That's the first thing I did when I reached the sari-wearing age. I know the term sounds funny, but we Indian girls do have a sari-wearing age. A black blouse matches most saris (in my case it was my moms saris) or you can always buy saris that match the black blouse. Give the blouse a stylish pattern to add a modern twist so that it doesn't look boring.

A Golden Brocade Blouse: Last but no the least, a gold brocade blouse matches most silk saris and adds a rich touch. Even though my wedding sari had a plain red silk blouse I got a fancy golden blouse stitched. Not only did it complement the sari, it enhanced the overall look beautifully.





A versatile necklace: A necklace that goes well with all your traditional attires is a must. Preferably, something elegant and versatile and doesn't look too bridal. This purchase from Amrapali (buy it here) has been my best so far. I have worn it a couple of times of sarees and dresses and I get compliments each time. 




Time to stock on these essentials and look every bit Indian this festive/wedding season. 

So, what is the first thing you are going to buy?? Leave comments and let me know..

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