10 Desi Wardrobe Essentials For Indian Women

10 Desi Wardrobe Essentials For Indian Women

Women usually require a lot of dress material to go for an outing to look classy and fabulous. But for that you don’t need a big bank account to fulfill your needs, you just need few ever-lasting essentials in your wardrobe.

You need a traditional sari, flared skirts, casual wear like Kurtis and Salwar & Churidar Suits, all will help you vary your style to a desi belle on weekly basis, you just need to look for the occasion you are wearing.

We have gathered some basic essentials you should always have in your desi wardrobe.

1. Kurtas

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A Kurta or Kurti can be worn as both formal and informal wear. For daily wear use lightly embroidered kurta which can be paired with your legging, jeans, salwar, palazzo, or skirt.

Embroidered or embellished kurta can be worn on special occasions to glam up your quotient. Even a simple Kurti gives the fanciest of looks when paired with the right accessories.

You can have long or knee-length kurta, A-line or straight kurta, full or half sleeves, cotton or linen, chikankari or Kashmiri embroidery kurta.

Wear fusion clothes by mixing both desi and western wear you can match your kurta with your jeans, some basic accessories like embroidered clutch, pumps, and some desi accessories will glam up your look.

2. Leggings

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Replace those stitched churidars with a comfy pair of leggings. The churidars are very uncomfortable and very loose around the knees and tight at the ankle while legging is way too comfortable.

Apart from basic black, brown, and white color legging, try to have various colors to match with your kurta.

3. Salwar or Palazzo

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Patiala salwar can go well with any type of kurta, you can match your plain Kurti with a printed salwar to make it look fancier. Patiala salwar can be matched with plain tees, tunics, long or short kurtas and are very comforting to wear.

Palazzo is the latest trend among youngers and you can pair Palazzo with any type of kurta and look stylish. These are some of the most stylish and comfortable pieces which go well with tops, Kurtis, crop tops, tees, etc.

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4. Long skirt

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Long skirts are in fashion in India and almost every brand has an amazing collection of long skirts. They go well with almost any type of kurta or top and gives you a redefined Desi Swag.

5. Simple Saree Blouse


No matter what type of saree you are wearing a blouse adds its own fashion statement, so you should have some neutral blouse which you can wear with any type of saree. You can experiment with various types of blouse like V-neck, Deep back, long sleeve, sleeveless and make the look of your saree vary.

Some blouses in colors like black, gold, or cream can be paired with any type of saree, it will save you from last-minute scramble when you need to attend an important event.

6. Multicolored Dupatta

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Heavily embroidered dupatta will add a style quotient to your simple salwar kameez or Kurti. There are various types of dupatta which you can try, Phulkari, Chanderi silk, Bandhani, Leheriya, or Kutchi. You can simply uplift your outfit with the right contrast of dupatta.

7. Desi Jhumkas or traditional jewelry set

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Traditional jewelry will give you the right kind of sparkle which you need to complete your Indian look. The charm and glamour of desi wear are not complete without matching jhumkis.

No matter how dull your outfit is, the right type of jewelry will add a wow factor to your look and will make your outfit look traditional and cool.

8. Colorful Bangles

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No Desi dress is complete without colorful accessories, colorful bangles will add charm to your desi ethnic wear. Intensify the beauty of your dress by wearing the right type of silver, golden or colorful bangles.

9. Kolhapuris or Punjabi Juttis


Punjabi Juttis or kolhapuris will make your outfit look traditional and ethnic. They pair up well with your Colorful ethnic dress, so slip into the colorful and sparkling Kolhapuris or Punjabi Juttis and hit the street with style.

10. Bag or clutch

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After having set everything else in your outfit, the last thing is paring the right type of bag with your outfit. You need a vibrant jhola to pair with your casual kurta and an evening clutch that goes well with a heavy sari or suit.

Besides these you can have lehengas, anarkalis, and Salwar Kameez Suit, making up your wardrobe completely desi look.

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Simmi Kamboj is the Founder and Administrator of Ritiriwaz, your one-stop guide to Indian Culture and Tradition. She had a passion for writing about India's lifestyle, culture, tradition, travel, and is trying to cover all Indian Cultural aspects of Daily Life.