Thanks to Deepika, Kareena, and Shilpa Shetty, wearing sarees is so in. But, if you ask me, I’d rather wear my grandmother’s gamcha saree and spruce it up with a blouse than invest in a couture saree by a prominent designer. That said, whatever it is that may define you – we need sarees and a lot of them in our ethnic closet because nothing is more compelling on a woman than a saree. While some cannot get enough of Kalamkaris, some like to doll up in a Sabyasachi, and a few others jump at the idea of wearing a saree – any kind would do! So yes, have a few sarees in your closet, they always come in handy.
2. Salwar Kameez
Salwar Kameez is to Indian fashion what rice is to Indian food – a staple; or, it has become so over the years. The traditional salwar kameez, as the name goes, is a standard set of a top, bottom, and a dupatta. But, these have taken many forms over the years, and we will talk about that in a minute. The traditional salwar kameez is something the average Indian woman spends most of her life in. Designers are doing a splendid job in taking the salwar suits to the next level; so, you can never have too many of these.
3. Patiala Suits
Indians love all things Patiala, if you know what I mean. The Patiala pants are a wider and cooler variation of your regular bottoms. These have more definition because of their pleats that give your outfit a fuller feel. It looks especially great on tall women. Nevertheless, Patiala suits are evergreen, and thus we all need these in our closets.
4. Anarkali Suit
There was a total fashion freeze for the longest time and we felt like there was no innovation in the traditional dresses line because Anarkalis took over. They practically ruled the racks before there were others entrants, but all said and done, you cannot get enough of these, and that’s why a part of me will always look for these every time I go shopping. Anarkalis are long and voluminous, and the A-line cut starts way above the hips. From cotton to tulle, lace, and zari, Anarkalis will always have a considerable market share, and no one can change that.
5. Lehenga Choli
The lehenga is slowly turning out to be the most sought-after bridal dress. Women from most communities in India get married in a lehenga choli, and the kind of options that we have right now is beyond overwhelming. If the lehenga is not the dress to get married in, brides make sure they wear one for their sangeet, Mehendi or other functions. The bridesmaids too generally go for this sexy Indian wear.
Kurtas to the modern Indian women are go-to formal dresses. Even when you are not in a mood to suit up for a meeting, wear a block printed kurta and pair it with jhumkas and pumps – you’ve got yourself a chic boho look in minutes. From teenagers to middle and old aged women, kurtas are what we all prefer because we have gotten over the fact that we need a dupatta every time we wear an Indian dress.