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Indian “Ethnic” Wardrobe Essentials

However popular western clothing gets, there is something sublimely beautiful about wearing Indian ethnic clothes. An effortless elegance. When it comes to Indian wear, it’s very important to know where you really wear these clothes.  It could be
# Office
# College
# Weddings
# For a play/music night
# Just like that

We’re going to build a wardrobe together to fit your lifestyle.
(If you do not understand a term, please refer to the glossary in the end of the post )

Essential # 1
A Versatile Heavy Dupatta

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A dupatta with heavy embroidery/patch work is the first must have in your wardrobe.
You can wear it with

# A single color salwar-kameez to add richness & style
# A harem pant with a spaghetti top
# A nice saree and use it as a shawl to add color to your saree

Essential # 2
Comfortable & Flattering Kurtas
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 The kurtas, casual or chic, paired with churidar, pants, Patiala salwaar or jeans are as hot and happening as it gets. Make sure you have a diverse collection of kurtas based on fabric & style.
#Bases on style:  Few printed kurtas, tunics without slits, A-shaped kurtas, umbrella shaped, short & long kurtas. This will give you enough chance to try different styles.
#Based on fabric: Nice mix of silk, georgette, cotton, chikan, crepes, linen and cotton silk should complete your wardrobe, making you ever ready to step out in ethnic clothes.

Essential # 3
Black/Golden/Silver Sequin Blouse:

mg_3076 These go well with most of the sarees (especially when you are borrowing A saree from your mom OR FRIENDS). The saree colors that work best with these blouses are:
Black blouse : Black, Red, Yellow, Silver, Magenta,White, Blue
Golden blouse: Rust, Black, White, Green, Brown
Silver blouse: Blue, Pink, Purple,Magenta, Black

Essential # 4
Basic Leggings 
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Leggings are versatile. Black & white ARE must-haves, make sure you have some basic colors that go well with your kurta collection.
#Ankle length leggings: Go well with Tunics, short kurta, umbrella shaped long shirts.
#Long leggings: Can be worn with kurtas of any length and they replace the churidars, making it more wearable without a dupatta.

Essential # 5
Pakistani Ankle Length Pants

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These are trending right now  and a basic Pakistani ankle length pants is a must have to add diversity to your wardrobe.
#These Ankle length pants go extremely well with Long length kurtas and Kaftans.
#If you are tall then you can wear nice ethnic flats else you can wear slight heels to avoid looking stout.

Essential # 6
Pair of Punjabi Juttis/Kolhapuris

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The magic of sparkling, flamboyant varieties of the Punjabi Juttis/Kolapuris gives you a unique and cultural look.
#You have a great variety of these juttis from daily wear to a proper ethnic function wear
#You can wear them with salwaar-kameez, ethnic skirts, and leggings with Kurtas
#You can easily slip into them

Essential # 7
Multipurpose Patiala Salwaar

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Patiala Salwaars are no longer categorized as a typical traditional wear alone. These can be worn as formal as well as casual wear.
A bright Patiala  salwaar is a versatile piece in your wardrobe. It goes well with a long shirt, short kurta, tunic with vest and also a plain t-shirt.

Essential # 8
Ethnic Skirt

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Ethnic skirts are great if worn the right way. The most important thing is the waistband of the skirt, which should fall at the right place- just bellow the belly button.
#Pair it with a nice sleeveless cotton/silk ethnic short top
#You can also pair it with a broad neck  kurta and accessorize it well
#A nice long stole can also add a lot of oomph to the look
#A nice strapped top also look amazing when worn on an ethnic skirt

Essential # 9
A Classy Clutch
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Make sure the size of your clutch is prefect to accommodate your basic cosmetics, a phone & car keys. (You don’t want to be carrying your other stuff in your hand while carrying a clutch)

Essential # 10
Basic silver jewellery

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Silver jewelry can do work magic with your look. A nice collection of silver jewelry will, not just add an ethnic touch to attire but make you look feminine. Invest in it and flaunt it!

 Glossary
1. Harem pants
2. S
paghetti top
3. Tunics without slits
4. A-shaped kurtas
5. Umbrella shaped kurtas
6. Georgette Fabric
7. Chikan Fabric
8. Crepe Fabric
9. Kaftan
10. Kolhapuris
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