The variety and options available when it comes to ethnic wear for women can be overwhelming. They can often leave you wanting to buy everything but not being able to select even one piece, especially when looking for ethnic wear online as online platforms have endless options. Such a situation can turn even a fun task like shopping into a daunting one.
Therefore, it is best to start with the basic staple pieces that are the essentials for any ethnic wardrobe and build up from there, buying a few pieces at a time according to your style, your pairing and styling options. The must-have ethnic wear staples to start your ethnic wardrobe with are listed below.
A statement dupatta
A statement dupatta can instantly amp up a boring outfit, add it to a plain suit and watch it go from plain to pretty. Bandhej dupattas with mirror work come in multicolour patterns that go with most kinds of suits. Banarasi silk dupattas are in vogue right now and regularly seen on celebrities, styled with both deep and light colours and plain and also both heavily embroidered and embellished salwar suits. Phulkari dupattas are another timeless trend to consider.
A basic blouse
Sarees are comfortable and can be worn on most occasions, having a basic blouse in a metallic or neutral colour can save your last-minute plans. If you don’t have the time to get different blouses stitched for every single saree, or if you do not wear them often enough to deem spending money on different blouses necessary, you need a basic blouse in your wardrobe.
Having a go-to blouse can come in handy when borrowing a saree from someone because wearing your mother’s saree is usually a great last-minute outfit decision for any event, but sarees are easy to borrow, and it’s the blouses that can be tricky. Such a blouse can similarly be paired with a saree or lehenga.
A pair of solid pants
A single solid pair of ethnic pants, whether it is palazzos, dhoti pants, Pakistani straight fit, leggings, or salwars, can be paired with several kinds and patterns of Kurtis to create different ensembles. Choose a neutral shade like white, black and beige, or a colour that you generally prefer while selecting clothes and already own or are likely to buy a kurta in, in the future.
You can choose the kind of pants you want according to what you find the most comfortable; however, two styles that go best with almost all kinds of Tunics while being the most comfortable are palazzos and leggings.
A white kurta
A white kurta in a light breathable fabric like cotton with Chikankari or another monochromatic thread embroidery style can be paired with a pair of jeans as easily as it can be paired with a heavy ethnic skirt; With a simple scarf or a statement dupatta. From casual wear to weddings, this kind of kurta has an endless styling potential as it can be paired with any kind and colour of bottoms or dupatta as well as jewellery, footwear, and other accessories.
A long ethnic skirt
Depending on the occasion, you can style a simple, seemingly casual, printed, or solid ethnic long skirt with anything from a peasant top to an Anarkali style Kurti and suitable accessories. Skirts that come in heavier fabrics like brocade and silk can be paired with different kinds of Kurtis too but are more preferably paired with white shirts or crop tops to show off the skirt’s full effect. The silhouette of a long skirt gives you an elegant and polished look irrespective of body-types while being comfortable and airy.