In today’s edition of wardrobe essentials I will be discussing a few occasional wear clothes along with the pieces of clothing helpful in creating looks apart from the usual denim and top combinations. The following are indicative of pieces you need and you should purchase designs in each category which suit your body type and you are comfortable in. I would suggest trying out a few styles in a physical store and then purchasing it online once you are sure of which cuts you like.
1. SOFT OUTERWEAR
A soft outerwear like a knitted shrug or woven waterfall lapel jacket is a must in the wardrobe. These can easily change the look of your ensemble and are good for the breezy evening too. Pick a style that is also easier for you to carry around on work days too.
2. STRUCTURED OUTERWEAR
Pick a faux leather jacket for a casual chic look or pick a pastel hued blazer to combine with workwear. You could even invest in a textured jacket to take you from workwear to evening wear. Purchase a good quality jacket as these can last over many seasons.
Apart form the basic denim and black trousers you require two to three additional styles. Purchase a solid coloured slim fit trouser in either a khakhi or blue, these are easy to pair with the tops and shirts. You could even buy printed or woven textured trousers in assorted cuts for some added elan.
4. LOOSE FIT PANTS
Loose fit pants is an easy way to combine comfort with style. Pick from varied choices of straight cut loose pants, pleated pants or gathered waist palazzos. My personal favourite is a black palazzo I got from W, it is super easy to style it.
Choosing a jumpsuit is a difficult task- there is no one design that fits all. The important factors while choosing a jumpsuit is the placement of the waist joint and the garment’s leg style. Once you are comfortable with a classic design you can buy lesser priced design variations.
6. LITTLE BLACK DRESS
Every girl needs a perfect little black dress that is versatile. Pick one in a medium to heavy weight fabric that will last through numerous wears. A fit and flare style suits most body types and if you are confident enough go for a bodycon too. Choose a more conservative longer length for workwear.
7. SHORT DRESS
This is not a must but having one additional style to the LBD is a good idea. If you intend to wear it to work select between a a-line pleated dress or a peplum dress, these could transit into evening wear for semi-formal events. For casual outings choose a softer fabric dress.
A:Stylista (Rs.2070) B:Vajor (Rs.1550) C:Vajor (Rs.1700)
8. MAXI DRESS
A midi or maxi dress is a good option for the days you feel like putting an effort into dressing. Depending on your purpose go for a casual midi dress or a dressy gown style maxi dress. For a semi-formal look wear this shirt maxi dress with fabric detailing.
9. LONG SKIRT
Choose between a midi or maxi length skirt in different fabric textures depending on your occasion. Check the stitching quality before purchasing because many skirts have ugly pulls along the long side seam and it totally brings down the look.
10. SHORT SKIRT
This style is optional and you could choose between a basic pencil skirt or a flared skirt. The length of the skirt depends on where you plan to wear it. For workwear pick a pencil skirt in a thick fabric as they do not crease easily.
Style a pair of navy trousers with a formal blue striped shirt and a soft knitted shrug for a run to the mall. Wear your classic white shirt with printed trousers and accessorise with neutral accessories for your everyday activities around town. Pair the khakhi trousers with a blush top for a Parisian chic look.
A short skirt need not be only for clubbing, give it a casual outing with a basic grey t-shirt and a denim draped jacket. The entire black ensemble is my favourite, pair a black maxi skirt or black palazzos with a deep colour sequin top and faux leather jacket. Last but not the least, style your little black dress with a military inspired slouchy jacket and delicate gold neckpiece.
Your wardrobe will be well curated with the pieces you have picked up through the three Wardrobe Essential (see Part 1 & Part 2) posts. These staple items provide endless styling opportunities and will transition through seasons with ease. I have mainly suggested colours in a neutral palette– blacks, greys, whites, navys and nudes, because they can be reworked season after season. Invest in good quality basics that will be worth the price with the numerous wears they give. Be smart and experiment! 🙂