Basic Essentials Every Woman Must Own!

By pranjali korgaonkar / Fashion

Ok, admit it girls, we all grouse about not having enough clothes to wear albeit the wardrobe reflects heaps of clothes piled up haphazardly (at least in my case as I am very disorganized). Yes, we aren’t familiar with the geographical landscape of our wardrobe as we never know what is the pandora box all…

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Ok, admit it girls, we all grouse about not having enough clothes to wear albeit the wardrobe reflects heaps of clothes piled up haphazardly (at least in my case as I am very disorganized). Yes, we aren’t familiar with the geographical landscape of our wardrobe as we never know what is the pandora box all about. But, hell yeah shopping works on impulses. So, I don’t blame you. Our money is hanging in our closet just like Carrie Bradshaw yet why are we clueless about what to wear? So, the rescue don’t lie in shopping everytime (well, most of us can’t afford that) but investing in Basic Essentials is a sagacious option.

Once you have the basic staples, all you need is your essence of style to couple them differently. And voila, you are ready to paint the town red!

Pastel hue top

Spring beckons pastel hues to exude your effervescence and 2018 trends are giving a big hi-five to them. Not only pastel hues narrate fashion tales gloriously but it lends an edge to your style. Be it office wear or a lazy Sunday afternoon, this hue notches all the sartorial points.

Heat is riling up and you need to breathe. Thus, this halter neck, pastel hue crop top is my latest obsession. Worn on denim pants, it just spells sassy and comfy in one go.

Now, wearing a crop top to office can earn many arched eyebrows. So, coupling it with a high waist pencil skirt and a trendy vest will seem you like a showstopper at office. Glasses just added more edge and pastel hue clutch notched the whole OOTD 10/10.

  • Denim Jacket

Be a fashion blogger or not, our wardrobe always has this key item; a Denim Jacket. An all rounder for all season, denim jacket owns my heart.  Insouciance, comfort and functional utility is inherent within it and being trendy has been its USP forever. Thank you Levi Strauss, the Denim Dad for gifting us the most chicest piece ever in fashion history. But, he threw the gauntlet on us for styling it in an eccentric way.

  1. Denim on Denim

Denim on denim trend is deluging the internet and we have no shadow of doubt about this insanely amazing trend. Previously, we were always intimidated to try double denim trend but hey, fashion is meant to break all rules right? Although if fear of fashion blunders still hovers around you, remember few key points.

Pic Courtesy: Pintrest 

  • Go for the same wash or weight of denims all over. Striking contrast between the two can seem trying too hard on your fashion sense.
  • Go for distressed as ripped jeans is dominating the streetwear luxuriously.
  • If you are on heavier side, go for dark colors for bottom as it creates a slimming effect and lighter shade for top accentuating your assets

B)  Unconventional ways of wearing a Jacket  

Meh! If you are wearing a denim jacket akin to how we are supposed to wear one. Wake up your inner fashionista from this deep slumber. Trends are harking your personal style. Yes, jackets are meant to lend you a relaxed vibe. So, time to see variations in it.

Wearing it but not wearing it

How about just pulling it over on one shoulder

Oversize is the latest trend, baby!

Quirky but Sassy 

Why always Blue?

  • Pencil Skirt

If you languish at fashion, you will associate pencil skirts with formal wear. And, formal wear isn’t your taste then pencil skirt will never own its place in your wardrobe. But ignoring it merely because of its stereotyped association is unfair and you are missing one of the latest trends unfortunately. So, give this piece a chance and widen your fashion horizons about styling it.

Polka Dots with Pencil Skirt

Polka augurs Retro and Retro harks Polka. If you are 80’s fashion lover, you will gaga over polka dots and definitely, I am. Fixing a date of polka dots blouse with pencil skirt is marrying a chalk and cheese. But hell yeah, opposites attract and they make a sizzling pair.

See it by yourself.

So, be an office going or not, nod a yes to pencil skirts henceforth.

  •  Casual yet Chic 

The word of the millennium is “Goals” and we are bombarded constantly to match up with them. So hell yeah, we can’t be expected to dress up everyday like walking on runways. Norm core is our favorite and it is roaring amazingly. So, let us find the sweet spot between casual and chic with a comfy sassy top.

This grey peekaboo top coupled with skinny jeans and boots is an absolutely all rounder.

  • Sequins

Sequins have always been the pixie dust of our wardrobe and their intricate work make head turns undoubtedly. You are gaga over embellishments if you are the disco 70’s kid. But, if subtlety is your key, then aren’t sequins for you? Meh! Grow up.

It’s the era to wear sequins during day time and transform it in athleisure, semi formal, party wear or options galore.

Choice is yours but sequins are must!


  • Button down shirt

Undoubtedly, a button down shirt is the savior from fashion disasters. Pair it with leggings, shorts, skirt, jeans or just a shirt dress, it will always be showstopper. Invest in a good quality button down shirt which abides by your body shape. Being a foundation of prospective styles, a button down shirt is an absolute must.

  • Jumpsuit

If you wanna lend an edge to your sartorial sense, zip up in a jumpsuit baby! Pair it with a cold shoulder top, baseball cap, cool sneakers and gear up for a weekend getaway. An outfit which swallows sexism and eschew all rules of fashion, jumpsuit cheers out loud! Thank you Florentine Thayat for inventing it and Coco Chanel and Bianca Jagger for turning it all the rage.

I) Leather Jacket

You don’t need a blogger to advise you about owning a leather jacket. But, definitely you need one pertaining styling it quirky.

  • Leather jacket and tulles skirt is befriending a romantic and rocking personality. Yes, opposites attract. So, all we need is to give a chance

Pair it with a dress heads for pretty with punk rolled in one. Feminine yet edgy. Sassy yet classy. What more can you expect?

  • Leopard Print

This electric trend is back with a bang and leopard print is roaring like a champion. Even if you are not fond of this trend, having a leopard print in any form; be it dress, skirt, blouse or even a scarf will make you a showstopper.

Let your wardrobe embrace this fierce trend and pull it off like a pro.

  •  Plaids

Say plaids and you will be relegated to 90’s kid category. Casual, grunge yet you will never earn the epithet, “Elegant”. Probably, you may even be called frumpy albeit plaids are the hottest trend of 2018. Surprised? Put a spin of your style over this trend and it weaves itself immediately into an OOTD apt for study session, office wear or even a date. Yes, so what is the magical trick?

Style up plaids with accessories; be it belts, hats or dainty necklaces

Mix plaids with other prints. The unprecedented marriage of a leopard print overcoat with plaids will be a basic and savage combination.


Throw a chic blazer over a plaids pants and hit up the office or an afternoon rendezvous.

Why will I pick up Saree over every outfit?

By pranjali korgaonkar / Fashion

Being a girl of 21st century, western outfits have encroached my closet luxuriously over ethnic outfits. Be it in terms of comfort, style or trends, we will always pick up jeans, skirts, one pieces or far fetched gowns. But, saree? Meh! we hardly give it a chance. As an Indian, I had seen it my…

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Being a girl of 21st century, western outfits have encroached my closet luxuriously over ethnic outfits. Be it in terms of comfort, style or trends, we will always pick up jeans, skirts, one pieces or far fetched gowns. But, saree? Meh! we hardly give it a chance. As an Indian, I had seen it my mom and grandma wearing it. And all, I ever wondered how do they remember wearing it (still, I can’t wear one by myself). Generally, we categorize a saree as a complicated outfit or we assume it is a passe for today’s generation. No one wanna be called a behenji, right? And, this excuses and assumptions thwart us from wearing one mostly.

But, who on earth said you can’t exude sensuality in a saree? In fact, it is one of the most sensuous outfits grabbing many eyeballs and in trend forever.

My style:


Net sarees have always been my favorite as they are not light weight but quite sassy in nature. Being a petite frame, I opted for a saree with very minimal details. Although, a sexy blouse added extra brownie points and notched the sartorial space of this plain, simple saree. Moreover, a lace blouse cannot be beaten in terms of sensuality. Without a shadow of doubt, black is the mother goddess. Hence, I opted for a complete black ensemble.

NOTE: Wear your footwear while draping the saree, specially if heels is your choice. Or else, saree might seem short after wearing heels.


Indian attire demands jewelry undoubtedly. Ornamental bangles have always been a rage for me and wearing them in ample amount did lend this sassy attire an ethnic element conspicuously. Statement earrings are always on my list although extremely heavy jewelry is a ‘Big No’.

Make up:

Indian attire, specially sarees beckons make up but not an extremely heavy one though. Opting for the palette of brown and copper eye shadows, I let the eye make up be subtle. Avoid looking too white and embrace your natural complexion. Having the habit of tanning myself, bronzing is the most favorite part of my make up. A peach blush  a bold red lip color are my new obsessions lately.

How to pick up the right saree?

Picking up the right saree can seem a daunting task if your closet is welcoming it for the first time. Remembering your body type is crucial while picking up the right saree for oneself.

Pear shaped :

A bottom heavier than upper body beckons pear shape and your body demands  chiffon and georgette sarees. Balancing the proportion of your body, small borders, embroidery work and minimal prints on a saree can enhance your body type.

Apple shaped:

A heavier bust and stomach categorizes you in an apple shaped and net sarees can be your biggest rival here. Stay away from cotton and stiff fabrics adding more bulk. Instead, a silk fabric can do wonders and also contrasting bold colors. If dark hues isn’t your taste, opt for detailed work on your saree. Although, stay away from colossal prints and big embroideries. 

P.S: Enough nuanced details on the saree can camouflage your heavier side.

Hour glass shaped:

Being, the most coveted figure, you have an array of options to choose from. Cotton, Silk, Organza, Net can go impeccably well with your body type and so even brocade and bead work.  Halter and tube blouses are enough to tantalize every one out there.

If you are extremely tall, try bold prints and heavy borders as it evade one’s attention from your height. But, if you are vertically challenged, stay away from big prints and borders. Opt for dainty details such as small prints and thin borders.

Why Saree over Every Outfit?

As a kid, while playing Ghar Ghar, I always wore a saree. Making my mom wonder about the ultimate puzzle of her misplaced saree, I dabbled with my kitchen set, (nvr cooked back then or now), dressed up my dolls, read Enid Blyton books, imagined having a hubby like Julian from Famous five, watered my roses in garden and listened to music in verandah. Just like mom.

And even now, while I battle wit labyrinthine task of draping a saree, it opens a Pandora box of memories; it reminds me of grandma snuggling me and wiping my face tenderly with her Saree or my mother holding me as a baby on her waist while cooking and grappling wit her Saree or when, I excitedly danced around to wear a Saree for the first time or while I am waiting fervently to walk on the aisle in it again.

It is just not a mere outfit. It is love.

So, will you a nod yes for the saree on next occasion?

Behenji, nah! Sexy, Yeah!