Continuing with the understanding of the essentials of your wardrobe, here we will make a detailed list of the basics that will be the foundation for your wardrobe.

Casuals Basic Clothes       

  • Black Tee:

Glam it up with a sequined skirt, or dress up with casual denims on the go, a jacket on top for a more classic look. There are lots and lots of ways to wear this color and tee.

  • White Button-Down Shirt:

Get one in cotton for casual look and one in satin or silk for more formal look. They look glamorous when tucked in, or look cool while pairing it up with coloured jeans. It is a timeless piece. If you are not a white colour fan, than opt for cream or beige.

  • Denims:

This is one piece of garment that will last you for two to three years, so it is wise to get the right colour and right fit. Get a pair of straight cut denims, made from stretch denim fabric (this fabric will follow your curves).

  • Khakhi Pants:

Comfortable for every body shape, this is a lovely colour that suits the Indian skin tone and is the perfect pair of pants for going out for the movies or picnics. It can look cool and elegant as well.

  • Leggings and Tunics:

Leggings are comfortable when you want sit or run around. So invest in black, blue and green. But if you heavy on the bottom, than give this a miss, unless you like to wear with an A-line anarkali kurta with it.

  • Ballet Flats:

‘Ballerinas’, as they are popularly called, are comfortable like slip-ons, and yet look stylish on the feet. Perfect solution when you are in no mood for a pedicure.

  • Mocassins or Loafers:

If you think ballet flat are for young girls, than try loafers. They look very smart on summer dresses, or with denims and shirt combination.

  • Long strap shoulder bag or large bag:

Casual day generally means whole day out. So on such days when you have a bottle of water, maybe a change of clothes, or some knickknacks, big bags are a boon. It is a wise decision to invest in one such bag.

Corporate Essentials    

  • Black Formal Pants:

All working ladies know this is a staple corporate piece. It just gels well with all shirts in the wardrobe.

  • Black Cigarette pants:

If you don’t like wearing western formal clothes to work, then get black cigarette pants to match all your ethnic clothes.

  • White or Cream Tunic:

Pair it with your cigarette pants, use a scarf or a cool neck piece, and you will look fantastic for the day.

  • Black Blazer:

For those power meetings, black is a high on authority colour, and can be easily combined with a black pant or any other colour pant as well.

  • Black or Tan Pumps or Peep Toes:

If you have a good height, then opt for tan pumps or black pumps. These with black pants are a good idea.

  • Structured Handbag:

A classy structured handbag says a lot about you. So invest in a good quality bag, that has proper spacing for files, lunch box if you carry one, few small compartments to keep rest of your essentials.

Fine Dinning or Party Essentials

  • LBD:

Little Black Dress (LBD), this is fabulously versatile and a classic piece since ages. LBD does not necessarily have to be little. So get a knee length one or one with a hemline just below the knee, the fit should be perfect.

  • Saree:

If you are not into dresses and pants than opt for a lovely black saree with a fancy blouse.

  • Evening Shoes:

No shoes make you more party-ready than strappy sandals, or pumps in a metallic tone.

  • Shimmery Clutch:

It adds oomph to the outfit.

Lingerie Essentials

  • Nude colour Bra:

The colour is neutral, so it will go well with all your light colour tunics or shirts.

  • Convertible Strap Bra:

The name suggests it all. It is very versatile and adjustable when you want to wear a vest or a halter or a spaghetti top.

  • Boxer briefs:

Women feel this is only for guys, but they look very good when you wear fitted or semi fitted pants.

  • Seamless Panties:

This is, again, very essential for formal pants or fitted pants. The ugliest sight can be the visible panty lines, and with a garment like this, it just fits well on your body without any show.

Also Check:

Wardrobe Basics, Part 1: The Basics 

Wardrobe Basics, Part 3: Spend or Save