There was a phase when Indian traditional dresses took a backseat in the fashion world, and there were many reasons for this. But, slowly, and then all at once, they started to make an appearance everywhere; and now, going the desiway is not so boring or uncool anymore. We have brands to back us up and designers who have come up with so many options that it kind of gets overwhelming to choose just one. I now wait for an opportunity to doll up in Indian dresses, and never let go of a chance to wear these. But, do we know all there is to know about ethnic wardrobe staples? No? We’ve got this. Bring out the desi girl in you and do a little happy dance, because we are going to talk about just that.

1. Saree

Thanks to Deepika, Kareena, and Shilpa Shetty, wearing sarees is so in. But, if you ask me, I’d rather wear my grandmother’s gamcha saree and spruce it up with a blouse than invest in a couture saree by a prominent designer. That said, whatever it is that may define you – we need sarees and a lot of them in our ethnic closet because nothing is more compelling on a woman than a saree. While some cannot get enough of Kalamkaris, some like to doll up in a Sabyasachi, and a few others jump at the idea of wearing a saree – any kind would do! So yes, have a few sarees in your closet, they always come in handy.

2. Salwar Kameez

Salwar Kameez is to Indian fashion what rice is to Indian food – a staple; or, it has become so over the years. The traditional salwar kameez, as the name goes, is a standard set of a top, bottom, and a dupatta. But, these have taken many forms over the years, and we will talk about that in a minute. The traditional salwar kameez is something the average Indian woman spends most of her life in. Designers are doing a splendid job in taking the salwar suits to the next level; so, you can never have too many of these.

3. Patiala Suits

Indians love all things Patiala, if you know what I mean. The Patiala pants are a wider and cooler variation of your regular bottoms. These have more definition because of their pleats that give your outfit a fuller feel. It looks especially great on tall women. Nevertheless, Patiala suits are evergreen, and thus we all need these in our closets.

4. Anarkali Suit

There was a total fashion freeze for the longest time and we felt like there was no innovation in the traditional dresses line because Anarkalis took over. They practically ruled the racks before there were others entrants, but all said and done, you cannot get enough of these, and that’s why a part of me will always look for these every time I go shopping. Anarkalis are long and voluminous, and the A-line cut starts way above the hips. From cotton to tulle, lace, and zari, Anarkalis will always have a considerable market share, and no one can change that.

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