While trends are cyclical, the hallmark of true style is that which remains eternal. Think clothes and accessories you can wear across seasons and decades. The pandemic, in particular, accelerated the need for trans-seasonal staples. Designers are now reclaiming runways with season-fluid collections, creating pieces you can carry from intimate celebrations to back after hours and fleeting getaways. A capsule wardrobe of all-rounder pieces has become an ideal approach for mindful consumers. And if you too are planning to make sound sartorial investments for the year ahead, here’s the ultimate guide for you.
From being just a winter-ready concept, layering is now a key components to add flair and visual interest to your look. Staying for the after-party post the sangeet? Wear a lehenga or sharara set with a jacket for the former, and lose it for the latter… in the process creating an entirely new look. Such as this look by Ridhima Bhasin. The Baluchi jacket by Torani is a standout piece to throw over any look, be it kalidars or flowy maxi dresses.
Equal parts functional and fun, loungewear is now ready to recharge your days out in the city—cue the bright and laidback co-ords from Pink City by Sarika. Adapt these double-duty sets into various looks by styling them as separates.
Pink City by Sarika
Trust the longevity of wardrobe classics like the Little Black Dress. Consider adding a look-at-me update like a statement necklace to dress it up. We love this cape layered LBD by Scarlet Sage for an effortless evening outfit.
Similarly, curating reliable daytime allies will have you thankful when you’re running late on a busy morning. For example, this effortlessly printed tunic from Rajdeep Ranawat is as perfect for brunch with the girls as it is for a family gathering.
As we get re-accustomed with social gatherings, it is ideal to make festive investments in timeless silhouettes . While a handwoven sari is a non-negotiable addition, a hand-embroidered lehenga also has a seamless ability to create a dramatic flair—consider those by Ritu Kumar, Tarun Tahiliani and Punit Balana for a winning repertoire.
Ritika Mirchandani brings an edge to elegant silhouettes with her signature peplum jackets sets.
Fuss-Free Festive Looks
If you’re inclined towards easy-going staples, count on elegant kurtas to see you through a host of occasions. Alia Bhatt shows you how a monotone ankle-length anarkali can add effortless elegance to your repertoire.
Alia Bhatt in Manish Malhotra
Similarly, an elegant bandhani kurti can find a forever spot in your wardrobe. Turn to Anita Dongre’s picks for a rooted festive look.