Never out of style...

Never out of style...


Never out of style...

How many times have you looked at your wardrobe and sighed, ‘I have nothing to wear’? Well, it can happen to the best of us — men and women.

What we need is a closet that’s well stocked with classics that will keep us covered the whole year in the most fabulous of outfits! Let’s nip the age-old wardrobe catastrophe of having nothing to wear in the bud with our list of classic must-haves for men and women. These will keep you chic and stylish, no matter what’s in and out of vogue.

Classics are evergreen and have the ability to look as effortlessly chic in 2016 as it did in 2006 and will do so 20 years from now, which is why we suggest you invest in a handful of key pieces that will make your wardrobe stand out and stay classy every day ! Here’s the list of 10 must-haves for men and women for a perennially smashing style statement:

White button-down shirt

There’s no other item you want more in your wardrobe than a crisp white shirt that fits you well. From pairing it with a corporate jacket and well-fitted trousers for your business meetings to a pair of your favourite jeans or even holiday shorts, we cannot stress the versatility and beauty of a well-tailored and customised white shirt that is the mother of all must-haves for both men and women.

The little black dress

The LBD reciprocates your love by coming to your rescue in the direst of situations and comes out looking amazing every single time! There is no other item of clothing that can take its place and every girl needs to own one or even a couple of these in their wardrobe. Go for a shift little black dress for a versatile look that is flattering and forgiving of any shortcomings.

The jacket

Layering an outfit can give a totally different dimension to the look and that’s where a jacket comes in handy along with its functionality, of course. From pairing it with a dress, a skirt, trousers, or your favourite denims, it changes your look and brings in interesting
elements to your whole getup.

The trick is to invest in a shape that complements your body type in a fabric that is neither too light nor too heavy. From a bomber, a boyfriend jacket to a formal blazer for women and a deconstructed, semi-formal jacket in fabrics such as corduroy or twill for men, add a couple of these must-haves to last you seven seasons and more!

Corporate suit

Applying to men and women alike, a sharp, well-fitted corporate suit is truly an indispensable item of clothing to own. Lasting you a lifetime, ensure that you invest in a premium quality fabric in a colour which doesn’t make it look dated. Think subtle checks or classic patterns in black, navy blue and gray for added chic effect.

We would say men need to invest in a navy blue suit as it never goes out of style and looks sharp any time of the day, any season of the year and in any year of your life. And it’s not even a hyperbole! Women can look at getting an ivory tailored suit, which is not only feminine but very stylish too.

Cocktail dress

It is imperative to find your go-to dress when all else fails and this is where a cocktail dress comes in. Keeping it in the muted colour zone is definitely the best bet for something that works through the year, at any event — be it business or pleasure! From beige and ivory to taupe and black, go for complimentary yet subtle colours and silhouettes that will make you feel like a million bucks, every time you wear it!

Classic shoes

Black is definitely the colour when it comes to season-less footwear for men. Timeless and comfortable cap-toe oxfords in black are what men need to invest in for the
perfect pair of shoes.

Dark brown brogues are also a must-have item that can be paired with almost anything from your wardrobe.

Styling tip: Go in for a matching belt while you’re out there scouting for the perfect footwear to have the perfectly put together and coordinated look.

And then, from comfortable ballet flats to the classic leather pumps in nude, brown or metallics, women will be wise to invest in these as a part of their basic wardrobe. Versatile and in style forever, these are classics that you cannot forego.

The ‘It’ bag

The presence of a functional, roomy and chic handbag makes your life easier, more organised and is definitely worth every penny spent on it! A tan-coloured tote or a brown handbag can never ever be out of style. It is every girl’s BFF come summer, winter, hail, storm or more!

Indo-western outfit

As a nation, we’ve mastered the art of juxtaposing western styles with
Indian sensibilities and they work beautifully for everyday wear as well as for glamorous events with equal aplomb. From a timeless bandhgala, concept sari, sari gown, political jackets, kurta with slim pants for men to work wear tunics with palazzos or crop tops and cowl pants for women, once you get into the indo-western mode, you seldom go back!


We cannot stress enough on the importance of having baubles that add tiny yet impactful details and make your outfit more interesting! From graphic print silk scarves, statement neckpieces and headgears to pocket squares, ties, bow-ties and
investment-worthy timepieces and jewellery, a wholesome wardrobe makes place for them all. Items such as a vivid silk scarf can instantly brighten any outfit, while a pocket-square adds that extra flair, just as a string of pearls and matching earrings add a touch of elegance to an outfit. It is in these wardrobe minutiae that the essence of a truly classic, versatile and stylish look lies.

Indian ensemble

Take your pick again between a contemporary, stylised jacket paired with smart slim pants or a semi-formal, modern sari styled to suit your personality. But an Indian getup is definitely a sight to behold on yourself and in your wardrobe any time of the year.

They said it!

People will stare. Make it worth their while.
Harry Winston

Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.
Bo Derek

Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world's view of us.
Virginia Woolf

Always dress like you’re going to see your worst enemy.
Kimora Lee

When you don’t dress like everybody else, you don’t have to think like everybody else.
Iris Apfel

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.
Rachel Zoe

(The author is a Bengaluru-based fashion designer)