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14 Basics You’ll Find In Every Fashionista’s Closet

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We’ve all experienced days when we scan our wardrobes and sigh. The “I have nothing to wear” syndrome – despite having a wardrobe that’s bursting at the seams – is a universal problem, fashionista or not. On indecisive days like that, you’ve got to thank the fashion gods for owning basics. While I’m sure almost every edition of your go-to fashion magazine gives you their take on items you should absolutely invest in (read: they probably cost a month’s pay check), we’re of the opinion that less is more when it comes to creating a fashion checklist. As long as you have these solid building blocks, you can mix and match and add layers to create a variety of interesting looks.

Here’s our rundown of wardrobe essentials that will always stay in vogue.

1. It’s In The ‘Jeans’

Literally THE most-used piece of clothing in anyone’s closet (and the least thanked one), we insist you spend your hard-earned money on a fab pair of denims that will always come to your aid when you’re feeling sartorially ambiguous. Regular, Skinny, Boyfriend, Ripped… we’ll spell those out for you in another post (keep checking back on Hauterfly as we post one on jeans soon).

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Mango Cropped Slim Fit Jeans (Rs 3,490)


Topshop Black Leigh Jeans (Rs 4,390)

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Oasis Skinny Jeans (Rs 4,200)

2. A Mini Bag…Not!

Ready to start the work week but don’t want to hold on to a big hobo bag? Off to a party but uncertain about carrying a tiny clutch? Let’s just say a medium-sized bag was made to help you in times like these.

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Mango Suede Cross-Body Bag (Rs 6,790)

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Forever New Laser Cut Tote (Rs 1,900)

Viari bag

Viari Eveninger Bag (Rs 3,000)

3. Watch Your Style

Every hour is ‘style hour’, and a smart watch is your best bet when you’re uncertain about accessorising with a cuff or bracelet.

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Daniel Wellington Classic Oxford Watch (Rs 11,420)

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Guess Analogue Watch (Rs 7,900)


MVMT White Rose Gold Watch (Rs 8,200)

4. Falling For Flats

A pair of shoes you must never do without? Basic flats. They totally come in handy on days when you go, “Gah! Do these shoes match my dress?” And there’s a bunch of styles you can own… the ankle strap, scalloped, slingbacks…the list goes on.

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Blur Store Flats (Rs 940)

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Forever21 Criscross Top Sandals (Rs 769)

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Liliana Open Toe Caged Flats (Rs 1,899)

5. LBD It, Girl!

A versatile piece, a little black dress should always be stocked in a girl’s closet. A Holly Golightly-esque sheath epitomises this dress. While that one was Givenchy, several high street brands have a number of these you can pick from.

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Nasty Girl Cutout Dress (Rs 4,440)

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AX Paris Black Slogan Swing Dress (Rs 2,295)

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New Look Bandage Skater Dress (Rs  2,275)

6. ‘Save The Night’ Jacket

Thinking of chilling with friends or meeting that office crush post work? The day-to-night jacket is all you need to help you transform your everyday look, allowing you to keep it minimal yet give you a chic edge.


Mango Satined Trims Jacket (Rs 4,590)

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Shivangi Sahni Aztec Long Reversible Jacket (Rs 4,140)

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Topshop Space Dye Boyfriend Jacket (Rs 5,290)

7. Belt It Up

Belts are like shoes…you can never have enough. Ensure you stock your wardrobe with a basic black, tan, and white belt. We love animal print belts too. Also, try a metallic belt over a basic outfit to jazz it up.

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Blue Store Belt (Rs 500)

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Viari Soho Belt (Rs 1,200)

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Charles & Keith Leather Belt (Rs 2,999)

8. The Sunnie Side

Aviators, wayfarers, cat-eyed shapes…sunnies are a handbag must-have. Give your look a chic twist as you wear them unlike anyone else.


Rayban Aviators (Rs 9,290)

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Sneak-A-Peek Aviator Sunglasses (Rs 695)

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Style Fiesta Metal Bridge Sunglasses (Rs 1,199)

9. Up Your Shoe Game

Lace-ups, sneakers…for the girl-on-the-go, a slip-on shoe is a must-have. Team it with a floral midi, wear them with a little skirt or even with jeans and a tee. The options to blend them into your look are many. The best part? They’re not your regular gym shoes no more; find them studded, heeled or even with floral prints.

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MY FOOT Holographic Flat Shoes (Rs 1,399)

Vaph Shoes Tan_Hauterfly

Vaph Victoria Shoes (Rs 3,500)


Ka-Sha Brogues (Rs 7,763)

10. Midi Me

Forget the mini and the maxi dress and get yourself a midi; its flattering length works halfway between the knee and the ankle. It’s one of those wardrobe staples that you can easily slip into and layer with fun jackets, capes and cropped shirts.


Topshop Ribbed Midi Bodycon Dress (Rs 2,590)

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Voi Jeans Usher Dress (Rs 1,899)

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Noya Tie & Dye Dress (Rs 4,800)

11. Pump It Up

Pumps are a classic. Though they are pretty low-key in the shoe department, they’re elegant and work with pretty much any outfit. Six inch heels or kitten heels, they remain just as classy.

Vince Camuto Pumps

Vince Camuto Classic Leather Dorsay High Heel (Rs 8,415)

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Charles & Keith Blade Heel Pumps (Rs 9,999)

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Asos Pointed Heels (Rs 2,480)

12. A Bit Of Skirt

Christian Dior created the first pencil skirt in 1940. Since then, this has been a timeless piece to own. Wear it to work for an office chic vibe or team with a tank top for a day out.

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Faballey Chess Cubed Pencil Skirt (Rs 1,100)


Topshop Scallop Lace Pencil Skirt (Rs 6,290)

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Papa Don’t Preach Pencil Skirt (Rs 11,500)

13. A ‘White’ Tee

The simplest tee in your closet for sure, but one you can’t do without. A good white tee that can amp up your style is not easy to find. When you do find it, it’s the perfect match for your regular denims or a printed skirt. Just ensure you wear it crisp and clean.

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Bhane V-Neck Tee (Rs 700)

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Warehouse Wrap Back Top (Rs 2,000)


Mango Patch Pocket T-Shirt (Rs 1,790)

14. Holy Shirt

That morning when you’ve got a client meet or presentation and you’re in two minds about how to get to work…that’s when a formal shirt has your back. A well-fitted, stylish shirt in a pastel shade is a wardrobe must-have. What’s better is a crisp, formal-looking shirt can now be swapped for ones that are embellished, bowed and more.

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Bhane Tux Shirt (Rs 1,500)

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Stylista Basic Equipment White Shirt (Rs 1,100)

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Bias Minimal Checked Shirt (Rs 1,599)



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