Stylish Staples

Trends come and go, but certain things never go out of style. This is not one of those posts where I'm going to give you a list of wardrobe essentials like the shirt or blazer or a little black dress. But, I am going to point out some key items which, according to me, transcend time.

One shouldered tops/dresses
Eternally elegant and glamorous, one shouldered necklines are very flattering for those blessed with a nice décolletage. Historically, one shouldered garments were worn in Greece in the ancient times, but this style soon became a part of modern clothing. Even if you consider India, the design of a Saree - a staple garment worn here, is essentially that of a one shouldered gown worn with a blouse underneath. Whether you wore a one shouldered garment yesterday or ten years ago, this is one trend that never fades away and eternally looks stylish.

Bandage skirts
The concept of bandage dresses may have been started by Hervé Léger but any tight fitting bodycon skirt can essentially be classified as a bandage skirt. Whether its a bright and tiny statement bandage skirt, or a longer darker version you wear to work, there's no denying that a curve hugging bandage skirt is a versatile piece that can be paired with anything and has been around for years. It also makes our behinds look pretty good at the same time!

Tanks tops and Vests
Besides being summer staples, tank tops and vests can be paired with just about anything. They are a great base to work trendy items with and are also a great piece to create a layered look. Tanks are brilliant when it comes to multitasking as they can be worn for a casual date, movie or to go shopping. Try and look for cute details like embellishments, ruffles (like the one above) for a fresh update to this fashion favorite. 

Pussy bow blouse
Ever wondered why they are called Pussy bow blouses? They were named after cats wearing ribbons around their neck. The bow tie on the neck adds a feminine and girly factor to the serious shirt, and yet this blouse is very wearable for work. You'd be surprised to know that they have been around since the 1950s and have stood the test of time. Today, it is a must have classic item which can be worn with skirts, pants, shorts or jeans to create an effortlessly chic look.

Wrap Necklines/Dresses
Introduced by Diane Von Furstenberg in 1972, the wrap dress is a brilliant garment. The waist hugging and figure flattering design of the wrap cleverly draws attention to the neckline and waist, creating an hour-glass figure. This style is perfect for tops and cardigans too, and tops in this style (kimono tops) are made by designers and brands till this day.

Fitted Basics
Okay, I cheated. I said I wouldn't talk about wardrobe essentials but I just couldn't resist this one. Now for decades, we have worn white shirts, pants, blazers and everything else which falls in the list. As much as styles change and trends come and go, fitted basics always look chic and timeless. This picture below shows how a basic shirt and skirt look fabulous just because of the great fit.

Celebrities in these styles 
Kim K - One shoulder dress

Leighton Meester - Pussy bow blouse

Rihanna - Fitted basics & bandage skirt

Angelina Jolie - wrap dress

Zoe Saldana, Miranda Kerr and Nicky Hilton - tank tops