Married to the Olive Green

Must-Haves in an Army Wife’s Wardrobe #AtoZChallenge

Few things in an Army Wife’s wardrobe is integral and imperative. It is definitely, not a Gucci handbag or MAC lipstick or a Dorothy Perkins dress. These are some essentials that would help you survive the theme parties, the official parties, the ‘whatever’ parties or the unexpected guests at home.

a. My bet is always on a good silk saree for all the formal functions- elegant and chic and a definite trend-setter! Hailing from the south, I am blessed to have gotten a fairly good collection of them, especially since my Mom decided to fill my wardrobe with silk sarees after the wedding. “Don’t know when it will come in handy for you” was all she said. And I agree. I’m ‘known’ for my sarees 😀

b. A black and white saree for the black and white theme. Preferably a polka dotted one so that you can use it on a retro theme as well.

c. Floral prints for the Garden party or flower themed party.

d. Traditional Attire: Since I am a Malayalee, I can flaunt the Kerala saree. If you hail from Punjab, have a Punjabi suit.

e. That one master-piece saree: Maybe with a mural painting, or with a Warli painting, Devnagiri script. It would sure, help you stand out.


Seems my top five is just about sarees. Here comes the rest. But that’s how Army is. There is not a single soul who doesn’t love them <3

f. A complete Winter Wardrobe- from trendy coats, to sweaters to shawls (you should actually get a Pashmina out of your husband’s wallet. I’m on it! 🙂 ) to blouses to suits, they are worth it. I suck at it though. Since I never felt the need as I was never out of Pune after our wedding.

g. Good formals for the Golf matches and sports you are invited in.

h. Stilletos: to go with the lovely sarees. I hate them and God knows how I try to manage. I’m comfortable with my wedges always.

i. Sports Shoes: Can never have enough of it, can we? For that lazy evening walk with your soldier, a stroll through the campus with your Lab, or a Ladies Basketball match- these always come in handy.

j. I have always been skeptical in wearing a shorts or three-forths at home. Yeah, at home. And so is he. He goes blue when I wear them. Of course, I was annoyed in the beginning. And then I knew why. 🙂 You’ll have unexpected visitors. May be it’s your Sahayak Bhaiya who roams around at home all the time, or the MES guy who rings the bell every other hour, or someone asking for Saab’s signature, or mine for a ladies meet, or someone announcing Saab’s gaadi. What comes in handy then? A wrap around, of course! I have at least five of them. Invest in at least one, I say.

P.S: You can also have a good wallet, a signature neckpiece or a jhumka. 🙂

I am Married to the Olive Green and I’m writing about the 26 things which I get to do/experience that you as a Civilian wife do not! 


I hope you come back again tomorrow!

Meanwhile, here is an easy Chicken recipe from my Food Blog to try out!

I’m on co-host Pam’s Unconventional Alliance Team along with Parul from Happiness and Food, Rajlakshmi from The Twinkle Eyed Traveler andDestiny’s Child and Claire from A Field Trip Life


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