Good afternoon ladies…
Time for some ‘Style Files’ after quite a long time…
Let’s see how to jazz up your Indian clothes for some appealing corporate wear today… 🙂
A survey says –
“Most women in India wear sarees, salwar-kameez or kurta to work, almost 80% of the times to work. Only few opt for Western formals daily to work, while working in India.”
Having lived a corporate life for 7 years & continuing it, I can’t agree more to this!
Our everyday wear mostly comprises of cotton or synthetic material suits or else kurta with leggings.
Whenever there is an Ethnic Day or Project Day organized in the company, I see a lot of ladies all decked up in sequinned sarees & gold or silver-embroidered suits or kurtis with all sorts of jewellery & hairstyles.
The entire atmosphere looks like somebody is getting married right in the office bay rather than showcasing our ethnic richness! 😛
I for one get scared of ethnic day just for this reason & mostly turn out to be the most modest ethnic-dressed in my team, inspite of compliments for my look.
We recently had an ethnic day celebration in the office on account of Indian Independence day & instead of the usual tri-color for a theme, we opted for the national animal & national bird!
It was color galore (peacock, you know!) & I was my usual petrified… 🙂
This served as the motivation to do this post!
Suggestions for Sarees:
- Keep them plain or two-colored.
- Opt for non-embellished cotton sarees
- Pastel shades, black or navy are sure shot hits any day!
- Avoid sleeveless or deep-neck blouses for office
- Ideal corporate wear blouses have a high neckline or mandarin collar. Though nobody is complaining until you know the neckline limits!
- In winters, opt for 3/4th or full sleeve blouses. They add up the oomph of the saree like anything.
- Make the look more interesting by going for contract blouses instead of matching ones.
Suggestions for Kurtas:
- Opt for pieces from handlooms like khadi or handblock/screen printed motifs on your tops.
- Tone on tone embroideries or ribbon work materials are great choices instead of sequins or bead work.
- Combine plain Indian kurtas with slim cigarette pants for an international appeal.
Not suggesting to wear the below thingie to office.. but just to portrait that cigarette pants do look good with Indian tops.
How can we leave accessories behind?
- Go for structured & practical bags.
- Matte finishes are the best to flaunt at your workplace.
- A leather bag in beige or tan never goes out of fashion & would compliment most of your outfits.
- Black is best avoided as it shows up your clothes to be a little outdated too.
- When it comes to footwear, sandals in tan or matte gold are good choices for both sarees & kurtis.
- Copper or flesh tones too look great with kurtis. Just be careful that there are no embellishments to pop on the eye.
Above all of these, please do make sure you are the following your company’s dress code policy 😀
Hope this post helped all the working women out there atleast a little!
Do pour in your suggestions or thoughts on combining Indian wear & corporate subtlety….