Women and clothes share an indomitable relationship. But when it comes to work wear, there goes a lot of filtration in the wardrobe. As per a survey, more than half of the women admitted that they were too much stressed about what to wear as compared to over 10 per cent of men at their office. Ladies, all we want to tell you is Relax! A little bit of experimental and wise wardrobe choices can make you look sophisticated, presentable and confident during office hours.
Many a time, we women end up stocking our closet with so many new clothes that remain unworn throughout the year. Life becomes easier when we have gender-neutral dress code at offices. While a casual pair of jeans works for some corporate houses, not everyone enjoys the liberty of dressing up to the nines. But for those who work at flexible environment, experimentation and freshness is the key. Layering up smart formals, refurbishing the old ones, here’s all you need to know about how to glam up your daily office avatars without shopping too much for new clothes.
Your choice of dress reflects your persona. So when it comes to pulling off a western look, make sure that you balance the edginess and comfort in tandem. We confess we are totally head over heels in love with Hilary Clinton’s sharply tailoured pantsuits’ look and Michelle Obama’s clean-lined coats over dresses that set high goals for office wears.
With formal trousers, pencil skirts, pinstripe suits, blazers being staples, modern designers have offered some unconventional styles too. Shirt dresses, midis, shift dresses, wrap dresses and bodycon dress have emerged as trendy sartorial choices amongst the fashionistas lately. If you’re good with layering, you could go with a mixture of casual and formal. Complete the look with a leather handbag, delicate work wear jewellery and sharp heels.
Clothes can turn out a little intimidating if not properly put up together. Step out of the regular kurta and leggings a bit and try out straight-cut kurtas with cigarette pants, flared pants, palazzos or denims. The right colour combinations not just look smart but also trendy. Deepika Padukone in Piku is one such character that we idolize in ethnic office wears.
Fusing Traditional & Modern
This one is for all those experimental fashion divas who enjoy the privilege of working in creative environments like media or fashion houses. Take the liberty to nail a sari dress like a boss. If you wear saree more often, drape it in different ways by teaming with shirts, crop tops, bell-sleeved tops or hand-block printed blouse.
Dressing as per the seasons
When in winters
Winters can turn out stylish if well attired. The options are limitless with turtle-necks, chunky sweaters, knitted cardigans and overcoats. Team them up with high-waist trousers, boots, a classy scarf and you’re good to go.
Opt for light fabrics and feel free to play with colours in summers. Just avoid wearing too short dresses that might seem too revealing for others. You might also like our take on summer fashion on our blog Summer Solstice
Accessorising it right
Watching polished characters in films like Devil Wears Prada, Dostana, Ki and Ka and The Intern always gave us style inspo to accessorize it right at workplaces. If you love adorning your wardrobe, opt for jewellery that simply complements your attire. Evergreen pearls, delicate diamond or gold neckpiece, silver rings or solitaire ear studs, these all can become your wardrobe basics.
Handbags and a comfortable pair of shoes are other smart additions to your style board. Complete the look with a scarf, perfect stroke of eye liner, a dab of nude lips and of course, good shampooed hair.
The key to a perfect office wardrobe is – Go with your personal sense of style without overdoing it. Smell fresh, avoid flashy colours, maintain a right balance and girl, you have already stolen the show.