The art of dressing to work

Lachmi Deb Roy
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FASHION Women need to understand their body type and also keep in mind their profession before choosing an individualistic style of dressing to work

Make an impressionby dressing smart to work
Make an impressionby dressing smart to work

Enter any work place today and you are most likely to find a group of well turned out women. Not only do they have impeccable credentials, but are impeccably dressed as well. In corporate organisations, presentation plays a very important role and half the battle is won if you are well dressed for work. Corporate wear designer Payal Jain says, “She needs a no-nonsense wardrobe for her work environment as she is constantly balancing the various facets of her life and personality. It should be simple, chic, clean cut, functional, practical and look good right through the day. The choice of outfits depends largely on the role, responsibilities and work culture.

“Linen suits paired with delicate georgette and chiffon blouses for summer to luxurious wool blends with interesting weaves and textures for winter. Interesting fabrics can be structured into crisp jackets to pair with short skirts, long pencil skirts, wide and narrow pants or straight line shift dresses for a versatile work wardrobe. Business suits must be well tailored, well fitted and flattering to the individual’s body type,” says Payal.

“Women who are large on the bust must soften the jackets and take the focus away from their bust area. This can be done with beautiful accessories like scarves, jewellery, etc. Most Indian women face the challenge of being bigger on the hips and thighs so they should wear jackets which cover their hips and are not too tight at the hip. Also, low waist trousers and those which are tight on the hips are a strict no-no for these body types,” advises Payal.

When it comes to art of dressing to work, many fashion conscious women today create individualistic looks for themselves. Sumit Kumar, head of marketing M&S, India says, “Workplace dressing should always be crisp yet chic. Working woman’s outfit need not just consist of blacks and whites. Your outfit should complement the professional demands of your workplace; it should be utilitarian without losing its edge. .”


Accessories like belts, shoes and bags add to your style quotient. Smart jewellery can enhance your personality Sumit Sawhney, a jewellery designer, suggests, “Jewellery at workplaces perplexes many women. They struggle to strike that perfect balance between over-accessorizing and under-dressing. Delicate jewellery is definitely the bet for office environments. Jewellery should complement your outfit, rather than compete with it. Donning a piece of jewellery is a must or it leaves something to be desired. If you are unsure of what suits your outfit best, a subtle pair of earrings and well-fitted watch should do the trick. It is better to avoid dangling and loop earrings, heavy necklaces and excessive rings; make it look classy and yet powerful by using jewellery sparingly and according to the occasion.

Many fashion conscious women want to develop an individual style of their own. Those who come from the creative field like journalism and advertising have a very high individualistic style quotient. They don’t mind mixing up clothes. Advertising professional Rohini Puri says, “Sometimes I pair up my saris with a bolero jacket. And at times I love wearing a big red bindi too. I love to carry the Indo-western look and my friends say that I stand out.” Sanya Dhir, brand director KBSH says, “For a corporate meeting, team your sari with a single button jacket and add fusion to your look. You can also belt up your sari by taking the pallu around the neck or strapping it at the waist with a broad belt for the ultra glam yet comfortable look. If you are in a rush you can drape the sari over your favourite jeans and walk with all the ease.” Accessories are a key to fun and exciting work attire. So it is time to experiment with bags, heels, scarves, shawls, pins, jewellery and more to keep the fashion quotient alive in your everyday style!

Lachmi Deb Roy




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