Wearing those prim and proper shirts and trousers to work everyday? Perhaps you throw on a pencil skirt or a pantsuit once in a while. But western wear doesn’t really satiate our need for lovely colours and brightness. How about transforming your ethnic casual wear into gorgeous office wear? Here are a few style tips on how to style your ethnic wear for office.
1. The saree-ed professional
Although sarees have been pretty much the epitome of formal wear for any Indian woman, they are mostly restricted to special occasions. However, a simple printed, well-draped saree is perhaps one of the most elegant formal wear ever. Keep the blouse elegant with boat necks and 3/4th sleeves. Teamed with an elegant hairdo and a touch of light makeup, you are bound to make a statement at work.
2. The pant reversal
Patialas, salwars and churidars are highly mainstream. In a tough working environment where you need to be agile but comfortable, one of the best piece of clothing is a pair of palazzos or a pair of cigarette pants. These look best when paired with long kurtas, giving the whole ensemble an elegant and sophisticated touch. Kalamkari or block printed palazzos paired with kurtis in basic colours are quite a rage these days. Twist your hair in a braided bun with a side partition, throw in some light jewellery, and you are ready to boss it.
3. Straight cut or A-line kurtas
Save those anarkalis for those jazzy events. Straight cut or A-line kurtas with 3/4th sleeves have formal written all over them. Straight cuts paired with kitten heels or wedges along with a pair of cigarette pants make for the perfect office attire.
4. Mandarin collars
Nothing says power dressing like Mandarin collars or Chinese collars. It’s chic, sophisticated and super smart. Pick long kurtis with high collars and keep the look simple with a pair of dainty earrings.
5. Indigo inspiration
Indigo dyes and prints are perhaps the most loved prints of the season. You could go indigo in absolutely anything, and totally rock the day. If you are picking a kurti, don’t be scared to pair it up with contrasting bottoms like red, orange or parrot green. From sarees to skirts to palazzos, indigo dabu and bagru prints are a rage this summer.
6. Scarves or stoles
Many of us might be used to wearing a jacket or a blazer to top off a formal western attire. A great way to substitute this in Indian ethnic wear is to use a stole, shawl or dupatta. This can be styled in a number of ways depending on what you are wearing, totally redefining your outfit. Plus, with summer here. a dupatta or a stole could save you from the harsh sun too.
Jhumkis are the perfect accessory with any ethnic outfit as you rush for office. They go with anything and everything, be it a casual kurta or an elegant saree. Add a little bindi with a jhumki and you are the complete desi diva.
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