As with everything else, workplaces too have changed a great deal in the last decade or so. Office dressing codes have relaxed, and pantsuits, shirts, and pencil skirts are welcome but no longer mandatory at work. In fact, this is a great time for ethnic outfit lovers to show off their wardrobe gems at their workplaces. Here are a few refreshing outfit ideas for the workplace:
1. A-Line Kurtas and Cigarette Pants
Banish those Monday Blues with a vibrant A-line kurta and a pair of cigarette pants. Three-quarter sleeves will add a dash of elegance although shorter sleeves can look just as good. Yellow and red or green and black are great combinations, but you could also carry a matching kurta and cigarette pants with equal panache. Increase your style quotient with gladiator sandals and a steel watch.
2. Asymmetrical Kurti and Leggings
Make heads turn at your workplace with a pretty asymmetrical kurti and leggings. Asymmetrical kurtis are very chic these days and look stunning with a fitted pair of leggings or churidars. Go for a block printed kurti or one with all-over floral motifs and team this up with plain leggings. For added charm, sport wedge heels and fine silver jewelry.
3. Collared Kurta and Palazzos
Nothing spells sartorial sophistication better at the workplace than a high collared long kurta and wide palazzo pants. Kurtas with Mandarin collars look stylish even sans the dupatta and are therefore perfect for all those fashionistas who regard the dupatta as a cumbersome piece of clothing. For a different look, you could wear a plain kurta with printed palazzos. Accessorize with a simple metal cuff and pumps.
4. Long Dress
Long dresses and gowns no longer signify merely Western articles of clothing. There is a wide array of ethnic choices available in long dresses these days. Long dresses with collars, embossed with small block prints, and in pastel colors are ideal for one’s workplace. Long flowing dresses in cotton are especially comfortable and perfect for the scorching summers. Top off your look with a dainty necklace and ballerina shoes.
5. The Saree
Although most women these days associate the saree with special occasions and festivals, it can be adopted even as office wear if styled the right way. Choose a simple yet elegant handloom saree – preferably without prints – and go for a blouse with full or three-quarter sleeves. A blouse with a boat neck or high collar looks unmistakably formal; select a printed blouse if your sari is plain for an unconventional look. Keep the accessories subtle with rings or a gold chain and stilettoes.
No-one has an inexhaustible wardrobe, so it’s important to be creative as you plan your office-wear. You may always, for instance, add a hint of freshness to a frequently-worn outfit with an attractive stole or a glamorous pendant. After all, fashions come and go but your style is what you create and recreate.