Dressing for work is an uphill battle that one has to perform every other morning! Whether it is about getting out of your cozy blanket on a chilly winter morning or switching that Air Conditioner off during blazing hot summer days, one thought that remains constant is “ What should I wear, I don’t have clothes!” Although, formal wear has become a lot more flexible over the years but nonetheless it does get monotonous to slip into the same old plain jane clothes every week. Adding your own artistic flair might just help you bounce back from the wardrobe blues, read on to discover some of the styles you can design & rock every morning:
Suits and Palazzo pants
Suits are typically at the top of the list when it comes to formal wear, although they do have variety but a Desi tadka might just brighten your workplace. Fabrics like Cotton, Chanderi and Rayon are a no-brainer for designing easy breezy work-wear ensembles! When woven into textile crafts like Ikat, printed with Kalamkari, Ajrak, Indigo or Hand Blocks, these palazzo pants and suits can help you stick out a mile every day at work. Each day a new craft, with just a little bit of playing with the cuts & you are good to go!
A lot of Indian wear falls under business casual and one must not stop themselves from slipping into something fusionistic like an asymmetrical kurta. Some of the ideal fabrics to design one are- Georgette, Cotton, Rayon, Chiffon, Linen, Modal Satin and more. You can pair it with straight pants and chunky accessories to complete the look!
Long Flowy Dresses
Dresses might violate the dress code but not if they are long enough! About time one ventured into maxi or mid-calf length dresses. Popular choices being Handloom, Cotton, Rayon, Georgette, Lizzy Bizzy and other more. Geometric motifs seem more professional but there’s absolutely no harm in playing with trending patterns like Mughal, Kalamkari, Ajrak to name a few.
Ethnic Long Skirts
If you want to give your pencil skirts a break, try donning some ethnic long skirts paired with solid shirts and an elaborate neckpiece. A Wrap-around Naphthol skirt, better spotted as Rajasthani skirts or quirky printed cotton skirts can really bring out the needed oomph factor in your work wardrobe.
Long Jackets & Shrugs
Layers like long jackets can really amp up your work outfit, not only do they provide protection from the tundra winds of central cooling but also add a touch of sophistication. Crafts like Indigo, Ikat, Batik, and Hand Blocks can be an ideal choice if you consider yourself more of a desi girl while florals, solids and geometric patterns are some of the many contemporary options. You can thrown on a long jacket with almost anything and everything, from a saree to a formal shirt and sharp pants.
Shrugs are ideal to give a more put-together impression at work. You can experiment with sleeve-lengths and various hemlines to find your perfect match. Our best suggestion would be to go with long asymmetrical lines with flowy fabrics to give an illusion of a tall silhouette. Fabrics like Muslin, Modal Satin, Georgette & Chiffon make the best pick.
Style a stole or Dupatta
Stoles and dupattas can bring a pop of color to your otherwise monotonous work attire. Explore your options with endless textile crafts produced indigenously like- Phulkari, Ajrak, Ikat, Embroidery, Patchwork, Indigo & more. Pairing a solid or monochromatic attire with a heavy dupatta or intricate store is one thing that can never go wrong!
Culottes too fall under the business casual category and can easily be incorporated into your work ensemble with the right choice of shirt and accessories. One can pair a solid culotte with a printed shirt, blazer and oxford shoes to get into the work aesthetic. Pick from stripes, geometric, checks or plains to craft your own.
Sarees constitute a large part of our fashion and it's only fair to include them in workwear. Women of all ages can easily slip into one to look both professional and elegant. Some of the more work appropriate variants are – Ajrak, Maheshwari Silk, Mughal floral Chanderi, linen silk, Kalamkari or any other rich craft blouse teamed with plain Chiffon, Georgette, Rayon or handloom saree; these options are sure to add the right amount of grace to your attire.
We hope we’ve inspired you to style your own quirky outfits for work. Hop onto our website www.fabriclore.com to browse through a wide range of fabrics and crafts to materialize all your design ideas.
Authored By: Sunidhi Gaur