When it comes to choosing an appropriate dress for work most women in the world will stick to an officious look; maybe a pencil skirt with an airy blouse or perhaps trousers in darker shades paired with a loose shirt but ethnic garments do not frequently make the list. Bold colors and trendy cuts do not exactly scream ‘office girl’ for the world but we live in India and in our country the pot of fashion is not so restricted. We have a tradition of vibrant fashion dating back to centuries and all those centuries worth of fashion still exists today, in small forms or details. The mix-n-match option is ever present to be availed with just some creativity and confidence.
It is rightly said that confidence is the best outfit to wear, for if you wear anything with enough jazz in your step, you come off looking good or at least as close to being aesthetically appealing as is possible if you’re wearing a jute bag. Indians however are not limited in this regard, and can brag about having distinct fashion styles originating from all corners of our great and vast nation.
Especially in India, It is not out of the ordinary to see office-going women sporting traditional attires. Salwar-kameez with a dupatta and, on special events, wearing sarees in the office space is mostly preferred over western-style suit and pants. Under the basking light of such an environment, it is absolutely viable to pick out a fashionable, yet classy, ethnic look for office space.
Only a few things are a complete no-no in the office spaces at our end of the world such as going for an over-the-top style which is distracting in all the wrong ways. Your clothes project your persona to the people around you; your clothes communicate far more efficiently your position, personality and preferences than any other non-verbal cues so it is very important to dress according to how you want to be perceived.
But if you do not know what you should pick out from the avalanche of options in the market, here’s our guide to the trends that are making a round around the office joints nowadays:
- Straight-fit kurta- that silhouette adds more to your personality than you might know. In colors such as indigo, a straight-fit kurta is likely to come off as the perfect outfit to project confidence with a hint of royal classiness.
- Kalamkari printed short kurta- from the heart of South India, this print paves the way for you to communicate your inbred source of aesthetic appeal.
- Printed palazzos- If you haven’t seen this baggy number making the rounds in the office area then you must be living under a rock. Palazzos make for the perfect blend of class and coy. A must-have item in the present decade.
- Phulkari jackets and pattachitra stoles- Adding these small details in your outfit can make or break the statement you intend to make, especially when paired with other items in the list, so mix n’ match accordingly.
These trends have taken over the game this season with their classy demeanor coupled with a hint of that-feminine-factor which really makes women stand out, especially in positions of power. Going with ethnic wear for work is a way to make a statement about yourself and the whole female community. Clothes exhibit power so tap into the inexhaustible flow of ethnic wear that is omniscient in India and set a benchmark to be followed in the office space.