Dressing right for work
Women these days are taking the corporate world by storm. And why just talk about the “corporate’ world? In fact, whatever arena women are venturing into, they have become a force to reckon with. No wonder, given the “classy and fabulous” community that the womenfolk are, they are as concerned about their workplace attire as they are when they go out for clubbing, partying or a casual hangout with pals.
There are no hard and fast rules delineating what must be worn and cannot be worn at a workplace for a woman. It’s a tricky endeavour, nevertheless, and even if just a few general pointers are kept in mind, you can beat your workplace wardrobe blues with ease. Observing co-workers is arguably the best way to get to know your company’s dress code. Having said that, a tailored suit or a wrap dress and a leather bag can never go wrong. Indian wear such as salwar kameez outfits or a sari fit the workplace bill too. The clothes must be washed, ironed and well-fitted. You have to stay in them all day, so make sure that they sit on you in a proper way.
At work, it is best to play safe with clothes. Stick to conservative colours and fabrics. Dark gray, navy blue, white and black are the most preferred choices. Extremes in colours or patterns/prints must be avoided, as your personal fashion statement need not be reflected in your office-wear. When it comes to pants, khaki, twill and corduroy work just fine in an office environment, whereas denims, synthetic fabrics such as rayon or polyester and heavy cotton materials should better be refrained from. Skirts and dresses may be worn, but be very careful regarding the length, the slit (if any), the fit (whether it is too tight) and the comfort factor (such as impairing your mobility while climbing stairs or walking).
The first and foremost thing that should be kept in mind for the blouse or shirt is that the neckline should not be deep. Get it tailored according to your body type, choosing the fabric carefully. When it comes to shoes, settle for close-toed pumps that compliment the colour of your outfit. Chunky heels, flat-toed shoes, or stilettos are a strict no-no when it comes to office footwear. Needless to say, they should be polished and clean and the fitting should be such that you can walk comfortably.
How you dress for work is critical in more ways than one, as it is an indicator of your personality- your refinement, your sensibilities, your self-confidence. Working from home is a different ballgame altogether, but when it comes to professional meetings and appointments, your dressing sense should show you to be a sophisticated and dignified working woman.