So how do you add an Indian flavour to your workwear staples without taking away your style quotient? Here are 6 key Indian wear pieces for work that will add the right mix of traditional to your professional look!
1. Comfy Kaftans
Incredibly comfortable, thanks to the drawstrings, kaftans can double up as an elegant yet sophisticated choice for work. Be it bright solids or printed tunics, pair your favourite kaftan with beige trousers or black skinny pants. Since most are hip-length or longer, they help even out the figure too, especially for those of us who are bottom-heavy! Just make sure your kaftan is not see-through, and if need be put on a tank-top underneath it. A cuff or a bracelet teamed with a pair of platforms, and you're all set!
POPxo Loves: Mojo Cream-Coloured Printed Kaftan Dress on Myntra
, Rs 2,399
2. Jodhpuri Pants
A cousin of the uber-trendy dhoti
pants, a pair of these can make you look sharp and stylish. You can team these with a solid-hued shirt (think how great monochrome would look!) accented with studs on the collar for an important meeting. A regular day at work can also be enjoyed by pairing it with a bright, sleeveless top or your favourite kurti
. Team up with a statement neckpiece or silver earrings, lots of kajal
, and you're done! The added benefit: it adds curves to those of us who are on the lower side of the weighing scale.
POPxo Loves: Desi Weaves Cotton Rust Printed Jodhpuri on Jabong
, Rs 1,250
3. The Quintessential Kurti
There's a reason why Master ji was called Master ji and still is. Be it classic Lucknawi white or a raw-silk woven black, well-fitted kurtis
are a must. If you think you don't have the time or the patience to get them stitched, then here are your cues when you're out shopping. Look for pieces that come a little above your knees, or panelled kurtas
in different textures that will go with classic churidars
in multiple colours like white, black, cream and maroon. (Save anarkalis
for special occasions.) Just make sure it's elegant when it comes to print and embroidery and says something about your style. Jutis
and a handful of silver bangles is all you need to perfect your look.
POPxo Loves: Yepme Natalya Solid Kurti
, Rs 349
4. The Delicate Dupatta
Be it Phulkari
, a collection of dupattas will never fail you. With a variety of block prints, bright colours and designs, they can really help add drama and depth to your look. A tussar-finish/cotton dupatta is great for work and can be paired with plain solid-coloured suits (and will definitely be the object of your colleagues' attention), while a printed dupatta can actually be worn like a scarf (with a fitted churidar
) to add a slightly bohemian feel to your styling.
POPxo Loves: W Women Polyester Dupatta on Shoppers Stop
, Rs 599
5. Flirty Skirts
Let's admit it - there is something aesthetically attractive (and “artsy”) about wearing midi or maxi skirts with accents of kalamkari
and other native prints. A perfect mix of traditional and Western, if you will. There's so much to explore, colours to try...without having to worry about showing too much leg! Plus they are functional and comfy - meaning you go about work without bite marks on your waist. You can play it safe and pair your favourite Khadi skirt with solid-hued tops, or go crazy with print on print. Wear chunky jewellery, and remember to dig out those Kolhapuri chappals.
POPxo Loves: Cotton Printed Ghera Contrast Trim Long Skirt from FabIndia
, Rs 1,490
6. The Elegant Sari
Whoever said “No one, and I mean no one, can look bad in a sari” was right. While most of our moms worshipped varieties of khadi
and silk, make your own collection by investing at least 1 sari a year. Chiffon, Kanjivaram
, cotton, silk, or net - find your calling. Make sure you are comfortable in it and have a blouse that is sexy but doesn't call for unwanted attention at work. Add to that a pair of silver or gold earrings, and you're ready to take down a colleague or give a Legen-wait-for-it-Dary presentation. (Just make sure there are enough pins to hold your pleats in place!) And save your favourite net sari for the upcoming Christmas celebrations at your office – after all, it’s your time to sparkle too!
POPxo Loves: Magenta Georgette Sari on Fashion and You
, Rs 999
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Pencil skirts, tailored suits and formal shirts fill up most of our work wardrobe. And while a few of us wear casuals to work from time to time (and get to show off our latest finds), a lot of us tend to forego our traditional favourites.