Tired of the pantsuits, pencil skirts and crisp shirts on your list of office wardrobe staples? Maybe it’s time to mix it up with saris, kurtis and suits. And we’ve got you desi girls covered with this selection of the most fabulous Indian wear for work this season. And guess what? This entire awesome and chic wardrobe overhaul comes for less than Rs 15,000!
Kurtas are a staple for those who prefer Indian garb as their office attire. And just like a crisp white shirt is imperative in a Western work wardrobe, a white kurta is essential in a formal Indian closet. And there are so many ways in which you can wear this particular one. You can wear it with coloured leggings, printed palazzo pants, dhoti pants, with an earthy vest or even throw on a scarf or dupatta when needed. Price: Rs 1,019. Buy it here.
Leggings are another desi closet essential. It’s most advisable to stock up on basic colours for effortless mixing and matching. Just like this pack of two. Turn to the blue one when you need sombre bottoms and opt for lime yellow to give your look an eclectic update. Price: Rs 395. Buy it here.
A vibrant-hued pair of everyday shoes is a must for the girl looking to go desi in the office. Pick a pair of comfy flats that aren’t blingy yet scream ethnic when you slip them on. Trust us, you’ll be able to wear them with pretty much everything! Price: Rs 540. Buy it here.
The ideal sari for work is one that is easy on the embellishments, isn’t too sheer and is minimal enough to allow the lady wearing it to make a subtle statement. This one ticks all the right boxes. It’s a winning choice as you can always dress it up differently. Team it with coloured or printed blouses to give the sari a twist every single time you wear it. Add a shawl in tones of brown during the winter. Price: Rs 1,249. Buy it here.
Beat the chill on a dreary winter morning, particularly when you’re heading for an early meeting, by covering up in a scarf. This versatile pack of three distinct designs will allow you to repeat your outfits without anyone realizing it either! You can team your scarf with a plain kurta, throw it on over a printed tunic for a print-on-print look or even use it as a headband for a retro look. Sold on it already? Price: Rs 1,249. Buy it here.
We advise investing in a pair of palazzos such as this multi-hued one for days when you’re feeling particularly bold. It’s the perfect desk-to-dinner piece too. Wear it with a thigh-grazing white kurti or a tailored top during the day, and add heels, bold lips and statement jewellery for a post-work meal. You can also team it with varied solid-coloured kurtis, then add a vest one time, a stole another for new and exciting looks with minimal effort! Price: Rs 1,329. Buy it here.
A functional, roomy yet fashionable tote is the perfect finishing touch to any work look. This handbag is all that and then some more. With its subtle colouring and the delicate floral pattern, this is the all you need to match with ALL your desi outfits! Price: Rs 1,249. Buy it here.
We love this salwar set not just because it’s understated but also because it allows you get creative with its styling. Sure, you can wear it as is. But you can also give it a spin with ease by opting for churidars, straight pants or palazzos in colours like black, maroon, green or gold. You can also style it with white or beige palazzos and a coloured stole or shawl. Price: Rs 3,150. Buy it here.
A cotton top in a solid colour is an absolute essential. Not only can you wear it with a skirt or palazzos, but also pair it with trousers and blazer for a Western look with just a dash of desi. Price: Rs 590. Buy it here.
The same ol’ saris and kurtas not your style? Then give your office look a new spin courtesy this flared skirt featuring an ethnic print. Team it with a fitted top or a cotton kurti, and you can do both formal and casual! Price: Rs 1,999. Buy it here.
If you’re going to do desi in the boardroom, go all the way. And don’t even think about passing off your thong slippers or peep-toe pumps with your sari. An embellished pair of sandals is the only way to go! Price: Rs 999. Buy it here.
How can any Indian look be complete without the requisite quota of bling? Stock up on some basic silver and gold toned pieces, and you’re all set to up your style quotient every single day! We love these Silver Plated Ribbon Studs on Amrapali (Rs 450), Mirraw Pearl Earrings on Junglee (Rs 299) and Gold and Rhodium Plated Bangles by Amargiri on HomeShop18 (Rs 470).