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#OfficeGirlStyle: How to Make the Most of Your Shape

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You’re always the first one to report to work, finish projects before deadlines and are full of winning ideas! As important as your performance at work is, so is your appearance. We’re not saying how you dress at the workplace is the most important aspect of your performance, but it definitely earns you brownie points. And it’s okay if you’re no fashionista. Just dress right for your body type, and you will see the difference it makes to your self-confidence. We break it down for you!

If You Are Triangle or Pear-Shaped...


dressing for your body type

What to do:

  • Tap into your slim upper body and highlight it.

  • Draw attention away from your wider lower half by opting for patterned shirts and formal tops— prints or embroidery will work well for you too.

  • Blazers can quickly become your best friend.

  • If you wish to opt for formal dresses and skirts, flared versions are your best bets.

  • Avoid slim pants and turn to wide-leg bottoms instead.

  • If you want to go the desi route, choose from printed anarkalis or kurtas with koti jackets while avoiding figure hugging fabrics.


For the Athletic Body...


dressing for your body type


What to do: 

  • The golden rule for those with a lean figure is to create some curves.

  • Achieve this by choosing formal dresses and shirts with a well defined waist. Adding a belt to a straight cut dress is one way to go.

  • Choose flared formal trousers over skinny ones and make the pencil skirt your best friend. (You can thank your lean legs for that!)

  • If you prefer going Indian, you can experiment with draped kurtas, fitted tunics and flared salwars or patialas as well.


If You Have An Apple-Shaped or Inverted Triangle Body...


dressing for your body type

What to do:

  • As you carry most of your weight around your tummy, it’s best to divert attention away from your upper body and to your fabulous legs. But don’t get too adventurous with hemlines—after all, skirt and dress lengths should remain office-appropriate at all times.

  • Stay away from too many frills to your shirts and blouses, they will only add more bulk to your upper body.

  • Add more dresses and knee length skirts to your work wardrobe.

  • Slim pants are the ideal option for you. Remember to opt for darker tops and blouses.

  • If traditional dressing is more your style, flowy kurtas and salwars are perfect for you. Drape your dupatta over your shoulders and not neck in order to slim down further.


If You Have an Hourglass Figure...


dressing for your body type

What to do:

  • Draw attention your narrow waist by making fitted dresses part of your office wardrobe.

  • Flared trousers also promise to create balance and emphasise your waist.

  • Since you are blessed with a generous bosom, opt for simple, well-cut and fuss-free shirts and blouses.

  • Knee-length skirts teamed with an open jacket work too.

  • When going desi, play with structured, well-fitted kurtas and salwars in lightweight fabrics and give anarkalis a miss as it will add bulk to your shape.


If You Have a Fuller Figure...


dressing for your body type

What to do:

  • Don’t make the mistake of thinking that oversized clothes will create a flattering figure. They will only end up drowning you. You need to strike a balance between too tight and too loose.

  • Always add a tailored piece to the mix. For instance, flowy tops and knee-length skirts teamed with blazers are always a good way to go.

  • As far as Indian wear goes, all you need are kaftans in small prints. Wearing a salwar suit in the same colour - from head to toe - creates a slimming effect too.


 

 * In association with the Fair and Lovely Foundation for the ‪#‎ToGetHerOnline‬ initiative by Google India

Published on Mar 28, 2015
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