Adulting has its advantages, like being able to spend lavish amounts on Nutella, late nights not being a biggie and of course, all the ‘adult’ stuff *wink*. It also has its cons. Duh. Besides having to wake up early just to spend all day in a confined space, ‘coz money. It’s the corporate uniform - formal shirts, skirts and trousers. Admit it, they make mind-numbingly boring work even more tiresome.
If you work for a big MNC and your co-workers are basically corporate clones, it can get difficult shopping for work appropriate outfits specially kurtas. Kurtas are tricky workwear options, mostly because the line is really fine between casual and OTT. How casual is too casual, how formal is ‘too much’? We’ve figured it out for you. Here’s a round-up of eight formal kurtas for the workplace swarming with formal shirts and pants:
Tired of striped shirts, but can’t seem to shake stripes off your mind? This front-slit striped kurta is work worthy and makes for the chicest outfit, paired with wide-legged trousers or cropped cigarette pants.
Monochrome is always a foolproof look when it comes to office wear. This check front, black and white kurta will be at your rescue when you need an out from formal shirts and pants. Wear it with crisp linen palazzos or pants, your pick and matching loafers.
Kurtas in pastel shades in materials like linen or cotton-silk blends are a brilliant work pick. This one, with some subtle embroidery and a clean cut silhouette, is a must-have for your office wardrobe. Wear with leggings, or palazzos and formal t-strap sandals.
The Chanderi Life
Show them how it’s done in this pistachio green chanderi kurta. The mandarin collar adds a formal touch and the summery shade keeps it on-trend, all day everyday. Styling this piece is easy as pie - just throw a pair of bottoms you like and a striking pair of pointed-toe pumps. Voila!
Keep It Short
Adopt a mix of long and short kurtas in your office line-up. This white front-slit kurta is a refreshing change from the regular checked shirts you see around you. Don’t miss the pretty embroidery on it - I’d wear this with a pair of formal checked pants, HBU?
Despite popular belief, ‘formal’ does not exclude warm colours. This tan coloured button down kurta, for instance, is sophisticated and quirky at the same time! Style it with patterned trousers and block heels to finish up.
Grey, Soul Sister
Another way to have fun with your work worthy kurtas is to incorporate layers. You’ll be psyched to see that this pretty grey number comes with a layer pre-stitched and it also features an intricate motif print that’ll level up your work dressing game.
Keep Calm And Coral On
It’s possible to be stylish at work without going OTT. No, I’m not kidding. Exhibit A - this breezy pleated-front kurta with a tie-up collar. Are you thinking palazzos? I’m thinking striped navy wide-legged trousers and your favourite work pumps.
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