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Dress To Impress: How To Make An Impact At Your Office Appraisal Meeting!

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March, or as the working class calls it ‘the year-end review season,’ has begun and you know what that means - the appraisal meeting. No matter what industry you belong to, every employee has to go through this process for professional as well as personal growth in their career. You want to make an impact that makes you stand apart from the rest. Here’s how you can ace the meeting with your style sense. Five outfits for five different industries - which one do you belong to?

1. The Corporate Clique

Whether you’re a lawyer, a data analyst or an engineer for corporate firms, where even a crease on the shirt is frowned upon, it’s all about looking your best in crisp, sharp formals. Even the smallest details like the cuffs on your pantsuit jacket should be eye-catching. After all, it’s about making an impression that lasts longer than your meeting with the HR. Here’s something that you can wear to it.

How about a pantsuit? Pair these Black Slim Fit Formal Trousers (Rs 995) by Dorothy Perkins with this Matching Blazer that comes with a scarf (Rs 2,990) by Zara. A pair of Stone-Studded Ear Jackets (Rs 449) by Shining Diva and Snake-effect Heels (Rs 3,490) by Mango is all you need now.

2. The Media Masterminds

Being a part of the creative fraternity, we don’t always have to worry about dress codes. Because there aren’t any. Our clothes reflect our own expression, art and uniqueness. One day, I’ll wear a t-shirt with Nutella patchwork on it, other days you’ll see me in a kurta set at work. But the appraisal meeting asks for something like this.

A Printed Midi Dress with Embroidery (Rs 1,750) by Jaipur Kurti that you can pair with matching Studded T-Strap Flats (Rs 1,495) by Shein while adding a pop of colour with these Pink Drop Earrings (Rs 424) by ToniQ.

3. The BPO Biggies

Working at a call centre or a customer service-driven company is not easy. It calls for long hours of sitting in a chair and constantly talking with people. It becomes important to dress comfortably so you can survive the day (or night) with ease. But that doesn’t mean you compromise on style. Here’s what you can wear to your appraisal meeting.

Ditch the usual white shirt - black pants ensemble for a fashionable upgrade with these Smart Fit Striped Trousers (Rs 899) by Marie Claire and Sleeveless White Shirt (Rs 1,199) by Vero Moda. A pair of Brown Block Heels (Rs 847) would b cherry on the icing.

4. The Marketing Magicians

Whether it’s digital marketing or traditional, public relations or sales, when you’re working with third parties or clients, you’ve got to have your glam on. No one likes to make deals with a sloppy joe, right? You’ve to look after not just your communication skills but also the way you present yourself. Here’s how can take it to the next level at your appraisal.

With a short top, open-front longline kurta and palazzos, this Indo-western Set (Rs 1,754) by Desi Fusion is a must-have, meeting or no meeting. Break the monotony with these red Ruffle Detail Mules (Rs 995) by Gauri & Nainika and a pair of Hoops (Rs 349) by Forever 21.

5. The Education Instructors

A teacher, professor, counsellor or a tutor, you address a group of young people on a daily basis. Your job doesn’t require you to sit in an office and stare at your laptop screen. You’ve to talk, you’ve to make eye contact, you’ve to look approachable. Happy colours that give away a friendly vibe are your best bet. But not too much, though.

A simple Handspun Cotton Buti Saree (Rs 4,999) by Indie Picks, Metal Earrings with Beads (Rs 329) by Spargz to add some statement to your saree’s neutral tones and Chunky Heeled Sandals (Rs 600) by Ajio to complete the look.

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