Power-dressing is chic but tricky. Since childhood, I had this dream to work in an environment where I could wear Pant-Suits and crisp cotton sarees. I have an undisputed bias towards blazers. I don’t know, but I feel that blazers add a whole lot of elegance into your otherwise boring outfit.
But living in India, employed by a Public Sector Bank, I cannot experiment much with corporate wear. And that too in sizzling, hot summers of South India!
But, I like to accept every style related challenge 😉
So, lemme share with you my three go-to looks for power-dressing when it comes to ethnic wear. These super-comfy and elegant looks will ensure that you look not only groomed, but high on the fashion charts when you enter your workplace!
Let’s get it started!
Well, the moment I saw this kurta, I fell in love with it. I don’t like to experiment much with prints. Big prints don’t go well with my personality and frankly speaking, my body structure, too. But this surreal printed kurta was an instant eye-catcher! Cotton kurtas have been the best bet for corporate women. But now, with big brands foraying into non-cotton kurtas for work-wear, Indian women have a reason to rejoice!
I personally like Chinese collars or something that is not below my collar bone. But sadly, it had a round and comparatively deep neck. To counter that, I went for a sea-green cotton dupatta. And navy blue leggings completed the whole look!
With this outfit, I like to tie my hair in a bun. There are two reasons: no worry for heat-styling my hair and well, DAMAGING them and secondly, buns are chic, aren’t they? I went for a french-fishtail braid on the front sections of my hair, followed by three-strand braids on the two sides of the parting, which were wrapped around a low bun, resting on the nape of my neck. PHEW!
Straight cotton kurtas have been there for centuries (just exaggerating!). I like to do the classic kurta-leggings look with a twist (well, sort of). Westside has been offering a wide range of A-line kurtas, lately. They are in all kinds of colors and prints. This one particularly caught my eye, because, well, for starters, it is PINK!
I will not lie and try to steal the credit for the choice of leggings. My mum chose this color, dark sea-greenISH. It is not at all gawdy, but very noticeable! Genius, isn’t she?
With this, I wore my hair down on one side. Any guesses, why? Well, the back of this kurta is love!! 😉
This is a little unconventional look to fit into ‘Power-Dresssing’. But it is one of my favorites! It speaks tonnes of my home-state 😉 I have always liked phulkari, a traditional embroidery technique which originated in Punjab, India. So, to use that as a work-wear element was challenging, but fun! And the end result is for you to witness! I chose a front-slit white kurta with white embroidery on it and plain cotton palazzo pants. I instructed my tailor to stitch a fitted kurta. And this suit is one of my favorite pieces to pick from my closet!
Well, this phulkari is the centerpiece of this look so I have toned down every other thing; shoes, accessories and hair. For this look I wore my hair down.
OUTFIT 1– Kurta, dupatta and leggings- Soch, ballerinas- Parfois (Myntra)
OUTFIT 2– Kurta- Westside, leggings- Local (Ludhiana)
OUTFIT 3– Phulkari, kurta and palazzos- Custom made (Ludhiana)
So, the conclusion is- your work-wear doesn’t have to be boring. Try out new things! Experiment! My mantra is, if we are happy with our outfit, we will be more energetic the whole day! Our outfit adds confidence to our personality. So, spend a little extra time in the morning my lovelies and set the stage on fire 😉