In corporate circles, the dress code for office routines, meetings, events and presentations are either prescribed or a particular mode of dressing is appreciated. These formal wears are in fact adapting to new variety and fresh combinations. But the bottom line is that while office wear can be sharp and impactful, it is definitely contributive to the success of daily business interactions.
Office wear is a well-sized chapter in fashion designing. Following the best practices to look presentable is essential for keeping up one’s decorum at work. While many such dress codes come from Western fashion ideas, it also accommodates Indian attire viz. saree and salwar. As you can learn from fashion designing courses, the essence of formal wear designs is to make you look gracefully imposing and sharply streamlined.
As we teach at Hamstech institute, choosing office attire is a skill that has to be practised to be perfected. Let’s look more into the choices and scope of mainstream business-wear.
Look your best in tailored attires.
Experience says that if you have to gain confidence in office wear it better be tailored for you. It may cost more, but it will be worth it to invest in quality and fit once to benefit from it all the time ahead. Individuality will still be the virtue you bring on. So get your suit tailored with a classy tailor. Choose bespoke to feel the difference!
Men should go simple and bring ease to oneself and others.
After the essential personal grooming, when it comes to attire, men can choose to go formal or semi-formal at work. For formal, choose a black or grey suit over a white or blue plain shirt. Match pinstriped or checked suit with a plain shirt and plain one with patterned shirt. Brighter colours for shirts can be paired with simple plain suits that balances the tone.
Jackets are another way to ace the semi-formal look. As for shoes, better wear black with a black suit and brown or black with a grey suit. If the suit is brown, pair it with brown trousers or khakis, and wear brown shoes. Choose brown shoes for a beige suit.
Denims or chinos could be part of the ensemble to nail the coolness factor without jeopardizing the suit.
Women should dress up to be confident and complimented.
Formal attire for women is not so tough a choice with all the necessary checks in place. Blouse with skirt is the common formal wear combination seen. Ensure that the fabric is not light and see-through. Ensure that the skirt is stitched in the right length so that it does not affect mobility. Also, never wear tight-fitting skirts.
While wearing Indian attires like kurtas and sarees to work, choose colours that are not flashy. Also, avoid lot of embroidery and patterns. Semi-formal or casual look to work for women can well be managed with smart choices in tops like shirts, structured tops or silky tops. Add a blazer to the ensemble to look great.
Mind the shoes.
After all the attempt to get the garment right, losing it to a wrong pair of shoes will be tragic! Wear well-fitting polished shoes that match the outfit well. Avoid wearing stilettos, chunky heeled and flat heeled shoes. It’s smart to match the shoes’ colour with accessories like purse.
Use these suggestions to your advantage and make the right impact at the workplace. But remember, your attire should project who you are. Don’t dress to be dressed, but to be merited.