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20 August 2019 | 4 min read

Ditch The Basic – Add These Essential Products To Your Work Wardrobe

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You finally got your dream job. Congratulations. Now, you need clothes that complement your designation. While this may sound overwhelming, such is not the case. Building the perfect workwear wardrobe is all about incorporating staples that are easy to mix and match — a pair of structured pants, the wear-with-everything pumps, the desk-to-dinner dress. The goal is to style key pieces in a polished way, all within the formal dress code and personal aesthetics.

Keeping in mind the diverse style preference of Indian women, we list out six must-haves every working woman should invest in without any second thoughts. Best part? If you know your size, you can even shop for these styles from online stores.

Crisp White Top

Whether you prefer a button-front shirt or a chikankari kurta or linen tunic, a crisp white top is a must-have staple for every working woman. An all-round piece, the white top can be worn in a whole host of ways: tuck the shirt into a pencil skirt or wear the tunic with smart black trousers or pair the kurta with printed palazzo, the styling options are endless.

Depending on your style preference and office dress code, you can invest in different kinds of white tops and play around with them. 

Perfect Fitting Bottoms

Just like with tops, the working woman can have a pick of what bottoms she wants to include in her workwear arsenal. From pants to chudidar to formal skirt, pick any {or all} that suit your taste and comfort zone and effortlessly wear any one of these to office. Invest in well-fitted bottoms in solid neutral colours, and you can mix and match them with a variety of different tops and jackets.

Versatile Bag

An ideal working woman’s bag is one that is big enough to hold all her essentials. It should also be versatile enough to style with most of her workwear looks. Invest in a bag that has a zip to protect what all is inside the bag.

Also, it is good to have a handheld strap for easy carrying and a long-length strap for when you want to go hands-free and, most importantly, make sure it is weather friendly. No one likes to have the monsoon wreck damage on their bags, right.

A Good Pair Of Shoes

A great pair of work shoes is one that is practical, comfortable, and chic. You want a pair that will not break on the way to the office or one that will have you hobbling by at 3 pm or one that gives shoe bite every time you decide to wear it. You want a pair that you are comfortable wearing all through office hours and beyond, plus it can be easily paired with most of your workwear pieces.

Nude block heel pumps, neutral ballerina flats, or classic black sandals, whatever you choose, make sure it is durable, sturdy, and keeps your feet happy.

Desk To Dinner Dress

Sometimes, you have to go straight from office to dinner. With no time to run home and make an outfit change, having a versatile dress in your wardrobe is like having an ace up your sleeve. Whether you prefer a classic LBD or a vibrantly printed maxi, make sure the dress, with minimum fuss, can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

A Statement Piece

Not comfortable wearing anything too bold or too eye-catching at the workplace? You want to keep your look professional and not diminish the business-woman vibe. That doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous and stylish at work. With the right pieces, you can add a hint [or whole lot of} statement to your work clothes.

Throw on a colorful dupatta or embellished jacket or a bejeweled necklace or any statement piece of your choice, and instantly transforms essential workwear look into a head-turner.

Have you updated your work wardrobe yet? If not, now is a good time to start.

by Amena Azeez
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