The work wear wardrobe has been limited to pencil skirts, formal pants, white crisp shirts, gray blazer, black heels, salwar kameez, sarees for so long that people forget formal wear can be super chic and fashionable too. With the drastic change in the work environments, formal work wear has become a lost art and has been replaced with jeans, shorts, sweatshirts and graphic tees. Does that mean you have to save your fabulous fashion diva looks for the weekend? Absolutely NOT! You can absolutely don your favorite formal wear to the office by dressing it up or down still look fabulous every single day. Today, LBTC brings to you 5 formal wardrobe essentials and styling ideas to make them super professional or relaxed. Anyways, standing out from a crowd is never a bad thing eh?
Dresses are the safest bets when it comes to workwear. Slip one on and you can focus on what is important – your work. With the abundant options with sheath and shirt dresses, picking a work friendly dress is not difficult. Prefer a loose fitting, knee length dress with sleeves and you are set to go.
To dress up your outfit for an event, add some nude or black heels.
To dress down your outfit, pair it with some white sneakers and you have your everyday casual look ready.
Crop shirts is an amazing trend we are loving at the moment. They are a perfect blend of formal and casual. Since the style already has some flair with the crop trend, opt for loose fitting shirts to make them more work appropriate.
To dress up a crop shirt, pair it with a high waisted pencil skirt and heels and you are done.
To dress down your outfit, opt for some basic jeans with your shirt.
Any wardrobe – work wear or otherwise is incomplete without some key ethnic pieces. A couple of kurtis in different styles is a must to complete your wardrobe. While choosing a workwear appropriate kurti, choose something light, non-gaudy, and in light or pastel colors (or well black!). Also, choose something not too layered or too long, so you can still remain comfortable when stylish.
To dress up your kurti, pair it with a basic pair of churidar or leggings and a stole (or chunni) and you have your ethnic formal wear.
To dress down the look and make it uber comfortable, pair your kurti with a pair of jeans and you are good to go.
Fancy Blouse and Blazer
Every work wear wardrobe demands a fancy blouse and blazer for those client meetings or conference where you can look impeccable. Choose a blouse that looks fancy but is still light weight and easy to move around in. Again choose a sleeved blouse over sleeveless (to avoid the AC chills and unwanted tugging). For the blazer, choose a color that pairs well with your fancy blouse, as well as your basic black and white shirts.
A formal blouse is entirely formal and you can dress it up with a basic black pants or jeans.
If you wish to dress down a formal blouse, go for a colorful pair of jeans to contrast the seriousness of the blouse with some funk and color.
A pair of Formal Pants
Formal pants are an essential in every wardrobe. While choosing a pair of pants, opt for one that fits and flatters your body. While a loose pair of pants might be uber comfortable and very tempting (guilty!), they will undo all the effort you put into your chic outfit.
To dress up a pair of formal pants, pair it with a crisp formal shirt or a silk blouse and some black or nude heels.
To dress down a pair of formal pants, pair it with shirts with funky prints or a simple short kurti and accessorize with a pair of ballerina flats.
Crisp Formal Shirts
Well, the last and the most obvious work wear wardrobe essentials are crisp formal shirts in some basic colors and some light hues. Choose some well-fitted shirts especially around the bust area so you don’t end up tugging at your shirts every few minutes. To dress up a simple shirt, pair it up with a pair of formal pants or a pencil skirt and you are at your chic best.
To dress up a simple shirt, pair it up with a pair of formal pants or a pencil skirt and you are at your chic best.To dress down the look, pair your shirt with a pair of jeans – plain or colored and the look is apt for a casual work environment.
To dress down the look, pair your shirt with a pair of jeans – plain or colored and the look is apt for a casual work environment.
Well, there you have five work wear wardrobe essentials and tips to style them up or down. Think we missed any? Drop us a note in the comments below and we might incorporate your must haves in our wardrobe as well! Comment, share and spread the love!