Doesn’t matter if you’re starting a new job or are a veteran, a wardrobe full of office attire definitely comes in handy.
And even if you don’t have one, the good thing is that it’s easy to create a basic wardrobe with just a few key pieces. You can mix and match those essentials and give the impression that you have several outfits.
Here are the Top 10 things that every Working Woman must have in her Wardrobe, to score in Office. These 10 items will give you at least 32 different combinations for the office.
A tote in a bright office-appropriate colour like red, mulberry or plum will be a double duty weapon. It can be your briefcase for papers and purse during the work week and turn into a shopping bag for weekend outings.
Shop for at least three pairs of T-shirts in basic colours like white, black and grey. Even better if you find one in your favourite colour. The T-shirts are lifesavers on days when you want to layer. Fitted stretch tees are the best, since they look great with jackets and under formal shirts too.
A linen jacket is a failsafe for the days you don’t know what to team your shirts and T-shirt with. You could style it with various pieces, or wear it buttoned or open, even team it with your maxi dress.
Plain black pumps
Make space in your shoe rack for plain black pumps with a heel no more than 3 inches high. They will take you from office to parties. If you find your pumps too boring, head over to an accessory store for little stars and glitter you can glue onto the shoes for some glam.
A pencil skirt is another versatile element for your work wardrobe. Team it with a fitted blouse or loose, formal shirt, wear it with a blazer for board meetings or team it with a strapless tee and stole. Skinny women could opt for a fitted one while pear-shaped women would look better in a longer one with a relaxed fit.
Every Indian working woman needs a salwar suit in her wardrobe. The simpler the better; embellishments are best left for family functions. Departmental stores these days offer the salwar, kameez and dupatta as separates so you can mix and match according to your mood.
Khakis or chinos
Brown is an essential colour in any work wardrobe. A pair of chinos will take you through rough weather and board meetings, office parties and afternoon lunches. There’s a lot of scope for mixing and matching with brown trousers, since they aren’t as stark as black or as soft as pastel shades.
White formal shirt
A button-down shirt is the single most important item for your work wardrobe. Wear it with your business suit, underneath your favourite jacket, or simply team it with trousers or skirts. Cotton and linen shirts are the best all-year-round options for Indian women. Look for a formal shirt with a high collar.
Jewellery for office could be gold, diamond or white gold, but most importantly light and delicate. A pair of diamond earrings in the shape of a teardrop or flower petals is perfect for young girls who are just starting out in the corporate world.