Monochrome Mondays: Indian Formals for The Office


There's a tricky class of office wear if you're an Indian. While the world works on the conventional concept of formals such as trousers, skirts and shirts, in India we take it further and add a set of clothes called Indian formals that is perfectly acceptable for work. That's exactly what I want to talk about today. When you wear kurtis and sarees to work, it falls in what I like to call formalwear for the Indian workspace. 

This outfit is what I classify as the perfect combination of formal and Indianwear. I paired a grey kurti with straight cut grey trousers from the streets and added a structured handbag and heels. The overall look is simple and has muted colors as dictated by the corporate world. Monochrome workwear is one of the easiest ways to look polished and put together without too much effort. I added a pair of interesting earrings to add a bit of quirk to the look.Overall, this look is perfect for those days when you want to wear Indian but still look polished. 

Grey Kurti: Rs. 599,
Grey Trousers: Rs. 300, Colaba causeway
Grey Snakeprint Zara Heels: Rs. 899, Zara Sale
Bag: Borrowed from Mom
Earrings: Rs. 350, Pipa and Bella

Total Outfit Cost: Rs. 2148, which is around ₤22

Photo Credits: Shruti Phulgirkar

Tips to Wear Indians Outfits to Work:
  • Look for structure and clean lines. This means not wearing all those kurtas with too many layers of chiffon or ruffles. I've found that cotton clothes instantly lend a much more formal look. 
  • Ironed! This is something I'm guilty of skipping at times too. However, if you want to wear Indian outfits to work, you need to iron them. There are so many outfits that are perfect for work, if only they were perfectly ironed. Seriosly, don't skip this step when it comes to workwear. 
  • Monochrome outfits work best to make you look put together. Just like the outfit above, the easiest way to make Indianwear look office friendly is to keep the look monotoned. A monochrome outfit not only works well for office, it also makes you look much taller!
  • Keep the print mixing to a miminal. Too many prints may make you look frumpy especially when it comes to Indian outfits. Since these have multiple separates, look for solid colors with prints used as accents for a more complete look. 
  • Finally, make sure you look for comfortable silhouettes! The simplest way is to pick your favorite Indian piece and build your wardrobe from there! Remember, if you feel good you'll look good instantly! 
Do you wear Indian outfits to Work? What's your favorite look? Tell me in the comments


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