byTeam Fashion Bombay Jan 07, 2011 #Snjoutfits 0 Likes
While our look may not be completely formal, it’s the best we could do as far as formal wear is concerned. Thankfully in our profession there is no fixed dress code. Yet, we find ourselves in the midst of the popular jhola-kurta fashion statement created by the arty journalists or the other extreme of complete formal wear. We were at the liberty to wear anything as long as it wasn’t too revealing or too worn out.
A while ago we got an email from a colleague – Shabana Khatib -- asking us for some tips on Western formal wear or corporate dressing. Most formal work environments adopt a dress code to enforce decorum and a sense of uniformity. Classic formal wear include suits, blazers teamed with shirts or blouses and good fitting trousers or an appropriate length dress with minimal accessories.
• While dressing in formal wear, make sure you invest in good seamless underwear or bodysuits. Fittings are of prime importance in formal wear.
• Avoid wearing plunging necklines and make sure all your skirts and dresses are knee-length dresses.
• For many, footwear is a major concern. Formal wear in most offices is pretty much chalked out, so closed wear peep-toed heels or pumps. If high heels aren’t your thing, then buy comfortable kitten heels so that your trousers shape you well.
• Wrinkled or torn clothes are an absolute no-no. To avoid the morning rush, try and iron your clothes a night prior.
• Keep your accessories and jewellery to a minimum. Wear tasteful classic jewellery like pearls, gold studs or basic link chains that you can wear with shirts and dresses.
This is our tryst with semi-formal wear to a meeting at the Spenta Towers:
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