It’s not as simple – or as difficult – as it first appears. Getting your office ensemble ready is a piece of cake with our handy stepwise guide.
It’s a curious dichotomy when it comes to dressing for the home and the workplace. You can be a total slob at home, but you can’t have a hair out of place at the office! Having a good ensemble ready for the workplace is no mean ask – but don’t worry, we have you covered. Just read on.
* Pick your style. If you habitually dress in salwar kameez suits, there is no reason for you to take a wide departure from your signature look. You can buy some really stunning salwar kameez sets, and also Curtis for casual dressing days. It is always a good idea to have a dress or two readies in your wardrobe for office parties, off-site meetings, or even client pitches. The point is to dress fashionably but comfortably in a style that defines you.
* Get bags to match. Now that you have shopped for your clothing online, it’s time to pick the bags to go with your clothes. If you don’t want too many bags, then pick a few in neutral colours like black, tan and brown for handbags. These colours go with all outfits. Meanwhile, pick a great option in laptop bags for women. Some brands have women’s laptop bags that are roomy enough to hold the laptop and its accessories, as also other things like your wallet, water bottle, keys and mobile phone. Look for women’s laptop bags in a sling style, in currently hot colours like scarlet, turquoise, indigo and sunshine yellow.
* The shoes matter a lot. Well maintained, trendy shoes take your style quotient up several notches. At the same time, they must be comfortable enough to spend a long work day in. Unless you’ve been living in stilettos all your life and are at ease only in towering heels, we suggest that you get yourself bellies, ballet flats, wedge sandals, open-toed flats, and kitten heels. Just like with bags, you can buy shoes in black or brown if you don’t want to invest in too many pairs. In fact, sober colours are much preferred at the office. Stay away from neon shades, reds and hot pinks.
* Makeup and skin care products are a must. Being presentable every day at work, especially if you work in the service industry, can get tough but you can manage it with the right makeup. Invest in a good hairspray to keep any flyaway hair in check. Meanwhile, buy a concealer, foundation and primer to prep your skin preparatory to applying makeup like rouge, powder, kohl and lipstick. However, all your efforts at makeup will come to nothing if your skin is unhealthy. So buy moisturiser, sunblock cream and cleanser, and use these products every day to get clear, healthy skin.
There you have it – our simple guide to getting workplace-ready!