For those of you ladies who are looking for formal wear both in western and ethnic styles, we've done the hunting so you don't have to. No matter your budget or office dress code, you’ll find quirky patterns, sharp cuts, basic colours and churidar sets as well. For the girl on the go, this is a working woman’s guide to comfortable and innovative office apparel.
Women On The Go: Check Out These Brands For Great Office Wear
The August Co.
Sometimes international brands don’t always work for the Indian physique. The August Co. makes great office wear that is tailored specifically for Indian women. Blouses, trousers, skirts and dresses are all found in 24 custom sizes taking into account diverse proportions like narrow waists and large hips.
Office & You
When that all-important board meeting comes a-knocking you won't have to run around like a headless chicken looking for outfit options. Office & You has done the legwork for you. Their focus is workwear, ladies so trust them and their awesome fits because they have also taken into consideration the Indian culture, body types and skin tone! The ethnic collection with clean cut kurtas and tunics have to be our favourites. These come in solid monotones with no prints or embellished that distracts. Also check out their sleeveless boadroom dresses and the high-low semi-formal dresses on LBB.
Fuse modern silhouettes and Indian prints and you will have what is a rocking office wear wardrobe from Indi Moda. Rocking because it's out with the same boring dark colours and in with ethinc chic! We're talking Ikat Printed Formal Dresses, Block Printed A-line Kurtas and Bandhani or Kalamkari dupattas to jazz a simple look on one of those lazy office days.
Whether it's WFH or work from office, KALP has you covered with only the best clothing. Think cotton wear but elevated with floral print, lehariya work, shibori and much, much more. Anything you pick off their collection is guaranteed to be trendy and office chic. We especially love the Green Shibori Effect Full Sleeves Jacket, Button Peplum Top and the Pleated Cape Kurta as options to take on a work day.
Saleti - For The Working Woman
Saleti's line of clothing for the working woman proves that smart wear does not have to be drab or bad for the environment. They stock both classic pieces like long A-line Collared Shirts and Tunics and more relaxed Button Down Dresses all made using natural fibres if cotton that are organically produced. Their shades of indigo, yellow, rust, green, brown, brown, black and white also fit right into the whole formal vibe.
A work wardrobe with pieces from Threeness in it will make sure you get to work and a party after that in style! Their trend-led designs mix together modernity and femininity with bright colours! Pieces we'd say you must grab ASAP would be the Ikat Sleevless Top to wear under a jacket, Embroidered Tie Up Dress and the Chevron Ikat Jumpsuit. Their clothing is also perfect summer work wear. At least the heat won't bother you when you are trying to meet a deadline!
It was Indian Dobby's Overlap Sleeveless Top With Peplum Skirt Sets that had us bookmarking them for office clothing. Their clothing is ethinc with a modern soul. Apart from the powerful skirt and top sets, head here for chic Handloom Tunics, Button Down Flared Dresses, and Flared Pants, all of which will elevate your work wardrobe effortlessly.
If you want to standout at your workplace and we really mean stick out because of your great sense of style, pick Bari. Their contemporary khadi clothing is what great tailoring is all about. Jackets with flared sleeves and patch work, Colourblocked Boxy Tops, Oversized Pleated Kurtas -- we are overcome with high-end but super simple designer label feels.
Any of the Central Malls in town is a one-stop-shop for lazy shoppers. So whether it’s ethnic or Western formals you’re looking for, with brands like Global Desi, Allen Solly and Van Heusen, head here if you are confused about what to purchase. You can also book a personal stylist to help you with the shopping spree.
For those of you who have no time to go out shopping, we bring to you an online brand Ombre Lane that does stunning functional office wear. Say goodbye to popping blouse buttons or visible panty lines since important details like bra strap holders and no-gape buttons are incorporated into their apparel.
If you enjoy a combination of comfort and stylish work wear, bookmark Fable Street in your tabs for timeless styles and premium fabrics from the comfort of your computer. Surf through their collection of dresses to find the tailored option that will fit you well. If you’re curvy and worried about wrong measurements, save them online for future references and you are good to go.
Great for both ethnic and western formal wear, Westside is adored by many for its affordability and innovation. Brands like Utsa, Gia and Wardrobe all make great apparel and have their own styles. So whether you’re looking for classic formal or fun office wear, Westside has it all. You might notice that a lot of colleagues are all probably wearing these brands as well.
For trendy work wear from sizes XS to XL, Chemistry is a go-to. Whether it’s a skirt you’re looking for or a checkered dress for work, they seem to have it all on their racks. Tunics and formal tops are sold in neat cuts and funky designs. The staff here will be happy to help you out with mixing and matching to find you that perfect look.
Marks & Spencers
Marks & Spencers is all about clean cuts and minimalism. Their collection comprises of linen, cotton and lyocell pants available in more neutral colours to match their summer-y coloured blouses and shirts of yellows and oranges. It may be more on the expensive side but the quality of fabrics is great and so worth it.
H&M is a popular fast fashion brand that makes some classic office wear. From cotton shirts that are great for summer wear to straight cut jackets in glossy colours, you’ll also find tapered and straight cut pants that fit well. They also have formal dresses in sombre colours and calf-length skirts for office.
Zara’s spring collections are usually filled with clothes made of breathable fabrics like cotton. A ruffle on the hem and off shoulder blouses are what you can expect here. From satin trousers to jackets and formal dresses, Zara is on the expensive side but when you wear a curated outfit from Zara to work, you’ll be sure to make heads nod.
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