In the western world, the normal dress code for ladies at work includes a plain blouse with a blazer. But dressing up for work can be tricky when you have to wear a Pakistani wardrobe.
You want your outfit to make you look professional and well-groomed. At the same time, you want to rock a casual and not-too formal look in daily work life.
Tips to Dress Up for Work
It can be hard to figure out the mix between casual and professional that is just right for the office setting. However, we have gathered some tips for you to dress up for work which set just the right tone:
1. Choose the Right Fit
Stitched kurtis are a great pick for stylish, formal office wear. However, some of them have a loose fit that can look great as casual wear, but don’t look professional.
If you’re on a budget, select some one-piece dresses from Alkaram Studio’s unstitched collection and get it tailored to the right fit for you. Make sure that the fitting of the dress isn’t too tight or too loose. You can pair it with trousers from the ready-to-wear collection. Or you can get basic colors (black, white, beige) and get trousers stitched according to your size.
2. Choose the Right Colors
Timeless pieces that look great as formal wear include plain outfits or geometric prints. You can even pair these with a contrasting dupatta. Just make sure that you aren’t wearing very bright dupattas with plain pieces.
The unstitched collection by Alkaram Studios has a lot of plain and geometric designs that are perfect for office wear. If you are selecting floral prints, make sure the floral patterns don’t stand out on the outfit just like this one:
Some great color combinations for plain, tailored dresses and dupattas are:
- White and cornflower blue
- Beige and fiery rose
- Light blue and navy blue
- Sheen green with bottle green
3. Don’t Wear Blingy Jewelry
Blingy jewelry pieces like jhumkis might look good for festivals and events like Eid or weddings. You can even rock pieces of silver jhumkis or dangling earrings when you are out and about. However, the office setting demands that you wear something subtle.
Simple pearl studs or subtle small gold pieces look perfect for everyday wear or when you have to attend meetings. Simple bracelets and a plain watch also look great. In fact, wearing a watch exudes sophistication and elegance like no other handpiece.
4. Wear Pressed Dresses
Lightly starched and pressed dresses are a must at work to look professional. If you have lawn dupattas, starching them and pressing them is a must because they get wrinkly after just a few hours. If you wear a scarf on your head, make sure it is clean and pressed too.
5. Select Comfortable Shoes
Heels might look great on magazine covers, but you can’t spend 8-9 hours wearing heels. If you are keen on wearing shoes that make you look taller, you can always go for comfortable block or platform heels. However, the best choice for office wear is pumps or flats.
Get some basic colors like beige, black, blue, and brown, so they can complement your dresses well. Nothing looks better than plain flat slides with geometric patterns from Alkaram Studio’s unstitched collection.
Selecting a wardrobe for office wear can be a daunting task. You must make sure that your outfit reflects professionalism yet looks casual enough for the office. Balancing these tones can be hard. However, these tips can help you rock a look that is the perfect balance between casual and professional.
Plain or geometric designs with subtle jewelry pieces and comfortable sliders are perfect for creating a well-balanced office look. Geometric designs from Alkaram Studios are perfect for that casual plus professional mix.
So, what are you waiting for? Head on to the Alkaram Studio website or visit your nearest Alkaram Studio store to get your hands on these pieces from the unstitched collection.