Not all of us have the good fortune of enjoying a casual, creative work environment. Still, having to sit in a boardroom full of buttoned-up, black-suited men (mostly), is no excuse for skimping on style. Elevate your style quotient at work with these easy ways to jazz up your office wardrobe.
Bag our attention
We understand the impulse to go for a neutral-coloured bag, just to avoid the hassle of the early morning switch. But it’s also easy to stick out from the crowd with a uniquely shaped work bag. Myth Bags offers a number of standout silhouettes, like this tri-coloured confection called Hades and the column-like Isis (yes, unfortunate choice for a name, we agree). Roomy enough to hold the daily essentials of the working woman, these bags make a statement about the owner too.
Head-turning head scarves
Many hijab-wearing women will tell you that slipping, sliding, pin-prone dupattas don’t do as practical head covering. Head scarves help you look sharp and if they’re funky, they can add that dose of distinctiveness to liven up an outfit. Audrey Hepburn set an example back in the day. Check out Zari Faisal’s headscarf range in her upcoming Life in Technicolour collection.
Shoe in some comfort
Even those of us with desk jobs have to walk around and a climb a few stairs, which is why comfortable shoes are a must for the working woman. If high heels at the office are a no-no for you, then other fashionable choices exist. You can sneak in some colour in your outfit with some funky low-heeled shoes, or opt for Samia Azmay Shahzada wedges in neutral tones.
Go on… make an understatement
We tend to veer away from all sorts of bling to maintain a professional look. But the right kind of jewellery, like pieces by Kiran Fine Jewellery, will lend easy subtle glam to your daily look.
You can carry your style statement at work with flair, especially if it’s encasing something as essential as your laptop. When on the hunt for a new laptop sleeve, skip the leather for a leather-bound book. The Facebook-based Sammaan has a knack for upcycling items, and this laptop bag is one of the results. That’s an environment-friendly, style-savvy purchase rolled into one!