How To Dress Like A Professional – Power Dressing For Office And More May 2, 2017

How do you tackle those Monday blues? First, the daunting thought of the weekend that has flown by faster than it arrived and second, the nightmare of ‘What to wear’ – problems that single-handedly unite all women. Why? Because we “never have anything to wear!”

Power Dressing is your answer because lines can get blurry between being overdressed and underdressed. The best way is to have a functional closet and plan a work wardrobe that is sharp, sassy, and classy. Smart dressing is all about bringing in tiny details and marrying them all together. Do you see a few people at work always neatly put and on point? Trust me, it’s not very difficult to pull it off! There are a few rules for acing your power dressing game. I’ll tell you all about it – tips, ideas, and work that look options (more like shop that look).

Without delay, let’s begin. We will first get some basics right and then look (shop) at a few ideas that are trending and classy.

How To Dress Like A Professional?

1. Shoes

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Let’s start down south and work our way up. Footwear and shoes take up a chunk of our wardrobe. Why? Did you never see a woman slay it with a pair of red pumps? Even on a bad day or when you’re absolutely not keen on showing up at a meeting, make it up with a good pair of shoes. Little things can go a long way. Like color blocking, to be precise. When you shop for footwear, take into account driving to work as well as staying in them all day long. Also, opt for those that can be flaunted with both your ethnic and western dresses. There is something about women confidently walking in a sexy pair of shoes – get ready to amaze!

2. Accessorize, Smell Good, And Try Makeup

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Are you into accessories? Makeup? A little of both? The trick of the trade is to string subtleties that come together rather strikingly. They make great impressions and set you apart from everyone else. Choosing the right accessories can be a slippery slope. Minimalism is your key! If you’re wearing something ethnic, go bare neck, but try on a pair of dangly earrings, basic makeup, and a lip color that ties the look without making it seem like you’re heading to a wedding or a party. A few interesting combinations for business casuals are – a Pandora bracelet or a contrast beaded neckpiece and a watch, etc. Some women are all about being minimalistic, yet so classy every single day. You just need to play around to see what works for you. Last, but not the least – you need to smell good, and this is non-negotiable. Dab and spray generously over your pulse points. Choose something that is refreshing, long-lasting, and subtle. For starters, do not choke people with either a good or bad smell – it is a big turn off! Did I mention mani-pedi? It’s a MUST!! Turn Off Alert!

3. Handbags

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Handbags? Even the very thought of them gets me excited! There are not many rules here except to go for something that is both functional and looks appealing. Go with bold colors if you must, but go low-key with everything else. Every brand caters to working women, so find something that fits in electronic gadgets, chargers, a power packed lunch, everyday essentials, wallet, and miscellaneous others – all of this without the bulge or budge on style.

4. Scarves

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My favorite piece of a mix-and-match statement puzzle. A scarf can instantly bump up any look and make you look chic, stylish, and smart. It can be your best friend on rainy days and bad hair days. Go for a satin scarf on crisp formal dresses, or a colorful cotton one that improves your snapshot like nothing else. It fits with a simple V-neck T-shirt, a tank top, a kurta, or anything really. Unleash your creativity and go for it!

5. Hairstyle

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If your hair is perfect, half the battle is won. Good hair compensates for almost anything and is a total payoff. Does that mean you spend countless hours setting it or spend 50% of your paycheck at the salon? Nah! Watch a few YouTube tutorials and ace a few workday hairstyles that match your taste and hair type. ‘Effortlessly’ comes with a little effort, and it’s totally worth it. Keep it simple, well groomed, and on point. Even a messy bun needs to be put together – you get the picture, don’t you?

Work-That-Look Ideas

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1. Cigarette Pants, Shirt, And Pumps

 

 

Love dressing up? Bring out the fashionista in you – flaunt both your style and figure with these cigarette pants. Pair them with a flouncy balloon top that is clinched at the waist or a formal shirt. Go with a crop top and amp up your accessories game to match it for the soiree affair. Checkered, black, and electric blue are hot colors in the league. Take it a step further if your work setup permits and consider red pants. Team it up with everything in pastel. Thank me later!

Work That Look

Trousers

Purchase Link – myntra.com

Shirt

Purchase Link – myntra.com

Neckpiece

Purchase Link- ajio.com

Shoes

Purchase Link – ajio.com

2. Pencil Skirt, Top, And Stilettos

Finally a type of skirt that sits well on me! I’m not sure how many of you relate to this, but most skirts look funny on me. Sounds like a first world problem, but that’s the story of my life. You can play around with skirts in so many ways, and they are a total value for money. An elegant combination of a pastel/peach skirt with a checkered fusion top lifts up your boring meetings and adds excitement to your important ones. The textured pumps, the finger rings, and earrings bump up the chic quotient further. You could also explore a monochrome combo and break the silhouette by color blocking your accessories. Or, consider a body suit and waist belt. The options are limitless.

Work That Look

Pencil Skirt

Purchase Link – myntra.com

Shirt

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Stilettos

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Earrings

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Finger Rings

Purchase Link – ajio.com

3. Formal One Piece Dress

Have a party this Friday? A party you can’t miss? No time to change? Here’s a combo that is tailormade. A dress that can go from being an office wear to a partywear. Sport it with elegant, subtle accessories that are polished for a total power dressing outcome or jazz it up with swanky pumps and a bling clutch. In fact, fast colors are directly proportional to power dressing for the same reason. Leave the dress just the way it is and change your accessories. A red lipstick, suede pumps, a choker, and smokey eyes. There you go! Slay it in style – both ways!

Work That Look

Dress

Purchase Link – myntra.com

Shoes

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Neckpiece

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Earrings

Purchase Link –  ajio.com

Handbag

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Watch

Purchase Link – myntra.com

4. Palazzo Pants, Kurta, And Loom Bag

For the longest time, I was positive that leggings were a revolution. “This is it; it can’t get any better”, I told myself. But, hey, I did not see this coming! Palazzos changed the way I looked at life (dramatic, I know). There’s so much you could do with one pair. I could help you with a million combinations as we speak, which are appropriate not just for work but they are oh-so-comfortable to wear through the day. A kurta (long or short), a bold colored V-neck T-shirt, a tank top with a kimono, and accessories – these will last you a lifetime. Pay attention to details and work around what’s already in your wardrobe.

Work That Look

Palazzo

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Kurta

Purchase Link – myntra.com

Neck Gear

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Shoes

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Handbag

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Finger Ring

Purchase Link – ajio.com

5. Bohemian-Indian Fusion

I’ve got a little confession to make – boho-chic defines and interests me like no other. Well, you can’t blame me. It suits any and every occasion, body type, budget – without compromising on style. Look around, blink your eyes, snap your fingers, refresh a page – BOOM! Bohemian style has taken over, and it’s a paradise out there. From earthy colors to colorful palettes – there is one for everyone. Work with the other details to arrive at your niche. If your style of dressing is classy, you’ll love it already; if you’re all about the bling, you need to check this out anyway. Why? Because we are talking about power dressing for office. Give it a shot, and there’s no going back!

Work That Look

Kurta

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Neck Piece

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Sandals

Purchase Link – jabong.com

Handbag

Purchase Link – ajio.com

6. Handloom Saree With Contemporary Blouse

Give me any amount of money, and I’d spend it all on anything cotton, handloom or handmade. Are you like this too? Hi-fi on that! Yes, it was grandma’s choice once, and now, the tables have turned. Handloom – all the way! People are raving all about it. From runways to designer clothes lines, they have escalated rather quickly, and I could not have been happier. Consider a beautiful handloom or cotton saree and go with a new-age blouse design like halter neck, sleeveless, or Chinese color, and pair it up with whimsical tribal jewelry and other artisan-made accessories. Do that, and you’re taken – once and for all! All the more reason for more and more women choosing these over something more modern. Everyone has their idea of a diva – and I’m glad mine just caught up!

Work That Look

Saree And Blouse

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Neck Gear

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Finger Ring

Purchase Link – ajio.com

Earrings

Purchase Link – ajio.com

This is how to dress like a professional! Well, you know what they say – ‘Get ready for a job you dream of, not for the one you have’. There is also enough research to back up the fact that women who dress up well to work have a steeper work progression. That said, I guess it’s simply a lot of fun to dress according to your profession. What are your preferences or favorites when it comes to professional women’s clothing? Leave a message in the comments section below and let us know.

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