Posted On Wednesday, July 04, 2012 at 08:51:51 AM
One of the most difficult seasons to dress up for work is here. No matter how hard you try, the rains get to you and ruin your outfit on the way to work. Here we have designers Priyadarshini Rao, Aniket Satam and Behroze Singh help us pick the right material and style for office this season.
One must choose an outfit that dries quickly and not appear like a B-town heroine fresh out of a rain shower in a body hugging outfit. Priyadarshini responds, “While one has to be careful about clothes that cannot handle rainwater like polywools and silks, you can pretty much take out your cottons each day.
Wear more comfortable clothes that can handle stress and can dry pretty quickly. Drop the leather shoes on days of heavy rain.” Aniket adds, “Most common mistake is continuing with your summer wardrobe that is wearing bright coloured outfits which bleed colour with rains.
Also, the biggest mistake women make is wearing summer whites which turn transparent and look inappropriate in office. The ultimate mistake is stinky footwear.”
Behroze chips,“Work wear is synonymous with comfort yet presentation is equally important. Mix of plains pin tucks; block printed stripes and florals in crisp smart shapes are perfect for work wear. Mull fabrics causes less wrinkles/ fresh looking for the day time.
But if you wisely mix and match the Indian with western, it will give a very contemporary look.” Priyadarshini recommends skirts and cropped pants for the fair sex to navigate the puddles and potholes. “See-through bubble umbrellas in vinyl or plastic are chic and recommended if in your teens or early 20s.”
Going for various prints and trying to mix is what Aniket asks us to follow. “Layering is smart way to beat the monsoon blues.
Try and layer your clothes in one colour family and create interesting colour story and inject a contrast element inform of scarf, tie etc in bright surprise to beat the dull grey monsoon moods.
Stylist Rishika Dossa expains, “This season is a reason to shuffle your wardrobe. Shirts made from thick fabrics are a big no, as they take a long time to dry and leave you with a rash. Light weight shirts or wrinkle free shirts should be worn.
Colours like candy pink, parrot green, blue and yellow are the order of the season. Bags with an over the top cover prevents water from seeping in, while shoes with rubber sole should be used that can handle the puddles and the sludge. Kurtas can be worn with a stole which looks very professional and replaces the duppatta.”
Men at Work
Aniket asks men to opt for sober dark shades, especially the pants. “Have fun with print and texture by adding a smart tie is interesting pattern. Introduce smart laptop bags in interesting printed bags and always carry a pair of extra socks.
If one wears rainwear, go for neutral shades instead of bright sport ones.” Priyadarshini adds, “Whatever happened to the classic tan and black raincoats that men used to wear.
Bright yellow Macintoshes are a rage for men this year. Classic umbrellas with a U-shaped handle look best on men, as against the automatic foldable ones.”
Aniket reveals, “A dollop of fun accessories kills the mundane watery day. Try and play silhouette over salwar kameez. Keep a stole handy and go for funky totes over serious leather bags. Use accessories like hairclips, funky crunchies or hair bands handy as it becomes must.”
Priyadarshini wants women to go for normal wear, but interesting accessorises like rain boots or great printed umbrellas. “There are ample options from Taiwan and China in the market. Branded umbrellas of your bank or your cellular service provider are best avoided.”
Behroze quips,“There are ranges of patterns and designs available, from Patiala with Pathani Shirt, Angarkhas – wrap kurtas with many beautiful kalis and crush. The compilations are a fine mix of traditional and modern outfits. All these recommendations with right poise can be a representation of modern-day office.”
► Photographer: Rajesh Nirgude; Model: Shachi Adyanthaya; Stylist: Rishika Dossa; Venue: Club Shockk