10 quick work outfits | Friday’s List

Hello world! 😀

It has been so long since I did one of the work outfits posts. Why? Because I am still a little embarrassed about the idea of doing these posts. Today I am like what the heck! I have clicked them, might as well make good use of these pictures. You know how long it took me to realize that? Well, these pictures are from last summer, so, yes, almost a year! And, no, I did not forget about having clicked these. 🙂

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Anyway, here are 7 work outfits and, as you will see, I love it when I get the maximum use out of a single clothing piece, for me this means that I am getting experimental, and, of course, it gives you more number of outfits for less money. 😀 Honestly, I sometimes feel that even if I was a princess or something, I would never have liked the idea of wearing a garment only once.

Back to the outfits, as you may know by now probably (from previous work wear posts), I hate it when women wear stuff to work that is ‘fashionable’, ‘trendy’ or ‘stylish’ as per their aesthetics, which does them more harm than good. What I mean is that women already face the challenge of not taken seriously at work and, then, you give the other gender enough reasons to not take you seriously by wearing, what, noodle straps to work? My point is simply that proper work wear doesn’t have to be boring, you don’t have to dress too-in-your-face to look good. Let me know if you agree and definitely let me know if you don’t, as that would help improve! 🙂

1. Starting with my favorite one, which you have already seen here in tons of posts.

Pink Kurta: Aurelia, Black Dupatta (Stole) & Churidaar (Trousers): Local Stores, Shoes: Westside

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2. White blouse: Pantaloons (Annabelle), Peach pencil skirt: Dorothy Perkins on Jabong, Shoes: Local store

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3. Baby Blue Shirt: Street Shopping in Janpath (this is at least 4 years old), Blue Pants: Van Heusen, Shoes: Bata

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4. Purple Shirt: Cantabil (first garment that I bought especially for work), Grey Pencil Skirt: Bombay High, Shoes: Local stores

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5. Black Kurta: Myntra.com, Pink salwar (trousers): Sabhyata, Shoes: Same as outfit 1

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6. Blue Blouse: Chemistry on Limeroad.com, Peach Skirt & shoes: Same as outfit 2

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7. White Shirt: Cantabil, Blue Pants: Same as outfit 3, Shoes: Same as outfit 2

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8. Yellow kurta: Local store, Pink salwar: Same as outfit 5, Shoes: Local store

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9. Green top: Penny Lane (ages old), Black pants: Promod, Shoes: Same as outfit 3DSC_9173

10. This is right before the onset of winters, when I thought I probably will never post these pictures.

Electric Blue Shrug: Dressberry from Myntra.com, Blue Shirt: Same as outfit 6, Pants: Same as outfit 7, Shoes: SM Store, Makati, Philippines

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That’s all! And from here on, I am taking a break from these outfits posts till the time I become completely comfortable with the idea. 🙂

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments. 🙂 (Know-All, you better not. 😀 😀 :D)

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Outfits with memories attached | Collablog Diaries

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Remember Collablog Diaries, anyone? It was a series of collaboration posts started by 4 bloggers and, with the year-end, we have come to the last post which is supposed to be published on my blog. The first post we did in the series was on Rose’s blog about our favorite DIY (Do-It-Yourselves) for skincare, the second post was on Mily’s blog about our then favorite makeup product, the third post was on my friend Kay’s blog. Now it’s time for the fourth post.

Unfortunately, both Mily and Rose couldn’t participate this time, so it would be just I and Kay. This time we decided to share one outfit/piece of clothing each that has a memory attached to it.

Over to Kay from IshtyleAwhile:

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For most people, wearing a sari itself is memorable and, sure, I have some great memories associated with saris- the first sari I ever wore, the first one I bought with my own money, the first sari my colleagues gifted etc. This sari, however, holds a very special place in my heart.

When I got offered a job to teach in a pretty reputed school in Bangalore, I was really excited. To be teaching 11th and 12th standard as a fresher out of college ain’t something everyone gets to do. However, I was really worried about being taken seriously. Fortunately, the school that I worked in had a rule where we had to wear saris 4 days of the week. Most people would have hated it, but I loved the idea of getting up and dressing up.

This sari is the sari that I wore on my very first day of work 5 years ago. I wore it with a simple string of pearls and pearl earrings. There has been no looking back since then. This sari set my style, not just in terms of fashion but also who I am as a teacher. It says “ She’s fun but disciplined. Don’t mess with her.”

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{A little note: I couldn’t help writing it, this is such a warm and emotional memory to be attached with any clothing! 🙂 }

Now, over to me: 😀

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I am writing about a shirt that you have seen a lot many times on this blog, once in the Pinktober post and once in a work outfits post. Why is this shirt special? This was one of the gifts from the first salary of someone very close to me. So, yes, this shirt is very special even though I don’t know how it became such a popular piece of the label Annabelle (available at Lifestyle/Pantaloons/Shoppers Stop) that I have lost count of the people I have seen wearing this same shirt. It’s not even funny!

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That was it. Would love to know if you have any clothing item with memories attached, or, you know, those lucky/unlucky clothing items. This reminds me, I had this shirt that I bought specially for campus placements, I used to wear it for all the interviews. There was only one company’s interview where I did not wear it and that’s the company I currently work for. What do you have to say about that? 😀

Going pink for a cause: #Pinktober

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October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in America. Since the Pink Ribbon is the international symbol for breast cancer awareness, October is now ‘Pinktober’ and it is all about being aware and making others aware about breast cancer. Before getting tagged for this post by Krupa of Ishtyle Awhile, all I knew about it was that it is something very common and it is something for which symptoms are not always visible. For this post, I started researching about it and I think we can all collectively agree that it is something for which women should keep examining either themselves or by doctors regularly as breast cancer can be cured if detected early. 

While you can get tons of articles on how to get yourselves examined for it and precautions you should take, I would list few unknown things I came across (before we move on to pink things of #Pinktober 😀 ):

1. Apparently under-wired brassiere should be avoided and yes, fit is the most important thing.

2. The well-known symptoms of breast cancer are visible in very less number of cases, in most cases the symptoms aren’t visible.

3. Apparently, for mothers, breast-feeding for a longer period of time reduces the risk of developing breast cancer at a later stage in life.

4. Few things that can reduce the risk of any disease, be it cancer or anything else, include eating a balanced diet complete with green vegetables, exercising regularly and being physically active in general. 🙂

5. Apart from these, you should totally check out these two links: https://www.fredhutch.org/en/diseases/breast-cancer/tips-prevention.html and http://www.examiner.com/article/precautions-every-woman-can-take-right-now-to-prevent-breast-cancer.

Moving on to lighter stuff :D, here’s how I am celebrating pink for Pinktober:

I am showing you how hot pink can totally work in formal wear although it seems impossible. 🙂 Many pictures are taken from previous posts, please bear. 🙂

1. First up is this pink shirt from Annabelle, Pantaloons. It looks a bit coral in the picture but believe me, it’s hot pink. Frills on the neck and the color itself, enough to make this shirt stand out among the crowd of formal shirts while still looking smart and serious.

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2. Here’s how one kurta transitions from super formal to semi-formal to Diwali look 🙂 This kurta is from the brand ‘Aurelia’. I love their quality, by the way.

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3. Here’s the pink salwar (South Asian pants). Comfortable, chic and totally wearable. These salwars are from ‘Sabhyata’ and I love how light and comfortable they are.

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I hope we all manage to spread awareness about this as much as we can. I am tagging Shruti from ‘In Love With A Twilight Star’ for carrying the word forward, she being from the medical line might be of extra help to us. 🙂 I tag all of you reading this to spread awareness about it as much as you can. 🙂

5 practical work outfits | Philippines Edition

It’s been so long since I did these work wear posts. I am kind of embarrassed about outfit posts honestly, but I like sharing my work wear despite. So, I still continue with doing these. I understand many of the audience here are guys, I am sorry, feel free to skip this post. 🙂 (I know that Know-All WILL comment on this post no matter what. 😛 )

So, here’s what I wore for my five work days in Philippines:

[Day 1] I wore a black blazer-trousers combo with a lemon formal shirt. Basically, I could have said that I wore a pant suit but, here in India, somehow we don’t use that term a lot. I did not click a picture of my clothes that day. Sorry for that. 🙂

Black Blazer: Van Heusen, Black Trousers: Promod, Lemon Shirt: Bombay High 

 

[Day 2] Blue Shirt: Van Heusen, Dark Blue Pants: Van Heusen, Tan Shoes: The Landmark, Makati, Philippines, Watch: Fastrack

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[Day 3] Black Blazer: Van Heusen (Wore the same one as on day 1), White Top: Pantaloons, Peach Pencil Skirt: Dorothy Perkins (from Jabong), White Flat Shoes: Local Store, Rajouri Garden, Delhi

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[Day 4] Red-Blue Dress: Van Heusen, Black Blazer: Same as above, Tan Shoes: Same as day 2

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[Day 5] So I had decided while packing for Philippines that I’ll wear Indian formal to work one day. Although, I was apprehensive that they might not consider it formal since they don’t know what it is. Still, I really wanted to wear it and I did. I got lots of compliments that day. In fact, the security guard lady loved the outfit so much that I gave her the dupatta (stole) as a present while coming back. She was very happy. 🙂

Ok, I am cheating a bit. The picture below is not of day 5 because I forgot to click one. It is actually a picture I clicked in my office (here in India) long ago but I wore the same outfit on day 5. Only, the kurta (tunic) was not this pink one but a white one with stripes.

Black Dupatta: Street Shopping, Black Churidaars (Pants that I am wearing): Street Shopping, Pink Kurta: Aurelia (The white one that I actually wore was from Westside)

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Now coming to my favorite part, my tips for formal work wear (and travel packing too 😀 ):

1. There’s a slight bias with me. I quite love formal work wear, both Indian and western. So, I am always excited to style it. Most people I know hate work wear. If that’s the case with you, I really can’t help much except that I hope this post makes you like it. 🙂 Also, I think people really hate it because they don’t feel like they have a lot of choices. Let me tell you that is not the case. Just keep an open eye and you can find work wear at quite a lot of places. (Some day I’ll do a full-fledged post on how to find work wear easily, do you like this idea?).

2. I know this post makes it look like I am endorsing Van Heusen. 😀 No, that is not the case. I like them and they have good clothes but the fact that I am mostly wearing their clothes in this post is a coincidence. Coming to Van Heusen as a work wear clothing brand, the good thing is that they have a good variety and very nice quality clothes. The bad thing is that it is one of the very few formal wear brands available in India for women and hence the clothes are so common that you can always spot people wearing the same clothes. #truestory :/ (I am not going to count the point that they are pricey since I feel that all of these retail brands are overpriced as they charge us so much more than their manufacturing cost, so no point writing same thing repeatedly for all brands).

3. A good brand for Indian clothes that you can wear to work is Aurelia. Their kurtas (tunics) are very good quality and not shady overpriced. You can find their stuff on many online shopping websites.

4. As some of you would know, Dorothy Perkins recently started selling in India through the e-commerce website Jabong. Design and variety wise, they have a very nice collection. But I think the price is just not justified at all for the quality. Also, the clothes on the website look slightly different from reality. One reason for them being pricey is the currency difference too. Whatever be the reason, I would advice to buy them only during huge Jabong sales. 🙂

5. A very good brand to find trousers is Promod. I have praised them here too. They don’t have a lot of variety but they have clothes with perfect fit (at least for me).

6. You can also find Indian formal wear at Westside and sometimes, even Western work wear too. Oh, and, they have a large variety of shoes. They have a good collection but the quality is usually poor, so I only buy them during sales. Paying a lot for bad quality things is just not done. 🙂

7. Other brands that I have tried for work wear and liked include Bombay High and Cantabil. I have not tried anything from Allen Solly and Wills Lifestyle but I have always felt that they have good quality and nice variety (and pricey! 😛 ).

8. Last but the most important, if you think you can find work wear only in big retail giants, then you are wrong. I and my sisters have bought very nice formal dresses and blouses while street shopping. I have done work wear posts before and if you check them out, you can see that I have a lot of clothes and shoes from local stores (you can check those posts under the personal style section).

9. Whenever you are on a business trip, ALWAYS carry at least one blazer. You have to make space for it in your luggage. It’s very easy to transform any outfit to a formal one with a blazer. 🙂

10. When you are on a business trip and trying to save space in your luggage, don’t carry a lot of shoes. Some basic ones can work with almost all the outfits and if they are good ones, you don’t have to worry about wearing the same ones day after day. Relax, everyone in the office knows that you are on a trip. 🙂

That’s it, guys. Thanks for reading, really. 🙂

We give equal chances to men: Street Style #4

Yes, we do. I never ask men to get up from reserved seats in metro and buses, unless absolutely necessary (which hasn’t happened till now thankfully), considering the fact that we are *usually* more hardworking than men ;). If we want equality in rights, we are ready to face the world equally too, aren’t we?

Coming back, this time I am featuring a guy for Street Style. We came across him in metro. Although, I like men who dress up the classic way more and usually don’t like guys in extremely slim fit clothes, this person was a refreshing change. He was dressed up the way which I usually don’t find appealing, but his style did look clean. Laid-back enough, but at the same time, formal enough for people to take you seriously. In fact, the photos are bad and he looked better in reality. So, here you go.

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Did you like his style? Did you hate it? Did you find it just fine and not something that would catch your attention? Would love to know! 🙂

Outfits of the week(s)

I am so proud of myself that I am finally writing on a weekday after so long. (That did not happen. I never got around to posting the pictures, even though I enthusiastically did this post in my office cab on my way back home). 😛

First of all, I have taken the idea of posting outfits of multiple days as a combined post from Mehak from Peaches § Blush. I loved this idea! Its practical, fun and is more usable for outfit ideas and for judging the pattern of your own outfits (or of the person whose outfit post you are going through :D). The only gripe is that I considered doing this long ago and religiously clicked pictures every morning but never got around to posting it. So, now I am going to bombard this post with outfit pictures from multiple weeks!

Yes,blabbering is over. But before I put the pictures, here are my observations about my outfits:

1. I have only regular shirts to go with trousers/skirts (and that’s why you may get bored with the pictures after a while). I should have blouses too – chinese collar,satiny ones etc. You get the drift!

2. I need pants of different styles like boot-cut ones. And yes, I do not have any grey-colored pants (they are awesome, right?)

3. I clearly need more shoes.

That’s it. I am finally done with the talking. Feel free to judge me, feedback is welcome. And yes, I hope that in my next multiple outfits post, I wear formals more creatively (but most observations of mine require buying, which is not happening for a while. I am broke right now 😛 😀 ).

Please excuse the picture quality in some photos. 😦

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  • Dark Purple Striped Shirt: Bombay High (It had three-fourth sleeves till elbows but they were uncomfortable, I got the sleeves cut by the tailor).
  • Beige High-Waisted Trousers: Westside
  • Belt: Random Store
  • Beige Sandals: Westside (These are A.W.E.S.O.M.E).
  • White Full Sleeves Shirt: Cantabil
  • Grey Skirt: Bombay High
  • Black Bellies: Local Shoe Store, Rajouri Garden, Delhi

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  • Mint Paisley Print Kurta: W
  • Black Leggings: Local Store
  • Pink Satiny Shirt: Pantaloons (A brand called Annabelle, it had lot of good formal shirts)
  • Black Trousers: Promod

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This is outfit of the same day. In the first picture, I am just not wearing the blazer.

  • Cobalt Blue Top: Chemistry (gifted :D)
  • Grey Blazer: Chemistry (gifted :D)

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  • Blue Full Sleeves Shirt: MAX (This shirt is some 4-5 years old :P)
  • The purple shirt is the same as the first picture. 🙂

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  • Dark Grey Pants (which do not look grey at all in the picture! 😦 ): Cantabil
  • Black Shoes (yes, it is a different pair from the ones above :P): Local Store, Rajouri Garden, Delhi
  • Flower Print Kurta: Got it stitched
  • White Leggings: Local Store
  • Tan Sandals (which aren’t visible at all): Local Store, GK M-Block market, Delhi

Friday Business Casuals:

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  • Plaid Multi-Colored Shirt: Local Store, Lajpat Nagar Market, Delhi
  • Floral Shirt: Some random market
  • Brown Pants (the ones with the floral shirt, I know all dark pants are looking just the same!): Bombay High (These happened to be of bad quality!)
  • Beige Belt: Footsteps, TGIP Mall, Noida

That’s it! Please let me know if these kind of posts are boring/interesting and all the suggestions are most welcome. 🙂 Be gentle regarding the picture quality though. 😀

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