Until a few years ago ‘formal wear’ was associated with basic, boring attire. Think hues of black, structured blazers, collared shirts and so on. Things have changed, and we’re living in the pant-suit era. Especially for women, who no longer dress like their male counterparts. Today men and women have started mixing their formal looks with their personal style. Given the expected etiquette in a formal environment, your work wardrobe is limited to formal blouses, skirts, blazers, kurtas and saris but the easiest way to add a twist are accessories, be it a pair of statement specs, watches, handbags or shoes to reflect your style.
One of the easiest ways to make a change is to swap the usual black and whites for colour. For instance, why not just transform a plain old white shirt by layering it with a pink blazer, denim and pumps? Or opt for a shirt dress with a cinched waist and a trench coat. Lately, multiple formal wear brands have emerged and deserve a spot in your closet. Here are some of the best formal wear labels that will ensure your power dressing game is on point!
Blending intricate Indian craftsmanship with western silhouettes just like Sue Mue’s matching set. The brand’s blend of prêt and bespoke options in traditional Indian wear and fusion styles celebrate exquisite embroideries with luxe fabrics perfect for a day in the boardroom.
Add a quirky touch to your structured co-ord set with pieces from Shahin Manan’s collection. Each of the pieces showcases ornate artwork and hand embroidery with an eclectic palette of hues spanning from neutrals like grey and back with a contrast of teal blue, red, yellow and green on comfortable fabrics like denim, twill, poplin, broadcloth, and double crepe. With versatile separates in sophisticated colours and fine embellishments, it’s time to break the everyday monotony.
If you wish to wear prints to the office, make them formal. Keep busy patterns to a minimum; instead, look for stripes, and checks. And if you must wear prints, then invest in abstract ones to keep your work look in place. This young and relaxed silhouette by THREE is functional, timeless and minimal ideal for a creative workspace that requires you to be on the go.
The pant-suit trend has been highly appreciated over the last few years. And if you are looking to blend two trends, opt for a pastel colour pantsuit like this one from Salt Attire. A perfect young and stylish choice that is trans-seasonal. Maintain a colour palette of neutrals and sombre deep hues that make for envy-inspiring power dressing.
Kanika Goyal has been showcased on international platforms recently, and her silhouettes work perfectly across categories. However, given her deep roots in quality craftsmanship and refined tailoring formal wear is especially one to note. If you’re someone who likes to up the ante when it comes to formal wear, Kanika’s designs will instantly catch your attention. Structure, comfort, an element of quirk and creativity it is perfect to make a statement at work.
Formal wear isn’t just limited to western wear, when in India, nothing says formal more than a sari. Ekaya’s collection of saris is ideal for a special occasion at work. Being a contemporary, bespoke brand it presents the finest works of Banarasi art from the Indian craftsman’s repertoire. And when you wish to impress in formal wear the traditional six-yard drape will be a delight.
Qua Clothing is for the modern yet quirky women, who like to have fun with their formal wear. For those who are looking to give their formal wear wardrobe a refreshing twist, switch the traditional blazer for a matching waist coast. With a feminine appeal the ensembles, have been put together to ease your lives and bring you effortless dressing.