Strictly Business | The Exclusively Work Wear Guide

The Art and Fashion Of Corporate Dressing

People often under-estimate the importance of having a good, on-trend work-wear wardrobe, but we at Exclusively fully appreciate a fashionable and versatile work wardrobe. So what if you’re stuck with a strictly formal dress code at work? We don’t believe you have to restrict your work wardrobe to monotonous suits and unimaginative shirts or pants/skirts combos, a veritable ‘Straightjacket’ look, quite literally and pun unintended!

Taking inspiration from our favorite sartorial corporate honchos (picture Donatella Versace, Natalie Massenet of net-a-porter, Angela Arhendts of Apple, previously Burberry and closer home Kalyani Saha of Dior) who manage to pack a creative and stylish punch to their work wear attire, at the same time mastering the no nonsense attitude as the decision makers of multi-billion enterprises, we present a style guide to power dressing –  a perfect mix of work wear staples, statement separates and standout accessories to help you leave a lasting impression at work.

Here are four distinctive looks for that head turning office wardrobe, dresses, separates and accessories with just enough chutzpah and style to liven up your work style while, at the same time adding to the forceful persona you want to cultivate for that superlative career graph:

Boardroom Chic

Admit it, it is quite possibly the most important moment of your work day, the chance to present your big ideas and impress the powers that be with your uncanny business sense. But what if we were to tell you that how you look plays just as pivotal a role as your masterful presentation in the board room? We aren’t making this up – there are studies that would corroborate this! And while it would be foolhardy to go overboard, there is something to be said for tasteful and eye catching accessories to add just enough noteworthy element to make you stand apart from your counterparts. For instance this Poonam Bhagat minimalistic dress with an eye-catching graphic paired with statement Marni green stone necklace, a classic Marni Cypress handbag and a Letternote Chutzpah notebook will be just the thing to cut through the monochrome monotony of your colleagues during those day long board room meetings.


Poonam Bhagat Ivory Handkerchief Dress With Graphic Applique (Shop Here), Marni Green Agate Stone Necklace (Shop Here), Letternote Chutzpah Notebook (Shop Here) & Marni Black Cypress Handbag (Shop Here)

Boho Business

If you find it difficult to keep your love for the kitsch when it comes to dressing for work, we have a solution for you – a tasteful and judiciously balanced look with scope for one or two pop accessories catering to your affinity for the unconventional. And believe us when we say that adding that interesting visual element to your look, provided that you do not go overboard, will have others eyeing you in envy for your uncanny knack for mixing the casual with the formal and beautifully so. If we were to give an example, it would be this runway look by Myoho at the recent Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 15 – you can either go for the look as is or go by our suggestion to pair the jacket and the separates with these lustworthy Shubhi Kansal vine earrings and the pretty as a picture vintage Needledust jutties. And if in need for further graphic pop, pick up this eclectic Delhi notebook by Letternote.


Myoho by Kiran & Meghna Gray Mangalgiri Jacket, Sheer Shirt & Pants (Shop Here), Shubhi Kansal Floral Vine Earrings (Shop Here), Letternote Delhi Notebook (Shop Here) & Needledust Vintage Lilac Jutties (Shop Here)

Business Class

Picture this scenario: you have to make an impromptu business trip with your country managing director, where the option of changing into your staple airplane outfit of ratty jeans and a tank top is not really an option at all! Little has been said about what to wear for these important flights where you want to look your business best while factoring in the need for comfort. Our solution? Sticking with the classics – the white shirt and a pencil skirt but ensuring they are in non creasing breathable fabrics and changing them pumps for more comfortable brogues, much like this Lakme Fashion Week runway look at Armaan Aiman SS16 show. Oh and make sure to carry a pair of classic sunglasses like these Michael Kors sunnies for the ride to the airport and a stylish stole (our pick: the Janavi cashmere affair pictured below) for the flight so that you don’t have to restore to those shabby airline blankets for the warmth. And if you have some time to spare on the flight amidst those all important business talks, carry along an intellectual fashion read to illustrate your high brow taste in travel reading – a biography on Chanel is what we would suggest.


Armaan Aiman Pristine White Shirt & Embroidered Pencil Skirt (Shop Here), Michael Kors Leopard Acetate Sunglasses (Shop Here), Janavi Cow Embroidered Cashmere Stole (Shop Here) & Eternal Chanel:  An Icon’s Inspiration by Jean Leymarie (Shop Here)

All Black Everything!

If you are one for an edgy, no fuss look going with your no nonsense work attitude, then this look is for you. Black has to be an absolute favorite of ours when it comes to making a fashion statement and there is much to be said about pairing the colour wisely for a power packed appearance at work. Case in point is the below Rajesh Pratap Singh runway look at Amazon India Fashion Week Fall Winter 15. What we love is the nerdy chic vibe, a hot favorite this season and a trend that translates beautifully for office. Striking the perfect balance between glamour and power dressing, we suggest investing in immaculately tailored and clean cut jackets, skirts and wide legged pants in the evergreen shade. Add a visually interesting element by the way of textures (the Ikka Dukka python print bag is what we are thinking), understated bling (much like these statement Astral onyx earrings) and a literal accompaniment (the Letternote Big Black Book – a direct manifestation for your power at work).


Rajesh Pratap Singh Jacket & Pencil Skirt With Floral Applique (Shop Here), Astral Onyx Three Stone Earrings (Shop Here), Letternote The Big Black Book (Shop Here) & Ikka Dukka Ascot Python Print Envelope Bag (Shop Here)


For more options and looks for your work wear wardrobe, have a look at our extensive office curation here and get ready to make some serious sartorial noise at work to complement your professional prowess.


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