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If you feel insecure without your dupatta, use a scarf

If you feel insecure without your dupatta, use a scarf
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First Published: Sat, Apr 21 2007. 12 40 AM IST
Updated: Sat, Apr 21 2007. 12 40 AM IST
I have always worn Indian outfits such as salwar kurtas to work, but I’d like a change now. I am not ready to wear shirts and trousers only. I prefer Indian-looking ensembles to something totally western. What would you recommend?
A smart way to make the transition from Indian outfits to western attire is to wear slim trousers with a kurta or a longish top that hits at mid-thigh or just below the hips. You should try and experiment with the kurta. Instead of full sleeves, try something with three-quarter sleeves. Also mix printed kurtas with solid coloured trousers. If you feel insecure without your dupatta, use a scarf. A stole or a scarf when knotted smartly, looks very chic.
What kind of hairstyles look most professional on working women? I have been thinking about getting a cut. Should I opt for a short hairstyle or does hair tied up neatly look better?
I think women look most professional when their hair is tied back. Please avoid bouffants and cascading hairstyles. They draw attention to you rather than your work. Any style in which there is an excessive amount of hair or styling around the face looks too fussy and should be avoided. Leave the unkempt look for when you’re out of the office and bed head is better left in the bedroom. Simple, clean styles like a top knot, a back knot or even a ponytail are acceptable. Try a French chignon when you want to look chic.
I have had my old wristwatch forever. Now I’m in the market for a new watch, and am wondering what kind of strap looks more professional—leather or metal?
Deciding a watch strap depends a lot on the kind of watch you choose. For instance, a chronometer or sporty watch looks better with a metal strap, while a leather strap goes better with a formal, slim watch, and is far more classy.
Write to Narendra Kumar at boardroombootcamp@livemint.com
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First Published: Sat, Apr 21 2007. 12 40 AM IST
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