I want to wear saris to the office, but don’t know where to start. Are there some rules for wearing saris to work?
Rule number one: Please avoid dropping the pallu like in some bad Hindi movie. You should ensure the pallu is pinned up. The other rules are pretty straightforward. It’s better to wear a fabric with more body, like cotton or silk. Stay away from georgette or chiffon in the office. No Sridevi retakes, please.
It’s more professional to wear a sleeved blouse rather than sleeveless. Try a blouse that matches, or even one that contrasts with the sari.
What should men wear to fit in at formal black tie events?
Black tie events are becoming more and more frequent in cities like Mumbai and Delhi. A simple rule is anything in black will do. In a larger sense, it is a formal do, which requires you to dress up. A tuxedo is ideal. You could also wear a plain black jacket with a white shirt; you don’t have to wear a bow if you don’t want to—it’s a remanent of the past. Jackets can have shawl collars or lapels and you can get away with a regular length one—it does not have to be a tail coat. You can dress up your suit with a pocket square that matches the shirt or carries a colour of the shirt. The elegant Indian option for black-tie dressing is the bandhgalla or just a modernised version of it.
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