With Indian outfits such as salwar kameezes, what constitutes formal and informal wear? Also, what kind of footwear and accessories go with a salwar kameez?
When it comes to Indian ensembles such as salwars, kurtas and churidars, formal or informal looks depend on the fabrics they are made from. Generally, cotton is seen as dressing down while outfits in silk, chiffon and georgette are dressier. However, kurtas made of beautiful and expensive regional cotton can also constitute formal or evening wear. At work, your first priority is to be comfortable. Cottons breathe well in summer while polyester blends dry faster and are light to wear during the monsoon. Silks are appropriate if your work dress code requires you to be very formal.
When it comes to footwear with Indian outfits, delicate-looking shoes look elegant. Open-toed options such as sandals, or dressy, small-heeled slippers are best. As for accessories, any bag works well when you’re in a salwar kameez—it doesn’t necessarily need to have an Indian touch or element. If you’re wearing an Indian outfit to work, please remember to keep your earrings and other accessories small. Loud dangling earrings or chandelier earrings are not acceptable at work, no matter what you’re wearing.
Is it acceptable for men to leave their shirt untucked for Friday dressing?
It is absolutely unacceptable to leave your shirt untucked when you’re in office, whether on Friday, Saturday or any other day. In today’s work environment, it shows an attitude that is non-competitive and lackadaisical. It also conveys a disregard for your workspace, so please avoid leaving your shirt out.
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