I’m confused about short-sleeved shirts. Can they be worn to work? Who should avoid them?
Short-sleeved shirts are ideal for Indian offices that are not air-conditioned, or if you spend a lot of time outdoors. If you have a desk job and your office has a numbing air conditioning system, you will require sleeved shirts. With short-sleeved shirts, it is best to stick to plain, light colours. Avoid prints, checks and the like. Short-sleeved cotton and linen shirts are good options for summer dressing.
What are the five must-haves for every wardrobe, male or female?
A smart, well-cut white shirt. It’s one of those few items that goes with everything—a pair of pale or dark trousers, a formal skirt, under a jacket or even with a pair of jeans or chinos for a casual look.
A pair of flattering black trousers. They mix with any colour and you can always fall back on these for those I-have-nothing-to-wear days.
A pair of formal black shoes. Make them a classic pair from a good shoemaker and they will be an investment you will benefit from for years to come. Your next pair, however, should be a brown one.
A versatile blazer in a dark shade. I don’t mean a jacket, but a blazer.
The last is not technically an item of clothing, but I think it’s a must—a good, handsome writing instrument, from a reputed brand like Mont Blanc or Caran d’Ache.
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