Top websites for online shopping of women workwear in India

I still remember when I used to scroll through major western online shopping websites just to see all their collections of workwear. This is around 2-3 years back.  I always wondered why no one bothers to create workwear clothing in India.  Percentage of working women in India has significantly increased in last couple of wears and all of us need some good shopping places for our wardrobes.  Well, I guess some telepathy worked and my concern was transmitted to some cool people.  There are some new additions of websites specifically to cater the needs of working women of this age and I could not be any happier that this.  Now I do not necessarily need to check out millions of products from the major retail sites to find out one good dress or top for my next work event.  In times of need, these websites come handy and seem to have good options for us to choose.  So I am putting together a list of these just for you girls.  This list is a combination of some well-known and some new kids on the block.  Explore these and have fun shopping.

Western Clothing

Fablestreet  – They are new, but they are straight into business and how.  They cleverly put basic collections in the beginning of their journey and since then, have been adding new things to it.  Best deal is their trousers.  Smart and classic, I must say!

Mango – They had awesome linen collection last year and their dresses and trousers are really good. Try them.

The Label Life   – They have some nice collections to pick workwear from.  Their recent collections like ‘9-to-9 style file’ and ‘white shirt’ have some good pieces.  You may like them.

Zara  – Unfortunately this one does not let us shop online, but who does not know this name and their products.  Beautiful dresses, tops and trousers, but did your know that Zara has nice suits and blazers.  One tip – Know your sizes beforehand and just pick your work suits and blazers during sale days.  I got a blue blazer-trouser suit for 4k last season.  Total steal!

Brands on major retail websites – Next and Dorothy Perkins – These brands have good pieces if you do want to order from the major retail websites. Check out yourself.

 

Ethnic Clothing

Fabindia  – Do I need to say anything?  They are classic, earthy and perfect for everyday at office.  Apart from their regular ethnic collections, they have started ‘Fabels’ towards more contemporary and they are good!  I only wish that their prices were a bit lower.

Jaypore  – Awesome collections for ethnic wear.  Only issue is they do not have proper filters to explore what you want.  You really need to dig into it and I sometimes (often) lose my patience, but nevertheless I like it.

The Loom  – Again, it is similar to Jaypore and has cool dresses and kurtas collections.  Check out and you will be spoilt for choices here.

Brands on major retail websites – W, Biba, Aurelia – They have some basic kurtas and suit sets for regular day wear. Good deals.

Stylenook   – In addition, there is another cool website that ensemble together a packet of five clothing pieces depending on your style preference and they send it to you.  You decide your budget and pay the amount for the complete package.  It is a total surprise packet when you receive and you are free to pick whatever you like and pay just for that.  Rest goes back on return and you get the refund of amount you paid. I loved the idea and it totally feels like a surprise gift bought for self.  Thumbs up from me!

So these are few websites that I explored and found awesome other than our ‘always there’ Allen Solly and Van Heusen clothing. I am sure that there will lot more additions to their collections in coming time.  So keep an eye on these.  Also, share your experience if you have shopped from them.  Would love to hear your experience and it will be helpful for other women too.

 

Disclaimer: Please note that I am not endorsing any of these websites or their products.  I like these sites and their collections as per my personal opinion.  I have not been paid for marketing for any of these.  Thank you.

 

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How to style regular white top or kurta?

White top or Kurta is such an integral piece of clothing.  You can style it up as formal wear or dress down as casual depending on your day.  It is hell lot of easy to take it from day look to night look by just making some minor changes.  So I thought let’s sit together and style our white top and Kurtas for some change and variation in our looks.  What say, shall we?

Kurta 1      Kurta 2      Kurta 3

 

First of all, I believe that all of own one white top, but in case you don’t (Check your wardrobe!!), then invest in one good quality plain solid white top.  It will go long way and you will wear more than you think.  Below are links for some good pieces that you may consider depending on your liking and budget.

Top 1       Top 2       Top 3

Style Up Agents – So the basic idea is wearing basic solid white top or kurta and accessorize it with some style up agents.  Always invest in some accessories that become highlight of your look. Keep a few clothing items that become conversation starters and kind of elevate the whole look.

I am listing them down for you in three categories, long jackets, short jackets and scarves.  Check them out:

Long Jacket 1        Long Jacket 2            Long Jacket 3

 

Short Jacket 1          Short Jacket 2           Short Jacket 3

 

Scarf 1         Scarf 2          Scarf 3

So this is for today.  Hope that it peps you and gives you more ideas to style up for the workday.  Have a good one! 🙂

Take care of yourself after your work day is over

‘Beautiful skin requires commitment, not miracle’

Hello to all the wonderful ladies out there!

How is this summer treating you? We are facing the brunt of this scorching heat, though truthfully speaking, this season has not been so bad this time.  We have been getting little showers every week even if for slight relief. 😊

Today’s article is about the much needed self care in your 9-5 routine.  Few of us are fortunate enough to get some relaxed ‘me’ time in evenings after reaching home and some of us really do not.  We have our kids to take care of or some other reasons or sometimes we are just tired and lazy enough to just crawl into our beds and manage to sleep.

Well, let’s take a pause here, shall we!  Those who are shaking their heads thinking that I do put on my night cream and I am doing good then.  What if I tell you that you don’t really.  Sorry, but that is the truth.  Various expensive creams with multi miraculous ingredients do not work till we don’t.

So here I tell you to do a small test.  Go near the mirror and smile.  Smile wide as if somebody is going to give you millions of rupees to smile and notice very, very fine lines near the eyes and the corners of lips.  Does those lines act in accordance with with your age?  Now notice your skin.  Is it dull and lifeless until you don’t put on some BB or CC cream?  I guess I have your attention now.

Ageing skin of working woman

Thanks to the continuous staring at computers and mobile screens (netflixing too), our skin is ageing and that too very fast.  After 10 years, it might be a little late to start thinking of taking care of yourself.  So I put down few points for you to bring into action.  Try these for at least 15-20 days and you will feel the difference (betting my new dress on this).  Those who do not find a lot of time to do some self-pampering can try these and I am hopeful that it will bring significant change.  Ensure that you care for yourself too as much as you do for others.

  • Start with splashing cold water on your face and washing with mild cleanser. Then put on your aloe vera gel or evening cream or moisturizer and massage upwards for 3-5 minutes.  Remember that creams do moisturize your skin and protect from pollution etc, but massaging helps in retaining the firmness and lift of the skin.  It enables the cream or oils to work more efficiently.
  • Next is neck rotation. 10 times Clockwise and anticlockwise.  This is super amazing and helps with stiff neck and shoulders, double chin and sagging skin near the neck and jawline.
  • Raise your arms and do the regular stretching for your body to release all the tiredness. You will be amazed to see how much energized you feel after a regular 10-15 minutes of stretching.
  • Now last step would be to put your fingers on your scalp and do a little massage to get the blood circulation going good. It helps in relaxing your brain and at the same time, controls the scalp oil maintaining good hair too. Total win-win, yeah!

So yeah, we are just doing this much only for now.  Put a reminder on your phone to spend 10-15 minutes on yourself.  Ideally you should do it when you return from office.  If your household is chaotic and you cannot sit tight for 10-15 minutes, then enter your bathroom and restore yourself.   Everytime you do it, remember to say ‘Thank you’ to yourself from your future self.  😊

Must haves in every working woman’s handbag

 

Hello everyone,  How have you been? I know it has been sometime since I posted.  Have been a crazy busy month carrying my handbag and juggling between work and personal front, but finally I can find some breathing space and here I am! 

We females are multi-taskers and hence we end up doing a number of chores during the day and after one week of using one particular bag, we have thousands of things accumulated in all corners and we struggle whenever we have to find one particular thing, especially small things like hair ties or loose cash. Hence I decided to put down a list of must haves which every working female must have in their purse. Infact this list can be an easy guide for every female. You can add number of things depending on your requirement, but the below mentioned things are staples in your whole day.

  1. Cardholder – It keeps your life easy and trouble free. Keep all your id and financial cards safe and in one place and no way of losing the card as you will always find them snug tight in their place.
  2. Sanitary Napkin/Tampons – We never know when these unexpected and unwanted guests arrive, hence always be prepared and you never know, you might help some other female in the restroom in times of need.
  3. Phone Charger – My life depends on this one thing. Can’t even imagine how earth will survive if my phone goes dead for couple of hours. Hence always a place in my bag for my phone’s charger.
  4. Hand Sanitizer – You use public transport; hold the same door handle which is touched by almost hundreds of people in one day. You use office washroom which is again used by all females. You visit restaurant and hold the menu card which is probably the dirtiest thing in the whole restaurant. It is never cleaned. This list can go on. Always keep a hand sanitizer for your regular hygiene.
  5. Peppermint – Never stop yourself when you want to binge on the delicious food ordered for lunch, but no one would like to do a meeting with you if you smell bad after lunch. Keep peppermint handy and toss one in your mouth when needed.
  6. Cosmetic Kit – Lip balm, Lipstick/gloss, compact, sunscreen, hand moisturizer – No word. All of us have this kit and we all know what kinds to keep.
  7. Bobby Pins & Hair-ties – My baby hair plays all kinds of games when I have a busy day or do not have time in the morning to do a proper hairstyle. Always keep some bobby pins or hair ties in your bag for the days when you want to deal with the world without worrying about hair falling on your face.Must haves in every working woman handbag
  8. Safety Pins & Nail Filer – Once I did not have safety pins and my kurta’s underarm stitching opened without any prior intimation. I stapled both ends and survived for the day, but it was way too uncomfortable. Since that day, safety pins are staple pieces in my bag.
  9. Band Aid – Apart from hurting yourself, you will always need a band aid when wearing new shoes. We all have had our shares of pain with shoe bites.
  10. Pen – C’mon you are a working woman, you need a pen always. Never know when boss is going to call to mention some urgent list of to-dos.
  11. Pepper Spray – Precaution is better than cure. Hence always carry one piece of safety in your bag. I learnt it hard way that there might be more than one person who intends to trouble you and you might not be physically capable to handle more than one person. Travelling in public transport, keep this product always handy and those who will shrug off their shoulders saying that I travel by my own car, lady, you go to basement alone. Your car might decide to stop right in middle of street. You never know when emergency arrives. A safety product should always be in your bag. No matter what bag size you are using. Period!
  12. Pain Killers – If you have low immunity or a long day of hard work troubles you often, do get it checked with your doctor and keep your regular medicine handy. I always have Meftal in my bag for period’s pains. Never know when needed. L
  13. Fresh wipes – Sometimes your face gets tired after long hours staring at laptop screen or you anyways feel tired after long hours of meetings. Keep fresh wipes in your bag to use when required.
  14. Deodorant/Roll on perfumes – A spray of your favorite perfume or deodorant lifts your spirits high and boosts your energy.
  15. Headphones – This is a personal choice of mine. I never leave house without my headphones. If you also love music and cannot walk a step without a bit of music in your ears like me, then keep it in your bag, always!

So tell me how many of these things you carry in your handbag and what other things you can think of that should be in our bags. Share it with all of us.

Workwear outfit – Cotton saree

The summers are getting over my head now.  Its way toooo hot here in Gurgaon.  The minutes you spend in this scorching heat are getting unbearable with each passing day.  I sincerely hope that we get to see rains very soooon.  Everyone is in desperate need of it. L

My first outfit post was a western outfit and so I decided to bring an ethnic look for the second one.  I thought of kurtas and then I thought why not go for full 9yards of saree.  Wearing saree is not easy for everyone, but everyone will agree that females look very gorgeous in saree.  So depending on your comfort level, you may include this beautiful piece of clothing in your workwear closet.  If you feel that there is too much to take care of, then you may wear it for the special occasions or ethnic dress up days in office like Diwali celebration.  Remember some things take time, but then they end up making you look like an inspiration.  I am sure that you will find some reason to don a simple beautiful saree.

I usually prefer soft cotton or khadi sarees since they have an earthy look that instantly makes them appropriate for the office dressing.  For special events, we may also opt for simple silk sarees.  Narrow border looks better.  Here I am wearing a beige colored saree with blue flowers in cross stitch work.  It is perfect for the hot summer days.  The saree is perfect for a regular day at office.  I am wearing this with a black crop top(Were you able to figure it out!)

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Blouse – Please ensure that your blouse does not reveal much of your skin.  The neckline should not reveal more than what you are  comfortable with.   No cleavage! You may also try a fusion look by wearing a plain black crop top with the saree.

Tips –

  • Always tuck safety pins at all the pleats so that they stay in place and you need not worry about it for the whole day.
  • Do not tie the saree too low or too high. Remember the simple rule is that your saree should cover your heels and your midriff should also be covered.
  • You may check out this easy guide given below for wearing saree. It is easy and ready reference for new learners.

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Personally I love cotton sarees, though I am also guilty of not wearing it often. Will share some regular ethnic looks too in coming posts.  What is your most loved ethnic look.  Share your thoughts.  Would love to hear from you all.

And by the way, have an amazing week ahead.  Keep giving your 100% and you will get the reward for sure! 🙂

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