The adaptability of the sari makes it the perfect work attire
When I started my career years ago, saris meant mummies, nannies and clerical staff. In short, you were labelled unambitious. Having returned to India after 10 years, I was suitably affected by western benchmarks of sporting suits to proclaim power and display intelligence and knowledge. After many vain displays of my western wardrobe, I finally found what a sari could really do. I began to understand how colours, fabrics, prints and styles of a sari exude different connotations and elicit different responses from people around. Saris, today, have become the symbol of the new Indian woman who portrays a perfect balance of IQ and EQ, and more importantly, makes a quiet yet firm statement of changing equations in the workplace.
A suit is good when you don’t want anyone to read your mood. Greys, blues and blacks and a few stripes thrown in can do precious little. A suit is best carried off by one who is already well established or you risk being perceived as a middle management person. A trouser and typical plain or striped shirt is just so passé and the salwar kameez is yet to find its place of pride in the corporate world.
A sari can reflect the exuberance, positive energy, femininity, authority, intelligence, power or anything you want to communicate. Wearing a sari to work lends a new dimension and purpose to the person. Here’s how you can add zing to every meeting:
The “in control” saris: Chiffons, crepes and georgettes are difficult to manage, and for this very reason, a woman who can carry these off with ease and without any malfunction comes across as being in control and totally prepared. Bold colours of burgundy, dark blue, jade green and black add a sense of style while reds can be intimidating. But hey, sometimes that could be an objective, right? So if you need to make a statement about your organisation and your”never give up” spirit, this is ideal.
The “listener” saris: It is very important to understand the role you wish to play in a meeting.