If being a good listener can get you the team’s loyalty or win back a lost business, muted shades of grey and light blues with subdued prints are very effective. Avoid bold colours. It is good to be a little inconspicuous here than displaying a garrulous or pugnacious disposition. Exuding openness and warmth are important for such meetings.
The “traditional mature professional” saris: Nothing brings this out better than a crisp Bengali cotton sari or the tangail. These work particularly well when meeting a conservative person or organisation. Though not always suitable and difficult to maintain, this is one of my favourites. It reflects feminine grace and confidence.
The kanjivaram: Best avoided unless you are in Tamil Nadu, where even the sweltering heat doesn’t deter the good Tamilian from donning one, with flowers in the hair to boot.
The Fab India and Khazana saris: Best used when you feel most comfortable if the attention is on your content and not on your wardrobe. They are comfortable, no-nonsense but boringly similar.
Signature saris: A difficult stance to maintain as this could prove to be a little expensive and you would need a fairly large set to avoid being labelled as repetitive. But if your personality demands it, then there is no stopping you. It’s not really how expensive the saris are, but how unique and interesting they are. This requires a bit of thinking, design sense and the urge to be creative. Getting it wrong can be a disaster.
The “let me surprise you” saris: All of the above are required at some point of time and a combination of these is therefore ideal. Nothing expresses the various dimensions of a professional woman better than this attitude. One needs to learn to be a listener at times, a leader and a team supporter at some other time and an innovative and thorough professional at all times. But carrying off all the above with equal panache needs an adaptable mind and body. Not impossible, but not that easy either.
Most of us are afraid of going beyond our boundaries while some are ridiculed