First impression is the last impression, more so in the commercialized age we are born in.
Personal grooming is important for career development, relationship building and socializing. The right look can open up new ways and an off image can pull you down to square zero.
Often we mistake grooming to be the same as fashion. The word Fashion, with its more western appeal, often carries a negative connotation among middle class and religiously active households within our society. Also it conjures up an image of branded attire and accessories which requires a lot of monetary investment.
This post will help female youth develop style for professional grooming without appearing too western and that too within budget.
What to wear is the scariest of all decisions for women. The first point you should consider is what is the occasion?
Your choice of dress should vary based on whether you are to attend an official meeting, give a presentation, go for an interview or attend a party, give a birthday surprise, go to a bridal shower.
On average, a middle class, young girl has at least 10 dresses in her wardrobe. Better manage it to have a mix of formal wear, party wear and shaadi wear.
The chart below shows a range of colours and their categorization into Jewel, Neutral, Bright and Soft tones.
For formal (workplace, meetings, interviews) you either go for neutral and soft tone lawn/cotton prints, OR, choose a plain/ block print/ light embroidery kurta with trousers/pants/choridaar in combination of jewel/bright and neutral tones.
Make sure if you wear a scarf/hijab in addition to dupatta that it matches or is in contrast with the colours of your dress. A beige or black scarf doesn’t go with every attire.
Tip: If you are to give a presentation, then better tie up your dupatta in a way that it does not block your hands or keep falling off your shoulder. This way you’d be able to focus on your content.
Next comes in the crown of your beauty.
If you take hijab, that’s fine, but if you don’t then please pay attention to your hair, its cut, its management, and its style.
Firstly, accept the type of hair you have (wavy, curly or straight) and get a hair-cut that suits you. Go for trimming regularly or better learn how to do it for free yourself through YouTube tutorials.
If you take scarf routinely and only uncover your hair on occasions, then it’s better to plan ahead and get a cut/trim before the event.
Oil your hair regularly, at least once a week, and choose the type that suits your hair. Oil is the best and cheapest hair health booster.
Tip: Accessories – beware of the bling when it comes to professional dressing. You most certainly have to use pins, clips and ponies to manage a neat clean look, but, do not use glittery, bright coloured, pinky dolly stuff.
According to fashion gurus, the first thing people notice about you are ‘the shoes.’
As with dresses, manage your wardrobe with at least two pair of shoes for each type of occasion. With shoes, the first thing you should ever be worried about is your comfort.
Second comes in type and colours. For office/professional use once again keep it simple and stay away from gaudy designs. Simple designs in our desi footwear – kolapori chappal and khusse – go well with churridars and are considered trendy too.
A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.
Christian Louboutin – French footwear designer.
When it comes to professional dressing, accessories should only be as much as are necessary to reflect your femininity.
Tip: Follow the 5 piece rule: your earrings make 2 pieces, a wrist watch/bracelet, one ring and one pendant. (maximum)
Keep it light.
Invest in quality products if you are a regular user. It shows.
Instead of using base, go for day creams/BB creams for office hours.
Use slim eye liner and light colour lip-gloss.
That’s all you need.
Tip: Rouge only works for those who know how to keep it simple.