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Take corporate wear from severe and boring to chic and sassy with these picks

Besides the smarts, make a mark with a power wardrobe as you climb up the corporate ladder in style. Even celebrities like Jessica Alba and Emma Stone have been favouring formal wear at red-carpet events. We bring you dresses, skirts and blouses by designers like Varun Bahl, Nikhil Thampi and Anita Dongre, along with select accessories that can add an edge. Read on:

Text: Mrinalini Sundar and Aishwarya Kumar

varun-bahl-BPale beauty
This comely piece by Varun Bahl is a head turner. The knee length skirt comes with 3D rose embroidery, using pearls and thread. Pair it with a simple white full-sleeve blouse for a classic look. Rs.55,000. Details: varunbahl.com

Quaintly does it
This sleek guipure dress from Mango will make any ordinary office day colourful. The cotton knee-length maroon dress comes with a detachable belt. Pair it with black pumps to make a statement. Rs.6,790. Available at the store, Phoenix Mill, Mumbai. Details: 022 24950128

Combo couture
Be the ‘hottie’ at office with this shirt and pencil skirt by Nikhil Thampi. From his latest collection, featured at the recent Lakme Fashion Week, it comes with a zipper slit. Heading out to a party? Pull up the zip, lengthen the slit, and get ready to hit the dance floor. Rs.16,000. Details: perniaspopupshop.com

victoria-beckhamQuirk is in
Looking for something bright to rock your team meeting? This luxe suede shirt dress from Victoria Beckham should do the trick. Style the rich orange button-down with black pumps for maximum effect. You could also opt for the belt to define your waist. Approximately Rs.1,43,721. Available at netaporter.com

Beat the blues
Tote your office necessities in this satchel bag by Viari. In leather, it comes in colours like black, brown, green and pink. Style it with a black dress and you are sure to grab attention. `4,750. Available at the store on Radhakrishnan Salai. Details: 42049399

Dive deep
If you’re a fan of pink, AND’s autumn pink crossover top is a good choice. With a deep V neck and shoulder embellishments, it is sexy and smart. Pair it with a black tube top, black tights and pumps to make a dramatic statement at your work place. Rs.1,499. Available at the AND store, Bangalore. Details: 080 25595561

HARISSA--SUEDE-MIRROR-LEATHMirror effect
These pumps from Jimmy Choo are subtle yet bold. Easy to team with both trousers and skirts, they are crafted from anthracite metallic mirror leather and black suede. Rs.49,000. Available at the store in UB City, Bangalore. Details: 080 41738404

Curve conscious
This dress screams smart. Elegant and curvy, the mustard number from Emporio Armani gets a thumbs up from us. Underplay with black pumps and you are ready to make that power statement. Rs.48,000. Available at the store in UB City, Bangalore. Details: 080 41468333

One for the ears
Stand out in a crowd with this green onyx and 18k gold-plated silver earring. The handcrafted beauty from Amrapali is simple and perfect for corporate events. Rs.1,540. Available at the store in Amethyst. Details: 45991600

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