Fashion is all about personal style and comfort but is it alright to go risqué with your attire at work if you’re the boss? Most girl bosses struggle with work-outfits as anything too fancy might mean they won’t be taken seriously. Yes, being a girl boss comes with some serious styling etiquette, that’s a given. So we spoke to six young and stylish girl bosses to know find out how to dress like a boss. Read on for some serious and practical fashion advice from girls who are on the job.

Shruti Thakker, Co-founder and Director, The Design Club

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“I believe that the way you dress impacts the way you are perceived—even though we don’t want the book to be judged by the cover, cover does play a crucial role. It’s important to take the effort to iron your clothes and make sure your shoes and bag compliment the outfit. If you look good, you do tend to add positivity to your work too. This projects a professional image and establishes you as someone who means business. Rest is taken care of by your attitude and calibre.”

Go-to outfit

A well-fitted shift dress as it is formal but makes the right impression.

Fashion must-haves for girl bosses

A black bag and black heels are wardrobe essentials. These make any outfit look business ready.

Styling tip

“As a boss, one sets the tone for the company. So one has to be careful while choosing the outfit. For me the credo is to always be sharply dressed. I usually wear dresses to work and make sure the dress fits well, isn’t too short or too casual. Usually something semi-formal or formal works well. The cardinal rule is to not wear anything that’s more than three inches above the knee.”

Priyanka Chokhani, Co-founder, 16stitches.com

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“I believe in comfort with sophistication and try to dress accordingly every day”

Go-to outfit

A good jacket or blazer and a comfy pair of heels.

Fashion must-haves for girl bosses

“A good pair of heels are a must-have.”

Styling tip

“Formal shirts and chinos are extremely comfortable.”

Bhumika Grover, Fashion Designer

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“Even though I am a fashion designer I like to keep it classy and avoid going over the top with my attire at work. I don’t follow trends at work since I want my staff also to dress in a certain manner.”

Go-to outfit

For a highly professional meeting what works best is a combo of detailed white shirt with an interesting drape and well-fitted jeans or flared pants teamed with nude heels. In winters I like to team it up with a blazer or a fitted jacket in suede.”

Fashion must-haves for girl bosses

“Well-fitted pants or jeans, a classic white shirt and a blazer in neutral tone is a must. A pearl necklace is multi-functional if one likes to accessorize. Also get a tan belt and a pair of comfortable heels or pumps.”

Styling tip

“Comfort is of extreme importance to me and I like my clothes to be airy. I don’t follow trends at work but I change it according to what my day is like. If I am spending time at the production unit I like to keep it simple with my karigars around and wear denims and a loose top or kurta but when it’s a day at my store or meetings I wear a jumpsuit or culottes.”

Heeta Parikh, CEO & Founder Silver, Spun Brand Solutions

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“What you wear and how you carry yourself speaks a lot about your personality. One’s sense of style should speak about ones work. As a boss, it’s important for me to keep my outfit minimalistic and classy but at the same time chic and stylish too. I prefer wearing solid colours with light prints over bright colours and big prints. For example, a blue sheath dress paired with nude or black pumps, pearl studs, a bangle bracelet and a tote bag. I also prefer designer labels and international brands over high street stores—street shopping is a complete no.”

Go-to outfit

“A black high waist pencil skirt paired with a crisp full sleeve white button down shirt with nude stilettos. This could be accessorised with studs and minimal jewellery.”

Fashion must-haves for girl bosses

“A pair of formal pants in either beige or black colour is vital. A charcoal black pencil skirt, sheath dress and full sleeve shirt are also necessary for professionals.”

Styling tip

“The best way to make a formal outfit interesting is to accessorise it well or opt for formal dresses. A formal pencil dress or a sheath dress by itself is a style statement and needs minimal styling.”

Saman Sheikh, Co-founder, Card Affairs

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“Being a girl boss means being comfortable in your skin. My partner Sanchi and I are firm believers of ‘Your first impression is your last impression’. We always make it a point to be comfortable and stylish at the same time. It doesn’t matter what you wear, just wear it with confidence and mascara.”

Go-to outfit

“A pair of blue jeans teamed with a white shirt, black bag, heels and red lips is my all time favorite!”

Fashion must-haves for girl bosses

“One should always have a classy pair of black heels—work a li’l harder and save for those babies. There is nothing that can complete your look like a nice pair of stilettos and a bag to go along. Always wear a nice shade of lipstick with mascara and you’re ready to conquer the world.”

Style tips

It’s very important for us to carry ourselves with utmost grace and style. But try to keep it simple and comfortable too at the same time.

Arwa Kaka, Independent PR Consultant

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“The most important thing for me is comfort. If I have a busy day at work, besides clothes another major factor for me is my bag and shoes. I usually carry two pairs, one slip-ons and the other ones which are a little formal, like loafers. My bag needs to be extremely functional, because I am always carrying my charger, battery pack and a small planner for noting the minutes of the meetings or anything important.”

Go-to outfit at work

“Jeans with a crisp shirt is my go-to outfit. It is a semi-formal outfit, but I can pull it off as I am in the PR business. If I have to amp up my look I wear a pair of formal pants with a nice dressy shirt or top and a smart watch.”

Fashion must-haves for girl bosses

“A blazer, formal loafer shoes (you can’t go wrong there) and a tote bag.”

Styling tip

“I dress according to the occasion, meeting or event. For a meeting where I really have to impress someone, I make sure I am wearing a nice jacket in a solid colour and team it with jeans and tan brogues. For an event, where I know I can let loose a little, I wear palazzo pants with a tee and accessorize it with a sling messenger bag.”

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