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Combining Casual And Formal Clothing With Samshek


Hello Curvies!

Today’s post is a little different than my other (read, previous) fashion posts as this is in response to all of you working ladies who have been asking me for ways to dress up as a corporate woman while keeping intact your inner fashionista. I get it, as we grow older, adulting takes over and if you are a business woman or even remotely associated with the corporate sector, dressing in a formal attire becomes all the more vital. However, going by the trends, it is as if the conventional formal clothing brands do not think us plus sized women worthy of working in the corporate sector. I mean what other explanation can be given for the lack of even remotely decent formal attire for the curvier of us in the market?  


I am all for eqaulity, and more than gender equality, I feel the need of the hour is human equality. Being fat does not make you less worthy of your profession or your home or love in that case. But it is you who decides your respect in the society, and ofcourse the way you dress speaks volumes about not just how you look but how you feel. And trust me it is only when you feel good about yourself, will your persona ooze a charm which will demand respect. I have seen a lot of plus size women doing wonders on the professional front but still getting subdued because they feel they are not good-looking enough to be worthy of all this. Also, being on the top most rung of the corporate ladder demands professional clothing. Enough of run-of-the-mill sarees and ill-fitting pant suits, Samshek as a brand has made sure that every woman–professional or not–has the right to look and feel great in the formal attire that she chooses to wear by giving her just the right fit and feel of the outfit.


Samshek is one of the very few e-clothing brands in India which has brought in the concept of customization alive. Many times ordering clothes online gets very tedious because sizing is a big problem with us plus sizes. If our bust size tells us we are a size 3 in a particular brand our waist size tells another story altogether. In such cases (very common with me to be honest), customized sizing options come as such a relief. Samshek has a range of varied clothing–from casuals, tops, bottoms, party wear to formal wear while its major focus stays on bringing premium luxury clothing to the Indian masses at prices that wont burn a hole in the pockets.


And this post by no means is a promotional post, I genuinely Loved the dress and this is why this blog post. So coming to the dress now. I chose a navy blue Peter Pan Collar Work Dress with a not-so-cinched waist from the website. Now customization at this website is very easy. Either you choose a dress from the catalog, alter the sizes and the design (neck, sleeves, length, etc) or you chose a dress, select a ready-made size and get it delivered. Whatever way you choose, Samshek makes sure to get the dress to you within 5 days. Talk of convenience. Also, if you are anything like me and love pampering yourself with gifts, you need to get a dress from here and you’ll get to know what I am talking about once you see the package. It comes in a solid black box which indeed gives it major luxury clothing feels. Try it to believe it.


The dress I chose here is from their Corporate clothing section and is named as the Peter Pan Collar Work Wear Dress. All the dress details are mentioned on the website and the dress design completely adheres to what is shown on the website, so no faltering on that front. The dress is made of a gorgeous crepe fabric, has a rounded peter pan collar, a belt which gathers at the waist and a concealed side zip which adds to the relaxed fit of the dress. I customized my dress sleeves to a little longer than what were shown on the website but other than that I kept the design intact so that you girls can see what kind of designs does the brand have.


The only drawback I feel for this dress is the length and had I been a tad bit shorter or had got the dress altered to be an inch longer at the knees, I feel this would have been all the more flattering. But this isn’t really the dress’ or the brand’s fault! However, the belt at the upper waist (which comes with belt loops) should have been accompanied with a real waistbelt of a similar or contrasting color. Here I have paired my dress with a nude belt and heels of similar color to add to the formal chic look but without the belt, the belt loops do look a little awkward just lying there.


For the formal and polished look, here I have paired this soft crepe navy blue short length formal dress with my favorite blue jeweled earrings which I got off a flea market. The hues of blue in the earrings look iridescent with the navy hue of the dress while making the outfit look classy, chic and sophisticated at the same time. These earrings for sure add the much-needed fun element in the dress. But if you are of the serious corporate world where fun dressing is not acceptable, by all means, swap the earrings for some pearls, remove the bright red handcuff and adorn a beige-nude manicure for that added oomph. The nude heels and the beige belt will do the rest of the formal work for you just fine.

Remember, it is only when you feel confident that you look confident. And only when you look confident, will the world believe in you and let you take charge while respecting you for the same. Clothing makes a big difference in who you are but it does not define you. You are beautiful with or without a business suit or a formal dress. never forget that. 🙂


The Curvy Princess



P.S Photography done by my very talented friend Subhav Arora. You can see more of his work here.

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