Expat Women's Office Wear

#1 Aug 12th, 2013, 03:58
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Expat Women's Office Wear ?

Hello

I am moving to Hyderabad in the next few months for 3 year placement at a software company. I will be a high level executive and will be attending lots of meetings with Indian business people as well as being in the office for most days.

I would really appreciate it if someone could advise me what the correct dress code is for women in offices in India. Is it western style trouser suits with shirts or is it salwaar kameez? Which one will people respect more?

If suits are okay, should I buy some in UK before I leave or are there places where I can get modern western designs tailored?

Thanks in advance for your help

Kangaroo
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Originally Posted by kangaroo121 View Post Expat Women's Office Wear ?
Hi 'Roo,

Welcome to IM.

I'll confirm that you will easily find tailors to make western clothing. If you have a couple of outfits you'd like copied, it will be even easier.

Efforts you make to 'go local' in dress, will be appreciated.

As to your core question, can I suggest some other sources, if you haven't already?

http://www.hytea.org/contact-us (this is the expatriates association for the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad)

Your company, or the recruitment agency should be able to provide some guidance on the dress question too.

Good luck - others may be along with a better response soon.
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kangaroo,

Welcome to india mike and hyderabad.

I assume you are a foreigner (not an indian expatriate) going to be working here. It ultimately will depend on how comfortable you are within the group you are going to be in, with the clothes you wear.

I would suggest you buy atleast one or two suits that would fit you well (maybe those that come in layers, so you can put on as many or take off as many as the situation demands, and your comfort level). I would term your garments as a bit on the conservative side. non-tranparent is a definite plus.

you can come here, and get similar clothes tailored. There is plenty of material available in india. And you could also decide on indian clothes ( saris or other wear that you mention) once you figure out the circles you move in. Most women executives here wear sarees for formal wear.

You could search for the following names and see the clothes they wear : Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Naina Lal Kidwai, and a host of other names in the link here.

Get all your indian needs in india, you should be fine.
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Hyderabad is pretty hot at almost all times of the year. Dress in something that you will be comfortable no matter what the climate in Office, or outside.
#5 Aug 12th, 2013, 10:49
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western style trouser suits with shirts are absolutely ok, salwaar kameez works too, but its a good idea to buy them whilst you are here,
you can custom stich them as well.

good luck and keep us posted with your thoughts about living and working in hyderabad.
peace
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kangaroo,

sorry, you did say expat, i must be more careful in reading.. Here's a woman's opinion on your question.
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The Woman in the link is primarily taking about mens dress code.
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perhaps...but there are some keywords in there that are women-specific.
#9 Aug 19th, 2013, 14:09
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Hi there,

Well here the ladies do dress pretty conservatively.. Salwar and Suit with a piece of cloth called dupatta (covers the bosom) usually. I have experimented with western clothes as well as Indian clothes. If you are taking public transport, wear trousers and shirt.. just make sure that your shirt/tunic is below your hip level.. It will be convenient to run after the buses to catch them. Here the buses don't always stop for passengers.. not even lady passengers! I have suffered some kind of harassment in public transport whenever I have worn suit and salwar to office.. like caressing while i hand over money or unsollicited compliments. When I wear western clothes.. people do stare.. INDIANS STARE but they do not dare to touch or attempt anything! I guess western clothes come as more important job/role where you could get them into trouble as compared to the salwar, where you appear more accessible to them. Else, at my workplace, I am often told that the indian clothes suit me.

If you have your own personal ride and going to office, go for the indian attire. If you are using public transport, stick to your pants and shirt.. All the best
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I am an Indian woman who has worked in a software company in Hyderabad for many years.
1. You can wear both pant suits and salwar kameez. I would advise to stick to trouser suit for the first few weeks till you get to know your office environment and feel settled in the new place.
2. As you are pretty highly placed you will not be taking public transport.
3. Your workplace and transport will be airconditioned so you will not really feel the heat and humudity. Anyway, hyderabad has pleasant weather once the extreme hot season is over(april to July).

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