As you all know, I tend to dress more formally. This is for a number of reasons:
1) preferences. I live luxe fabrics and textures which are more frequent in formal suiting and clothes.

2) I am a short woman and a visible minority working in a corporate world where I am usually negotiating many relationships. I learned the lesson long ago that dressing more formally gives me professional credibility. (I once asked to try on a Jason Wu dress and was flatly refused by the saleswoman because of my casual attire and, presumably, skin color.)

3) lifestyle. I dress formally for work. I also go to mosque at least once a week, and there are often festivals and celebrations that need to be dressed up for. As well, we recently were asked to lead a particular monthly gathering, which will mean formal Indian clothes at least once a month.

Luckily, I have found thrifting to be a great source of formal clothes since more people lean towards casual clothes. And in fact, it has been a boon for Indian Saris - I love them but they are often $500-600 a pop because of the material and handiwork. At the thrift store I have find them for$20 or less! (See pic attached - the raw silk one I wore last night.)

Funny enough, even though I have young kids, I still like to dress formally during the week (casually on the weekends.) I abhor the kids messing up my clothes and we are a very huggy family so I am usually casual around them

Are you more casual or formal and why?

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