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    For Simplilearn CEO, a well-groomed beard sets the tone for a work call


    Krishna Kumar brushes his hair and sets his beard before a work call.

    While working from home, Kumar mainly wears a cotton T-shirt and cotton pants.
    For Krishna Kumar, CEO, Simplilearn, neat hair and a well-groomed beard set the tone for a productive work call.

    WFH wardrobe
    “While working from home, I mainly wear a cotton T-shirt and cotton pants. It works chiefly because of how comfortable it is. I prefer dark shades like grey or brown for trousers and lighter shades for T-shirts such as blue or red or something bright.”

    Simple comfort
    “For a strategy meeting with the team, I want to feel comfortable so I am in my usual attire of a cotton T-shirt and pants. For a pitch or networking call, I wear a company T-shirt because it helps build recall. I don’t do drinks with friends over video calls as I prefer having a drink in person rather than virtually.”

    Grooming is key
    “Before an impromptu video call, I always brush my hair and set my beard. This shows that I value my counterpart’s time and am ready to have a productive discussion.”

    Brand speak
    “Shopping isn’t an indulgence for me. My wife has to literally push me to even buy the necessary items. My favourite loungewear brand is Lululemon. There is no specific reason why I like it. Brands are always comparable.”

    One item I have been wearing repeatedly...
    “A generic cloth mask I got from Lifestyle. I’m looking forward to getting rid of it soon (once the pandemic ends).”

    What I miss wearing the most..
    “Shoes. I was used to having them on during the day. Shoes aren’t allowed inside my house. My favourite is a pair from Steve Madden.”.

    Trim, Shape & Sculpt: How To Style Your Beard Like A Pro During Lockdown

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    Taming Your Beard

    As homes have become de facto offices, a number of cozy wardrobes - from pyjamas to yoga pants to sweatsuits - are catching on in isolation. And it’s not just the clothes leading the comfy charge. With limited access to barbershops, it’s become perfectly acceptable to don facial fuzz during a video meeting, within limits.

    The same way you need to mind the hair on your head for a flattering style, you also need to tame your beard. If you’re stuck for inspiration or just need a guiding hand, here are a few tips to make sure that even in lockdown, your beard stays sharp.

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