Dressing the Part for Networking Events

By claire |

picture-1Everyone’s feeling a little spunky around this time of year. Those of you who are still in touch with their inner child are looking forward to Halloween and dressing up. Those who have children are busy buying and coordinating costumes. We all look forward to this day to put on our wildest and enjoy the anonymity. However, this isn’t the mentality you should use when dressing for a networking event.

Uncertainty of what to wear plagues even the most seasoned of networkers. You want to be comfortable, but you want to make the right impression. You don’t want to be overdressed or worse, under-dressed. Finding that happy medium can be difficult, but there are a few tricks that may turn your next event into a real treat!

The first clue you can use to dig into your closet is the location of the event. Ask yourself: What is the setting? Is it at a bar? A five-star hotel? An office? Each of these locations presents different wardrobe options. For example, if you’re going to the second floor of a bar for a happy hour networking event, the dress code is more casual and relaxed. That being said, never dress below business casual. Remember, you are looking to meet people to do business with in some capacity, you want to present yourself in a professional manner.

Depending on your dress code at work, office wear can sometimes become tiresome. Networking events are a great, and an important, place to market yourself within the company. Feel stifled by your everyday wear? Accessorizing for events is the simplest way to spice up your wardrobe and add your own unique flavor without looking like a clown.

Happy Halloween and Happy Dressing!

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