When dressing for networking events I always feel torn. I want to show my flair for fashion but I want to remain relate-able. Lot’s of the events I go to are more business-focused rather than fashion-focused, and those are the ones that I get most excited/nervous/flustered by. I mean, I have always had a job that I go to and I get paid for. Marketing a business is new to me, and I at LEAST want to be comfortable with what I am wearing. When I dress well, I don’t have to worry about whether I am fitting in somewhere or not, and I can just be myself. Now that I have been to a few of these rodeos, I think I have a pretty good handle on how to dress appropriately for different types of networking events.
A few tips I have employed here today:
1. Wear something that flatters your frame and proportions. I have a few go-to dresses that I know I feel pretty bangin’ in. Not sexy bangin’ but put-together bangin.’ This dress fits me, the length is just right (as in not too short).
2. Try to add a little color or print so you stand out from the crowd and show some creativity. I love the color AND print on this dress so it’s a winner for me.
3. If you have to go from your dayjob to happy hour, wear colors that can translate from day to night. This is much more of a happy hour-appropriate dress without the jean jacket. The dress itself is dressier than I usually would wear to work, so I felt kind of special and pretty all day in it, which helped pump me up for the event.
4. Wear a little heel if you can. I could have taken it a step up with the shoes, but this is Austin. We are pretty casual and I had to walk a lot!
5. Bring some lipstick to touch yourself up with beforehand. Big FAIL on that one for me. Also, try not to let the slip layer of your dress twist around so that you feel bunchy and wonder why your slip-strap keeps falling down. Just a tip!
What do you guys wear to networking events?
April 9, 2011