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FASHION: DRESS FOR SUCCESS IN ANY PROFESSIONAL SETTING

Maia Wilson

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Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
— Mark Twain

Preparing for an interview for your dream job or internship can be nerve-racking and intimidating. Feeling confident in your communication skills and resume content are the first steps! The truth is, whether or not you are wearing a professionally appropriate outfit has a significant influence on the impression you leave behind. What does your business attire say about you?

Unsure if you are wearing the right attire in a certain professional setting? Wondering what to wear to a networking event? While attending a conference? Presenting a project in class, or volunteering backstage at a fashion show?

Finding an appropriate and trendy outfit for an interview or networking event can be bothersome and time consuming. Debating between wearing a formal suit or a more conservative dress can leave your head spinning!

Don’t sweat it. In this post, we will talk about which pieces are appropriate to wear to various professional occasions and provide you with some outfit inspiration. Also, you’ll be happy to know that all of the pieces included are under $50!

PROFESSIONAL SETTING #1:

NETWORKING EVENT

When attending a networking event, you can expect to dress in business casual attire. Networking events are an opportunity to connect with professionals in a more formal environment, but this doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate some individuality into your outfit! 

ADVICE FOR THE OCCASION

  • Ask others if you look appropriate beforehand
  • Smile!
  • Mingle with your peers and companies in a friendly manner. (You may be speaking to your next boss or colleague!)
  •  Prepare a resume and business cards

OUTFIT IDEA: Career Expo

PROFESSIONAL SETTING #2:

CONFERENCE

A business conference can entail a great deal of standing, walking, and talking with others. Wearing a comfortable outfit is important, as well as an appropriate one. A business casual outfit is appropriate for this event. Whether you are presenting, interviewing, or just in attendance, packing a blazer is always a good idea. 

ADVICE FOR THE OCCASION

  • Prepare resume and business cards
  • Update LinkedIn profile
  • Research the companies
  • Have a plan for which general keynote and breakout sessions to attend
  • Get rest the night before/ caffeine during the day

OUTFIT IDEA: Business Conference

PROFESSIONAL SETTING #3:

PRESENTATION

When presenting a project in class or in the boardroom, it is important to not wear bold colors or risque styles. You should want the main focus to be on the project you worked hard to prepare. Be sure to consider how far you may have to walk to class, along with the duration of time you will be standing to present. If you'll be on your feet for a while, wearing comfortable shoes is a must! Also, skip the noisy bangle bracelets that will cause distraction if you use hand gestures. 

ADVICE FOR THE OCCASION

  • Prepare notecards
  • Save your final presentation to a flashdrive
  • Get rest the night before
  • Practice in front of a friend/colleague
  • Have someone look over the content

OUTFIT IDEA: Presentation

PROFESSIONAL SETTING #4:

BACKSTAGE AT A FASHION SHOW

Working backstage at fashion shows can be fun, and also a great learning experience! Wearing the correct attire will show your respect for the producer, designer, or brands being showcased. Unless otherwise instructed, you should wear black from head-to-toe. Comfortable, low-heeled or flat shoes are crucial as you will be on your feet from start to finish! Lastly, refrain from the urge to wear lipstick. The last thing you want is to get a makeup smear on the clothes. 

ADVICE FOR THE OCCASION

  • Be there early
  • Bring extra supplies if necessary (safety pins, fashion tape, etc.)
  • Eat breakfast! (You may not get a chance to while you’re there)
  • Take notes of what you are asked to do if necessary
  • Always have a sense of urgency

OUTFIT IDEA: Backstage Fashion Show Volunteer

PROFESSIONAL SETTING #5:

INTERVIEW

For an interview, wearing the correct business attire is very important. A pant suit for both men and women is always an ideal choice. When wearing a dress or skirt, wearing a blazer to match is suggested. Remember, the individual you are meeting with is your potential employer, so you want to make sure you look polished and professional!

ADVICE FOR THE OCCASION

  • Study the job description
  • Practice a mock interview beforehand
  • Pack all necessary materials, including a copy of your resume and business cards  
  • Do thorough research on the company
  • Prepare questions for the interviewer

OUTFIT IDEA: Internship Interview

Knowing how to dress for a professional occasion doesn't have to be a daunting task! Planning outfits may seem difficult now, but practice makes perfect! Grab inspiration from the outfits above, and add your own personal style to make them yours. 

 If you have a question about what to wear, or want help creating that perfect interview ensemble, check out my Polyvore account! Send me an email regarding the occasion and describe your personal style. I can then tailor a unique look just for you!

Taylar's Email: nuviewfashioneditor@gmail.com

Taylar's Polyvore: http://taylaralexandra.polyvore.com/

CREDITS

Copy & Collages: Taylar Gomez, Fashion Editor

Graphic 1: Ashley Nudge, Editor-In-Chief