When it comes to choosing clothes for business events, all the pressure is on women. Men do not have much of an option when it comes to wearing business clothes. A good quality suit and tie will be the right combination for pretty much any occasion. Women on the other hand, have a far greater array of options at their disposal when it comes to choosing clothes which is more of a curse than a blessing.
Choose Stylish Clothes
The first rule of wearing business clothes for women is to never allow your attire to be the main talking point or reason why you are remembered. It is difficult enough for women to be taken seriously in business without ruining everything by turning up in extremely unsuitable clothing. Women need to strike a balance between being stylish and showing off. Overly elaborate outfits will only hurt your chances of being taken seriously with your clothes deemed more important than your business acumen.
Women have the option to emulate men when it comes to dressing in standard suits. Look for tailored dresses and jackets or a respectable blouse, skirt, suit jacket combination a suitable set of clothes for any business event. If you choose trousers, opt for tailored ones with a crease. Woollen suits are also an excellent choice while women are advised to steer clear of polyester material.
Business Casual Clothes
Business casual is another form of attire favoured by businesses. The idea is to still wear respectable clothing but of a more casual nature. Clothes such as Capri pants and long shirts may fit into this category. Women should avoid falling into the trap of wearing clothes that are too casual. Do not wear denim for example. If in doubt, refer back to the business standard dress code.
When it comes to the colour of clothes you wear, avoid outfits that are multicoloured or have loud, bright colours. It is understandable that you don't want to wear clothes that make you appear like you're at a funeral but at the same time, sombre colours will gain you more respect in the business world than polka dots. Solid colours like black and grey will go a long way towards gaining respect. Ensure that your jacket and trousers/skirt match in colour.
Although women have dozens of choices when it comes to wearing clothes for a business event, only a handful are acceptable. Avoid wearing clothes that make you stand out from the crowd. In the world of business, you need to dress to fit in and use your mental abilities to stand out.