Deciding what to wear to a networking event can be a total sartorial minefield. Do you dress to impress, or dress to blend in? Do you have to look smart, or could you end up looking like you have tried far too hard?
You want to get noticed, but not for the wrong reasons. Take a look at our top tips for you to look stylish and professional when you are out networking.
1. Looking smart is essential
You absolutely must look smart when you are networking. Make like Kristina and Adam in a suit, but add your own personal touches like a pair of heels and a clutch for the ladies, or a pair of coloured shoes or a cool satchel for the guys, to lighten the look up. Smart but not too stuffy. Power dressing at it’s peak.
2. One for the girls – Never, ever wear a mini skirt
Nothing looks more unprofessional than a really short skirt. Allure magazine found that women in managerial positions are not taken as seriously, and are doubted by other female colleagues, if they wear revealing mini skirts. Instead opt for a longer style like Arielle. The skirt can be tight, just make sure it comes to the knee or below.
3. If in doubt, wear all black
All black everything is always a fail-safe option for any networking event. So sophisticated. Fashion blogger Shea looks business meeting ready in this black polo neck jumper and high-wasited tailored trousers.
4. For a more formal event, wear a blazer
5. Another one for the girls – Keep cleavage to a minimum
You may think that showing some skin will get your noticed, but it will get you noticed for the wrong reasons. Stay covered up to ensure that you look respectable and professional. You can still look stylish but covered up, just like Rosie.
6. Another for the girls – Keep make-up neutral
By all means look polished, but don’t go overboard with make-up. You don’t want to look nightclub-ready at a networking event. A nude lip, a little bit of contouring and some natural day-time eye make-up is all you need. Helena does this to perfection.