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My tips on what to wear for a business or networking event.

My tips on what to wear for a business or networking event.
My tips on what to wear for a business or networking event.

We are always being told that people will make an opinion of you in the first 60 seconds of meeting you, before you have even spoken. So how do we do that? As a Colour & Style Coach I feel the pressure even more as nobody would expect me to get it wrong. So yes, it is important to make the right choices. People will remember you for what you wear, so by wearing the right colours and the right style go a long way to achieving the perfect look. Here are my tips on what to wear for a business or networking event.

My tips on what to wear for a business or networking event.

Men have it so easy, put on a nice suit and tie or perhaps now days a suit is not always essential. They can now go smart to some business events depending on the business is absolutely fine. Yes, it is important to them, too choose the right style and colours for them but it is a lot easier.

Should you wear a suit?

When I first started networking around ten years ago I thought that wearing a suit was the way to go. I had come from a corporate background and I thought that was what was expected. I was no longer working in the corporate world and therefore did not need to dress that way. At that time I was in another business where I only needed to be smart casual.

Dress to suit your personality

I found lots of ladies at these networking events who thought to look smart they had to wear suits or skirts and jackets but dressing this way made them feel uncomfortable. If you feel that way how can you promote yourself and your business. For me I am my own shop window if you like and I know which colours and style to choose. I have a few favourite outfits which I wear because I know that I look good in them and that in turn gives me the confidence.

Choose something you feel comfortable in

The point is you must feel comfortable, if the service you are offering is in a relaxed environment then you can dress that way. Most people are nervous enough going to networking events so make the experience easy for yourself. Choose something that you love and love wearing. We all have things in our wardrobes that we know we are going to get some great comments when we wear them.

  • A smart dress with a cardigan
  • Smart trousers with a nice top
  • Skirt and top

I have seen ladies in a jumpsuit, culottes whatever you feel good in and you love wearing for me is the key. Just bear in mind this is a business event so beware of flashing too much flesh.

Should I wear my uniform?

I would say yes if you have a uniform that is a great way to promote your business. Many therapists wear their uniform and companies that wear polo shirt with logos on. After all you are there to promote your business and people will remember you for what you are wearing so a great idea.

My tips on what to wear for a business or networking event.

People buy people, so it is important to get your personality across and you can do that by how you put your outfits together. If you are wearing a plain dress add some jewellery, or a scarf and team it up with a colour shrug or cardigan. Avoid wearing all black as this can make you unapproachable. Black is also a very negative colour and will deplete you of energy. Wear another dark colour on areas you do not want to highlight. Make sure you wear smart shoes and carry a nice hand bag, don’t spoil an outfit with poor accessories. It also goes without saying that you should have clean hair, nice makeup, no chipped nails, holes in your tights or dirty shoes.

My tips on what to wear for a business or networking event.

So, to sum up then. Choose something you know that you look good in and the you feel comfortable in too, as this will give you confidence. Get out your outfit the night before and hang with all the accessories you plan to wear with it. Make sure you pack your bag for the next day before you go to bed to save time in the morning. You don’t want to leave those important business cards at home.

Turn up in plenty of time, as there is always free networking before the start. The most important thing of all is to wear a smile. This makes you very approachable, everyone loves a friendly face, so you will be the one everyone wants to talk too.

My tips on what to wear for a business or networking event.

We have all heard about the law of attraction, if you are looking confident and are passionate about what you do it will show in your face, your eyes will light up. Couple this with a positive attitude and you will attract back to you what you are putting out. Have some fun with it, but if you need any persona advice do not hesitate to get in contact.

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