You need a range of skills when trying to get ahead in business, and knowing how to dress well is one of them. First impressions count, and when you need to meet important clients or host business meetings, you don’t want to dress in a way that will reflect badly on you.
What should you wear?
The keyword here is ‘smart.’ You don’t want to rock up to a business meeting wearing your sweatpants or any other such item of clothing, as you need to convey a professional image.
You should invest in a tailored suit and one that is made to your size and shape. Looking good is important, but you need to be comfortable too, so make sure you have something that fits you well. A tailored dress or a skirt with a blouse and jacket are also options that you should consider, and these can also convey a smart image.
For more advice on what to wear, check out our article on women’s business closet essentials.
What colors should you go for?
As a rule, you should opt for conservative colors. Black, grey, and navy blue are the standard, and these are the colors you will notice anyway when shopping for business fashion. Of course, it depends on your brand image. Some people can get away with wearing bright colors when their companies convey a creative or wacky image, but you still need to be careful. You don’t want to put off prospective clients with colors that are too garish, so tone them down.
What accessories should you choose?
At a standard business meeting, less is more. If wearing jewelry, keep it minimal, because you do need to be modest and tasteful. A small pair of earrings or a necklace is fine. Keep your more extravagant pieces at home, although you could always choose from the loose diamonds from Whiteflash for any pieces you intend to wear at your next business social.
As for other accessories, a tasteful scarf can sit nicely with your business suit, so long as it’s not the one your gran knitted you for Christmas. Choose something that goes well with the color of the outfit, and go with a simple knot rather than tucking it into your outfit. A purse and a briefcase can also act as accessories, so go with those items that match the color of your outfit. These are also better items to bring to a meeting than a shopping bag or a backpack when you need to carry your belongings.
Well, you should certainly shine your shoes before any meeting, so take the time to give them a polish, especially when they have become scuffed during the day. Remember that your hands will become a focal point at the meeting, especially if you’re giving a presentation, so trim your nails beforehand and invest in a tasteful paint color. And wear makeup by all means, but tone down the colors as they need to be appropriate for your business attire.
For more inspiration, look at the female business leaders that you know and respect. While you don’t need to copy everything they wear, you might still pick up a few tips when crafting your professional image.