“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it,” said one of the world’s most celebrated costume designers, Edith Head. And we agree with her!
The way you dress speaks a lot about you, which is why, dressing right becomes paramount, especially if the occasion is of importance. Choosing a dress for brunch with friends or a family function is easy. However, you need to be extra careful with formal events such as business meetings as your sartorial choices matter quite a bit. Selecting the right formal wear that goes well with your personality or body type is difficult. So, to help you out, here are a few meeting-friendly style tips that will help you step into the room in style.
The Classic Business Suit: Skirts or Slacks?
Years may come and go but with a classic business suit, you are sure to make a lasting impression. A business suit will never go out of style! A well-put together business suit gives you a professional and polished look. Add to it the business regalia of a classic tie, a slim-cut blazer, and a neat and simplistic watch and you’re all set to take on a meeting.
To ace the formal skirt look, choose a style that makes you comfortable. You don’t necessarily need to stick to the basic pencil skirt. Flared and circular skirts, fishtail skirts, even long pencil skirts with a tiny slit are great options. Even in terms of blouses, you can play around with your options such as bow-tie collars, peter-pan collars, ruffled formals, puffed sleeves, flounce sleeves, flare sleeves. Team your whole look with a pair of evergreen T-strap heels, classic pumps, or comfortable bellies and you’re good to go.
If you are comfortable in formal dress pants, match it with a stylish blazer. For the blouse, choose a simple formal button-down that compliments your suit. Complete the look with a matching tie, some platform heels, and a handy briefcase.
Most importantly, choose classic corporate colors – lean on the darker side for the skirt/slacks and the blazer while opting for contrasting shade of blouse, with white being the safest color.
You can never go wrong in a formal dress and the right pair of heels. Formal dresses in the corporate world are not limited to straight cut or dull and rusty colors. If you’re tired of wearing black, choose from a vast pool of prints and patterns that also give you a formal look.
You can even opt for other styles such as flared dresses, regular A-line cuts, trumpet-style, and empire-waist dresses. Style your dress with medium-sized classic heels, a light overcoat or blazer, a small briefcase and voila, time to turn the halls of your office into your runway!
Jumpsuits for women in workplaces are becoming increasingly popular. After all, a solid-colored formal jumpsuit tapered at the end not only facilitates easy movement but also stands out. One important point to keep in mind, though, is to choose solid corporate-friendly colors or opt for homogenous-patterned jumpsuits that are easy on the eye. Also, remember to keep it structured. Wearing a jumpsuit with a well-defined silhouette can give you a sharp look for a meeting. You can layer it with a blazer, an overcoat, or even keep it au naturel. With some smart heels, a minimalist watch, and a trendy tote, you need no further additions to look meeting-ready!
Last Few Words
Now, dress to impress on every business meeting with the tips mentioned above. With these style tips, you can easily ace the formal look without spending hours in front of the mirror.