What To Wear: Interviews, Conferences, Business Trips

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The Conference


Whether you are representing your company or attending to learn new skills, a conference is a regular aspect of corporate life. While you want to look professional, this is an environment where you can be a bit more relaxed, and also truly showcase your personality.

Wearing clothes with stretch (stretch wool, ponte, heavyweight jersey) will keep you looking crisp after hours of sitting and socializing. I recommend wearing color so you stand out in a crowd of gray, navy, and black. A signature piece is also helpful, so people will remember you as the woman with the leopard-print belt, the purple scarf, the green snakeskin pumps. Wear layers or pack a cardigan in your tote, for conference rooms can really blast the A/C.

Carry a structured bag, but one that is large enough to hold your iPad or laptop as well as all the swag you will collect from vendors. A bag similar to the one for an interview is perfect, though in this environment a color would be acceptable.


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