What To Wear: Interviews, Conferences, Business Trips

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The Business Trip


Often you will have to travel by car, train, or plane to another location and head right into a meeting. It’s important to have on hand an ensemble that can survive hours of sitting and still look crisp.

A variation of the interview ensemble is a great choice, and another reason to invest in a quality black pantsuit. To be budget-friendly, I have kept the black pantsuit and pumps as the foundation. The interview bag would also be a wise choice -– it is already in your wardrobe and can hold all your meeting essentials while looking professional. Since you will be traveling, it is wise to wear a blouse that has a lot of stretch to it. Many knits can look too casual; a silk jersey or matte jersey will look professional while keeping its shape all day. A blouse with at least a cap sleeve will be professional enough to wear on its own if it’s warm. As with the interview blouse, this is something you can find at most any price point, as long as you look out for good fit, structure, and fabric. This is also a piece you can wear time and time again -– with trousers or a skirt to the office, and even with jeans for a night out with the girls. To keep your jacket crisp, I recommend not wearing it until you arrive at your destination; to ward off chill (and also have an alternate look if you wish to go out to dinner after the meeting), consider a cardigan or soft jacket in a complementary color.


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