How to Dress for a Business Casual Event

Business causal can be interpreted so many ways. What does “business casual” really mean? How one would dress at the office verses how one would dress for an event could be completely different even if they are both “business casual.” Listed below are some great outfit options (for women and men) for your next FindSpark event.

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Option 1
Sometimes, at events, meeting people can be a bit awkward at the beginning. Having a fun statement piece, like a necklace or floral skirt, that someone can compliment you on can be a great ice breaker.

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Option 2
Standing in heels all night may not be for you, but a cute pair of black flats are comfortable and can still complete the outfit.

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Option 3
If you don’t have a LBD (little black dress), you need one. The little black dress will save you when you are running late and have no idea what to wear. Dress it up, dress it down–the LBD is a working woman’s staple.

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Option 4
Not into dresses or skirts? No problem, a nice blouse, pants and a blazer are great for events too!

 Quick Tips
-Cross body purses are a must for events. It is pretty likely you will be shaking hands, walking around, and meeting people. The last thing you need is to be worrying about where to put your wallet or phone. Even better, check out Pursecase!
-A networking event or conference is different than a party. Remember when you are getting ready that your clothes should be professional and not just cute. You have seven seconds to make your first impression, so make it count. Your outfit is the first thing that someone sees have fun, but be professional.
-Always smile. Your smile is the best accessory!

For the Men:
To our FindSpark guys, we did not forget about you. Here are a couple of possibilities for your next FindSpark event.
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Option 1:
Guys typically do not have as many options to accessorize, so adding a fun pair of socks or a cool watch will help complete your look. When going to networking events, you should want to dress your best. For those who do not feel the need for crazy socks, remember black socks are a must and keep the white socks for the gym.

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Option 2:
A sports coat, button down, khakis, and boat shoes say, “I am put together and professional.” Depending on the event you may or may not want to tuck in your shirt, and when you are standing the coat should be buttoned (and unbuttoned when you sit down). And don’t forget, your belt should match the color of your shoes.
Team FindSpark loves to hear your thoughts! What do you wear to events? Share in the comments.

About the Author

Emily Leung is a student pursuing a degree in Communication Studies. Born and raised in sunny California, she is so excited to be joining the FindSpark Team and is looking forward to the many new opportunities this summer. When she isn’t working or studying, Emily enjoys spending time with friends, family, shopping, and drinking coffee. If you want to know get to know Emily a bit more check out her twitter and linkedin.

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