Dressed for success: Networking style tips for women


When it comes to first impressions, an outfit can make all the difference in the world.

Here are a few outfit ideas that can satisfy business professional and business casual dress requirements. Wear these styles to achieve a polished and professional image no matter what the event.

Do not forget to pay attention to detail: ensure all clothing is properly tailored and wrinkle-free, fingernails are manicured, and shoes are scuff free. Although choosing quality clothing can initially be a hit to your bank account, think of your purchases as a long-term investment.

Tailored pant and jacket with a fun, flirty top

The key to this outfit is a properly tailored pant. Ensure the style fits well with your body shape and size. If it’s not flattering, try a boot cut or flared style instead. This monochromatic outfit will transition well into the fall and winter months with a long-sleeved blazer.

Classic feminine style with a pop of colour

Belted tops are all the rage this season. A cinched waist can add a lot of interest to the standard button-up shirt. Don’t forget to try on your blouses before you leave the house to ensure that they do not stretch to reveal “peek-a-boo” holes. Try on a few different styles to find the perfect fit. Just add a pair of black tights in the fall or winter and this outfit will carry you through the entire year.

Summertime business casual

Do not be deceived by the term “business casual”—it is not a free pass to dress inappropriately. Maintain your professional image by pairing light trousers with a short-sleeved feminine blouse and a splash of colour in your shoes.