Dressed for Success: 3 Tips for Choosing Outfits for Work Events

Dressed for Success: 3 Tips for Choosing Outfits for Work Events

When you get invited to a work event, it’s important you know how to dress appropriately. Whether it’s a holiday party, a networking event, or even a corporate event, which Damon Guidry, Global Event Strategist at Adobe, says “help engage employees… and make the places they work a more interesting place to be”, you should always dress to impress. So if you’re new to navigating the world of work events, here are a few simple tips that should help you choose the perfect outfit. Ready to be dressed for success? Try these tips.

Dressed for Success: 3 Tips for Choosing Outfits for Work Events

Know the Dress Code

If you are told the work event has a dress code, it’s essential you know what it means. For starters, a casual dress code means you can wear whatever you want, within reason. You still want to dress appropriately but you can let a bit of your own fashion sense show. If the dress code is business attire, you want to wear something that you could also wear to a meeting with a client; something that is work appropriate but can be dressed up too. For a cocktail dress code, wear something you think is too fancy to wear to work, like a short, black dress. And black tie dress code means you have to get dressed up. Wearing a nice dress and comfortable heels is a good formal option for work events. Knowing which dress code means what is key to dressing appropriately.

Be Comfortable

Most work events involve you standing or walking around to talk to different people. This is why it’s so important to make sure you dress comfortably. And if you fell victim to making one of the 16% of unplanned purchases encouraged by a display noticed while shopping, you probably have a few items in your wardrobe that aren’t comfortable or that don’t fit right — these are the items you do not want to wear to a work event. This is especially true if you’re working all day and then going to the event immediately afterward. So keeping comfort in mind, make sure you wear shoes that won’t be painful to walk in or give you blisters. Additionally, make sure you dress in layers so you can add or remove clothing if you get hot or cold. And make sure your clothes are comfortable to move in and aren’t restricting. This way, you can sit, stand, and walk at the event without any issues.

Think About Your Audience

One of the best ways to ensure you’ve dressed appropriately for a work event is to think about who your audience is. Are you going to a casual party with just your coworkers? Or will there be people from other businesses and potential clients there? Your outfit should reflect the vibe of your audience. Dressing more conservatively, fun, or fashion-forward may depend entirely on who else is going to be at the event. Thinking about who you’re going to interact with is going to guide you in choosing the right outfit.

With the number of fashion consumers being predicted to increase to more than 1.2 billion before 2020, there are a lot of professionals of varying titles always on the lookout for the perfect work event attire. So for your next work event, keep these tips in mind to ensure you’re dressed for success.

The Limited Celebrates 50 Years and Partners with Dress for Success

The Limited is turning 50 and doing an amazing things to celebrate this milestone! The company’s stunning pieces already helps women by inspiring confidence with their must-have looks but aim to do even more for women. In celebration of its Golden Anniversary, the brand is launching a multi-faceted campaign focused on helping women succeed.

The iconic fashion powerhouse kick-offs its celebrations with a special initiative to support Dress for Success, a nonprofit that offers professional apparel, support and career development tools to women who are entering or re-entering the work force.

To raise funds for this amazing organization, The Limited is inviting women to share their success stories/life lessons (both personal and professional) online at The company will donate $1 to Dress for Success for every story submission, up to $50,000. Additionally, The Limited is donating 30% of the proceeds from a limited edition clutch and a commemorative bracelet that will debut this fall to Dress for Success.

As part of the 50th Anniversary festivities, The Limited will also launch a social media campaign this August that will allow customers to select the ultimate celebration dress design they would like to see in stores as well as where the anniversary celebration will take place. What are you waiting for, share your story right now. 

Got Green? A Sustainable Style Event

Warning, I wrote this post while I was deliriously sick and feverish so I’ll be rambling quite a bit but i decided to keep it as is. You get to know me good and loony. Anyway, on to it.

An event like this is my weakness. I love, love, love Vintage. My apartment is filled with antique pieces and my closet is filled with vintage clothing. I hope my future engagement ring is a vintage one. That would be heaven.

Anyway, on to the event – an evening of shopping, cocktails and an informal fashion presentation featuring recycled fashions courtesy of

and a book signing for the newly launched book, Born Again Vintage

at Edge nyNOHO, a lovely boutique that features up and coming designers. For some reason, I seem to be the only one with a normal schedule these days but I was going to meet my friends Drew and Jerry there as some of their models were in the fashion presentation (Marisol was also going to meet me there later). Anyway, I arrived at Edge nyNOHO to find live models in the window

Anyway, as soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by multiple jewelry designers.

The Edge nyNoho gives young up and coming designers a place to be seen by customer looking for something new and fresh or different. Some of the designers I saw on my way in are Anka

Edwing D’Angelo

Marcelle Decaille who has very cute bags among other things

The designer of another line, B. Artiste Originals is actually the one who penned the vintage book, her name is Brigitte Artiste

and she coordinated this event with J.B Born Vintage (here he is with the models), who has a store based in Harlem

I forgot to mention that the models didn’t stay in the window all night, they did a quick walk thru so everyone can see the vintage clothing

But back to the fun part – the shopping. I actually picked up a very cute sweater jacket and I can’t wait to wear it

He has some very cute stuff, I think the majority of my time there was spent at his area.

My ultimate favorite thing in the entire store, which I’m still drooling over (my friend Drew got it for me…who hoo)…feast your eyes on these gorg shoes

Across the aisle from the B.O.R.N was the bar which featured the excellent Bouké Wines

Here’s one of the models with a bottle of red

I’m not a red girl, white wine all the way for me but I do love a good Rosé. Anyway, I only had one glass, I was more interested in the vintage clothes and shoes. Anyhoo, I also took some photos of the crowd

I’ve also added video of J.B and Brigitte thanking the crowd for coming

Finally, we did get a giftbag but I actually can’t find the darn thing in my vast room o’ giftbags, so I’ll just post it with out it included a pre and post shave body buffer, chocolate kisses and something I can”t remember…sorry.