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.

Do Women Need to Work Harder to Get Promotions?

By Marley DeRosia

It’s the end of the year and employee reviews are in: did you get a promotion?

If you’re a woman, it’s unlikely. New analyses show that women need to have over a year’s worth of education and almost a full year under their belt in work experience to get the same job as their male counterparts.

On top of that, fewer women will ask for promotions. And among those who do ask for promotions, at the end of the year, are less likely to receive the same outcomes as men in similar positions.

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According to CNN, this is a result of implicit bias in the workplace. After all, Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland only felt qualified to apply as a professor after receiving this accreditation.

Unfortunately, this implicit bias is so hard to manage because countless employees do not realize they’re performing these behaviors, to begin with.

And now that end-of-year reviews are officially upon us, here are some tips to earn that coveted promotion and even the playing field in the coming year.

Do some research

LinkedIn has become the online resume-builder that any curious worker can witness, but countless other sites detail their paths to success. When you find a person who has achieved your most recent career goals, don’t hesitate to view how they got to that point. More often than not, LinkedIn users will upload every facet of their resume, including education, volunteer work, and experiences that got them to where they are today. You should never fear to ask how people achieved their goals. If you notice a pattern, try following their footsteps to build a stronger resume.

Get innovative

Doing the bare minimum will rarely get you noticed by decision-makers in your company. You have to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to prove you’re a leader.

CEO of Deborah Sweeney regularly has to make this decision among her employees.

“They’ll need to be able to show me examples of moments when they took initiative and it paid off to benefit their department and the overall company. Promotions also help groom employees for leadership roles, so they should be able to demonstrate moments where they helped lead or guide a team too,” she says.

There’s no cookie-cutter formula that will guarantee a promotion in the future, but any company can benefit from added innovation. For example, only one in every seven businesses relies on an alarm system for security. Implementing a new system or talking to a supervisor about this can lead to positive changes in your work environment. Even small improvements like this can be enough to show your managers that you’re willing to take initiative to improve the workplace in conjunction with other efforts.

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Don’t forego having kids

Becoming a parent is a major accomplishment. Unfortunately, countless parents, particularly mothers, fear that having a child can halt career progression in its tracks. In fact, the BBC recently released a short Christmas film about a working mom and her frustrated teenage son.

The film received divided criticism with many claiming the message was anti-feminist. After all, it showed a hardworking mother getting criticized by her family for working long hours. Daily Mail writer Sarah Vine sums it up succinctly.

“God forbid that anyone should actually be grateful for the hours she puts in, for the way she somehow manages to run the home while also holding down a job,” Vine writes. “Because none of that matters: she’s not at the beck and call of her child. She is, therefore, a Bad Mother, a woman who has lost sight of the only thing that matters in her life: her family.”

“That she is, in some fundamental and visceral way, going against her nature to the detriment of those she loves,” she writes.

In the United States, 46% of two-parent households witness both parents working full-time jobs. Just because you have children doesn’t mean you’re not a valuable employee who deserves recognition for their accomplishments. Besides, becoming a parent offers valuable leadership skills in the workplace.

Don’t be afraid to relocate

Large businesses will often need excellent leaders in other branches of their company. While you might love the town you live in, don’t be afraid to move should the opportunity arise. You may fall in love with a new city or enjoy your new job even more than your current position. After all, around 33% of renters will move house each year. Exploring a new part of the world may benefit you in unexpected ways.

Take your performance review to heart

Your performance review should not be the time to ask for a promotion. It’s likely that the company has already made its end-of-year decisions regarding finances and employee promotions. If you didn’t get one, however, take the performance review to heart, particularly the areas on which you can improve.

Company heads love to see growth and making these necessary improvements to your performance prove that you’re willing to adapt and improve for the sake of the company. While you shouldn’t damage your health in the process, you should always look to improve in your career.

In the end, each company is different. It’s up to you to find the best path for advancement, whether that means working harder or moving out of state. Good luck with your performance review!