7 Tips: How to Dress for a Meeting

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Follow these tips on how to dress for a meeting.

Though rules have loosened somewhat, business casual is still the way to go. We turned to the experts for the best advice on how to dress for a meeting.

There still are some basic standards when it comes to how to dress for a meeting. Most important is to be comfortable if you will be doing a lot of walking and flexible because the temperature can change from room to room.

Whether you meet someone at your exhibitor booth, at the hotel bar or in the elevator, what you look like matters, says The Word Factory. You have 7 seconds to make a first impression. In that short time, a colleague will decide whether or not you are someone they want to get to know or do business with. Even when you’re “off-duty,” you are still at work. Make sure what you wear portrays you as a confident professional.

Travel Fashion Girl warns trade show attendees to think about comfort first and bring along a pair of ballet flats for a long day at the convention center.

Pay attention to fit: It looks really unsuitable when your clothes are tight for you, conversely, when your clothes are loose for you, it might appear as if you have borrowed them, or were the clothes before you lost your weight and you forgot to buy new ones. Source Wisestep.com

In its blog, exhibition company Nimlok suggests dressing in layers, as some exhibit halls can be chilly. It’s always good to have a sweater, even if you are exhibiting in Vegas in July.

When in doubt, dress up on the first day, says Travel and Transport’s blog. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed when traveling on business, especially at an event like a conference, when you never know who you might meet. You’ll want to be looking your best no matter what capacity you’re there in.

Light jewelry is your best bet; don’t go for any bold statement options or big earrings – these will only distract from what you are there to do. Source: The Career Addict

Creator’s blog warns against open-toe shoes: Stick with low-heeled pumps, flats, or booties that have a closed toe. If you are allowed to show off your toes, don’t wear any sandals that you would take to the beach. Choose something in a neutral color.




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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.