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What to wear for networking events

With so many ways to find a job these days, you could be excused for thinking career fairs or networking events are old hat.  

Step away from scrolling in the virtual world and the reality of what’s on offer at face to face events might surprise you. 

Like most things in life, to make the most of these opportunities, you need to be prepared.  Having an idea of who you’ll meet will help you focus and manage the event, making sure you maximise your time.

A big part of this is making sure you look the part.  Follow our advice and tips in this article and get dressed for success.

Be adaptable: 

Network events are all about showcasing your strengths and making a great first impression counts. 

If you’re not sure what to wear, it’s always best to overdress rather than underdress. 

The location of the event, anything from a school gymnasium or a banquet hall, will give you a good idea of what to wear, based on the formality of the space. 

For men, consider wearing a suit as your safest bet.  If you feel overdressed, you can always take your suit jacket off and be left with a smart button-up shirt and trousers. 

For ladies, wearing a nice pair of trousers, heels, and a button-up shirt or blouse will usually do the trick, but don’t be afraid to wear a skirt, either. 

Keep it simple and avoid any wild patterns to help maintain a professional look. Accessories should be utilised, but minimally to simply highlight your style. 

Something more casual:

The ‘smart casual’ is often the most difficult look to pull off.  Too smart and you could feel like you’re way over dressed and trying too hard.  Go too casual and you will make yourself appear that you don’t care or are not taking the opportunity seriously.  

The best way to crack the causal look is to start with a button down shirt.  You can tuck this in with a belt, khaki trousers and a great pair of shoes. 

Another approach is to wear a suit which can easily be dressed down by removing the jacket.  This allows you to look well put together but not over dressed. 

The good thing about the smart casual look is it allows more of your personality to come out rather than such a formal smart look.  So don’t be afraid to add some combinations of colours and styles which are you and make you feel confident.

So you’ve got the look, now get out there and make it work for you!

Good luck!!