Dress for the Occasion- Always make sure you are appropriately dressed for the occasion, there is nothing worse than standing out… in a bad way. It is always better to be overdressed then underdressed. You can always take off pieces and dress down if you are overdressed; unfortunately if you are underdressed you cannot dress it up. If you receive an invitation with a specific dress code, always follow it. It is rude to blatantly ignore a specific dressing request for an event.
Faux Pas- There is a certain time and place for everything. Although we live in a more casual society, it is important that we avoid being too casual and stick to a polished look. These rules apply to business as well as business casual.
Point of Focus- Every outfit needs one focal point whether it is a colorful blouse, tie, blazer, dress, or accessory. No matter what focal point you choose for an outfit, make sure that the pieces you wear surrounding that focal piece are complementary. If you wear something with a bright pattern the other items can be softer and non-distracting from the focal point. Avoid wearing too many accessories at once. Too many pieces can create a disorganized and chaotic look.
Think about these tips when getting ready for business events. Know the occasion and dress accordingly.