Majority of us ignores the importance of dressing when attending a conference. There are different types of conferences, many of which require the attendees to dress in accordance with the theme and industry of the conference.
Learning to dress well for an occasion will elevate your confidence when you arrive at the venue of the event. Imagine yourself looking so differently dressed amongst your fellow attendees. How will you feel? This can be embarrassing, sometimes. To avoid the feeling of embarrassment, it is important to know what kind of attire is appropriate for a particular conference.
Before dashing over to any conference, you need to be aware of the conference dress code. Read the requirements of the conference and check if there is a manner by which all attendees must dress. If there is any, follow the instruction given by the conference organizers. If there is none then you need to use your judgment.
How do you do that? First, you need to know the conference theme and industry as specified above. This will give you clues as to what to wear and what not to wear. There are two things to know here about conference dressing.
1. Professional business conference
Men should wear something similar to dark blazers. It must not necessarily be that expensive jacket celebrities wear to shows. Go for something affordable. Wearing affordable simple jacket and pants is good enough. It must not also be of the same color, but something that matches a good look will do. The most common standard color of choice for pants is usually blue, navy, black, brown or gray. Ideally, we expect that people will make connections, get contacts and relate with one another. So, what you wear will give the first impression of you to your counterparts.
As for women, some may say anything goes. This may be true in some ways, but not always. Though women have more flexibility and number of choices compared to men, they still need to dress properly when it comes to professional business conference. For women, it will be good to consider knit or silk blouse. As far as color goes, not to be too shining drawing attention for every single move.
Generally, for both men and women, a khaki material is suitable. And it should be ironed out neatly. An appropriate shoe is either black or brown.
2. Causal conference
Almost anything goes when it comes to casual conference. But you must be mindful not to look foolish with your outfit. While it is not recommended to wear a jacket, a simple button-down shirt will be appropriate for men. Men can also wear polo or t-shirt that will make them look smart.
For the women, a long dress, up to the knee is good. It can also be covered with s simple jacket that shows the smartness in you. Just like a professional business conference, the color-wise are the same. Brown, black, gray, and blue is all good.
All in all, remember to wear something that is comfortable. Learn more about the conference program and know how much working around will be needed. If there will be many walks and you wear something uncomfortable, you may find yourself in deep trouble feeling discomfort at every move.
Moreover, the number of days you will appear on the conference is also necessary to note in order to plan your outfit for the very number of days.