It can happen after a speech, it can happen during a book-signing, it can happen during a conference or class reunion: the networking reception. Ah, the networking reception. What to wear to a networking reception?
This particular reception was one of those late afternoon affairs, too early for the sort of cocktail dress you might wear at a wine & cheese reception. Not a formal dinner, so the evening gown was out. Not located in a bar or lounge, so jeans and other comfy/casual was out. This is the type of networking reception where I was expected to shake hands, smile a lot, inform people that, yes, I was an associate with such-and-such firm, swap business cards as appropriate, but otherwise to sort of blend in and just be a presence in the room.