It’s been a while since I published a purely fashion post, and even though it’s spring, this dress was too good not to share. As with other casual dresses I wear to work, and in keeping with my purpose behind this blog, I’m here to tell you why this dress works for me at the office, at a networking reception, or a work dinner.
We’ve all seen outfits displayed on models or mannequins and thought “Wow, she looks so put together!” I’m about to teach you the one secret to putting an outfit together that will forever change how you look at your closet, so people will say the same thing about you. Are you ready? It’s just three words: Continue reading →
A tweed suit came in handy for this unexpected opportunity. (Also, check out this tweed suit post) I never thought I’d be at an invitation-only dinner and workshop hosted by the United Nations Foundation, but a friend of mine had a scheduling conflict and asked if I would step in for him. Sure! What could possibly go wrong? (Famous last words, right?)
If your grandma dressed like Jackie Kennedy, I hope you are taking advantage of her closet! Some looks just don’t go out of style. This dress, with its vintage collar and flattering black lines, is perfect for a company dinner, wine and cheese reception, or cocktails on the patio in the summertime. Perfect, that is, so long as you are extra cautious around red wine, red pasta sauce, and BBQ ribs. (Beware of the red sauce!!!) Continue reading →
Especially in the summertime, I use Friday as a day to network, take prospective clients out to lunch, and there are often conferences or seminars to attend (more networking). I wanted an outfit that was casual but not sloppy, classy without being stuffy, and could handle both the heat of summer and the blast of A/C inside. Inspired by a recent trip to Maryland, I went with a nautical theme, and voila! Continue reading →
As the weather turns warmer, it’s time to put aside the heavy wool coats and winter tweed. This dress, from Banana Republic (a similar dress is here), is made of 95% polyester and 5% spandex. Be on the lookout for fabrics like this. It’s magical combination, and here’s why– Continue reading →
What would you wear if you had the chance to attend a gala event?
Pronounced both “ɡālə” or “ɡalə “, a gala is a social event, usually with dinner and entertainment. It can be a whoop-de-doo affair and an opportunity to get dolled up for a night out. So, what about when you’re invited to go to a gala event for your job??? This is what happened to me: Continue reading →
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.