Slay Your Day! What to Wear to Conferences, Networking Events and Panel Discussions
Every week there's an event to attend and in a city like Chicago, you can find a social or business gatherings every day of the week. Depending on the vibe of the event, there's a variety of ways you can dress to stand out at a conference, workshop, panel discussion or networking event. Gone are the days of always wearing a black suit and button-up shirt when you meeting other business professionals. Graphic tees, colorful suits, trendy blazers and fashionable prints can all be recipes for dressing for success.
I love networking events because not only can you connect with peers but you are also able to learn from people outside of your industry as well. Often, these events take place on week days after work so business casual separates are always fine. Depending on how you dress for work, you can take your look up a notch by adding heels, a clutch and a pop of color.
A cute ankara skirt, heels and a clutch is the perfect balance of trendy chic. Get more details on the look above here.
Panel discussions are always a good time because you're able to learn from experts, get questions answered and find new business besties to share ideas with. The pressure is off a little bit because unless you're one of the speakers, all eyes aren't necessarily on you. Casual gear is acceptable but you still want to be stylish because you never know who you may meet. Depending on the type of discussion, you can wear a fun tee with cute jeans that speaks to the subject matter and matches your personality, at the same time.
Conferences are a biggie because depending on the industry, these can go either way. In the world of podcasters, bloggers and creative entrepreneurs, we have so much more freedom than we once did. Conferences like Girlboss, Create & Cultivate, Summit 2190 and iCAN celebrate our individuality, expressing ourselves through fashion. You can combine any of the above looks to create a fly take on your individual style.
Make sure you bring an extra pair of comfy shoes if your outfit calls for heels. Conferences can call for tons of walking as you transition in and out of break out rooms and workshop sessions. If you're rocking something sleeveless, bring a light sweater or cute blazer along; nothing's worse than being too cold to take in content.
If you get totally stuck on which direction to go with your look, take a peek at pictures from previous events and use them as a guide. Most importantly when you go to an industry event, have fun, learn new things and connect with awesome people. That's what it's all about!