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Guest blogger: Meg Malhame (B’15)
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Everyone knows that getting dressed everyday can sometimes be a struggle. I kid you not when I say that I can go through three different outfits just trying to get myself together for class. So if I have issues getting dressed for a normal day, imagine how it must be when it comes to dressing for more formal events. Sound familiar? I’m here to help.

I would like to introduce a series of posts that will grace the Hoya Gateway blog. whether it’s “what does business casual mean?”, “what to wear for a networking event” or “the essentials you need in your closet”, I’m going to try to cover it.  If you have requests or questions, comment below and I will attempt to be your fairy godmother of “real world” (aka professional) clothing. 

If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, or why any of this is necessary, I promise you that it is.  First impressions can be everything, and it’s much better to be remembered for something good, instead of something bad.

One of the hardest things to decipher can be wardrobe for a networking function.  Sometimes it depends on the industry, sometimes it depends on the location.  If you’re going to Ready, Set, Connect this evening, the attire is business casual.  Let’s take a look at some business casual appropriate outfits for women (guys, your options are detailed below!).

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For Women:

  • Pants (creased and tailored, solid colors are best)
  • Skirts (length that lands at or above the knee)
  • Tailored dress, tailored shirts, blouses, knits, sweaters, and cardigans
  • Blazers and jackets
  • Both closed toed and open toed heels are appropriate, as are boots, booties, and flats (use your best judgment for sandals)
  • Jewelry and accessories (such as belts, scarves, and watches) should be classic, and conservative Hose are not required but use your best judgement based on the weather.

For Men:

  • Khaki, cotton, wool pants (No denim)
  • Long-sleeved button down shirts, polo shirts, and sweaters
  • Sports coat
  • Ties are usually not necessary (if you’re unsure, remember that it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed)
  • Dark socks, leather shoes, and belt

Have questions? Ask away in the comments section. Stay tuned for the next post in this guest series!