Men can quickly throw over a constant all black suit and trousers and they´re done, but we women are more challenged in choosing the right outfit to wear to a business meeting. With only minor mistakes on our look, a business opportunity is at stake.
Unless the location and ambiance of your business meeting is casual and you´re not closing a deal, I suggest you stick to closed-toe shoes with heels. While there are many modern tops that can be worn to a formal meeting nowadays, a suit or blazer is still an ace when it comes to looking smart. This is not the time for you to be ultra-fashionable. Remember, a woman who looks more professional than fashionable earns respect and trust quicker than her counterpart.
You can inject a little fashion here and there, of course, but those fashion pieces shouldn´t win the entire look. They should, by all means, still speak professionalism. Below are smart outfits that you can wear to a business meeting.
1. Modern Sleek Blazer and Pencil Skirt
There are plenty of professional looking trousers that women can wear to work, in fact, her options are endless. However, a smart-looking skirt is still more powerful. If you want your presence to have a strong impact, wear a modern blazer with matching pencil skirt complemented with nude pumps. Subtly add a hint of trend, wear under your jacket a neutral, leopard print button-down.
2. Classic Black and White
Florals and colors are the hottest this season and will continue for spring and summer 2012, but that doesn´t mean you´re excused to wear bold floral to a business meeting. Classic black outfits or the softened black and white combos remain the strongest colors when it comes to business meeting. If you want to add color to this look, carry a vibrant handbag.
3. Sequined Plus Neutrals
Depending on the business partners that you will meet, you can decide to wear a glam version of pencil skirt. This antique gold sequined pencil skirt from Banana Republic is a neutral. To dress it up for a business meeting, add other neutral pieces such as a beige jacket, a brown pullover, and nude slingback heels.
4. Smart Jacket and Trousers Combo
If you´re to attend a not very high-profile business meeting, you can opt for a jacket-meets-trousers outfit. Wear a dark-blue pants or black, paired with a black top layered under your beige or ivory blazer. You can opt for an open-toe, black pump too for a more relaxed and friendly professional looking outfit.
Have Your Say
So tell me Creative Fashionistas, what do you wear to a business meeting? Which of the above professional and smart outfits would you wear to a business meeting?