what to wear for business meetings



What you wear to a business meeting is just as important as
 your interview outfit; you can’t simply put on your 
favourite pair of ripped jeans and rely on your 
brainpower to make a good impression. In today’s 
competitive working world, it’s best to keep your
 appearances up by dressing appropriately.

But what may be suitable for a casual working
 environment will definitely not be for a corporate
 one. As if planning for the meeting wasn’t enough,
 you’re now fretting over what to throw on to
 impress a prospective client, connection or employer.
 To push your panic aside, we’ve formed this guide for
 both men and women to make sure you look the part at
 your next conference.

Business casual often throws people off: do you wear jeans
 and trainers or stick to the conservative suit? Some companies
 may err on the side of caution and dress formally, while
 others more casually. To set any confusion aside, follow
 the tips below to ensure you’re dressed for success.
For Women
Leave the two-piece aside and select something more
 fashion-friendly What to Wear
Top: Keep it simple with a chiffon shirt, simple 
jersey top, turtleneck or patterned blouse. You could
 also layer with a blazer for a smarter look.
Bottoms: Suit trousers, chinos and structured wool 
trousers are all acceptable for company meetings.
Skirt/Dress: A dark-coloured bold bodycon dress, pleated 
A-line or midi skirt are working women’s go-to ideas for 
professional clothing. They are feminine options that
 are suitable for the workplace.
Shoes: Loafers, brogues, pumps and up to four-inch heels
 are suitable.
Accessories: Light jewellery is your best bet; don’t go
 for any bold statement options or big earrings – these
 will only distract from what you are there to do.
Outerwear: For the colder days, opt for a pea coat, trench
 coat or smart jacket to accompany your look.

For Men
Ditch the formal suit and choose something smart
 but comfortable What to Wear
Blazer: A blazer isn’t always required but it can smarten 
up any look, making you feel more confident throughout
 your pitch. You could choose a blazer in a dark block 
colour with either a chequered pattern or without.
Shirt: A shirt is an essential part of a working man’s 
wardrobe; whether you’re layering on top with a 
cardigan or a blazer, your buttoned-up, collared shirt
 should be pressed and tucked into your bottoms.
Bottoms: Smart trousers or chinos are a safe option 
(preferably dark or beige in colour; don’t pull out 
your summer whites for a business meeting – no matter the weather)
. If you’re in a startup or in the creative industry, jeans could
 be suitable, provided they are dark denim with a straight cut 
(no skin-tight or ripped jeans).
Shoes: Chelsea boots, brogues or formal shoes are all a 
great option in brown, black, leather or suede.
Accessories: A belt is a wardrobe staple and should be worn
 with every outfit. A watch is also a nice touch but make sure
 it’s not too flashy – you don’t want to distract your audience 
with an accessory.
Outerwear: If your meeting is in the colder months and 
you need to wrap up warm, choose a pea coat, trench
 coat or a formal wool jacket.

For Women
Make a statement with more than a tailored suit What to Wear
Top: A cotton or chiffon buttoned-up shirt is always a safe option.
Bottoms: Tailored trouser suit or wide-legged trousers in a dark
 or beige colour.
Skirt/Dress: Black or tweed pencil skirt that sits no more
 than four fingers above your knee. If you prefer dresses, opt
 for a high-neck A-Line dress that isn’t too short or long,
 following the four finger rule.
Shoes: Court shoes, brogues, loafers or pumps.
Accessories: If wearing a dress or skirt, wear skin-coloured or
 black tights to finish off the look. Wear simple, non-distracting 
jewellery and pair with a structured bag.

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