Style advice (business event)

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
1287 posts
Bumble bee

Love the dress, where did you get it from?  For the time of year, I’d go with the scarf, and it goes with the boots better. Necklace is more of a summer thing.  

Post # 4
1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@urchin:  honestly I think that dress is way too short for a business dinner. Also, I think matching it with boots makes it more of a going out dress. If I were going to a dinner like that I would lean more towards a suit with some nice accessories. Does the event provide dress code guidelines?

Post # 5
1395 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

To me, the boots and scarf read a little more ‘weekend outing’ than ‘awards banquet’ with that dress. I’d change out the boots for a cool, sleek pair of ankle booties and lose the scarf for a chunky statement necklace. 

Post # 6
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

The boots are too chunky and casual for that type of event. I know that isn’t what you wanted to hear. Sorry.

Post # 7
896 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@urchin:  I find the outfit too casual for a dinner awards event, but you have been before, so I suppose you know how dressy or casual the event is. 

Post # 8
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@lovekiss:  +1.

I know you don’t want to wear pumps, but I think they’d look way more appropriate. 

Post # 9
1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I love this dress, it’s very pretty but I’m a little concerned it’s on the short side of things. Where does it hit you? Since it’s an evening event you can afford to wear a dress that hits slightly above the knees but if it fits you like it fits the model it might be slightly too short. Those models are human skyscrapers though so if you’re not one yourself you should be fine 🙂

Since it’s cold, you could arrive in boots and then change into pumps if it’s in any way possible. Or just tough it out in pumps – arrive in a taxi if you need to so you won’t freeze. The boots seem a bit too casual.

Same goes for the scarf, it’s a little too casual, I would wear the chain necklace. An even better choice, IMO, would be a bold statement necklace if you have any. If you’re worried about being cold, arrive in the scarf and then check it in with your coat. I always do that, I would be sick all winter without my scarves. 

Your hairstyle idea is great, very sleek and professional, I love it!  

Post # 12
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

If it’s super cold, I’d almost wear a pantsuit with stockings underneath.

But since you already bought the dress, I’d nix the boots and the scarf – too casual for a business event. I know other people dress casual but that doesn’t mean you should!
I think the dress would be fine with tights and heels.
Wear a blazer to act as a sweater to keep you warm.
If you’re really cold, I’d suggest wearing a slip underneath, or putting foot warming pads in your shoes. It shouldn’t really be that cold at the venue, right?

Post # 13
2222 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@CakeyP:  +1


I tend to match what the guys wear. If they are in suits, you should have a blazer on.

Post # 15
1395 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@urchin:  Oh, don’t write them off yet! A black bootie that comes up just under the ankle bone (so it doesn’t cut your legs off in a weird way) paired with black tights can actually create a much sleeker and longer leg than a tall boot would!


Post # 16
5793 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

The dress is too short for a business event, and the high boots will only draw more attention to that. Something a little more conservative might be more appropriate.

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