Post # 1
I am a nurse headed to a national conference this week for the first time and have no idea what to wear. It’s in Philadelphia, so I checked the weather and 60s is the forecast but other than walking across the street to the conference hotel and back in can’t imagine that will matter much.
Are professional conferences something one wears suit level business clothes or slacks and blouses okay? Or even dark wash jeans and nice blouse okay? I wear scrubs on a daily basis so “business” clothes isn’t my forte and my casual style is mostly flowy dresses and maxi skirts so I really never “dress up”. Thanks for suggestions!
Post # 2
You are a professional attending a professional conference. I m also a nurse and one of my pet peeves is the way some of our colleagues present themselves in public.
If you have a suit (skirt or pant) wear it. You can always take off the jacket if you feel uncomfortble or are too hot. It’s always a good idea to dress in layers for conferences anyhow. The room is almost always too hot or too cold.
You can wear dress slacks and a blouse with a more casual jacket, but I would avoid jeans- at least until you see what others are wearing.
You can wear mix and match pieces depending on what you have in your wardrobe.
Post # 3
I wear business casual clothes when I go to conferences. Some people do go more casual though. What you’re describing sounds fine. I usually only see women in suits if they are presenting at the conference.
Post # 4
Ah, the pleasure of only having to attend academic conferences, where everyone can be as formal or casual as they like. There was an old guy who spoke at the last one I went to, apparently a big name in his field, who was wearing a jumper with holes in it and he had several twigs in his hair.
Post # 5
Try googing photos from prior years to see what people are wearing. But I always err on the side of caution and go the more formal route.
Post # 6
I recently stayed at a hotel in SF that was hosting a conference. I actually paid attention to the attendees clothing-it seemed the women wore slacks/skirt and blouse-y top or sweater. The men wore pants and dress shirts, no ties. I didn’t see many full on suits. It was a health policy conference.
Post # 7
I work in healthcare tech and attend quite a few medical conferences per year. As a vendor, I wear a dress with a suit jacket, but attendees are usually dressed in a nice blouse and either a skirt or slacks. Comfortable but still looking nice.
Post # 8
Thanks all!! Luckily it’s only two days so I actually have enough real business clothes to wear for it.
Post # 9
omg, I’m still laughing picturing these twigs. That’s just so specific and weird.
Post # 10
Ha ha, I know. I spent much of his presentation looking at them. Figured he’d been bushwalking beforehand.
Post # 11
Business casual for me! In California, which is a super casual region, that means dark wash jeans or khakis, some sort of solid-colored knit material top with a modest neckline, open cardi, simple accessories, and sensible, closed-toe shoes… In the hotter months, I wear my Gabor cap-toed ballerina flats, and in the colder months, my Arcopedico L8s (thinking of updating them to L19s, since they’re a little cuter).
Other parts of the country have more formal dressers, so your mileage may vary!
Post # 12
I usually wear dress pants, a long sleeved blouse and jacket. If the jacket is too formal, I can take it off, and I won’t freeze. Conference rooms tend to run cold, so if I just have a sleeveless blouse underneath and I take off my jacket, I shiver like a chihuahua.
Post # 13
Yep, business casual for me as well, but I’ve seen conference attendees run from jeans and a t shirt to full suit. Usually the only people that wear suits are those that are presenting though. I usually wear slacks and a blouse with a jacket or cardigan.
Wear comfortable shoes, the convention center in Philly is huge (as are most convention centers), so even if you only have to walk across the street to get there, it’s likely that you’ll have to do a good amount of walking inside.
Post # 14
I always bring scarves for conferences, you never know what the temperature is going to be, and for some odd reason, they always blast the AC. It’s just an added layer that can be quickly tucketed away or wrapped around yourself depending on the Settings. I love love pockets, so make sure to bring either Blazers or cardigans with pockets. Also, if you are at a conference, don’t forget to bring a portable phone charging juice pack. Then you don’t have to look around for a wall charger, they are super small, and can sit either in your pocket or purse while your phone charges. And granola bars too, or small snacks.
Post # 15
I wear business casual on all of my trips. I have a few male co-workers that wear jeans, but I am not one to think that falls into the business casual dress code. Dress slacks, nice blouses or dresses are what I stick with. I never feel over/under dressed.