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Posted on: Dec 13, 2017

We hear all too often that what one says make up only a small fraction of how people perceive others and wardrobe choices are one of the many of those nonverbal cues. This article provides some (female-focused) suggestions on what to wear for five different kinds of networking.

  • Career Fair: The closest to a job interview, probably a good time to break out your suit and pressed shirt for this event.
  • Conference or Seminar: Networking may not be the purpose of the event but do not ignore the opportunity. Keep yourself looking professional but maybe with something to catch someone's eye to start a conversation. This article encourages business causal and suit separates.
  • Alumni Night: This is where you can slip into something more casual but may still want to give a hint that you have professional items in your closet. This article suggests a blazer to pair with a nice pair of jeans.
  • Cocktail Hour: This is a chance to really show your personality. While the article suggests to err on the conservative side when in doubt, this is a great chance to wear more bold colors or patterns.
  • Lunch or Coffee With a Friend: The pressure is much lower when meeting with a friend, so this a chance to wear something more comfortable or casual, though you certainly dial the professional style up a bit to give the hint that you know how to dress appropriately when needed.


This article was submitted by Alexander C. Van Gorp. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Indy Attorneys Network, please email Kara Sikorski at ksikorski@indybar.org.

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