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Dressing for the Occasion
By Farah Qureshi on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

No matter the lifestyle we lead, every morning we think about the day ahead and plan what to wear accordingly. Some lead a more casual way of life as a student, some a more formal lifestyle as an industry professional. However, everyone encounters situations in which the way you are dressed is important, such as interviews, fashion shows or industry events. There are a few simple guidelines to remember when dressing for these occasions that will make the decision process stress-free.
 
Interviews - A dreaded situation for many people. The interview itself can go either way, but one thing you can nail right off the bat is your appearance. Always dress professionally. This means a suit and tie for men and a suit for women as well. Often times, people seeking a job find it appropriate to wear a nice pair of pants and a collared shirt, leaving them with a half-done look. Wearing a full suit shows your potential employer that you respect their company and are willing to bring a professional work ethic to the office each day. Choosing a neutral suit color such as black, navy or grey with a more colorful collared shirt can add a pop of color that will still show your personality.

Fashion shows can be used as an arena to take some chances with what you're wearing. If you're going to an established designer's show, it is usually customary to wear something from their collections. This may seem like it limits your choices, but it actually gives you the opportunity to wear something of theirs in a completely off-the-chart way. Looking fashion-forward at a fashion show almost goes unsaid.

If the fashion show you're attending is lower-key and for an up-and-coming designer, it's a bit different. Get a feel of the designer's style beforehand and try to mirror that in your dress. For example, if the designer is more Bohemian chic, wear a maxi skirt with an oversized top and of course tons of jewelry.

Industry events for a fashion professional are somewhat a cross between an interview and a fashion show. You're still making the first impressions you would in an interview, but at the same time, you're not in an office atmosphere. Proper style at these events is subjective, but it's important to understand the purpose of the event to gauge the degree of formality. Dressing business professional is still a must, but having fun with accessories and color is acceptable.

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