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I am traveling to Seattle for my future mother-in-law’s big birthday bash. It will be held at a formal restaurant, and then followed by a casual outdoor gathering at home. What should I wear?
Since you are still in “impress the family and friends” mode, I suggest a fun white dress with a cardigan sweater of your favorite color. Accessorize to match the dress. Add pearls if you will be with a more conservative crowd. White is unintimidating, youthful, classic. You will look very crisp and fashion savvy.
I am a young male and the new director of marketing for a finance company located outside of New York City. I am meeting with college friends in Manhattan directly after work for drinks and a movie. What should I wear to work that doesn’t offend my boss but is not too formal for the events that follow?
Working in a creative field allows you some leeway with what you can wear for business. Try a fashion-forward, French-cuff shirt; dark, patterned tie; sports coat; and dark pants. The sports coat can double as a blazer for work and as a jacket for evening, and the shirt and dark tie will be appropriate enough for your position. You can take off the sports coat and roll the sleeves for a more hip look after work. Don’t forget a great pair of shoes. It can make or break an outfit.
My friend, who does PR for a celebrity, has invited me to a Hampton party. I live in jeans and a T-shirt. Help!
Get yourself a trendy, dark-colored, cocktail-length dress with matching heels. Shop at a local boutique, which will offer more personal service than a department store. If you’re not comfortable in a dress, wear jeans in the darkest blue you can find. Select a great printed top and some fun heels to complete the look.
My husband and I are moving to a new town and enrolling our daughter and son in a private school for the first time. The children have been invited for an interview with the administration. What should we wear as a family that doesn’t look too formal but yet appropriate for this important meeting?
As parents, I would dress business casual. Perhaps a button-down shirt with slacks for your husband and a tailored skirt with a blouse for you. Dress your son in a pair of dark khakis or dress slacks with a light-colored, plaid, button-down shirt; and your daughter in a school dress that is straight in cut. This will give the impression to the administration that as a family you are serious about this opportunity but also are a little fun and casual.
I have a blind date with my sister’s friend. I am in my early 40s and have been out of the dating scene for awhile. We will be meeting at a local tavern for drinks and a light meal. I want to make an impression without looking like I am trying too hard.
Since you are meeting at a tavern, the atmosphere will be casual, however, you can still be stylish. Try a pair of jeans, not a skinny pair, with a straight or baggy cut. Faded-black, denim-washed jeans work well. Add a dress shirt that can be worn without being tucked in. Please note that this is not the same type of shirt that you would wear with a suit. Shoes should be a little dressier, and your watch as well to finish off the look.
I am traveling to Bermuda as the keynote speaker for a business conference. Any ideas what would work for the event and the climate?
As the keynote speaker, your outfit should be distinct. Since you are traveling to a warm climate, this may limit your options as to what to pack. Therefore, I would recommend the following: try on everything that you decide to bring before leaving on the trip. Make sure that everything fits the way you would like. As a look, try a colorful, tailored jacket that is mid-thigh or longer. Wear this with a pair of silk pants such as a silk crepe or dupioni. You’ll look cool and tropical, striking just the right notes with your audience.