Next in the ongoing series “What to Wear” – we take a look at business drinks/dinner. This can be a tough one! How do you find the right balance between business and drinks??
Can you even really blend the two?
I say, “yes, you can”. BUT, you need to tread carefully here!
Nothing is more unprofessional than a too short skirt, too low-cut top, or you falling off your heels from too much drink. My thought, keep it very close to what you might actually wear to work. Just add a little more colour or pattern or something of interest to liven your look up a bit.
The Look: As an homage to the work appropriate suit I have gone with a look that incorporates a jacket. However, this jacket has a little fun to it. Not only is the lime green and brown print very retro but the Nehru style collar is very reminiscent of the 70s. The pop of the lime green lining adds a bit of fun to rolled up cuffs. Still working a little on the vintage feel, I have on a pair of winter white, Halston Vintage, high-waist, bell-bottomed pants. The shirt is a Country Road, olive-green piece that I recently purchased at an op-shop for about $5. The whole look is kind of suit, and kind of tailored but with just enough variance to the business suit to keep it fun.
The Accessories: Here I continued the play on formal business attire by layering on a few strands of pearls and a strand of Peridot to accent the lime green. My retro shell earrings, a vintage “gator” skin handbag and a pair of snake-skin green heels brings it all together.
The Drinks Part of Business Drinks: Seriously, if it is more business related meeting – drink water. If you think you must have a drink to be social – go for one glass of sparkling or stick with a lighter wine. Most of these business things don’t last more than a couple of hours and if you have one glass of bubbles and then one glass of water you have probably made it through the time.
Do not – I repeat – DO NOT get messy with your drinking! It’s a poor reflection on you and the company/business you work for.
How do you dress for business related drinks? Do you partake or not?
- OOTD: It’s Not Easy Being (Lime) Green (thelazygirlblog.com)
- Get Aquainted with Business Attire Now (eckerd.uloop.com)
- Are You Dressed for the Office? (quaintrellemag.wordpress.com)
- 5 Easy Tips to Be Professional at a Business/ Networking Party (deancollegeblog.com)